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Overview

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education, has instituted a new technical assistance initiative called Technical Assistance Communities of Practice (TA Communities). The TA Communities are groups of state and local administrators, educators, and TA providers who share their expertise, issues, and solutions to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families using the Web-based forum http://www.tacommunities.org/.

The TA Communities are free and provide community members and visitors with:

  • opportunities to collaborate, communicate, and problem-solve with technical assistance providers and peers;
  • forums to suggest and develop resources, solutions, and materials;
  • platforms to discuss topics with knowledge developers;
  • access to colleagues, activities, and current events related to a topic of interest; and
  • search engines that enable participants to easily find information that pertains to their topic.

TA Communities have been formed in six key areas:

  • Identification - Part C
  • Settings - Part C
  • Exiting - Part B (see below)
  • 619 LRE - Part B
  • LRE - Part B
  • Data - Part C/B

OSEP’s Technical Assistance and Dissemination Networks are supporting the TA Communities.

For more information about the OSEP's TA Communities, visit www.tacommunities.org.


NCSET's TA Communities of Practice

Staff of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition are managing the following TA communities (to learn more about each communty and to join, select the links below):

Exiting - Part B
The mission of the Exiting - Part B Community of Practice is to create opportunities for participants to learn from each other about how to improve state and community capacity to prepare all students for successful school completion and successful postschool outcomes such as postsecondary education, employment, and independent living.

Leveraging Resources
The mission of the Leveraging Resources Community of Practice is to create opportunities for participants to learn from each other and experts about how to build state and community capacity to prepare all youth for successful school completion and postschool roles.

Transition to Postsecondary Education
The mission of the Transition to Postsecondary Education Community of Practice is to create a venue for participants to learn from each other about how to ensure that ALL youth with disabilities, including youth with intellectual disabilities, have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in postsecondary education.

Postschool Outcome Data - moved
The mission of the Postschool Outcome Data Community of Practice is to create opportunities for participants to learn from each other and experts about how to build state and local capacity to collect data on the postschool outcomes of youth with disabilities and to use this information to improve these policies and practices at the state and local level.
Note: This Community of Practice was facilitated by NCSET from its inception through the year 2005. It is now hosted by the National Post-School Outcomes Center. Here we provide archived listserv messages and teleconference call notes, as well as links to the current host of this Community of Practice.

 


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