Focus Areas

Current Initiatives

1) Improve and promote social/emotional programming, including mental health, by assisting districts with social/emotional curriculum and program development at the elementary and secondary levels.
  • a. Continue support with Boys Town training and networking opportunities.
  • b. Further exploration of Pyramid Model (formerly TACSEI-Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions) for the early childhood population.
  • c. Promote Infinitec training modules regarding mental health diagnoses.
  • d. Explore mental health training options for district staff.
2) Increase the understanding of roles and responsibilities for educating students with disabilities through trainings and support to:
 
  • Paraprofessionals:
  • a. Training for paraprofessionals (Infinitec, video modules).
  • b. Assist school districts in developing a systematic process for ongoing communication with paraprofessionals (scheduling trainings/meetings).
  • c. Provide resources for districts to train paraprofessionals regarding child specific disabilities.
  • d. Provide resources and support regarding roles and responsibilities of the paraprofessional in the school environment.
     
  • General Educators:
  • a. Provide resources to help student support teams bring appropriate referrals to CST teams.
  • b. Provide resources to assist teachers with understanding disabilities and implementing accommodations to meet the unique needs of the students.
3) Increase knowledge, skill base, and practice to identify suspected needs of students using a Data-Based Decision Making Process.
  • a. Increase skills and practice of thoughtful evaluation planning.
  • b. Increase competency in collectively synthesizing information (focus, align, and articulate) from the evaluation data.
  • c. Assist teachers in developing comprehensive present levels of performance.
  • d. Provide training to write goals and objectives that easily lend themselves to data collection.
4) Promote and implement transition programming throughout NLSEC.
  • a. Assist teachers in implementing transition curricula.
  • b. Increase direct instruction in the area of transition needs.
  • c. Increase opportunities for Work Based Learning experiences.
  • d. Clearly define the parameters of Work Based Learning.
 
Maintain Continuing Efforts
 
1) Monitoring
  • a. Provide continuing guidance to successfully implement due process.
2) Provide assistance to all districts for effective Problem Solving Teams.
  • a. Increase understanding and use of scientifically research based pre-referral interventions.
  • b. Train teams on the use of data collection systems as part of the pre-referral and progress monitoring processes.
  • c. Offer guidance for Tier 2 intervention programming.
 
3) Support staff and student learning through the use of technology.
 
4) Continue to build capacity of AT throughout the NLSEC.
 
5) Promote and facilitate opportunities, events, resources, and publications as a way of providing information to families of students with disabilities.
 
6) Continue to support the Interagency Council to provide eligible children with disabilities and their families with a coordinated, multi-disciplinary, Interagency, intervention services system that is family-centered, community based and culturally competent.