Guided by the NYSED Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities, the Mid-State RPC supports the OSE Educational Partnership through a coordinated, cohesive organization using Implementation Science, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), stakeholder buy-in, family and community engagement, evidence-based practices provided with fidelity and data-driven decision-making. Using these processes, we will create a system of support in which systemic change and improved outcomes and instructional practices for students with disabilities are possible.
The RPC provides regional learning opportunities, professional trainings and technical assistance to teachers, administrators, students and families in 51 school districts and over 30 early childhood programs in the Mid-State Region including the Syracuse City School District and the BOCES regions of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison, Cayuga-Onondaga, CiTi Oswego, and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga. As the Mid-State RPC, we work closely with the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers for both school-age and early childhood to create stakeholder groups of parents, school professionals, and community agencies to explore and plan for implementing changes within schools and programs that support students with disabilities. Our intensive partnership with the EC-FACE and SA-FACE Centers—experts in family engagement—leverages their work with community agencies to help schools and families utilize existing resources in the community and build capacity in a targeted and effective manner. As a regional team, the RPC assists FACE Centers in helping schools, districts, and community agencies to promote meaningful family involvement within the educational system and help to engage families.
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Shana Lewis, Systems Change Facilitator
Laura Smith, Culturally Responsive Specialist
Madeline Manheim, Special Education Trainer
Jill Martinkovic, Literacy Specialist
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Margaret Ristoff, Transition Specialist
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