The 2021-2022 Transition Workshop Series' have Concluded.

 Thank you to all who attended either of the sold-out series'. The ACES board will be meeting soon to consider offering the series again in 2022-23. Contact us for more information or to discuss a private training.

ACES Presents:

Transition Training: A Three-Part Workshop Series

ACES is excited to offer our Fall 2021  and Spring 2022 Transition Training line-up offered as a three-part online workshop series. Attendees are welcome to attend a single workshop on a focused topic or attend all three workshops in a series for a comprehensive professional development program.  

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Workshop #1: The Law

This workshop will take a deep dive into IDEA’s transition mandate and decipher each component of this highly misunderstood and confusing law. In addition, the workshop will cover the top misinterpretations and errors that trigger due process proceedings and how to avoid those. Infused throughout the workshop are findings from very recent court cases and research that are transforming how we perceive the transition process. Attendees will deepen their understanding of the transition process both from a legal standpoint and a best practices standpoint.


Fall Series: September 24, 2021  from 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT
(Registration is full and closed)
Spring Series: January 21, 2022 from 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT 


$79 (Save 15% when you register for all three workshops)

Workshop #2: The Plan

This workshop will take a step-by-step approach to the initial phases of the Individual Transition Plan (ITP). Age-appropriate transition assessments will be covered in detail (and why most assessments used do NOT meet legal criteria or best practices).  We will cover how to identify assessments that meet the full requirement of the law and then how to use the results of those assessments to inform the development of student postsecondary goals and annual goals. Attendees will learn how to write a comprehensive transition report that meets IDEA criteria and CA Ed Code 56327. In addition, attendees will receive a transition report template and examples of legally compliant and meaningful ITPs and transition reports. 


Fall Series: October 22, 2021 from 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT
(Registration is full and closed)

Spring Series: March 4, 2022 from 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT


$79 (Save 15% when you register for all three workshops)

Workshop #3: The Program

This third workshop will continue the training on the ITP with an emphasis on transition services, how to document them on the ITP/IEP, and how to integrate them into a comprehensive school-wide transition program that goes beyond the walls of the special ed classroom. Attendees will learn how to partner with general education programs and staff, guidance counselors,  and community agencies for the provision of transition services and learn how to document this system of coordination on the ITP/IEP.  The popular and customizable tool, “Transition Planning Matrix” will be presented that makes the entire transition planning, programming, and implementation process as simple and time-saving as possible. 


Fall Series: December 3, 2021 from 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT
(Registration is full and closed)

Spring Series: April 1, 2022 from 8:30am to 2:00pm PDT


$79 (Save 15% when you register for all three workshops)

Extended Learning and Transition Certification Option: Asynchronous Case Study 

Participants who attend all three workshops are eligible to participate in an asynchronous case study assignment to demonstrate their learning, get feedback on their work, and earn the ACES Transition Certification. The case study will involve analyzing a student's transition assessments and IEP records and then developing a comprehensive Transition Report.

THERE'S MORE! The Teacher's College of San Joaquin (TCSJ) has partnered with ACES to provide recipients of the ACES's Transition Certification with a college credit/unit and a college transcript record of the "Transition Certification." An additional $75 payable to the TCSJ applies.

WHEN: Asynchronous. Participants have 8 weeks from the last workshop to submit the assignment.

COST: $50 discounted fee if paid prior to first workshop. After the workshop series begins on January 21st, the fee increases to $100.  (An additional $75 is payable to TCSJ if the college credit is desired)

Meet Rachel

The workshops are presented by Rachel De Bruin who is a certified Transition Trainer and a Transition Coordinator for a large network of schools that span 11 California counties. She has more than 20 years of experience in special education as a teacher, administrator, curriculum and assessment developer, trainer, and consultant. Rachel’s workshops are grounded in law, research, and best practices but blended with years of personal experience. As a result, attendees will walk away with strategies, solutions, and tools that are both legally defensible and practical for the purposes of developing or improving any or all aspects of transition planning and programming.

What People Are Saying

On behalf of ACES, Rachel has conducted a variety of transition workshops throughout California for educators, college professionals, parents, attorneys, and more. Attendees highly regard Rachel's trainings and recommend them to their colleagues. Here's some of what they are saying:

"I loved this training! Rachel is an expert, and I learned so much in a short time. It was very comprehensive, and I loved the combination of law and practice. I felt like every piece of information included was valuable - there was no wasted time. This was one of the best and most useful training presentations I've attended."

CA Special Education Attorney

"This was one of the best and most beneficial trainings I have ever been to. I like how Rachel relates case law with research and best practices. The way the training was set up made so much sense to me. I can't wait to attend the next two trainings." 

Program Specialist

"This was a fantastic presentation! I learned so much and it will definitely inform the transition plans I create." 

Special Education Teacher for Mod/Severe Class

"Rachel is extremely thorough in covering the aspects of a robust transition plan and integrating it throughout the IEP. Fantastic training! Extremely valuable!" 

High School Resource Specialist

"Rachel is remarkable at what she does, and I would recommend her trainings to anyone who is responsible for developing Transition Services." 

K.H., Program Specialist

"Truly all of Rachel's presentation was incredibly helpful and informative!"  

CA Special Education Attorney

"All of resources and tools that Rachel shared were especially beneficial."

SDC Teacher

"One of the best trainings I have attended in some time. Thank you!"

 M.C., Education Specialist

"Everything was beneficial! I like the progression from law and research to transition planning to transition programming. It was all presented in a very logical order with material both being easy to understand and visually pleasing. I loved the action steps that you gave at the end of each presentation. This has really been the most helpful PD I have taken in my sped career. " 

C.T., RSP/Program Specialist

Thank you again for such wonderful training. Thanks to what I learned at the training we were able to show evidence as to why a student should be able to move to the certificate track instead of the diploma and convince the district. I was able to present the data to two educational lawyers and in the end, took a super contentious litigious IEP and find common ground with a student-centered outcome. Thank you for your help with this situation. 

Special Ed Department Chair


Attendees of ACES Transition Workshops will gain access to hundreds of transition resources from comprehensive guides, research, curriculum, assessments, sample ITPs, and more. 

In addition, registrants will have access to a recording of the workshop following the event. 

Seating is limited, register early!

The Fall Workshop Series sold-out fast and we anticipate the Spring Workshop Series will as well. We understand how difficult it is to attend full-day workshops due to the substitute crisis and especially heavy workloads during these unprecedented times. For that reason, each of the workshops will be recorded and made available to registrants following each workshop should a registrant not be able to attend part or all of a workshop. Please contact ACES with additional questions. If you would like to schedule a custom or private workshop for your organization, let us know!  There are no refunds on the workshops.

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