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This page provides information for ND Community members related to the general administration of State and local Title I, Part D (Part D) programs.

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What is NDTAC?

The Center

  • Established in 2002 through support from the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
  • A national resource center providing direct assistance to States, local agencies, schools, communities, and families
  • Primary focus is the education of youth involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems to:
    • Ensure that youth who are neglected or delinquent (N or D) have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet
    • Improve educational services for children and youth who are N or D or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system
    • Provide children and youth who are N or D with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutions to schools and/or employment
    • Prevent youth who are at risk of academic failure from dropping out of school
    • Provide children and youth who have dropped out of school, or who are returning to school after residing in an institution, with a support system to ensure their continued education


NDTAC Leadership NDTAC is operated by American Institutes for Research (AIR), a nonprofit research organization that performs basic and applied research, provides technical support, and conducts analyses based on methods of the behavioral and social sciences. NDTAC’s principal investigator is Dr. David Osher. Simon Gonsoulin serves as NDTAC’s director, and Michelle Perry is its deputy director:

  • Dr. David Osher has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, and researcher. Dr. Osher has a wide-ranging background in juvenile justice, children’s mental health, and the education of children at risk of poor community outcomes.
  • Simon Gonsoulin has more than 30 years of experience in education, special education, and juvenile justice. Mr. Gonsoulin is an expert in issues related to juvenile justice education and administration as well as special education administration.
  • Ms. Michelle Perry brings almost 15 years of experience in the areas of project management, training and technical assistance. She brings expertise in the areas of special education, early warning systems, dropout prevention and data systems related to a variety of projects with the U.S. Department of Education. .


Getting Started

To help new State Part D coordinators get started in their new positions, NDTAC created the Title I, Part D, State Coordinator's Orientation Handbook. The handbook provides an overview of the program, the students it serves, coordinator roles and responsibilities, commonly raised questions and concerns, and additional recommendations by State Title I, Part D, coordinators and NDTAC staff.

Many other resources for both new and experienced coordinators are available on NDTAC’s website

Learn the Law

NDTAC highly encourage new State Part D coordinators to become familiar with the Federal Title I, Part D, statute, as well as the accompanying Nonregulatory Guidance.

Other related regulations that are helpful to State Part D coordinators include the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Cost Circular A-87 and Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR).

Complete information about the statute and these regulations is available on NDTAC’s website

Communicate With Your NDTAC State Liaison

Each State coordinator has a direct point of contact at NDTAC, their TA Liaison. To find out who your TA Liaison is and how to contact her, visit the ND Communities page, click on your State, and see the NDTAC Liaison information at the top right of the page. 

Network & Participate

State Part D coordinators often tell NDTAC that they like hearing how their peers are administering Title l, Part D, programs. To provide these opportunities, NDTAC facilitates a peer-to-peer network where States are organized into three communities of 16 to 18 States. Each Community is facilitated by one of the three NDTAC liaisons.

There are two main forums for State Part D coordinator peer-to-peer TA:

  • ND Community Calls: Calls held three times per year that bring together members of the Teal, Salmon, and Gold communities to discuss topics of interest to Community members and share information and resources.
  • Topical Calls: Calls held three times per year that invite State coordinators from any State to discuss and share information and resources on specific topics.

NDTAC also hosts a listserv made up of hundreds of administrators, practitioners, researchers, and others from around the country.  The listserv provides the opportunity for members to ask questions of and pass on information to other members.

New Coordinator Orientation Calls

New to the ND community? We formally welcome new coordinators to NDTAC and ND Community annually at our national conference. Additionally, we hold calls for individual or small groups of new coordinators throughout the year as needed. Our most recent call was held on November 3, 2015. Below you can find the call recording and resources referenced on the call.


Federal Indicators Overview


FY2015 Grantee Monitoring Reports 
Please visit the Title I Achievement-Focused Monitoring webpage and click on the State on the map available at to view FY 2004-2014 monitoring reports.

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