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What is the TIES Center?
The TIES Center is a center awarded to the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, to support states, districts, and schools as they work to increase the inclusion of students with significant cognitive disabilities.
What does “TIES” Mean?
TIES is short-hand for “Increasing Time, Instructional Effectiveness, Engagement, and State Support for Inclusive Practices for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.” It acknowledges that “inclusion” is a complex process. To bring about sustainable changes in educational systems, there must be efforts at multiple levels.
What are the Goals of the TIES Center?
Overall, the TIES Center is working with states, districts, and schools to support the movement of students from less inclusive to more inclusion environments. Some of the specific goals to accomplish this are:
Develop professional learning communities in partner state and local education agencies
Develop coaching models for implementation of resources, inclusive practices, and communicative competence.
Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing resources.
Support parents to become partners in the practice of inclusion for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Support systems change within the leadership of state and local education agencies for implementation of inclusive practices.
Who are the TIES Partners?
Several organizations are working together with NCEO to carry out the work of the TIES Center. They are:
NCEO is supported primarily through a Cooperative Agreement (#H326G160001) with the Research to Practice Division, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. Additional support for targeted projects, including those on English learners, is provided by other federal and state agencies, and other educational organizations. The Center is affiliated with the Institute on Community Integration at the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. Opinions expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or Offices within it.