Best Practices Cohort

In 2016 Ohio was invited to participate in an Intensive Technical Assistance Project with the National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials. The project has since been named the Best Practices Cohort. The purpose of the project is as follows:

to support continuous improvement and scaling up of systems for distribution and use of accessible educational materials (AEM)2 and accessible technologies3 for learning in each state selected for participation in the ITA Cohort. Participating states and three districts within each state will work closely with AEM Center staff and each other to monitor, analyze, document and disseminate the impact of their work. By focusing on areas that can serve as key high-leverage areas of change (procurement considerations, strategies for use of AEM and accessible technologies for learning, self-advocacy skills of students, provision system development and data system development) the states receiving ITA will not only improve availability and use of AEM and accessible technologies across early learning, K-12, higher education and workplace in their own states, but also serve as models for other states and contribute to the development of products and services that feed into the targeted and universal tiers of technical assistance.

Each state will support and document change in the five key high-leverage areas. The states in the ITA Cohort will work closely with the AEM Center and with other ITA states to develop scalable expertise and replicable implementation approaches targeting all five leverage areas to build momentum for systemic change across early learning, K-12, higher education and workplace. Additionally, each state will provide leadership in one area to the benefit of all states in the ITA Cohort and all other states and state-like entities.

The project will continue through 2019.