The Urban Collaborative conducts reviews of a district's special education services through the lens of equity and inclusion. Reviews include an examination of the district’s organizational structures and how special education supports students with disabilities and the district in general.
The Urban Collaborative provides a range of technical assistance, including comprehensive reviews of school district special education services, system-level consultation and more.
District reviews are:
Carried out by teams of experts
These include those with district and special education expertise. We always include at least one person who is currently working in the field.
Comprehensive, addressing critical factors described by the district
Your comprehensive review will focus on questions raised by district leaders and will focus on supporting an environment that is fully inclusive of students with disabilities. We examine special education supports and services, student placements, transition services, student performance outcomes, and disproportionality in classification rates, educational placements and more. Our recommendations are developed in collaboration with district leadership.
A key source of data you can trust
Data collection may include quantitative data at the student, district and state levels, district-submitted quantitative data, interviews, observations and focus groups comprising school staff members, administrators, parents, students, community members. Where appropriate we conduct surveys that include families and/or district staff.
What else can the Urban Collaborative help you with?
School districts also hire the Urban Collaborative to support equitable and inclusive practices through: