The RSE-TASC Part II (Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center) is a program contracted through Questar III in collaboration with the NYS Office of Special Education. It is part of a statewide network of resource centers designed to provide essential information, technical assistance and professional development to schools and school districts in Columbia, Rensselaer and Green counties who are designated for assistance by NYSED and the Office of Special Education and/or Special Education Quality Assurance (SEQA).
The RSE-TASC is the home of the Special Education School Improvement Specialists (SESIS) who work collaboratively with the Questar III School Improvement Department, RTTT Network Teams, NYMetroCenter-Technical Assistance Center-Disproportionality and the RSE-TASC Part I, housed at Capital Region BOCES, to support designated schools in improving student performance, as identified through meeting Annual Yearly Performance objectives, and State and Federal accountability requirements as identified in IDEA 2004 and State Performance Indicators.
SESIS provide supports to schools and districts based on SED defined hierarchy of needs. SESIS participate in School Quality Review processes and Curriculum Audits as Special Education Specialists for schools whose designations are due to, in whole or part, the performance of their Student with Disabilities subgroup. SESIS professional development topics include, but are not limited to:
- Utilizing Special Education student data to develop Quality Improvement Plans (QIP)
- Utilizing the Quality Indicators in Literacy, Behavior and Intervention, and Specially Designed Instruction to evaluate and improve instruction and behavioral support and interventions for Students with Disabilities
- Research-based Literacy Instruction and interventions
- Differentiated Instruction and learning styles/multiple intelligences
- Accommodations and Modifications in testing and instruction for Students With Disabilities
- Research-based and best practices and designs for instruction for Students With Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment(LRE)
- Team building
- Disciplining Students with Disabilities
Professional Development may be delivered in Regional, BOCES region, School District, School Building, Faculty, Department, and Professional Learning Communities or a combination of the above, based on school district and building level of need as identified in the Capital District-North Country RSE-TASC regional service plan. In addition, SESIS provide information and technical assistance to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) Chairperson’s and Pupil Personnel/Special Education directors through the CSE ListServ and/or monthly CSE Chairpersons meetings.
The center is funded by the State Education Department P12- Office of Special Education (OSE).
Special Education School District Data Profile (State Performance Plan)
NYS School Report cards
NYS Part 200 regulations (Regulations concerning the education of Students with Disabilities)
NYS P12 Office of Special Education
Marcia Atwood, 518.479-6819