Welcome to California's Leading Source for Transition Professional Development

Due to high demand and many requests, ACES Transition Training is now available anytime, anywhere!

Beginning Fall of 2022, all of ACES Transition Training modules will be available as on-demand asynchronous courses.

Why Transition Training?

While most secondary special education practitioners and administrators recognize the need for more comprehensive and improved professional preparation in transition, the reality is that both newly credentialed teachers and very experienced teachers still lack the training and competency to conduct legal transition assessments, develop compliant and meaningful transition plans, and implement transition services through a collaborative school and community system of supports. 

Preparing educators to be highly qualified and competent transition professionals requires an in-depth training program that covers a wide range of transition competencies and skills. Good programs usually span several days at minimum, and better yet, are delivered through a semester or year-long course with a few colleges even beginning to offer a stand-alone credential in Transition.

However, most professionals who need transition training need it now and they do not have the time or ability to access comprehensive college courses or certification programs that can provide such training. This is where ACES fills the gap. ACES Transition Trainings are presented by certified trainers who actively work on the front-lines of transition and have years of experience, research, and training in the field. Our trainings are providing something that most credentialing programs or transition presentations can't do -- that is, practical information, tools, and strategies that teachers can actually absorb and implement immediately.

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Transition 101

A Quick-Start Guide to IDEA’s Transition Mandate & the Implications for Developing Compliant Transition Plans

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Coming Soon

The following Transition Courses will be launched during Fall of 2022


The Transition Rubric: A Case Study


Transition Programming


Transition Services & Instruction


Transition Assessment


Transition Report Writing


The ABCs of ITPs

Instructor: Rachel De Bruin

The training sessions 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. In her current role as Transition Coordinator, Rachel remains on the front lines of Transition. She oversees all aspects of the organization's transition program as well as conducts assessments, writes reports, develops plans, and delivers services. Aside from her current position, Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in special education as a teacher, administrator, curriculum and assessment developer, trainer, and consultant. Rachel’s trainings 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 Ed Teacher for Mod/Sev Class

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

CA Special Education Attorney

"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

"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. 

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