National Leadership Summit on Improving Results
In response to the need to improve secondary education and postschool
outcomes for youth with disabilities, NCSET hosted, in September
2003, its first National Leadership Summit on Improving Results
for Youth. More than 250 state agency leaders, policymakers,
and professionals representing general education, special education,
career and technical education, workforce development, vocational
rehabilitation, and other agencies participated. Parents and youth
with disabilities also participated on several of the state teams.
Teams representing 42 States and other entities, including the
Pacific Rim territories, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Bureau of Indian
Affairs, attended. The purpose of the two-day event was to build
state capacity to develop more results-driven state systems so
that youth with disabilities achieve more desirable postschool
outcomes. The Summit format was built around the work of state
teams rather than individuals which allowed states to harness
and channel the collective expertise of a diverse team of stakeholders
within each state.
Throughout the Summit, each state leadership team met in facilitated
dialogue sessions to complete a strategic action plan that identified
policies and practices to help improve access to and success in
postsecondary education, workforce preparation, and employment
for youth with disabilities. More specifically, states worked
to expand or complement their current state improvement plans
to address areas of significant need for change and improvement.
Several strategies were put into place to achieve this goal and
to collect further data on secondary education and transition
challenges for states.
The National Leadership Summit participants also benefited from
plenary sessions featuring:
This activity was supported in part by the U. S. Department
of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Cooperative
Agreement No. H326J000005). The contents of this Web site and
the views expressed during this activity do not necessarily reflect
the views or policies of the U. S. Department of Education, nor
does the mention of other organizations imply endorsement by those
organizations or the U.S. Government.
The National Leadership Summit Web page is part of the National
Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) Web site.
For more information, please contact NCSET:
National Center on Secondary
Education and Transition
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