Developing a High-Quality Transition Plan

Introduction To Course
Welcome to our course on Developing a High-Quality Transition Plan! A meaningful transition plan serves as the cornerstone of the transition planning process, and builds the bridge to students’ post school success.
Course Objectives
  • Understand the best practices and IDEA 2004 requirements for developing the transition component of the IEP
  • Have the skills needed to write meaningful, measurable postsecondary goals and understand their relationship to the rest of the transition plan
  • Demonstrate ability to identify age-appropriate transition services that align with postsecondary goals
  • Understand how to design a multi-year course of study that aligns with postsecondary goals
  • Have the skills needed to write annual IEP goals that track both academic and functional progress and are aligned with postsecondary goals
  • Understand the key components in a summary of performance and its role in transition planning
  • Understand how to effectively involve students in planning and leading their own IEP meeting
  • Identify all of the key players in the IEP meeting and understand their roles/responsibilities
Guiding Questions
  • Do my students’ transition plans contain all of the components of a quality transition plan? Which components may be missing?
  • What is my process when developing postsecondary goals for my students? What factors do I take into consideration?
  • How can I get my students’ families involved in the transition process and planning? What is their role in transition planning?
  • How can I partner with related service providers to meaningfully include them in the planning process?
  • What steps can I take to increase my students’ participation in all aspects of the transition planning process?
  • What do I consider when writing a course of study? Do I revise it when necessary?
  • When writing a summary of performance, how am I including student input? What questions could I be asking my students to get more input from them?

Lessons & Additional Resources

Click a video below to begin. Quizzes available at the end of each lesson.

Sample IEPs

Check out examples of IEPs based on the three case studies we’re following throughout this course.

Keenan’s IEP

Rosa’s IEP

John’s IEP

“Players of the Game” Video Gallery

A successful transition to life after high school is a collective responsibility of the entire interagency IEP team. Watch key players of the IEP team share how they contribute to IEP meetings focused on transition.

Supplemental Materials

Case Studies