ERIC Number: ED461237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-1
State Technical Assistance Initiatives for IDEA Part B Programs.
This report discusses a study that examined state technical assistance (TA) infrastructures that support research-based practices for improved outcomes for students with disabilities served under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The 10 participating states included: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. Results from the study indicate the semantics of defining technical and professional development has resulted in a variety of descriptions across the 10 states. The study also revealed four consistent themes regarding factors necessary for providing effective state-level TA. These factors are equally important and dependent on collaborative efforts among federal, state, and local stakeholders. Factors include: (1) a dissemination mechanism must be in place to integrate TA into daily practice in local schools; (2) qualified educators, related service providers, and administrators must be on the front lines in order for TA to be used effectively; (3) ongoing relationships must be nurtured with key individuals to promote collaboration between the education system and other agencies/organizations; and (4) evaluation of TA activities must focus on the impact of the TA initiatives. Appendices include definitions and the survey. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, Professional Development, Research Utilization, State Programs, State School District Relationship, Technical Assistance, Theory Practice Relationship
Project FORUM, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, 1800 Diagonal Rd., Suite 320, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Tel: 703-519-7008 (TDD); Fax: 703-519-3808; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.nasdse.org/forum.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Prepared for Project FORUM.