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BEST Project – Secondary Transition Services
Vemont State Department of Education
The BEST Project is an initiative through the Vermont State Department of Education and CDCI, at the University of Vermont. The goal of the project is to increase and strengthen the regional capacity across Vermont so that schools and their communities are better able to anticipate and respond to the challenging behaviors of their students. In an effort to help schools develop more effective strategies and interventions, each school year, workshops, in-services, university coursework, institutes, and district grant opportunities are provided. The project features training and technical assistance in Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI), and most recently, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Transition services are intended to prepare students to make the transition from the world of school to the world of adulthood. In planning what type of transition services a student needs to prepare for adulthood, the IEP team must first consider areas such as vocational training, community employment and post secondary education for the student. If the IEP team thinks that independent living and community participation are appropriate for a student then these areas should also be considered. The transition services themselves are a coordinated set of activities that are based on an individual transition assessment that identifies the student's needs, preferences and interests. The resources provided on this page will help you learn more about transition – what the law requires, what information a typical transition plan contains and how transition plans are developed.