Transition IEP Training & Support

On this page:

  • Transition IEP Training
  • Transition IEP Open Office Hours
  • The Transition Miniseries
  • Transition Talk at High Noon
  • Additional IEP Resources


Got a Question? We've Got Answers

Transition can be a tricky business. Every student is different. Rules and regulations change. Documentation demands your attention. 

  • “If one part of the Transition IEP is not compliant, does that mean the whole IEP is not compliant?”
  • “I have a student who insists his goal is to be a football quarterback. What services and activities should we be doing?”
  • “My student is planning to live at home after they leave school. Does that mean they don’t need an independent living goal?”
  • “I have a postsecondary goal but I’m not sure it’s measurable. How do I find out?”


Training and Technical Assistance for Transition IEPs

Individualizing a Transition IEP takes time and know-how. Indiana's middle and high school teachers understand that it's an ongoing process involving a magic mix of coaching, evaluation, mentoring, skills development, and collaboration. That's the fine art of creating a smooth transition to life beyond high school to employment, community participation, further education and/or training, and independent living with appropriate supports.

Key to making the magic all work, however, is understanding the components of a good transition and how to build on those individual pieces every year so that teachers, students, and case conference teams construct a compliant and quality Transition IEP. 

The Indiana Secondary Transition Resource Center is here to help. 

Transition Open Office Hours

INSTRC hosts Comprehensive Transition Open Office Hours every Thursday, from  2:30–4:30 p.m., Eastern Time  

Stop by to chat with subject matter experts in private breakout rooms.

  • Need an answer to a question about Transition Portfolios or IEPs?
  • About Social Security Work Incentives?
  • About Vocational Rehabilitation?

Our team will be standing by to help you with these and many other transition-related matters of interest. Feel free to drop in with your question or just listen in to learn what your colleagues are asking.

You do not need to pre-register. Follow the Zoom link below to attend on Thursdays.

Connect via Zoom

Quality IEPs and Portfolios

New in 2024

We are proud to present a comprehensive webinar series to empower secondary special education teachers and administrators with the tools to create and continually improve Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Transition Portfolios.

Please join us for an immersive learning experience that will not only guide transition-age students toward competitive, integrated employment, higher education, and independent living opportunities, but also foster their overall growth and integration within the community. 

  • Portfolios and Profiles: Portals to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)

February 20, 2024, 11–1 pm EST and 6–8 pm EST

Geared for a national audience, this webinar will show you how students can use positive personal introductions as a vehicle for the attainment of CIE and a means to facilitate community belonging and reach personal goals.

Cost: $35 per session. 

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  • Transition IEP webinar 

February 21, 2024, 11–1 pm EST and 6–8 pm EST 

Two sections: 

  • IEPs for Beginners—Explore the foundational elements of the IEP, strategies for alignment with student goals, and assessment processes that underpin successful postsecondary transitions. 
  • IEPs for the Experienced—Includes specific quality examples for each section of the IEP and strategies for using the transition IEP to strengthen relationships with students and parents. 

Cost: $35 per session 

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Transition Talks at High Noon

Real-world conversations by transition professionals for transition professionals.

Recent talks about key transition topics include:

May 4 Annual Goals: Behavior with Cathlene Hardy Hansen, Mike Nevins, and Mary Pearson from the Center on Community Living and Careers.

June 1 Annual Goals: Speech with Cathlene Hardy Hansen, Mike Nevins, and Mary Pearson from the Center on Community Living and Careers.

July 6 Annual Goals: Social/Communication with Cathlene Hardy Hansen, Mike Nevins, and Mary Pearson from the Center on Community Living and Careers.

Transition Talks at High Noon archive

The Transition Miniseries

The 13-course miniseries is free online training from INSTRC. Each course (they’re brief!) is designed to help you become more familiar with the components of the cyclical planning process and support you as you create quality Transition IEPs with your students.

Courses in the Transition Miniseries are:

  • Transition Miniseries Introduction
  • Student Involvement
  • Transition IEP: Introduction
  • Transition IEP: Present Levels of Function Performance
  • Transition IEP: Transition Assessments and Postsecondary Goals
  • Transition IEP: Transition Services and Activities
  • Transition IEP: Annual Goals
  • Transition IEP: Alignment/ Conclusion
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Transition
  • Transition Portfolios
  • Transition Programs within Schools
    Adult Services
  • Transition Miniseries Conclusion and Resources

You can complete the entire series or individual courses. The miniseries is designed both for teachers new to the field and for teachers and administrators who just want a refresher. Upon completing courses, you can receive contact hours used toward Professional Growth Points, up to a total of 21 contact hours for completing the entire miniseries.

The Transition Miniseries is provided online through IU Expand. The IU Expand link to the Transition Miniseries will give you information on how to create an IU Guest Account and enroll. 

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Need accommodations? Contact us at  at least three weeks before your Transition Talk or Open Office Hours. Let us know what accommodations you’ll need and for which dates you’ll need them.