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State Peer Leaders Network

  1. 1. An Introduction to the State Peer Leaders Network June 6, 2008
  2. 2. Webinar Classroom Layout Select Full Screen to maximize presentation; minimizes chat feature Presentation Slide Area Use Chat box to communicate with chairperson and presenters
  3. 3. Access to Webinar Materials <ul><li>A direct link to the webinar materials, including web and audio content, will be posted on the NTAR Leadership Center website by 4:00 p.m. EST, Friday, June 6, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>www.ntarcenter.org </li></ul>
  4. 4. Presenters <ul><li>Nanette Relave, Center for Workers with Disabilities, APHSA </li></ul><ul><li>Damon Terzaghi, Center for Workers with Disabilities, APHSA </li></ul><ul><li>Moderator: </li></ul><ul><li>Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University </li></ul>
  5. 5. Agenda/Objectives <ul><li>Provide an overview of the State Peer Leaders Network (SPLN) and the major activities planned for the Network </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss opportunities for technical assistance and how to request TA </li></ul><ul><li>Answer your questions </li></ul>
  6. 6. The NTAR Leadership Center <ul><li>Established in September 2007 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) </li></ul><ul><li>A collaboration of partners with expertise in workforce and economic development, disability employment, financial education and asset building, and leadership development </li></ul><ul><li>Created for the purpose of building capacity and leadership at the federal, state, and local levels to enable change across workforce development and disability-specific systems that will increase employment for adults with disabilities </li></ul>
  7. 7. The NTAR Center: Major Activities <ul><li>State Leaders Innovation Institute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An intensive leadership institute for three states (Connecticut, Maryland, and Minnesota) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State Peer Leaders Network </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An information exchange and peer learning network for a select group of state and local leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Development and Dissemination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research briefs and other products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Exchange </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A dedicated NTAR Center website to support information sharing and knowledge exchange </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Guiding Principles <ul><li>Increasing partnerships and collaboration among and across generic and disability-specific systems </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the use of self-direction in services, and integration of funding across and among systems </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing economic self-sufficiency through leveraging work incentives, financial education, or other strategies that promote profitable employment and asset building </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the use of universal design in employment services and as a framework for employment policy </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the use of customized and other forms of flexible work options for individuals with disabilities and others with barriers to employment </li></ul>
  9. 9. The State Peer Leaders Network <ul><li>Recognizes the significant value to states learning from each other </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a dedicated forum for information sharing and exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Members: </li></ul><ul><li>State leaders and teams that applied for the State Leaders Innovation Institute (SLII) </li></ul><ul><li>State and local leaders with a strong interest in peer learning and the work of the NTAR Leadership Center </li></ul>
  10. 10. Joining the State Peer Leaders Network <ul><li>For states that applied to the SLII, team leaders are requested to designate members of the state team (can include expanded team members) to join the SPLN </li></ul><ul><li>Contact information for team members should be forwarded to Nanette Relave ( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>New SPLN members will be added to a SPLN email list and given login information to the SPLN section of the NTAR Center’s website </li></ul><ul><li>There is no cost to states to join the Network </li></ul><ul><li>For any questions, please contact Nanette at [email_address] or 202-682-0100 </li></ul>
  11. 11. SPLN: Information Sharing Activities <ul><li>Teleconferences and Interactive Webinars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on our guiding principles, and with a focus on demand-side strategies, we are developing a series of teleconferences and webinars that will highlight innovative strategies and promising state and local practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Potential topics include, for example: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Understanding Sector Strategies for Workers with Disabilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Building Pathways to Greater Self-Sufficiency through Asset Development </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborating Across Systems: Linking with TANF </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workplace Flexibility: Promising Strategies and Approaches </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. SPLN: Information Sharing Activities <ul><li>Timely Access to NTAR Leadership Center Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SPLN members will receive first access to research, promising practices, and other resources developed through the NTAR Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The SPLN email list will be used to disseminate resources as soon as they are available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dedicated News about Learning Events and Other Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The SPLN email list and web page, as well as the NTAR Center website, will keep the Network informed about new resources and special events such as topical webinars </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. SPLN: Learning Exchange Activities <ul><li>Access to a Learning Exchange Between the SLII and the SPLN </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The State Leaders Innovation Institute is likely to produce tools, resources, and knowledge that will be of significant value to other states </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Learning Exchange will facilitate the sharing of resources and knowledge among states in the Institute and those in the SPLN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Exchange activities will occur as the SLII and SPLN progress, and may include: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conference calls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. SPLN: Learning Exchange Activities <ul><li>Access to Information Exchange through a Cooperative Inquiry System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To support learning exchange, members of the SPLN will be able to submit questions/inquiries for a quarterly survey of the SPLN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey responses will be compiled and shared with the Network as a whole </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each quarterly survey will have a theme based on the questions/inquiries that are submitted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will begin the Cooperative Inquiry System in July 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We invite you to submit questions/inquiries for your peers on a range of issues </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. SPLN: Leadership Development Activities <ul><li>Given the importance of leadership development to promoting systems change, a virtual leadership institute (VLI) will be offered to SPLN members through a series of quarterly webinars </li></ul><ul><li>The VLI will assist participants in setting active goals and enhancing organizational performance in order to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities along with building a network of peers </li></ul><ul><li>The VLI is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year and will be led by the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware, a NTAR Center partner </li></ul>
  16. 16. SPLN: Technical Assistance Opportunities <ul><li>Members of the SPLN will be able to request technical assistance from the NTAR Center, ranging from telephone and email consultation to short consultancy research to on-site support </li></ul><ul><li>On-site visits may include, for example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations at meetings or conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitation of workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized training in topical areas </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technical assistance will be provided as fiscal resources and project capacity permit </li></ul>
  17. 17. SPLN: Technical Assistance Opportunities <ul><li>State-to-State Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Resources permitting, the NTAR Leadership Center may be able to facilitate and support state-to-state technical assistance </li></ul><ul><li>State-to-state technical assistance could include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone consultation or facilitated conference calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site visits whereby a state team visits another state to provide information and TA in one of the NTAR Center’s targeted goal areas such as cross-system collaboration, demand-side strategies, universal design in service delivery, and others </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Requesting Technical Assistance: Criteria <ul><li>The degree to which the areas of requested TA relate to the NTAR Center’s guiding principles </li></ul><ul><li>The degree to which the requested TA fosters knowledge, greater cross-systems learning, and enhanced information sharing </li></ul><ul><li>The extent to which the TA requested demonstrates value to the applicant and has value for other states, localities, and regions </li></ul><ul><li>The cost effectiveness of the requested TA and availability of TA resources </li></ul>We will review TA requests from SPLN members based on the following criteria:
  19. 19. How to Request Technical Assistance <ul><li>All requests for technical assistance from SPLN members will be accepted and reviewed on a continuing basis between June 2008 and July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>SPLN members will need to complete and submit our TA Request form that will be available online </li></ul><ul><li>Interested applicants are welcome and encouraged to telephone or email the NTAR Leadership Center to discuss their needs/requests before submitting the TA Request form </li></ul><ul><li>The NTAR Leadership Center will do its best to accommodate requests for technical assistance in a timely fashion </li></ul>
  20. 20. Technical Assistance Request Form <ul><li>The NTAR Center is creating an online TA Request form that will be available on the Center’s website </li></ul><ul><li>This short form will gather contact information and ask you to describe your technical assistance need and request </li></ul><ul><li>Once your TA Request form is received, an NTAR Leadership Center representative will contact you within five (5) business days to discuss your request </li></ul><ul><li>If you need help filling out this form, please contact the NTAR Leadership Center at 732-932-4100 x6330 or Nanette Relave at [email_address] or 202-682-0100 </li></ul>
  21. 21. Technical Assistance Request Form
  22. 22. Technical Assistance Request Form
  23. 23. Question and Answer Period: How to Submit Your Questions Click Raise Hand to ask a question; the chairperson will then call on participants in the order that questions were received
  24. 24. Question and Answer Period
  25. 25. NTAR Leadership Center Contacts <ul><li>Nanette Relave, Center for Workers with Disabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] or 202-682-0100, ext. 241 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Damon Terzaghi, Center for Workers with Disabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] or 202-682-0100, ext. 265 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kathy Krepcio, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] or 732-932-4100, ext. 6306 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Maria Heidkamp, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] or 732-932-4100, ext. 6313 </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. NTAR Leadership Center Website <ul><li>www.ntarcenter.org </li></ul>

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