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TIES Center: Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

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Project Name
TIES Center: Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Description

The TIES Center mission is to create sustainable changes in school and district educational systems so that students with significant cognitive disabilities can fully engage in the same instructional and non-instructional activities as their general education peers while being instructed in a way that meets individual learning needs. Future project activities will support increased student engagement and improved learning outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

The primary outcome of the TIES Center, which is a National Technical Assistance Center on Inclusive Practices and Policies, is to improve the quality of instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities in inclusive environments through the use of existing curriculum and instructional materials. The center will also provide models and coaching to both general education and special education teachers to create more inclusive opportunities. In addition, the TIES Center will support changes to inclusive practices and policies within partner state and local education agencies.

The TIES Center has identified five goals to support its outcomes:

  1. Develop professional learning communities in partner state and local education agencies.
  2. Develop coaching models for implementation of resources, inclusive practices and communicative competence.
  3. Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing resources.
  4. Support parents to become partners in the practice of inclusion for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  5. Support systems change within the leadership of state and local education agencies for implementation of inclusive practices.

Timeline

2018-2022

Funder

Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs

Partners

The University of Minnesota’s National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC)
University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG)
University of Kentucky (UK)
University of Cincinnati (UC)
Arizona Department of Education

Project Directors

Sheryl Lazarus, PhD, PI
Kristin Liu, PhD, Co-PI
Jose Blackorby, PhD, Partner Member
Liz Hartmann, PhD, Partner Member

Contact

For project inquiries, please contact Terri Vandercook at NCEO.

Visit the TIES Center Website