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Collaboration Between General and Special Education: Making it Work
(July 2003)
NCSET Issue Brief
Special education and general education teachers nationwide now find they need to develop new skills and strategies to meet the challenges of providing access to the general curriculum for all students, including those with disabilities. This brief calls for greater collaboration between general and special education teachers as one strategy for facilitating this access. The brief outlines a five-step model for implementing collaborative relationships and provides further resources for practitioners.

Communities of Practice: A Strategy for Program Improvement (August 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
This Information Brief defines Communities of Practice, outlines seven principles essential for development of vibrant Communities of Practice, and offers examples. Further resources are also suggested.

Community Resource Mapping (May 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on understanding, planning, and engaging in the coordination of community resources that support the transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Designed for use at the federal, state, and local levels, it provides numerous practical tools and resources for initiating a resource mapping process.

Interagency Transition Team Development and Facilitation (January 2005)
NCSET Essential Tool
This guide, relevant to national, state, and local levels, offers instruction on (a) how to build an effective interagency transition team; (b) how to determine initial roles, responsibilities, and the team vision; (c) how to conduct interagency transition team meetings; and (d) how to determine whether or not your interagency transition team is making progress and meeting its goals. The manual also includes examples of successful interagency transition teams, and further resources.

Professional Development for Transition Personnel: Current Issues and Strategies for Success (August 2005)
NCSET Information Brief  
After more than two decades of federal transition legislation, students with disabilities continue to have significantly poorer postschool outcomes as compared to their peers without disabilities. One reason for these outcomes is that educators are inadequately prepared to provide the services required under the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEA). This brief provides an overview of critical issues related to transition professional development and highlights current models of improving results for youth by supporting practitioners with in-service and pre-service training.

Transition Planning: Community Mapping as a Tool for Teachers and Students (April 2005)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief
Community mapping can acquaint teachers and students with a community's culture, resources, transition needs, and assets. This brief describes the research base for community mapping and provides an outline of the roles, responsibilities, and materials involved in the community mapping process. It also provides examples and further resources for engaging in community resource mapping.

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