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The New York Higher Education Support Center for SystemsChange

Peter L. Kozik & Gerald M. Mager

School of Education

Syracuse University

Matt Giugno

New York State Education Department


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Who’s on the HESC staff? SystemsChange

Iris Maxon



Steve Wirt

Website & Technology


Wilma Jozwiak

SIG Project


Lori Alexander

Budget Analyst

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Your hosts for this presentation SystemsChange

Matt Giugno

VESID Program Manager

Dr. Gerald Mager

Project Director


Task Force on Quality Inclusive


Peter Kozik

Project Coordinator

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What is our history? SystemsChange

  • Started with “Systems Change” Project

  • Originally included about 10-15 colleges

    • Now includes over 70 colleges

  • Perceived inadequacies of teacher prep., especially with inclusive education

  • Share project with other major NYSED offices (general ed. and higher ed.)


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What is our history? SystemsChange

  • Evolved over time

  • Worked with SIG schools

  • Now with SPDG schools

  • Key player in many NYSED initiatives

    • Staff requests for additional participation


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Who are we? SystemsChange

  • The Task Force is a consortium of:

  • Over 70 colleges and universities throughout New York

  • State with teacher preparation programs

  • Special Education Training & Resource Centers

  • Boards Of Cooperative Educational Services

  • Regional School Support Centers

  • Teacher Centers

  • Parent and Advocacy Groups

  • Transition Coordination Sites

  • Early Direction Childhood Centers

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How are we funded? SystemsChange

  • Through Federal Part B IDEA Discretionary Funds

  • 2nd 5 year cycle of funding through

    Vocational Education & Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)

  • 2nd year of a present State Contract

    Core mission remains the same

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Statewide Connections for SystemsChange SystemsChange

Boards of Cooperative Educational Services

Regional School Support Centers

Teacher Centers

Special Education Quality Assurance

Special Education Training & Resource Centers

Transition Coordination Sites

Parent and Advocacy Centers

Early Childhood Direction Centers

180 Faculty

& Researchers

at over 70 NYS Colleges &


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What colleges and universities are SystemsChange

members of the Task Force?

Public and Private Institutions

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

General Education & Special Education

separately certified

Dually certified General & Special Education


Inclusive Programs


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What colleges and universities are SystemsChange

members of the Task Force?

State University of New York

Private Institutions

Adelphi University

Alfred University

Canisius College

Cazenovia College

College of Mt. Saint Vincent

College of New Rochelle

College of St. Rose

 Daemen College

Dominican College

D’Youville College

Five Towns College

Fordham University

Hartwick College

Hofstra University

Houghton College

Iona College

Keuka College

 LeMoyne College

Long Island University - Brooklyn • C.W. Post • Westchester

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College

Marist College

Marymount College of Fordham

Marymount Manhattan College

Mercy College

Molloy College

Mount Saint Mary College

National Technical Institute for the Deaf - RIT

Nazareth College

New York Institute of Technology

New York University

Niagara University

Nyack College

Pace University - Pleasantville • New York City

Roberts Wesleyan College

The Sage Colleges

Siena College

St. Bonaventure University

St. John’s University

St. Joseph’s College - Brooklyn • Long Island

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Syracuse University

Teachers College

Touro College

University of Rochester

Utica College

Wagner College

Wells College

Binghamton University

Buffalo State College

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Plattsburg

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Stony Brook

SUNY - University at Albany

SUNY - University at Buffalo

City University of New York

Brooklyn College - CUNY

 College of Staten Island - CUNY

 Hunter College - CUNY

 Lehman College - CUNY

 Medgar Evers College

Queens College - CUNY


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What are our purposes? SystemsChange

Our Goals:

To develop and sustain high quality

inclusive teacher preparation programs

To engage in and support the

professional development efforts

of selected schools and districts

in the 7 regions of New York State


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What has been the usual approach of SystemsChange

engaging with high needs schools?

Numerous points of contact

for technical assistance

“One shot’ consultation by

professors & researchers

System addressed piecemeal

Little or no program


No stakeholder buy in

Higher Education/Teacher Preparation on the periphery

Data misunderstood & misused

Parents and community left out

Multiple overlapping resources

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What is the HESC/Task Force approach to engaging with SystemsChange

high needs schools?

Program evaluation

Coordination of services

Involve higher education from

the start for

partnership development

Single point of contact for technical assistance

Begin solution with most vulnerable students

Focus on capacity building

Professional Development


Pre-service teacher involvement

Expertise in parent/community


Combine NYSED initiatives

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How do we work? SystemsChange

  • Statewide Structure and Task Force Meetings

  • Regional Liaison Structure and Regional Activities

  • Funded Initiatives:

  • Summer Action Grants for Effective Practices Symposia on Supports for the Academic and Behavioral Performances of Learners

  • Building Partnerships between SPDG-Identified

  • High Need Schools and Teacher Preparation Institutions

  • Study Groups for Literacy, Positive Behavior Supports, & Special Education Practice

  • Investigating Promising Practice

  • Website


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What are Statewide Task Force Meetings? SystemsChange

Topics at the semi-annual one day meeting might include:

IHE-School Partnerships

SIG Evaluation

Standards for Quality Inclusive Teacher Preparation

Low Incidence Disabilities


Collaboration for Change

Transition for Students with Disabilities

Scientifically Based Research

Behavior and Reading

Web-Based Resources for Inclusive Practice


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How is funding used for the SystemsChange

Regional Liaison structure?

  • Identification of liaison(s) in each of the 7 NYS regions

  • Setting Statewide and regional agendas

  • Overseeing regional collaborations

  • and partnerships

  • Regional needs assessment

  • Recruit colleges and universities

  • Visit, observe, and report on efforts for inclusive

  • teacher preparation

  • Supporting ongoing professional development

  • Orient new faculty to the Task Force


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6 New York State SystemsChange

Regions and

New York City

Lower Hudson Valley





Long Island

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The Midwest Region SystemsChange


Current Task Force member institutions:

Alfred University *

Houghton College

Keuka College

Nazareth College

National Technical College for the Deaf/RIT

Roberts Wesleyan

St. John Fisher

SUNY Brockport

SUNY Geneseo

University of Rochester










* Midwest


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What is the history of funded initiatives? SystemsChange

From 2001 – 2006

Over $1,200,000 provided for


Faculty Fellowships

High Needs Partnerships

Designing Inclusive Adolescent Teacher Prep

& Leadership Groups on:

Teacher Decision Making


Preparing Teachers to Engage with Families

Teacher Retention

Low Incidence Disabilities



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What initiatives are being funded currently? SystemsChange

Regional Task Force, Partnership

& Symposia

  • Continue regional Task Force structure

  • Coordinate regional partnerships

  • between effective practice &

  • high needs schools

  • Host a summer symposium on

  • regional promising practices


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What initiatives are being funded currently? SystemsChange

Study Groups for Literacy,

Positive Behavior Supports,

And Effective Special Education

Practice in Schools

Develop recommendations for how

field documents

can be integrated into

Task Force teacher preparation



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What initiatives are being funded currently? SystemsChange

Investigating Promising


Faculty to join teams of

professionals in the field to

document and

validate regional promising



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How does the website work? SystemsChange

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Summary… SystemsChange

  • Ensuring quality teacher preparation programs focused on inclusion.

  • Facilitating IHE relationships with local school districts, BOCES units, various staff development networks, and the New York State Education Department

  • Supporting the development of guidelines and models for partnerships between IHEs and schools

  • Developing resources and materials for the support of quality inclusive teacher preparation and practice

  • Supporting web site communication,

  • forums, discussions, electronic media,

  • resources, and research focused on

  • inclusion and evolving general education

  • practice


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What is the value of the HESC/Task Force approach SystemsChange

to school districts?

On site continual learning and professional development


Access to current research and thinking on inclusion and promising practices

Problem specific solutions to issues of AYP and State

Performance Plan Indicators

Connection to resources at over 70 institutions of higher education

Opportunities for Action Research


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What is the value of the HESC/Task Force approach to institutions

of higher education?

Continuing institutional research conversation around best

practices for inclusion

Connecting teacher preparation with the challenge and opportunity

of high needs school and districts

Flexible and timely response to changing needs and conditions

Sharing resources, curricula, assistance with State

and National accreditation processes

Like-minded colleagues; research and publication


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What is the value of the HESC/Task Force approach to the institutions

State of New York?

SystemsChange – Whole system work with whole system

results and effect

Connection with districts, institutions, and technical

assistance networks at a grass roots level

Capacity building within the system on both the statewide

and regional levels

Audience and sounding board on policy for issues such

as certification, accreditation,

and dissemination of innovation

and research


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Where are we located? institutions

Syracuse University

030 Huntington Hall

Syracuse, New York 13244-2340

phone 315-443-1881

fax 315-443-4543

Located on the World Wide Web at


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Questions? institutions


Peter Kozik