Leveraging Resources Community of Practice
Welcome to the NCSET Technical Assistance Community of Practice
on Leveraging Resources. Our mission is to create opportunities
for participants to learn from each other and experts about how
to build state and community capacity to prepare all youth for successful
school completion and postschool roles.
Through this Community, states will learn strategies to create
systems linkages that align resources and build mutually beneficial
relationships for improved postschool outcomes. As a result, state
personnel can improve communication across systems, sustain meaningful
relationships, and build the capacity of resources across systems.
This Community provides members and visitors with:
- a forum to suggest and develop resources, solutions, and materials;
- opportunities to collaborate, communicate, and problem-solve
on topics related to collaboration and resource mapping;
- opportunities to share best practices for improved collaboration
and alignment of resources;
- access to colleagues, activities, and current events related
to collaboration and resource mapping; and
- links to information on collaboration, team development and
The content and discussion of this Community will focus on:
- Collaboration: Bringing stakeholders with mutual
interests together to exchange information, plan jointly, align
resources, and make systems-level decisions.
- Resource mapping: Resource mapping allows systems
to be built around a common purpose using a strategic process
or methodology that identifies community capabilities and capacities.
Resource mapping reveals the resources and assets of the entire
community and highlights the connections among them. Resource
mapping focuses on fostering relationships among and between various
community agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals.
E-mail Discussion Forum
One of the basic features of this Community is an e-mail based
discussion forum or listserv. This feature - the only closed section
of our community of practice - allows members to post questions,
comments, and information and to share ideas with other members.
We are open to a wide range of information, questions, opinions,
requests, and news.
By joining the discussion forum, members can learn from their colleagues
and engage in peer-to-peer conversations about their challenges,
successes, and lessons learned regarding leveraging resources, collaboration,
and resource mapping. This forum will also generate information
regarding “best practices” from States.
To access this section of the community, you must sign up to be
a member of the community listserv. Specific communication guidelines
and groundrules will be provided once individuals subscribe.
To Sign Up
- Create an e-mail addressed to email@example.com.
- Leave the Subject line blank.
- In the Body of the message, type subscribe
levresources yourfirstname yourlastname (insert
your actual first and last name). Ex. subscribe levresources
- Send the message.
You will receive an e-mail requesting you to confirm your subscription
request. Watch for this e-mail and respond within 48 hours or else
your request will not go through. If you have any questions or need
assistance, contact Megan Dushin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Products & Resources
NCSET Publications & Web Topics
Please read the following resources offered by NCSET related to
collaboration and resource mapping:
School and Community Resources (September 2002)
NCSET Web Topic
This topic explores how states and local communities can align and
leverage all the resources communities can offer to support youth
and young people with disabilities and their families.
Resource Mapping: A Strategy for Promoting Successful Transition
for Youth with Disabilities (April 2003)
NCSET Information Brief • Volume 2, Issue 1
This brief introduces a dynamic process for creating synergistic
community collaboration among those concerned with youth development,
and for maximizing the community's human and financial resources
that support youth. The brief includes a detailed explanation of
Community Resource Mapping, a list of the benefits of mapping, examples
of mapping efforts, whom to contact information for further information,
plus related resources.
Employers, Schools, and Youth Through Intermediaries
NCSET Issue Brief • Volume 1, Issue
This brief, written for secondary educators, employers, and disability
service providers, addresses the primary issues in promoting the
participation of employers in work-based learning experiences for
youth with disabilities. In addition, it outlines strategies for
how employers can more effectively engage youth with disabilities
by working with intermediary organization.
Here are some additional resources related to leveraging resources.
Tools to Conduct a Workshop on Community
The following materials were developed by TransCen, Inc. and may
be used to facilitate a Resource Mapping Workshop in your State.
You are welcome to use these materials as they suit your needs,
however please credit the authors - Kelli Crane and Marianne Mooney
of TransCen, Inc. - and NCSET.
Calendar of Events
Visit the NCSET Events Calendar
for a listing of teleconference calls and other technical assistance
events relating to resource mapping.
This community of practice is facilitated by staff from TransCen,
Inc., a partner of NCSET. For more information, contact:
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