ERIC Number: ED505972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Technical Assistance Model for Long Term Systems Change
Kahn, Lynne; Hurth, Joicey; Diefendorf, Martha; Kasprzak, Christina; Lucas, Anne; Ringwalt, Sharon
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC)
The National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) was charged by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) from 2001-2006 to develop, implement, and evaluate an approach to technical assistance that would result in sustainable systems change in state Early Intervention and Preschool Special Education programs served under the early childhood provisions of IDEA. Even with the individualized nature of the systems change work with states, and with the variation across plans on a number of dimensions, NECTAC was able to determine the most effective strategies relating to the development and implementation processes for producing better results. The most important lessons learned are incorporated into the description of the model in this paper and can be applied to future technical assistance with states on system change initiatives. Attachments include: (1) Example of Foundational Components of a State Systems Change Plan; (2) Example of a Visual Depiction of a State Systems Change Plan; and (3) Example of a TA Activity/Strategy Description.
Descriptors: Technical Assistance, Special Education, Strategic Planning, Educational Policy, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Development, State Programs, Federal Regulation, Models, Accessibility (for Disabled), Early Childhood Education, Individualized Family Service Plans
National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC). Campus Box 8040, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040. Tel: 919-962-2001; Fax: 919-966-7463; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nectac.org/pubs/pubs.asp
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, Chapel Hill, NC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act