The Parent Technical Assistance Network & PROMISE

The Parent Technical
Assistance Network
Debra Jennings, Director
Center for Parent Information
and Resources
[email protected]
Today’s Parent Centers are:
• providing information and support on a complex
set of laws and on ever-evolving research and
evidence-based best practices;
• supporting an increasingly diverse population of
families and youth with a wide range of needs and
• partnering with an expanding list of national,
State, and local agencies and professionals; and
• operating effective, high-quality, high-impact, and
innovative non-profits in environments of reduced
funding and higher expectations.
The Regional & Native American PTACs
The CPIR and Native American PTACs
The Parent Center Technical Assistance Network
Regional PTACs
• Build the capacity of PTIs and CPRCs to
effectively serve families.
• Provide services based on identified needs of
Parent Centers in their regions.
• Collaborate with the National PTACs in
identifying universal needs across the Parent
Center Network
• Partner with other USDE-funded Centers in
disseminating resources for use by Parent
Centers and state agencies.
1. NJ-Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
2. NC-Exceptional Children Advocacy Center
3. GA-Parent to Parent of Georgia
5. CO-Peak Parent Center
6. CA-MATRIX Parent Center
Native American Parent TA
@EPICS in Albuquerque, NM
• Provides technical assistance for PTIs and CPRCs
• Building Parent Center Network’s capacity to
provide effective, culturally responsive services
to Native American families of children with
disabilities, as well as youth with disabilities.
Center for Parent Information
& Resources (CPIR)
1. Provides Parent Centers with products
and materials to support their work with
2. Increase coordination of parent training
efforts throughout the network
3. Increase knowledge base of parent
centers in priority areas
• Debra Jennings, Project Director
• Elaine Mulligan, Director of
Communication & Dissemination
(FHI 360)
• Lisa Küpper, Product Development
Coordinator (FHI 360)
• Myriam Alizo, Project Assistant
Knowledge Development
• Availability of relevant resources
• Best practices in providing technical
assistance & family support
• Capacity building in priority areas
• Best practices in nonprofit management
TA Focus Areas
1. Evidence-based education practices that improve
early learning
2. Evidence-based education practices that improve
school-aged outcomes
3. Evidence-based education practices that improve
postsecondary outcomes
4. College & career-ready standards
5. College & career-ready assessments
6. School reform efforts to improve student
achievement & increase graduation rates
TA Focus Areas
7. The use of data to inform instruction
8. The use of data to advance school reform efforts
9. Best practices in outreach
10.Best practices in family-centered services
11.Best practices in self-advocacy skill building
12.Best practices in nonprofit management
13.Best practices in the use of technology in service
14.Best practices in the use of technology in
nonprofit management
Intermediate Outcomes
• Consistent information for families & youth
• Responsive product development
• Use & adaptation of existing resources
• Reduced duplication of effort
• Increased use of library by Parent Centers
• Increased coordination of Parent Center training
• Improved Parent Center capacity to meet federal
grant requirements
Let’s Explore!
We’ll take a brief tour of, including:
• General structure/layout
• Find Your Parent Center feature
• Multi-level searchable library of resources (in
English and Spanish, with some resources
available in other languages as well)
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