About NSTTAC

 

TA&D Couch Session with NSTTAC: David Test, Paula Kohler and Catherine Fowler from TACC on Vimeo.

 

NSTTAC is a national technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP, CFDA# 84.326J11001) from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2014.

The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center ( NSTTAC ) is directed and staffed by the Special Education Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in partnership with the Special Education Program at Western Michigan University. NSTTAC provides technical assistance (TA) and disseminates information to State Education Agencies, Local Education Authorities, schools, and other stakeholders to (a) implement and scale up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implement policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieve 100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13).  To do this, NSTTAC will:

1. Conduct Knowledge Development Activities. We will (a) continue our comprehensive literature review and prepare papers synthesizing research on policies and practices related to transition of students with disabilities to postsecondary education and the workforce, and (b) continue to analyze Part B of State APRs to determine current status of appropriate postsecondary goals and implementation of transition services that support, or create barriers, to improved performance.

2. Provide Technical Assistance and Dissemination Activities. We will (a) provide a continuum of technical assistance activities, with a minimum of five states receiving intensive TA; (b) maintain and expand our Web site, meeting government or industry-recognized standards for accessibility; (c) further prepare and disseminate materials on developing appropriate postsecondary goals and implementing transition services and related topics; (d) continue to develop materials, guidance, and TA for States on Indicator 13; (e) continue to help States improve data collection and reporting systems for I-13; and (f) host annual national institutes that engage researchers, policymakers, administrators, practitioners, and other appropriate stakeholders in information exchange and strategic planning on developing appropriate postsecondary goals and implementing transition services.

3. Provide Leadership and Coordination Activities. We will (a) expand our collaborative partnerships to business organizations to promote employment of individuals with disabilities and expand work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities; (b) continue to compile and share data on I-13; (c) establish an advisory committee to review activities and outcomes and provide support and advice throughout the project; (d) expand collaborations with other projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education; and (e) continue to participate in, organize, and facilitate communities of practice aligned with needs of target audiences.

STATE OF TRANSITION

High school graduation traditionally signifies a time filled with many challenges and changes. It is a time anxiously awaited by students and parents, filled with hopes and dreams of successfully leaving high school and moving into employment and/or postsecondary education. Halpern (1992) has defined this transition as "a period of floundering that occurs for at least the first several years after leaving school as adolescents attempt to assume a variety of adult roles in their communities" (p. 203) . Unfortunately for students with disabilities the "floundering period" often lasts for years, and in some cases, a lifetime. To ensure full implementation of IDEA and to help youth with disabilities and their families achieve desired post-school outcomes, NSTTAC helps states build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities.

PURPOSE OF NSTTAC

The purpose of NSTTAC is to provide technical assistance (TA) and disseminate information on (a) implementing and scaling up evidence-based practices leading to improved academic and functional achievement for students with disabilities, preparing them for college or other postsecondary education and training and the workforce; (b) implementing policies, procedures, and practices to facilitate and increase participation of students with disabilities in programs and initiatives designed to ensure college- and career-readiness; and (c) achieving  100% compliance with IDEA, Part B Indicator 13 (I-13). 

 

PROJECT STAFF

David Test, Project Co-Principal Investigator – Knowledge Generation
Department of Special Education and Child Development
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte , NC 28223
704-687-8853
704-687-1625 (fax)
dwtest@uncc.edu

Paula Kohler, Project Co-Principal Investigator – Capacity Building
Department of Educational Studies
Western Michigan University
3506 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo , MI 49008
269-387-5955
269-387-2826 (fax)
paula.kohler@wmich.edu

Marlene Simon-Burroughs, Project Officer
Associate Division Director
Secondary Transition, Postsecondary Team
Office of Special Education Programs [auto link to OSEP website]
U.S. Department of Education
550 12th Street, S.W., Room 4151
Washington, DC 20202-2600
Ph (202) 245-7525  Fax (202) 245-7619
Marlene.Simon-Burroughs@ed.gov
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/index.html

Catherine Fowler, Project Coordinator
Special Education & Child Development
9201 University City Blvd. , UNC Charlotte
Charlotte , NC 29223
704-687-8735
704-687-1625 (fax)
chfowler@uncc.edu

Jennifer Coyle
Technical Assistance Coordinator
National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center
Western Michigan University
Department of Educational Studies
3407 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
269-387-2824
269-387-2826 (fax)
jennifer.l.hill@wmich.edu

Joanne Nicholls
Technical Assistance Coordinator (WMU)
Western Michigan University
3530 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5259
269-387-2821

Florence Parkhill,
Project Administrative Assistant
UNC Charlotte
704-687-8606
fgparkhi@uncc.edu

Karen DeVries
Project Associate (WMU)
Western Michigan University
3530 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5259
269-387-6181
karen.j.devries@wmich.edu

Jennifer Cease-Cook, Doctoral Research Assistant, UNC Charlotte
Lydia Schuck, Doctoral Research Assistant, WMU

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