Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TACD) project, formerly known as Chapter 405, at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education (Metro Center), is contracted through the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education to develop, implement, and assess a process of providing comprehensive technical assistance and professional development trainings to New York State School Districts that are addressing issues of disproportionality.
Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality’s work includes building the capacity of regions and districts in understanding the root cause and systemically addressing the disproportionate assignment of various subgroups in special education. This entails providing professional development trainings, coaching, training follow-ups, materials, and resources. The resources include a Web-Based Clearinghouse, a Disproportionality Data Repository (DDR), Data Analysis Workbook, research based articles, journals, and manuals.
2013 TACD Summer Institute Announced
TACD partners with NYSED to bring you the 2013 Summer Institute. For registration information, please click here.
Collaboration is Key to New York City Region Team's Success
The New York City Region Team has developed a collaborative approach to tackling the issue of disproportionality in the suspension of African-American and Latino students with disabilities. The team, under the leadership of Loren Bohlen, RSE-TASC Coordinator and Renée Williams, TACD Project Associate, decided to co-train sessions whenever possible in an effort to strengthen our shared work in schools. On April 21st, the Team held its second training, "Response to Intervention: Tier 1 Behavior Interventions," which was co-presented by Satish Moorthy, New York City PBIS Project Director and RSE-TASC Behavior Specialist and Mrs. Williams. 31 regional partners were in attendance, including administrators, Behavior and Bilingual Specialists, and SESIS from the NYC RSE-TASC, district administrators and teachers from NYCDOE, Children's First Network leaders, and members of the Regional School Support Centers.
New Partnership with Eastern Regional Team!
NYU TAC-D Disproportionality project is pleased to announce our newest partnership with the Eastern Regional team. Under the leadership of Kathy Gomes (RSE-TAC coordinator), TAC-D, regional TA providers and local school districts met at Capital Region BOCES on April 20th , 2010 to outline a plan for addressing school suspension rates and equity issues in the region. In addition, two former TAC-D districts presented unique models for creating systemic change and reducing disproportionailty district-wide. These districts were represented by Sherry Tannenbaum, Principal, Marie Pellegrino, Special Ed. Teacher and Nariman Mardini, IEP Teacher from P.S. 226 in Brooklyn, NY, as well as, Avis Beverly, Principal and Mari Rendich, Director of Special Services from Haverstraw-Stony Point CSD in North Rockland.
Announcing the Launch of The Journal of Equity in Education
Roey Ahram, TACD Project Associate, recently edited and coordinated the efforts to launch The Journal of Equity in Education, a peer-reviewed, student managed journal at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. This electronic journal will add to the discussion on equity issues of race, gender, and national origin and serve as a resource for TACD districts and other educators dedicated to ensuring equitable education of all students. The inaugural issue of the Journal, available for view in the coming weeks on the Metro Center website, will include the following articles: "The Roles of Social Capital and Resilience" by Cynthia M. Avery and Alan J. Daly of the University of California, San Diego and "Beyond the State, Beyond Europe: Defining Educational Equity for Czech Roma" by Kara D. Brown of the University of South Carolina.
New Beginning to the Combined Mid-State, Mid-West, and Mid-South Regional Team! NYU TACD Disproportionality Project is pleased to announce one of our creative and unique working partnerships with a combined three region team. Under the regional leadership of Janel Payette, Mid-State Region (RSE-TAC coordinator), Rebecca Debottis, Mid-South Region (RSE-TAC coordinator), and Scott Slater, Central Region (RSE-TAC coordinator), the three regions have been successfully combined into one team so that technical assistance can be delivered to their districts jointly. On March 17, 2010, Roey Ahram, NYU TACD Data Analyst and co-author of the TACD Data Analysis Workbook, presented the first training on Monitoring Disproportionality Indicators 9, 10A, 10B, and 4B at the OCMBOCES in Syracuse. In this session, Mr. Ahram provided a framework of what disproportionality is and how it looks in districts around the state. The next training is May 21, 2010 and Mr. Ahram will work with participants to analyze their individual district data. The Metropolitan Center for Urban Education receives community involvement award for the work of TACD. Click here to read more...