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ERIC Number: ED543879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Creating State-Specific Resources: A Technical Assistance Model That Works. Primers on Implementing Special Education in Charter Schools. Special Report
Lange, Cheryl M.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
A model developed by the Technical Assistance Customizer (TAC) Project offers state education agencies and other organizations an approach to assist them with converting national findings and resources to state-specific materials in a timely and cost-effective manner. Moreover, the approach recognizes the importance of collaboration with and the input of major stakeholders in the development of usable technical assistance documents that are applicable to state-level audiences. Building upon an approach utilized by leaders at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and work completed through federally funded projects, the TAC project team designed a technical assistance model specifically to assist state education agencies and other organizations in writing state-specific materials developed from national resources. Although the implementation of special education in charter schools was the specific issue addressed in the development of the TAC Model, application of this approach has merit in the development of state-specific technical assistance materials in other areas. Feedback from TAC participants highlighted the usefulness of the model and its applicability to a broad range of topics of interest to state agencies. The purpose of this report is to share an approach that is effective and mindful of the time and resources available at state and local levels for the development of technical assistance resources and documents. The process is explained through the TAC Project's experience with converting national technical assistance materials on charter schools and special education into state-specific resources. This article includes background on the charter issue, descriptions of the national technical assistance process and customizing approach, the TAC Model's applicability to other types of technical assistance, and a concluding section on lessons learned. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
National Association of State Directors of Special Education. 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-519-3800; Fax: 703-519-3808; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)