The Guam Department of Education along with stakeholders in the Pacific are facilitating a week-long training event to develop high quality Special Education and Early Intervention State Systematic Improvement Plans.
Guam – GDOE, the Office of Special Education Programs Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division, the National Technical Assistance Center, the University of Guam CEDDERS and teams from American Samoa, CNMI, FSM, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Palau are working together for a common purpose. According to US DOE Genee Norbert, about five years ago, DOE decided to change their focus on compliance to improving results of children with disabilities and came up with the Results Driven Accountability System.
Norbert explains, “That’s why we’re here. We’re helping states by providing them with TA around developing that plan. They are to submit two Phase II of their plan in April. So we have TA providers here from our national centers to provide technical assistance and representatives from US DOE. We’re excited to be here and we’re happy to see all the dedication from teachers, principals and representatives working together as a team on the plan to see results for their students.”
National Center for Systematic Improvement Co-Director Kristin Reedy says, “All the entities here have chosen language and literacy in their area of focus for the state plan so this meeting is about developing that plan but around that area of focus and what are the practices we need to be sure are implemented in schools to improve those results with children with the disabilities.”
GDOE Division of Special Education Yolanda Gabriel says, “We continue the work we do to continue to improve outcomes, more on results, not withstanding that we’re also supporting the compliance department.”
The training will continue throughout the rest of the week. For more information, contact Ms. June De Leon from UOG CEDDERS at 735-2481.