2015 NDTAC National Conference

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   Looking Ahead: Preparing for the Future of Your State
   Title I, Part D Program

Overview & Conference Presentations

The 2015 National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk (NDTAC) National Conference—“Looking Ahead: Preparing for the Future of Your State Title I, Part D Program”— provided participants with ideas and strategies that they can put into place to identify and address risks that may stand in the way of fully implementing their State Part D program goals. Conference sessions also discussed the value of revising or modifying State Part D plans as well as engaging in annual goal setting.

Access select conference presentations, handouts, and activities by clicking on the sessions below:

Title I, Part D Program Office Expansion and Plans for Federal Monitoring

In this preconference workshop, staff from the Office of Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) discussed the Federal monitoring process for the Part D program, including the OSHS monitoring plan and Part D monitoring indicators, ways in which OSHS is using risk assessments to prioritize which States to monitor, common monitoring findings, and ways to prepare for a Federal monitoring review.

  • Presenters
    • John McLaughlin, OSHS
    • Maureen Herman, OSHS
    • Debbie Little, OSHS
    • Sharon Burton, OSHS
    • Andy Brake, OSHS
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Keynote Session: Reentry Demonstration Grantees

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) awarded three national demonstration grants focused on the reentry needs of youth with disabilities. Project Respect, Integrity, and Success Through Education (Project RISE) is a 4-year demonstration project that partners with Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections. The two principal investigators for Project RISE presented on the latest transition and reentry research, shared the purpose of the project, provided data that have been collected thus far and discussed the reentry outcomes for youth who are engaged in Project RISE services and supports. Project RISE’s project director and transition specialist joined the session via video to discuss their work with youth who have disabilities leaving secure placement and the relationships they have established with the community to ensure a more effective and smooth transition into the community for the youth. The combination of researchers (principal investigators) and practitioners (project director and transition coordinator) provided a comprehensive session that appealed to all coordinators.

Plenary Session I: Using the Federal Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings to Support Risk Management

All State education agencies (SEAs), State agencies, local education agencies, facilities, and instructional programs have resources, systems, and processes in place that reflect their strategic and operational performance goals, fiscal requirements, and legal obligations. Anything that compromises or jeopardizes the ability of a SEA or its subgrantees to achieve these priorities is a risk. This session provided an overview of the Federal guidance on providing high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings, discussed how these guiding principles can offer a framework for SEAs to self-assess risks to their Part D programs, and explained what risk management is. Panelists, representing local, State, and National perspectives, shared examples of red flags that indicate that an instructional program is at risk of not achieving the Federal guiding principles; not meeting the academic needs of students; and/or not meeting Federal, State, and/or local policy requirements, teaching and learning standards, or program performance targets.

Plenary Session II: Title I, Part D State Plans

The Part D statute requires the development of comprehensive State plans and the periodic review and revision of such plans to reflect changes in States’ needs, strategies, and programs. This session highlighted the importance of reviewing and revising State plans, components of comprehensive State plans, and examples of how other States have revised and utilized their plans. John McLaughlin, the Part D program officer from ED, discussed goal setting and indicators. Katie Deal, the NDTAC State liaison, provided an overview of the components of Part D State plans and facilitated a panel of State Part D coordinators, who described their experiences with updating and using their plans to guide program development and implementation.  

  • Presenters
    • John McLaughlin, OSHS
    • Katie Deal, NDTAC State Liaison
    • James Lovett, State Part D Coordinator, Arizona
    • Kathleen Sande, State Part D Coordinator, Washington
    • Stacy Wojdak-Goodman, State Part D Coordinator, Colorado
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Federal Updates and Q&A Sessions

During the Federal panel and Q & A sessions, coordinators heard from several offices within the US Departments of Education and Justice. Representatives were from the National Center for Education Statistics, Office of Career,Technical and Adult Education, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Special Education Programs and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Office of Justice Programs. The Federal partners discussed new initiatives in their offices that relate to the work State Part D Coordinators or their subgrantees are engaged in as they address the educational and related needs of children in the state and/or local neglected and delinquent systems. A major focus of the conversation on Day 3 centered on the jointly released Correctional Education Guidance Package and the implications for Title I, Part D programs. This session concluded with a question and answer session allowing coordinators to have direct access to Federal agency staff.