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Improving Post-High School Transitions for Students with Disabilities in Maryland

REL Mid-Atlantic is partnering with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to develop a transition linkage tool that will assist government agencies, school systems, and families in coordinating and tracking services for students with disabilities. By streamlining all data collected during the lifecycle of an Individualized Education Program and beyond, the tool will improve service coordination and help connect students to career readiness and post-school career services and post-secondary education opportunities. A pilot program to test the functionality of the tool and use case for Maryland agencies and school systems will also include training and coaching provided by the REL to prepare for, and learn from, implementation.

Partnership organizations: Maryland Department of Disabilities, Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland, Maryland State Department of Education, Charles County Public Schools, Region 4 Comprehensive Center

Current Projects

This partnership is a collaborative effort that is starting with work led by the Region 4 Comprehensive Center (CC). The Region 4 CC is leading the first project which supports partners in developing a universal consent form for students and families, data sharing agreements between schools and state agencies, and a data linkage tool to support more transparent and efficient data sharing, increased service referrals and receipt, and ultimately better transition outcomes for youth with disabilities after high school. REL Mid-Atlantic is participating in the project meetings to help inform the tool development with evidence-based practices for successful transitions for students with disabilities, and to help inform development of the training and coaching that will occur through a pilot program in the next phase of this work. REL Mid-Atlantic will lead the next phase of work and train transition staff at MSDE Division of Rehabilitation Services and Charles County Public Schools on inputting and accessing data through the tool and on using it to make data-informed decisions that support positive outcomes for students with disabilities. We will also prepare staff to speak with students and families about the tool and participating in the pilot program. After the tool is developed and all parties have been trained to use it, the REL will provide coaching to Charles County Public Schools and other Maryland partners as they pilot the tool during the 2024/25 and 2025/26 school years and learn from its implementation.

No completed projects at this time.

Partnership | Approved Date: May 14, 2024
Acknowledging persistent disparities in student outcomes and a history of structural racism in the district, in 2021 the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) announced its goal to become a more equitable school district by examining and disrupting inequitable processes and practices.
Partnership | Approved Date: May 14, 2024
This partnership worked closely with Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) to create sustained, systematic organizational change by helping DDOE implement a revised teacher evaluation system statewide that effectively helps teachers improve their instructional practice.
Partnership | Approved Date: N/A

This partnership will work with the Maryland Department of Disabilities to support and improve the coordination and tracking of services for students with disabilities, to increase connection to career readiness and post-school career services and to post-secondary education opportunities. This partnership will also collaborate with the Center for Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland, and the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Division of Rehabilitation Services, and Charles County Public Schools.

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COVID both exacerbated pre-existing inequities in student performance and social-emotion well-being as well as brought COVID emergency relief funding. DCPS is leveraging these funds to improve the aforementioned inequities in part through its Multi-Tiered System of Supports, MTSS@DCPS. The REL is conducting both applied research and technical support projects to partner with DCPS in leveraging evidence-based approaches as it embeds MTSS district-wide.
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The REL will develop and test a writing toolkit in partnership with teachers, school leaders, and professional development coaches from four charter schools in Washington, DC, to address the need for improved literacy and writing instructions across DC.
Partnership | Approved Date: N/A
REL-Mid Atlantic is hosting a community of practice for state education agencies that are seeking to refine and improve school accountability measures in 2022 and beyond.
Partnership | Approved Date: N/A
This partnership will work with NJDOE, building on prior REL work, to use research and data to increase the number of teachers of color hired in the state and eventually improve student outcomes.
Partnership | Approved Date: N/A
This partnership will strengthen supportive learning environments and the social-emotional wellness of students and staff by building capacity in education agencies to use data and evidence to assess needs and to identify and implement promising strategies and programs.

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