Monday, July 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM CDT
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 3:30 PM CDT

Add to Calendar 


Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 
920 W. Sioux Ave
Pierre, SD 57105

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Ramkota. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. Call 605-224-6877 and request a room under 'Black Hills Special Services Coop Summer Institute' to receive the conference rate of $96.00 + tax per night. Deadline for reserving a room under this block is June 18, 2020. 

NOTE: You cannot receive the reduced conference rate if you make your reservation  on-line.

Driving Directions 


Bev Petersen, Transition Liaison 
Transition Services Liaison Project - BHSSC
bev.petersen@state.sd.us             605.360.1877



Transition Summer Institute 2020 

                      NOTICE - NEW DATES!

Monday, July 20, 8:00am-5:00pm                               Tuesday, July 21, 8:00am-3:30pm


The Transition Summer Institute has both general and breakout sessions designed for: secondary special and general educators, special education paras, special education directors, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and other interested parties. 

Keynote Speaker: Karen Haase (back by popular demand!) is a partner in the law firm of KSB School Law, Lincoln, NE. Karen has extensive experience, comprehensive knowledge, and heartfelt devotion to special education law. She has been practicing school law for 19 years. Prior to attending law school, Karen taught at both the high school and post-secondary level. As a 'recovering teacher', she is passionate about  high-quality public education!


Karen will speak Monday, July 20 at the conference. Her morning keynote will highlight circuit court cases that relate to secondary and post-secondary transition issues such as assistive technology, transition assessment, graduation issues and more. (She will address different cases than the ones highlighted last year.) Review of these court cases emphasizes the importance of IEP teams developing meaningful transition plans with students. Her afternoon session will emphasize ethical issues for educators and other professionals when working with transition age students, student rights and responsibilities, and the importance of teaching self-determination skills.

Tuesday, July 21 highlights include a general session on DRS Transition Services-Building Effective Partnerships, as well as an Adult Agency Resource Roundup following lunch. Other session topics include: Career & Technical Education, Importance of Assistive Technology in Transition Planning, Charting the LifeCourse Tools, Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities programs, and more.

Continuing education contact hours or one graduate credit will be available for educators (pending approval). 

CRC and/or Ethics credit will be available for VR counselors (pending approval).

Registration fee ($95.00) includes continental breakfast, working lunch, and snacks on both days. You are also invited to join us on a riverboat cruise aboard The Sunset from 7-9pm on Monday, July 20 at no additional cost. See pictures of The Sunset here: https://www.sdriverboats.com/image-gallery

Register for the event by June 29 to avoid additional late fee! 

Register Now! 

  Sponsored by: