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ERIC Number: ED417886
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Coming Together through Comprehensive Professional Development: Key to Statewide Improvement Plans.
Rude, Harvey; Murray, Karl; Stockhouse, Judy
The 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires states to develop state improvement plans (SIPs) that include provisions supporting the professional development of all persons who work with disabled children. The National Association of State Directors of Special Education is establishing a professional development academy to offer a training curriculum and technical assistance that helps states meet the challenges of implementing SIP requirements. The academy will assist states to form partnerships across all agencies concerned with education, foster state infrastructures that support systems thinking, provide new knowledge and skills to state leaders, create networks and learning communities within state systems that promote high expectations for all learners, and provide technical assistance to participating state teams for sustained multiyear educational reform. The academy implementation plan consists of two training sessions per year for up to 10 state teams, with technical assistance provided during the second year. Through academy training sessions and sustained technical assistance, state teams will develop a written plan for immediate use, and the skills and knowledge needed for ongoing implementation of the systems change activities in their SIP. The academy curriculum has five content areas that reflect IDEA requirements. Purpose and themes are outlined for these areas: strategic thinking, leadership, organizational change, collaborative partnerships for professional development, and systems of accountability. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act