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Results Driven Accountability: Where Were We? Where Are We? Where Do We Go Next?


Dr. Alan Coulter

Associate Professor, Louisiana State University Health Sciences and Human Development Center

Clay Whitehead

Co-Founder, PresenceLearning
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The Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative from OSEP has unfolded over the past several years. Now it’s time to take stock of the past, present, and future of this important new chapter in the history of special education in America. With RDA, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) catalyzed a nationwide shift from a focus centered on procedural compliance in special education to a focus on closing persistent gaps in student achievement and graduation rates. Now, Dr. Alan Coulter, the leading RDA expert, will bring us up to date with how different states are tackling their achievement gaps and the potential effects on school districts. Join a nationwide audience as we kick off our fall 2016 “Results Matter” series with this important webinar that looks at OSEP’s RDA from a local district’s perspective, discusses the implications for school administrators, and offers expert guidance on how to prepare for the future.

Speaker Bio

Alan Coulter, Ph.D, is Associate Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences and Human Development Center and one of the most respected and well known experts on Results Driven Accountability (RDA). Alan  introduced RDA as a presenter for the SPED Ahead fall 2014 webinar series. Alan has been an advisor to the U.S.OSEP, to state DOEs and LEAs on accountability issues. He served on the President’ s Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

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After this webinar, participants will be able to:

#1: Identify and list the four primary purposes of federal law concerning children with disabilities in schools and the relationship to current approaches to accountability.

#2: Summarize and describe the structure and phases of the state systemic improvement plan and its relationship to Results Driven Accountability (RDA).

#3: Apply three actions that support the principles of Results Driven Accountability (RDA) in their professional practice.

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Alan Coulter received a consulting fee from PresenceLearning, Inc. for his presentation for this webinar and receives a salary from Louisiana State University where he is Director for Education Initiatives for the Human Development Center at the LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans.

Nonfinancial Disclosures
No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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This event is free of charge.
For accommodations or modifications please email

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1:00-1:05 pm  Welcome and context

1:05- 1:25 pm  Historical perspective for special education and RDA

1:25-1:40 pm  RDA implementation status and implications

1:40- 2:00 pm  Important questions to guide RDA state-specific planning

2:00-2:25 pm  Audience Q&A

2:25-2:30 pm Summary and wrap up

*All times Eastern time


Please Note: We do not offer continuing education opportunities for on-demand webinars; however, viewers will receive a certificate of attendance.
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