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Interagency Communication and Collaboration in Nebraska: Meeting the Educational Needs of Youth in Out-of-Home Care Pat Frost State Title I, Part D, Coordinator.

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1 Interagency Communication and Collaboration in Nebraska: Meeting the Educational Needs of Youth in Out-of-Home Care Pat Frost State Title I, Part D, Coordinator Nebraska State Department of Education

2 Ad Hoc Committee on the Education of Students in Out of Home Placement Why the Need: Hawkins-Stafford Act & Improving America’s Education Act – connect Title I, student performance, accountability 1996: Multi-Agency Task Force, co-led by State Senator 2001: Ad Hoc Committee on the Education of Students in Out of Home Placement 2004: Legislation regarding students earning credits Commitment/legislation completed; Need to refocus the mission of Ad Hoc Committee – assign smaller specific work group projects

3 Collaboration: Who Is Involved Education Department Stakeholders – Special Education, Federal Title Programs, Accreditation, School Career Counseling Partnering Agencies – State Foster Care Review Board and Private Residential Facilities, etc. Established Committees – Special Education Advisory Committee, etc. Advisory Committees – Transition, etc. Practitioners – local teachers, principals

4 Collaboration Strategies Established vision, mission, and goals Gathered data through networking and surveys Enlisted other established agencies and foundations for Ad Hoc membership:  Ad Hoc Committee: 26 designees  Smaller workgroups focused on priority areas (e.g., transition, state assessments, data, school completion)

5 Collaborative Activities 2008: Conducted annual needs assessment for Committee priorities – identified a need for Nebraska “systems” toolkit, using information gained from:  Focus groups with stakeholders  Topical workgroups – adding a systems workgroup 2009: Supreme Court, HHS, ED, Juvenile Justice representatives attend Utah Collaborative Initiative Summit Combining the two:  Integrate toolkit with initiative  Ad Hoc Committee on the Education of Students in Out of Home Placements & Court Initiative Advisory  Develop timeline for collaborative planning and completion of initiative – partnering4students website

6 Barriers and Lessons Learned Use of blended funding: foundations, “in kind,” and ED grants Sustainability: Retirements & MOUs Prioritizing goals and objectives Reaching out to practitioners (e.g., Nebraska Educators of Students At Risk (NESTAR)) Continuous improvement: professional development and evaluation Dissemination of information

7 Works In Progress and Outcomes Online data/information sharing project State Transition Liaison (Pilot) – Special Education and Vocational Rehab funds “Training of Trainers” cadre for professional development, including cross-agency training modules Partnering conference on transition  Source of information for primary systems dealing with juveniles and education

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11 For Additional Information Templates, bylaws, mission/vision statements, priority areas structure, practitioners samples, etc. Contact: Pat Frost State Title I, Part D, Coordinator (402)


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