Partnerships Are Supporting Evidence-Based Practices for Improving Student Outcomes in Region 5

Submitted on July 13, 2021 by:
John White

The Region 5 Comprehensive Center (R5CC) is collaborating with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center to increase Virginia's capacity to use implementation and improvement science at the state, district, and school levels. The work supports sustained and scaled use of Evidence-based Practices by school staff and teachers to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  

According to Dr. Aurelia Ortiz, Director of the VDOE's Office of School Quality (OSQ), the partnership with Region 5 and SISEP "validates our knowledge of practices that we have found to be effective in regards to scaling up Evidence-based Practices. The facilitated conversations and protocols have provided a forum for deeper dialogue as we move from planning to implementation. We've even adopted a SISEP mantra which is that a process is a product." 

The R5CC provides thought partnership support for the OSQ State Transformation Specialist to build capacity to implement the SISEP work within the VDOE and prepare for implementation with divisions and schools. Additionally, the R5CC team coordinates with the regional Networked Improvement Community (NIC) to enhance coherence and collaboration across initiatives. 

SISEP works intensively with a small number of states to develop the State Education Agency (SEA) staff members' knowledge and skills to utilize implementation science and improve their implementation infrastructure to use effective educational practices. In addition, to ensure attention to local needs and context, SISEP co-develops a capacity-building plan for implementation development with each SEA and their local partners around specific needs.

 The SISEP Center is a national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs, supporting the implementation of instructional and leadership practices that lead to improved outcomes for students with disabilities.  

For more information and support to implement evidence-based practices, contact the Region 5 Comprehensive Center