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Community: Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) - Part B

Welcome to the LRE Part B Community of Practice   - We share ideas and develop knowledge. We offer a range of activities to help our members implement policy and practice that improves the engagement, participation, and performance of children with disabilities in the general education curriculum. The CoP focus is on least restrictive environment (LRE):

  • To Increase the use of high quality research-based information and effective policies and practices;
  • Identify solutions to key issues and challenges;
  • Enhance shared learning;Prevent duplication of effort in technical assistance;Facilitate connections and collaboration; Help develop service system capacities at the State and local levels;all in order to:
  • Assist with the implementation of IDEA for improved outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. 
Autism webinar - 5-21-2012 - a Monday - Parents/Professionals exploring topics in LRE Part B for the young adults and families who are getting ready for transition and starting the next phase of their education/life.  (1st in a series co-presented by the Region 1 PTAC and TACC)  
No fee/charge
Webinar will be recorded on Adobe Connect and available after 5-22-2012. Cynthia Glimpse,,
FHI 360
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  • APR - trends for LRE Part B

  • recording

    Power Point slides are in Document section (text box in upper left corner) under APR webinar ppt 1-12-2012 folder

     Presenter – Cynthia Mruczek, Arizona State University, NIUSI-Leadscape

     This webinar:

    ·        reviewed the history of data that demonstrates the moderate growth states and territories have achieved over the past six years.

    ·        Used data from the APRs plus national data maps created by the Equity Alliance at ASU to examine trends over time.

    ·        Looked at “Best Practices” from states that have demonstrated growth over the last six years

    ·        Discussed recommendations for reporting LRE Part B for participants to incorporate into their own action steps and reports


    Presented by the LRE Part B Community of Practice and NIUSI-Leadscape
  • Doing What Works (DWW) Resources for Response to Intervention

    Click here for the RECORDING of the webinar

    March 10th

    Presenter – Chris Dwyer, Senior Vice President, RMC Research

    This web tour included information about:

    • The research-to-practice structure of the Department of Education’s Doing What Works website 
    • Tips for navigating the DWW site
    • Highlights of media resources and tools  for the Response to Intervention topic in mathematics and reading
    • Favorite resources related to RtI that reside within other topics on the DWW site
    • New topics in production


  • Get to Know the Institute on Disability's National Inclusive Education Initiative 

  • Archived recording

  • This web tour included information about:

    • The National Inclusive Education Initiative's web-based professional development offerings 
    • The Institute on Disability's Facebook community of practice
    • The Including Samuel website 
    • I am Norm youth empowerment initiative and website
    • Inclusive education bookstore/resources

    Education Revolution (working title): The Inclusion of Students with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports

    PowerPoint slides from Get to Know the Institute on Disability's National Inclusive Education Initiative

    University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability advances policies and systems changes, promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons.

  •        *******Recent Events*******
      • A webinar of an interactive web based process for starting inclusion

        Presenter - Janice Battaglia
        Manager, Inclusion Collaborative 
        Santa Clara County (CA) Office of Education
        The focus was on:

        The Inclusion Collaborative of Santa Clara County is committed to ensuring that children with disabilities and special needs have equal access to full participation in inclusive learning environments. There are resources for teachers, families, and administrators (some are California specific).
    • Disproportionality & Inclusion in the Least Restrictive Environment
      was on May 14, 2010

      Archive of the webinar

      In this webinar, the Executive Director of Iowa’s Parent Training and Information Center, ASK, Susan Myers provided an overview of their efforts and outcomes and shared "lessons learned" on disproportionality and inclusion in the Least Restrictive Environment.

    • The Tiered Intervention Search Engine: Parent and Professional Tools - Parent & Professional Development Tools to Enhance Inclusion & Outcomes
      Thursday 03/04/2010 - no fee
      Archive of the webinar

    "Reducing Problem Behavior in the Elementary School Classroom" with Dr. Krista Kutash and Dr. Michael Epstein Webinar held 12/14/2009 

    Webinar Archive:

    When you click on the link above, it will prompt you for your name and email address (same as for a live session). Once that information is entered, you can view the recorded session.

     We also invite you to download the IES Practice Guide, “Reducing Behavior Problems in the Elementary School Classroom” at the IES What Works Clearinghouse site:

    Recent Events (click on link)

    Partner Organizations

    NE-Pact -SPAN-NJ/RPTAC 1, the Wyoming Parent Information Center, Idaho Parents Unlimited PTI, and the Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TACC)