Cross-State Learning Collaboratives bring states together to form networks of shared leadership and peer support focused on priority topics related to improving outcomes for children with disabilities. NCSI facilitates four Learning Collaboratives.
Each Learning Collaborative has a virtual collaboration space that uses the Invision platform for resource sharing, discussion, and collaboration. You will find links to each Collaborative space below. These sites are password protected and designed as private workspaces for members of each Learning Collaborative.
Additional tools and resources developed by NCSI Learning Collaboratives can be found on the NCSI Resource Library.
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES (EBP)
States have been challenged to improve outcomes for students with disabilities but scaling evidence-based practices (EBPs) remains a focus area for improvement. As States continue their SSIP work they are confronted with the need to build their own capacity, as well as LEA capacity to select and implement EBPs, meet the needs of students with disabilities, evaluate the implementation of EBPs within tiered framework, and design, implement, and evaluate professional development for teachers and leaders. The Evidence-based Practices for Teaching and Learning (EBP) collaborative will focus on supporting SEAs in the area of selection, implementation, data collection and analysis to support EBPs and interventions within a tiered instructional framework; utilize implementation data related to EBPs, deepen the knowledge and practices for collaborative professional learning across special and general education; increase authentic family engagement practices; and help SEAs to understanding and apply the components of effective systems that lead to positive outcomes for teaching and learning.
IMPROVING LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOL SYSTEMS (LPSS)
As states have leveraged the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to refine accountability and technical assistance systems, schools across the country have been identified as needing Targeted School Improvement (TSI) or Comprehensive School Improvement (CSI). The performance of students with disabilities is a consistent risk factor in the identification of these schools. The Improving Low Performing School Systems (LPSS) Learning Collaborative will dive into areas of alignment and implementation of ESSA and IDEA to build and sustain system capacity, accountability, and technical assistance to actualize improvement of student results in a state’s lowest performing schools.
RESULTS-BASED ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUPPORT (RBAS)
NCSI’s Results Based Accountability and Support (RBAS) priority supports State Education Agencies in the development, implementation, and evaluation of results-based accountability and support (general supervision) systems that serve to improve outcomes for children with disabilities, while maintaining compliance under IDEA. This Collaborative will (continue to) support states in refining/redesigning systems of monitoring and supervision and address systemic approaches to differentiating support to districts based on results-based data. This work includes thinking about collecting and analyzing monitoring data, integrating fiscal components, and aligning systems of support, among other related considerations.
STATE EDUCATION AGENCY LEADERSHIP (SEAL)
The SEA Leadership (SEAL) Collaborative is focused on meeting the unique needs of state special education directors as systems change agents. SEAL is a space for state directors to engage in shared learning that strengthens capacity to provide leadership that launches, deepens, and/or sustains systemic improvement efforts to promote positive results for SWD. SEAL provides a way for new and newish directors to connect and learn with each other and from national experts who have experience leading state systems. It also creates opportunities for more seasoned directors to access resources (both people and experiences) to deepen their capacity in systems coherence and alignment, transformational leadership, talent management, and other areas of interest and focus established by the group.