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Student-Centered Transitions 

The Student-Centered Transitions team is dedicated to a positive post-secondary outcome for every student. We offer professional development driven by evidence-based practices and in compliance with state and federal regulations. Through our collaborative approach, we provide networking opportunities and technical assistance to school districts, charter schools, related service providers, and community agencies.



  • CTE Access for Students with Disabilities
  • Collaboration with Agencies and Service Providers
  • College, Career, and Military Readiness for Students with Disabilities
  • Compliance with State Performance Plan Indicators 1, 2, 13, 14
  • Coordinated Transition Activities
  • Programming for IEP Continuers
  • Evidence-based Transition Practices
  • Graduation Plans for Students with Disabilities
  • Graduation Type Codes
  • Guidance for Developing Transition Programs
  • Legislative Updates
  • Person-centered Planning
  • Post-secondary Outcomes
  • Pre-employment Transition Services
  • Self-determination
  • Strategies for Decreasing Drop-out Rates
  • Strategies for Increasing Graduation Rates
  • Student-led IEP Meetings
  • Support for Transition and Employment Designees (TEDs)
  • Transcripts for Students with Disabilities
  • Transition from IDEA Part C to Part B
  • Work-based Learning

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Caritas of Waco: Case managers work with individuals and families on GED classes, job training opportunities, food, clothing, household items, utility assistance, prescription medication assistance, rent or mortgage assistance. Great first stop for help!

Special Olympics Texas: Individuals have an opportunity to continue to participate in Special Olympics after high school. This is a great way to encourage community involvement.

Texas Health and Human Services - Disability Services: Helps individuals access services such as Medicaid and Medicaid waiver programs, housing, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), employment support, medical equipment, assistive devices, caregiver support and more.

Texas Health and Human Services - Mental Health Services: Provides access to crisis services, non-emergency services, and support for substance abuse.

Texas Workforce Solutions Directory: Enter a zipcode and quickly find your nearest office for employment and pre-employment transition services. Select that office's website to connect with your local Transition Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (TVRC). 

Graduation Type Code Flowchart: This flowchart will guide ARD Committees and LEA staff in identifying the correct graduation plan and corresponding PEIMS Graduation Type Code.

SPEDTalk with Pam & John: This podcast introduces The Student-Centered Transitions Network. About an hour of inside information on the goals of the new network.

Working with Paraprofessionals: Guide issued by TEA and ESC Region 20 on legal guidelines and best practices when working with paraprofessionals.


Garrett Center on Transition and Disability Studies: Part of Sam Houston State University, The Garrett Center offers many practical resources for students, families, educators, and community members. Great source for transition-related templates and tools!

NTACT - National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: Operating under a U.S. Department of Education grant, NTACT offers a wealth of information on evidence-based and research-based transition practices. To get access to all the great resources, create a free account and login.

Texas Education Agency Secondary Transition Guidance: This is TEA's web page dedicated entirely to secondary transition and includes guidance documents as well as helpful links.

Texas Statewide Progress in the General Curriculum (PGC) Network offsite link: This suite of resources is helpful in supporting students in curriculum required for successful post-secondary outcomes.

Texas Transition Network: This is the previous state transition network website. Look for the NEW Student-centered Transitions website to go live by the end of September!

Legal Framework: This provides reference, searchable by topic (ie: transition), for federal law, state law (including administrative code), and local board policy (if the county-district number is entered).

Memorandum of Understanding: This MOU between the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Education Agency provides a framework for the collaborative work between the two agencies. 

Notice of Transfer of Rights: This document contains the model form with information and resources for transfer of rights, guardianship, alternatives to guardianship, and supported-decision making agreement. (Notice of Transfer of Rights - Spanish)

Texas Transition and Employment Guide: This TEA document is required to be linked to each LEA's website, and must then be linked to the Legal Framework along with contact information for the LEA's Transition and Employment Designee (TED). (Texas Transition and Employment Guide - Spanish)

TWC Employment-First Policy: Texas is an employment-first state as required by state law. This web page reflects the collaboration of the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Education Agency, and the Health and Human Services Commission.