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Secondary Transition Institute


On June 8-9, 2017 the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education will host a DC Secondary Transition Institute for interested local education agencies (LEAs). Over the course of two days, participants will learn about the latest effective practices in secondary transition for students with disabilities through inspiring keynote speakers, rich content sessions, and thought-provoking panels. Participants will be given the opportunity to gather resources and meet with individuals from across the District who are working diligently on improving post-school outcomes for students with disabilities in order to develop school-based plans for secondary transition.


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the DC Municipal Regulations (DCMR) clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of all LEAs to adequately prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary education, employment, and independent living. For students with disabilities age 16 or older, assessment data, postsecondary and annual goals, as well as corresponding transition services, activities, and course of study should be captured within the secondary transition portion of the Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Each year, OSSE must report the percentage of compliant transition plans for youth with IEPs ages 16 and older in Indicator 13 of OSSE’s Annual Performance Report to the US Department of Education (20 USC 1416(a)(3)(B)). In part, due to the District’s continued low performance in this compliance area, we have been placed on a “needs intervention” status. As a result, we are required to participate in frequent compliance monitoring and implement ongoing improvement activities that are included in a corresponding corrective action plan.
The purpose of the DC Secondary Transition Institute is to share resources and information that will assist schools and districts in strengthening their capacity at the local level to implement evidence-based education and services, increase compliance with IDEA secondary transition requirements, and improve postsecondary outcomes for all our students with disabilities.

Intended Outcomes

Participants in the DC Secondary Transition Institute will:

  • Increase their knowledge of student-focused planning practices and receive tools and resources to support increased student involvement in the transition planning process;
  • Increase their knowledge of how to foster interagency collaboration throughout the transition planning process; and
  • Develop a school-based strategic plan for improving secondary transition compliance and program quality that incorporates evidence-based practices and program evaluation.  

Institute Structure

The DC Secondary Transition Institute structure consists of several key components that are designed to facilitate knowledge development, team building, and strategic planning, including:

  • Keynote speakers and panels;
  • Breakout sessions;
  • Content resources; and
  • Team planning sessions facilitated by a neutral facilitator.

Team Planning Tool

The Taxonomy for Transition Programming planning tool is designed to assist school teams with a process of identifying the secondary transition practices that are currently occurring in their school, summarize their strengths and needs, and develop a corresponding action plan. The completed tool will provide context for ongoing conversation, progress assessment, and goal attainment throughout the 2017-18 school year.

Team Planning Facilitators

Facilitators will be available during team planning sessions to assist teams in assessing their current practices and outcomes, determining needs and priorities, and developing action plans. This year’s volunteer facilitators are members of the DC Secondary Transition Community of Practice.


School Teams

Participating schools are asked to register as teams (2-6 people per team), rather than as individuals. Potential school team members could include:

  • Educators
  • Administrator, transition specialist/coordinator, special educator, general educator, career and technical educator, work-study or work-based education coordinator, dropout prevention coordinator
  • Education service providers
  • Guidance counselor, social worker, school psychologist, paraprofessional, occupational or physical therapist, assistive technology provider
  • Transition services representatives
  • Rehabilitative Services Administration representatives, community mental health providers, transportation, disability advocates

School Time Commitments

In addition to attending the full two-day DC Secondary Transition Institute June 8-9, 2017, LEA Teams will commit to the following preparation and implementation activities:

  • Implement the goals and action plan items that the school team developed during the institute (ongoing throughout 2017-18 school year)
  • Respond to quarterly requests from OSSE regarding progress updates on action plan implementation (30 minutes per quarter)
  • Participate in a Mid-Year Transition Check-In Meeting (1 hour meeting to be held in November or December 2017)


The institute is fully funded by OSSE and there is no cost to attend. However, it is expected that all participating LEAs commit the necessary time, resources, and energy to fully participate in the institute and any follow up activities.

For more information or questions, please email Angela Spinella, Secondary Transition PD Specialist at [email protected].