Topical Calls

Topical calls bring together the Gold, Salmon, and Teal communities to discuss challenges, questions, strategies, resources, and successes associated with a single topic. Topics and calls are listed below.

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This topical call series will focus on improving CSPR data quality and use of data at the state and facility levels.


NDTAC has developed many resources to support the technical assistance (TA) needs of Title I, Part D coordinators, State agencies (SAs), and local education agencies (LEAs). In this series of topical calls, NDTAC will highlight a selection of resources (e.g. practice guides, program highlights, toolkits), describing their purpose, content, and relevance for your TA needs and featuring examples from states that have put them to use. These calls will cover such content as program administration planning, the annual count, and the CSPR. At the end of this series, participants will be more familiar with how to access and apply relevant NDTAC resources for their work throughout the year.

Similar to the U.S. Department of Education (ED), State education agencies (SEAs) are required to monitor State agency (SA) and local education agency (LEA) subgrantees' implementation of Title I, Part D (Part D)-funded programs, per the Federal statute and regulations. SEAs must implement a monitoring process that involves conducting reviews on a set schedule and developing related monitoring protocols and tools. In turn, SAs and LEAs are responsible for monitoring the facilities and programs to which they allocate funds. In this series, participants will: (1) develop familiarity with a research-based subgrantee monitoring tool designed to evaluate teaching and learning environments in neglect, detention or correctional settings, (2) practice administering the tool using fictional scenarios and videos of classroom practice, (3) practice analyzing the data collected by the tool, and (4) discuss how to adapt the tool to participants' local contexts to support subgrantee and facility training and technical assistance activities. This call series will address assuring that the civil rights obligations to students are being met, serving the needs of special populations (e.g., students with disabilities), and evaluating the conditions for learning in facilities.

Meaningful Family and Community Engagement

The involvement of family members, caregivers, and other caring adults is critical in the lives of youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk. But often times schools, facilities and programs struggle to actively engage these individuals. This workgroup will explore ways of fostering, increasing, and sustaining meaningful engagement of the important adults in the lives of N or D youth, from the time a youth enters the justice system through his or her return to the community. Calls will explore culturally relevant outreach, preparation and training for family members and caregivers, the importance of community and natural supports, and much more.

Preparing Youth for the World of Work

While the first priority of programs for youth who are neglected or delinquent is to help them achieve academic outcomes similar to their non-N or D peers, this series of calls will explore the complimentary goal of preparing youth for meaningful employment. Calls will explore connecting N or D youth to two year colleges, trade schools, and other vocational and career/technical opportunities. Over the course of the calls, the workgroup will discuss the national landscape of career technical training, ways to enhance traditional career/technical training programs, and ways to connect youth to meaningful employment or further training after system involvement. 

Innovative Uses of Title I, Part D, Funds

Determining how to use Title I, Part D funds is both an art and a science. The statute provides some guidelines but otherwise offers sub-grantees the flexibility to use funds in a way that suits the needs of their local contexts. In a tough economy, educational settings must look to creative ways to maximize service delivery for youth who are neglected and delinquent with strained state and local budgets. This series of topical calls will address this challenge by reviewing references to the use of funds in the statute and non-regulatory guidance, promoting technical assistance strategies to encourage more creative uses of funds, sharing ways in which TIPD funds can and have been used effectively to promote programs, suggesting alternative funding sources to supplement TIPD , and discussing the importance of and methods for weighing the cost-benefit of the use of TIPD funds in particular ways to drive decisionmaking.

Program Evaluation through Data Dashboards

Helping States evaluate the quality of their State and local Part D programs, specifically through the use of data dashboards.

Relationships between Education & Justice

Helping States develop and maintain collaborative relationships between education and juvenile justice agencies.

Implementing Evidence-based Practices

Helping States identify evidence-based programs and successfully implement them with fidelity.