The National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities was funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at NASDSE for 10 years under two separate cooperative agreements. Funding for the Center came to an end on December 31, 2013.
As a technical assistance and dissemination (TA and D) project, the Center’s mission was to identify, disseminate and assist states in implementing evidence-based practices to meet the need for highly or fully qualified special education, early intervention and related services personnel, including paraprofessionals.
The Personnel Improvement Center worked on multiple levels to achieve its mission.
At the national level, the Center conducted an on-going national recruitment campaign to attract persons to the field of special education, early intervention and the related services careers. The Center maintained a database of about 18 different careers as well as a database of personnel preparation programs, including financial aid and state certification.
Most of the Center’s work, however, was targeted at the state and local level, and included services to states to increase their capacity to:
- develop and implement personnel data management plans;
- assist in the development and implementation of personnel preparation program partnership plans between high-need LEAs and IHEs; and
- assist targeted high-need local districts and programs in attracting, developing and supporting new and existing personnel.
The Center’s website will remain up until December 31, 2014. However, it will not be updated with new program information. Visit the Center’s website at: www.personnelcenter.org.