TIES Center is working with states, districts, and schools to support the movement of students from less inclusive to more inclusive environments. Project goals to accomplish this are:​​​​​​​

  • Develop professional learning communities in partner state and local education agencies. 
  • Develop coaching models for implementation of resources, inclusive practices, and communicative competence. 
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing resources. 
  • Support parents to become partners in the practice of inclusion for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Support systems change within the leadership of state and local education agencies for implementation of inclusive practices.

TIES Center focuses its efforts in the following areas:

  • Knowledge Development activities will be conducted to develop a knowledge base related to inclusive practices and policies for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
  • Technical Assistance activities ensure that states and districts have an understanding of how to successfully implement and sustain inclusive practices.

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) leads the TIES Center partnership. There are six additional collaborating partners: Arizona Department of Education, CAST, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, University of North-Carolina–Charlotte, and University of North Carolina–Greensboro.