Navigating the postschool transition

Anyone who has faced a transition can likely recall feeling anxious, confused, excited, and overwhelmed all at the same time. For some, the path may seem logical and straightforward; for others, it may seem daunting - or worse, unachievable. Successful transitions require comprehensive planning, good directions, regularly planned check-ins, and good guides along the way.

This website is designed to provide information, strategies, and resources to transition navigators—teachers, counselors, family members, and community providers—to guide youth on the move.

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Transition Timeline

Massachusetts Transition Timeline

This timeline provides a guideline for transition requirements outlined in IDEA and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Use it to get information on steps to be taken at each age level.
View the complete timeline.

Professional Development

DESE Spring Trainings (April 17 and 30, 2014)

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is sponsoring 2 free trainings in April 2014. 

News and Resources

Employment First Initiative

Employment First - a Massachusetts initiative to close all sheltered workshops by June 30, 2015

Transition Stories

Chris Strout: Making a College-Career Connection

Chris working on carChris Strout always liked cars, and he had experience taking care of them. When he was younger, his father showed him how to change the oil and the tires of the family car. Chris thought fixing cars would be a great job, and he was ready to take some auto-mechanics courses. But could he convince everyone else that this made sense for him?