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Building State Capacity


Building State Capacity to Address
Critical Issues in Deaf Education:
Transition from Secondary Education to Postsecondary Options

Goal of the Summit Series

The overall goal of the Building State Capacity Summit series was to enhance successful outcomes for students leaving high school, whether it is matriculation in a postsecondary education or training program, or employment. Young adults who are deaf or hard or hearing face barriers that inhibit these successful outcomes. One way to mitigate these barriers is by effecting positive change in the way services are provided. To this end, the Summit Series sought to not only offer information that enhances change, but provide an opportunity to implement and demonstrate change in areas such as service delivery, policy development and implementation, and/or cross-systems coordination. 

Summit Annual Meetings and Anticipated Outcomes

The Summit Series included annual meetings of state teams through 2016, and provided regular opportunities for knowledge acquisition and support for the development and implementation of state plans.

At the conclusion of the Summit Series, we expected each state team to report/demonstrate one clearly identified (tangible) change practice that occurred within their state, institution, or stakeholder group as a result of participating in the Summit Series.That information is being compiled in fall 2016 as part of the state teams' reports. In addition, pepnet 2 is in the process of developing a document that shares the experiences and accomplishments of the participating state teams.

Team Responsibilities and Membership

Teams from each state were invited to participate in the annual Building State Capacity Summit working meetings, and were encouraged to continue working throughout the year as a team to develop and implement their state plans. During the annual meetings, teams reviewed critical issues, exchanged information, and established strategies to support programs and services that increase the number and proportion of students who continue past high school and complete postsecondary programs or become employed.  
Diverse teams are both valued and necessary for change to occur.  The team members represented a variety of stakeholder groups, including educational administrators, vocational rehabilitation personnel, parents, transition services staff, postsecondary program professionals, community-based agency staff, independent living center personnel, and personnel preparation program faculty.

Supporting U.S. Department of Education Initiatives

Pepnet 2 supported the development and use of evidence-based and promising practices in the provision of services to students and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. Through our efforts as a national center, we shared resources with stakeholders at the state and local levels to empower them to address the needs of students and youth as they leave high school and participate in postsecondary education, training, and employment. State team members, as well as other stakeholders, have had access to these resources.

Through the Summit, pepnet 2's resources and services provided helpful information and strategies to address expectations related to State Systemic Improvement Plans (SSIP), which are part of the Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative through the U.S. Department of Education to improve results and outcomes for students with disabilities. Additional information about RDA, SSIP, and the Department’s efforts at improving results may be found online at OSEP’s Results Driven Accountability home page, including the Joint Letter to Chief State School Officers about RDA.


Summit Webinar Series

To support state teams and provide additional information about critical transition issues, the Summit offered a series of short webinars that address each of the Taxonomy for Transition Programming categories. To view these, go to the "Webinars" link. 


Summit Series Map 2013-2016