Personnel Improvement Center
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Personnel Improvement Center Received Funding from OSEP

Personnel Improvement Center

The National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center) was funded on October 1, 2008, under a new cooperative agreement between the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 

As a technical assistance and dissemination (TA and D) project, our mission was to identify, disseminate and assist States in implementing evidence based practices to meet the need for highly or fully qualified special education, early intervention and related services personnel, including paraprofessionals. 

The Personnel Improvement Center worked on multiple levels to achieve its mission. On the national level, we conducted an on-going national recruitment campaign to attract persons to the field of special education, early intervention and the related services careers. 

We offer information about 
18 different careers as well as a database of personnel preparation programs available on this website. We also have information about financial aid to enter personnel preparation programs and information about state certification websites. 

Bi-monthly conference calls and web casts were offered to interested persons working to alleviate personnel shortages at the national, state or local level. Issue briefs, which followed each of the 
calls/web casts, can be found on each of the critical issues web pages.

Most of our work, however, was targeted at the state and local level, and included services available to states to increase their capacity to:
  • Develop and implement personnel data management plans
  • Plan and deliver personnel preparation program partnerships to meet local needs
  • Assist local districts and programs in attracting, developing and supporting new and existing personnel.
Click here to read more about each of these targeted services to states.

The Center welcomed targeted partnerships with other centers, associations and organizations interested in developing and implementing successful solutions to personnel shortages in the field of special education, early intervention and the related services.

See our featured partners on this website.


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The National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center). A Cooperative Agreement, H325C080001, between the US Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Project Officer: Maryann McDermott
OSEP
NASDSE | 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone 703.519.3800 | Fax 703.519.3808
NASDSE