As part of the State Design Team efforts over the 2021–22 school year, the OSPI Special Education team seeks to listen and learn with partners across education. We are honored that WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) is co-designing a systemic equity review throughout this process. Our joint priorities are to center partner voice, racial equity, inclusionary practices, and impact for students across all special education activities.
State Design Team Meetings
The initial kick-off meeting for the State Design Team will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm PT. This kick-off meeting will explain the scope of work for the State Design Team, including information about the focus group meetings (see below for more information) and the equity review with NCSI. We will post the session recording and materials. Language access and accessibility supports will also be available. You can register in advance for the September 16 kick-off meeting here.
We expect to hold one to two additional State Design Team meetings over the 2021–22 school year to provide updates on the equity review and focus groups.
Focus Group Meetings
We are setting up focus groups based on partner interest, prioritizing diversity across groups. The focus group areas include:
- Early Childhood;
- Secondary Transition;
- Inclusionary Practices;
- Student Outcomes;
- Family Engagement;
- Special Education Monitoring; and,
- Exploration of a Statewide IEP System
Focus groups will meet more frequently via zoom and work on shared documents. Some of the focus groups will be recommending state targets by the end of December. Information about focus group assignments and next steps will be sent to partners soon. We have developed a set of data overview resources for partners who want to learn more, which includes a Guide to Special Education Indicators and Washington State Special Education Data Trends (links to these resources coming soon).
Systemic Equity Review with NCSI Partners
The systemic equity review activities will include teaming and data collection practices, along with monitoring priorities, activities, and tools. NCSI will work with State Design Team partners to co-design a process that moves beyond an equity lens, rather to align state efforts, targets, and resources with a foundational focus on the intersectionality of race and disability. Considerations will be also included for expanding these efforts into additional statewide initiatives.
How to Learn More
We welcome you to join us in ways that work best for you. In addition to these larger meetings, you can also call 360-725-6075 or email the WISM team to learn more and share ideas. Our Special Education staff can join local meetings to share information and hear from families and communities. Updated information about the State Design Team, including meeting materials and recordings, will be posted to this page.
Partners are invited to join these efforts along the way, so please share this message with others who may be interested. Our Invitation to Serve form will remain open and is available here. Translated surveys are available as follows: Arabic | Chinese | Hindi | Khmer | Korean | Marshallese | Punjabi | Russian | Somali | Spanish | Tagalog | Ukrainian | Vietnamese