All About Transition
Rob's Story Self-Determination Transition-Focused Planning Empowering Students

In This Module:

In this module, you will get to meet Rob Schaffner, and his mother Beth . Rob is a young adult with a disability who co-authored this module along with his mother. Rob and Beth assisted with the creation of this module with the intent to educate today’s teachers and future teachers about student friendly practices when working with young adults who are transitioning from school to post-secondary life. In this module, you will learn what research has to say about this topic, as well as Rob and Beth’s perspective.

Module Objectives:

After completing the entire module, you should be able to:

  1. Learn about Rob's experiences with transitioning to adulthood.
  2. Describe Beth's recommended practices for parent-teacher collaboration when preparing students for successful post-secondary outcomes.
  3. Understand the major components of post-secondary transition

All About . . . Module Series:

The "All About . . ." module series was created with the intent to educate today's teachers about parent-teacher collaboration within five key areas: (1) Inclusion; (2) Individualized Education Plans; (3) Behavior; (4) Transition; and (5) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families. Too often teacher training programs address parent-teacher collaboration with very broad information making it difficult for educators to know detailed strategies for families who may be dealing with a child who has very specific needs. In response to this instructional gap, I partnered with various families and co-authored these modules to tell their story, their perspective, and to provide educators with their ideas and beliefs about effective parent-teacher collaboration. These modules are not meant to be used as sole learning packets about one of the five topics, but rather they are meant to be used as a supplementary to a class or unit that addresses the topic with the intent to include the family perspective about collaboration. It is our hope that you will find these modules to be useful and informative as you work with diverse students and their families through your career.

Tracy Gershwin Mueller, Ph.D. &
The families (Anna Stewart, Michelle Gonzalez-Yoder, Rob & Beth Schaffner, & María Avina)


To go through the content of this module, click on the topics above to go directly to the module chapters. You can go in any order and revisit any section. At the top right hand corner you can click on the home icon to return to the home page. On the right side, you can learn more about transition in the "I Wonder" section.

When you are done, click on the Module Assessment link (right top corner). A learning assessment will follow.


Hello, and welcome to the All About Transition Module: A Guide for Preparing Students and their Families for Successful Post-Secondary Outcomes

This module was funded from a 2006 Sliver/Set-Aside grant from the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) (more about the grant).

Module Assessment
About this module
Suggested Readings
I Wonder ...
What does the law say about transition?
What is person-centered planning?
What are some common obstacles with transition planning?