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Special Education

DESE Secondary Transition Resources and Materials


Advisories and Guidance

Training Materials

Comprehensive System of Professional Development (CSPD)

  • Module Three: Transition From Adolescence Into Adulthood in Massachusetts

  • Module Four: The Transition Planning Process

General Education Resources

  • Connecting Activities
    Connecting Activities is a Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education initiative that leverages a statewide infrastructure to support college and career readiness for all students.

  • DESE Office of College and Career Readiness

  • DESE Office of Tiered System of Supports

  • Massachusetts Definition of College and Career Readiness and Civic Preparation
    This definition, approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, sets out what it means for students to be prepared for success in postsecondary education and the workplace.

  • MA Guide for Implementing Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
    This resource provides guidance for the implementation and use of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP) as a student-directed college and career planning tool.

  • MA Work-Based Learning Plan
    The Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan (WBLP) is used throughout Massachusetts to structure youth employment placements, including summer jobs, internships, cooperative education placements and more. It is a four-page document (or four screens if you use the online version) that provides a job description, a list and description of key foundation skills and career and workplace-specific skills, and a performance evaluation.

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Last Updated: March 11, 2021

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