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Transition Specialists

Transition Specialists provide training on effective transition planning, practices and services and work with school districts to improve the school to post school transition and career development process students with disabilities. Transition Specialists will help districts prepare for the SPP Indicator 13 Self-Review as they move through a focused monitoring protocol of IEP’s regarding transition planning and services. In addition, they work closely with the Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University and benefit from their internationally recognized expertise related to the many aspects of disability in the workplace.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Please reference our calendar below for upcoming trainings provided by our specialists. All event information, including how to register, is included in the event details. We look forward to working with you!

Click here! Please double check workshop location before registering, as we offer trainings at multiple sites.


Keara Battisi

Keara Battisi

Keara Battisti has been with the CRPC since the fall of 2015 through the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and in the field of Special Education for 19 years. Her background in education began with an undergraduate degree from Utica College of Syracuse University followed by Master’s degree in Special Education for SUNY New Paltz, Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University and lastly a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from SUNY Cortland.

Over the course of almost two decades, 16 years were in the classroom working with grades spanning first through twelfth grades. Some of those experiences included alternative education, co-teaching, self-contained classrooms, direct and indirect consultant teaching and resource room. Each experience added an additional layer of experience to her educational career. In addition to teaching, Keara was a K-12 Assistant Principal and Chairperson of Special Education for 2 years. This experience further broadened her scope and deepened her understanding of our educational system. Her belief has always been that all children can learn given the right key to unlock their success.


Dr. Tony Trunfio

Dr. Trunfio brings over 20 years of experience to the CRPC specializing in mental health and positive psychology. Aside from the classroom, he has presented numerous workshops on motivation and student engagement across New York State.

A lifelong learner, Dr. Trunfio is committed to providing diverse audiences with the knowledge and skills necessary to enhance their personal and professional growth.