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New York State's

Educational Partnership Serves Our Students with Disabilities

The Office of Special Education (OSE) Educational Partnership is a coordinated and cohesive network of support focused on enhancing services and supports for students with disabilities from early childhood and school-age education to engagement in post-school opportunities.

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The Educational Partnership offers free events for families, educational professionals, and other interested parties

Specialists within the Educational Partnership offer assistance and training on a variety of topics including special education, transition, early childhood, culturally responsive education, behavior, and family engagement. These events are free and open to the public.

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The OSE Educational Partnership

Regional Teams within the Partnership serve local communities, and Technical Assistance Partnerships provide support to the regional teams

Regional Teams

Each regional team consists of three centers that provide direct training and support to families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners.

  • 1. Regional Partnership Centers (RPCs) are made up of several Specialist groups that engage in systems change work, providing a variety of supports to families, education professionals, and other interested parties.

  • 2. Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (EC FACE) Centers engage in systems change work providing support and training to families, education professionals, and other interested parties serving children birth to five.

  • 3. School-Age Family and Community Engagement (SA FACE) Centers engage in systems change work providing support and training to families, education professionals, and other interested parties serving students 5 to 21.

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New York State is split into 12 Partnership regions which house three Centers each. NYC has three Centers in each of its boroughs.

Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs)

A TAP is a funded contract located within an institute of higher education that provides tools and resources for families and professionals, and provides direct support to the regional teams.

  • The TAP for Academics at SUNY Albany provides instruction to regional teams on literacy and specially designed instruction.

  • The TAP for Behavior at SUNY Albany provides instruction to regional teams on behavior theory and concepts.

  • The TAP for Data at Cornell University provides instruction to regional teams on data-based decision making.

  • The TAP for Equity at Bank Street College of Education provides instruction to regional teams on bilingual special education and culturally responsive education.

  • The TAP for Transition at Cornell University provides instruction to regional teams on transition services.

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Technical Assistance Partnerships are located at SUNY Albany in Albany, Cornell University in Ithaca, and Bank Street College of Education in New York City.