State Activities: Partnerships

Interagency Agreements
Interagency agreements that lead to positive supported outcomes for people with disabilities display specific elements.  The Institute for Community Inclusion  offers guidance on how to write a clear and specific agreement.

The Promising Practices Network offers insights and tips for establishing and maintaining strong partnerships.

State Examples

State Activities: Partnerships and Collaboration This section of the SigNetwork website offers examples of collaborative activities including SIG initiatives and programs.

Kentucky Early Intervention Partnership
This partnership agreement is designed to encourage collaboration between First Steps and Early Head Start Programs at the community level by supporting communication, cooperation and coordination. Contributions and responsibilities are specifically outlines.

South Carolina - Meminger Partnership A partnership between Memminger Elementary School, Charleston County School District and the School of Education, College of Charleston

State Personnel Development Grant Partnership Requirements

The State Plan required for the State Personnel Development Grant application must :
Describe "a partnership agreement that is in effect for the period of the grant, which agreement shall specify--

The nature and extent of the partnership described in accordance with section 652(b) of the IDEA and the respective roles of each member of the partnership, and
How the SEA will work with other persons and organizations involved in, and concerned with, the education of children with disabilities, including the respective roles of each of the persons and organization;

Describe how the strategies and activities the SEA uses will be coordinated with activities supported with other public; resources ;
Describe how the SEA will align its personnel development plan with the plan and application submitted under sections 1111 and 2112, respectively, of the ESEA;

Required Partnerships

Applicants shall establish and describe a partnership with LEAs and other State agencies involved in, or concerned with, the education of children with disabilities.

Primary Partners

  • Not less than one institution of higher education
  • The State agencies responsible for administering part C of the IDEA, early education, child care, and vocational rehabilitation programs.

Other Partners

  • The Governor
  • Parents of children with and without disabilities ages birth through 26
  • Individuals with disabilities;
  • Parent training and information centers or community parent resource centers
  • Community-based and other nonprofit organizations involved in the education and employment of individuals with disabilities
  • Personnel as defined in section 651(b) of the IDEA
  • The State advisory panel established under part B of the IDEA
  • The State interagency coordinating council established under part C of the IDEA
  • Individuals knowledgeable about vocational education
  • The State agency for higher education
  • Noneducational public agencies with jurisdiction in the areas of health, mental health, social services and juvenile justice
  • Other providers of professional development who work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and children with disabilities
  • Other individuals
  • In cases where the SEA is not responsible for teacher certification, an individual, entity, or agency responsible for teacher certification.

Creating Collaborative Relationships that Work

Some Discussion/Planning Questions:

  • What other partnerships or collaborative panels already exist in the state?
  • What is the relationship of the partnership(s) to the State Advisory Panel in Special Education? the ICC under? other advisory panels in your state?
  • How is or might this partnership be connected to other partnerships (IASA, Rehab., STW)?
  • Is there an implicit or explicit "hierarchy" to these partnerships?
  • How might the new partnership be organized?
  • If this group isn't specifically required to hold meetings,  what are the options for effectively organizing these partners to stay in touch, work collaboratively, and get the work done?