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The Postoutcomes Network of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
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Network Focus, Goals and Activities

The research of the Postoutcomes Network is primarily concerned with four areas: self-determination, technology, coordination of services, and supports and accommodations. The Network continuously shares information on current best practices with educational professionals across the country, through regular Capacity Building Institutes, as well as our ongoing Network list-serve. Each Institute focuses on one or more issues from each of the four Network areas listed below.

Self-Determination Focus:

One of our Network goals is to identify and promote successful models for curriculum. Actions we have taken to meet this goal:
i) We're communicating with AHEAD, HEATH and PACER.
ii) We've assimilated research results into documents and resources for diverse audiences: educators, policy-makers, individuals with disabilities and their families.

Technology Focus:

One of our Network goals is to identify, improve and promote access to (and usage of!) technology. Actions we have taken to meet this goal:
i) We're actively communicating with AHEAD and HEATH, PACER, RSA, ASCD and EASI.
ii) We're researching the current and potential roles of technology in the preparation of youth with disabilities for successful employment.
iii) Our research will contribute to the national knowledge base on potential applications for technology in the process of transition and employment for individuals with disabilities.

Coordination Services Focus:

One of our Network goals is to identify and promote models that successfully coordinate and manage educational supports and services. Actions we have taken to meet this goal:
i) We're actively communicating with all of the above organizations as well as NGA (National Governors Asssociation-- www.nga.org).
ii) We're researching successful methods of coordinating and managing services for individuals with disabilities.

Supports and Accommodations Focus:

One of our Network goals is to identify and promote models that really yield successful outcomes for youth with disabilities. Actions we have taken to meet this goal:
i) Our continual communication with OSEP (Office of Special Education Programs), OEIR, ACSD and NGA
ii) We're researching how Federal mandates are actually being applied across the different environments of postsecondary education, transition and employment

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs

The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition is funded by and is a partner with the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, cooperative agreement # H326J000005.


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