This website, http://www.ideapartnership.org/ reflects
the collaborative work of more than 55 national organizations, as well
as technical assistance providers, and State and local organizations and
agencies. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs
(OSEP), the Partner organizations form a community with the potential to
transform the way we work.
Information, resources, and services available are highlighted
Dialogue Guides are models
for conducting interactive discussions across stakeholders in States and
districts. These packages make new use of dependable and publicly
available information, thus reducing the need to produce new papers.
Each Guide circulates a common set of source materials and
suggested procedures for involving various audiences in States and
districts. In this manner, stakeholders (families, practitioners,
professional associations, professors, policymakers, legislators) all
over the country can begin interacting in new ways around implementation
Also in collaboration with the partners,
additional Dialogue Guides are being written for your use. The
current list of documents for Dialogue Guides development was
selected by the partners. As other documents are selected, new Guides
will be developed to communicate the additional information.
partnership is interested in receiving your suggestions to make their
work more responsive to your needs.
A Community of Practice (CoP)
is quite simply a group of people that agree to interact regularly to
solve a persistent problem or improve practice in an area that is
important to them. CoPs exist in many forms, some large in scale and
dealing with complex problems, others small in scale and focused on a
problem at a very specific level. CoPs are a way of working that invite
the groups that have a stake in an issue to be a part of the problem
solving. The CoP develops its own schedule or "rhythm" for interacting
and creates mechanisms to communicate that give access to all the
As partner organizations work with each other and with
States, they identify shared interests. Shared interests are powerful
motivators that can move people to come together for extraordinary
results. When stakeholders become allies with state agencies to improve
the existing system, great things become possible. In the CoP, members
learn from each other and take action together in coordinated ways.
IDEA Partner organizations choose to participate in a CoP based on the
value it can add their organization.
Collaboration on Issues
around issues is one of the major strategies for the IDEA Partnership.
The emphasis in the work is on doing things that add value together.
Several workgroups that are composed of representatives from
national organizations are working together to create materials and
guides that help their constituents to use the abundance of products
that have been developed by federal technical assistance investments.
new section of the IDEA Partnership website will feature links to the
collection of materials, customizable PowerPoint presentations,
interactive dialogue guides, a compendium of available materials and
much more. All of the materials have been stakeholder rated and
Collaboration with Groups
Acting on its goals of
promoting collaboration, the IDEA Partnership pursues work across groups
in two main ways: working with partner organizations around their
shared interests and issues and working with national issue centers to
engage the partner organizations.
The Topics Database section
contains information on a variety of topics and related issues
regarding the implementation of NCLB, IDEA and other legislation. The
section organizes the information by first providing the "big picture"
of each topic and then sub-topics and issues from which you can choose
to find out more information.
This approach provides the
legislative context in which to understand each topic, as well as the
important interrelationships to other topics in other laws that impact
students and youth with disabilities. After choosing an issue, you can
view information from Federal Sources and IDEA Partnership
Organizations, including vetted documents from the U.S. Department of
Education and resource documents from the fifty-five IDEA Partnership
Results for Kids: Resources
library of online information responds to several challenges and
opportunities inherent in the Individuals with Disabilities Education
Act (IDEA 2004) and the No Child Left Behind Act:
(a) early intervening to prevent learning difficulties from
leading to academic failure;
(b) response to intervention to
determine progress and adjust instruction;
(c) the need for
instruction that works for culturally and/or linguistically diverse
(d) the imperative to reduce referrals of children who do
not need special education;
(e) the impetus to increase success for
all students in the general curriculum;
(f) the contribution of
non-academic services to improving academic performance; and
"Raising Achievement: A New Path for No Child Left Behind," a 2005
initiative of the
U.S. Department of Education.
Therefore, the RKR library centers largely on models,
curricula, practices, policy, research, and resources generated in
general education and related arenas -- to the extent that these can be
applied to improve outcomes for all learners. Because special education
has developed ways to make general education more applicable to
struggling learners, results of research and development from some of
these sources are included.
Many Voices: Citations
from Web-Based Journals & Other Periodicals
is a collection of citations and links to selected articles from a
large number of professional journals and other substantive publications
that are available online. It will give you easy access to the voices
of a broad range of organizations, centers, and institutions concerned
with general education, special education, related disciplines,
education of culturally and linguistically diverse students, and many
Articles are reviewed for their
relevance to systems change, administration, policy, and practice in
terms of the No Child Left Behind Act and IDEA and related concerns of
policymakers, administrators, practitioners, and families. The vast
majority of citations are linked to full texts. But there are some that
lead to abstracts and information on acquiring the text. No article is
dated earlier than 2000.
This section of the
partnership website is designed to let you hear the voice of others and
help you find your own voice. In YOUR
VOICE you can choose a topic from the drop down
menu and share your insights. You can identify emerging issues,
recommend resources and/or share a promising practice. http://ideapartnership.org/page.cfm?pageid=9