The Rockland BOCES Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) serves school districts in Rockland County by providing targeted district and/or school improvement activities and regionally-relevant topics, including:
- Technical assistance
- Professional development on research-based instructional systems
- Proven strategies that improve outcomes for students with disabilities
The New York State-funded project provides support in three primary areas of need: literacy, behavior supports and delivery of special education services. The project emphasizes technical assistance that utilizes a data-driven, on-going, quality improvement model with the goal of building the capacity of district administrators and instructional staff members so that the changes may be sustained.
Once the district(s)/schools are selected, the Special Education School Improvement Specialist provides support that focuses on a Quality Improvement Planning process which includes:
- Working with a district team to better understand their data
- Conducting an analysis of need
- Selection of priorities
- Articulation of measurable short term and long term goals
- Planning of activities to accomplish those goals
- Formulating methods of measuring the progress in terms of positive changes to practices within the district/school and student achievement
The Special Education School Improvement Specialist’s technical assistance is provided through a combination of coaching, facilitation, consultation, classroom observations, small and large group presentations, provision of outside consultants, assisting administrators in planning their school’s professional development, and provision of research-based training materials/resources.
In addition, schools and districts in Rockland County participate in professional development provided by the Lower Hudson RSE-TASC’s Regional Training Specialists who provide technical assistance and training in the areas of CSE processes, transition planning and positive behavioral supports to groups from school districts in Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties.