About the ILP R & D Project Partners

The Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) Research & Demonstration (R & D) Project is supported through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).

NCWD/Youth is a national technical assistance center housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) Center for Workforce Development (CWD). NCWD/Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth.

NCWD/Youth partners in the ILP R & D Project include:

IEL’s Center for Workforce Development (CWD): IEL/CWD helps public and private sector leaders promote career readiness and successful transitions to adulthood for all youth (with a special focus on youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth) by increasing the capacity of and connections among all stakeholders in the workforce development system. IEL/CWD is the lead and responsible for all aspects of the ILP R & D project.

Boston University:  V. Scott Solberg, Ph D., Associate Dean for Research, serves as the principal investigator for a research study analyzing the nature of Individualized Learning Plans as a promising school practice. This project includes data collection and analysis as well as providing technical assistance to 14 schools nationally who were selected to participate in this longitudinal study.

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Education and Work (CEW):  CEW played a strong role in designing and implementing the research study centered on the effects of schools instituting Individualized Learning Plans. CEW also served as the lead on data collection and analysis as well as provided technical assistance support to project schools.

University of Minnesota, Institute for Community Integration (ICI): ICI played a key role in developing state-level research and providing ongoing technical assistance to project schools.

PACER Center PACER Center provides ongoing assistance to the project, particularly school personnel, around family involvement and engagement.

Social Dynamics, LLC: An independent research partner on the ILP R & D Project, Social Dynamics, LLC reviews state-level ILP policy, and collects and analyzes data from multiple stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, and administrators at the school, district, and state levels.  Social Dynamics, LLC works to ensure that the results of this research are presented in such a way as to inform both practice and policy.      

Altarum Institute: A non-profit health care research firm, Altarum Institute has conducted focus groups and surveys to further understanding of the attitudes and roles of parents and school personnel in the implementation of Individualized Learning Plans in the project schools. A particular focus of this research has been to uncover differences in approaches and perceptions of parents and school personnel toward all students and students with disabilities.

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