TIES Center focuses its efforts in the following areas:

Knowledge Development activities develop a knowledge base on inclusive practices and policies for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Technical Assistance activities ensure that states and districts have an understanding of how to successfully implement and sustain inclusive practices. Technical assistance is organized into three tiers:

Intensive Technical Assistance

Two states have been selected to work closely with TIES personnel to address project goals. 

  • Maryland was selected as the first intensive technical assistance state in 2018, along with the  Carroll County Public Schools and Montgomery County Public Schools districts. 
  • The second intensive technical assistance state selected in 2019 is Washington State and the Lake Washington School District is the focus district that works collaboratively with TIES Center personnel.   

Intensive TA states seek to get policies and practices in place that will support the movement of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to more inclusive settings, as well as provide the support needed to increase engagement and learning outcomes for these students in those settings. Work involves collaboration with leadership teams at the state, district, and school level in both states. 

Targeted Technical Assistance

Webinars and peer learning groups (PLGs) are developed and offered to states interested in working on focused topics related to inclusive education. The focus of the PLG strands during 2020 are (1) Systems Change for Inclusive Education, (2) Communicative Supports and (3) Standards-based Academic Instruction.

Universal Technical Assistance

Products and services created through the TIES Center work are available to all via the Center and its web site, social media, and conferences.