The 2017 NDTAC Conference was held on June 13-15 in Washington, DC. The conference brought together state ND coordinators; experts in the field; and US Department of Education (ED) and NDTAC staff to explore federal and state topics related to effective program administration and implementation and other issues that impact education for youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at-risk. The conference also provided participants with hands-on learning and networking opportunities.
NDTAC National Conference Details
Access select conference presentations, handouts, and activities by clicking on the sessions below:
- Preconference Workshop: New Coordinators Meeting
- Keynote Session: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
- Plenary Session I: Transition
- Plenary Session II: Federal Monitoring
- Federal Panel
- Plenary III: State Plans
This session helped participants understand their Part D data collected with the CSPR and the use of data for program planning, subgrantee monitoring, and other uses. Split into two sessions, both sessions reviewed their states’ Subpart 2 data, however, the “101” session provided an orientation to NDTAC’s data workbooks and, while the “201” session held a more in-depth discussion about data use as while administering their programs. A third session focused on Subpart 1 only data collection, data reporting and utilization challenges and strategies, and how coordinators could deepen data-driven supports for Subpart 1 subgrantees.
- David Blumenthal, NDTAC State Liaison
- Katie Deal, NDTAC State Liaison
- Rob Mayo, NDTAC State Liaison
- Jake Sokolsky, NDTAC
- Jenna Tweedie, NDTAC
- Dory Seidel, NDTAC
Keynote Session: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
In this session, Dr. Branson will describe the rates and impact of trauma on youth who are neglected or delinquent (N or D), the impact of trauma on staff who work with youth who are N or D, service planning for youth who have been affected by trauma, the core elements of trauma-informed care, case examples, and recommendations for action. The session also will include discussion of the use of Part D funding to meet the needs of youth who are N or D who have experienced trauma.
- Chris Branson, Assistant Professor, New York University
This session featured a presentation by Dr. David Altschuler on NDTAC’s new transition toolkit, the research on transition, and best practices on transition. The presentation was followed by a panel of Part D coordinators discussing application of the toolkit and the content shared by Dr. Altschuler at the four critical junctures: juvenile justice system entry, residency, exit from secure care, and aftercare. A special focus was placed on the exit and aftercare stages, which have been identified as being especially difficult. Panelists will provided brief overviews of State and local approaches to transition, as well as strategies aimed at facilitating efficient cross-agency records transfer and data-sharing systems. The strategies discussed focused on the collaborative roles of key stakeholders, including facility leadership and staff, youth, families, and community- and systems-based supports.
- David Altschuler, Associate Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
- Pat Frost, Part D Coordinator, Nebraska
- Rennie Taylor, Principal, Maya Angelou Academy New Beginnings Youth Development Center
- Janay Williams, Deputy Superintendent of Treatment, New Beginnings Youth Development Center
- Simon Gonsoulin, NDTAC Project Director
In this session, NDTAC will review coordinators’ responsibilities related to Federal monitoring; ED will summarize the Part D monitoring plan, Federal monitoring visits conducted in 2015–2017, and the monitoring process moving forward; coordinators will share lessons learned and next steps from their states’ recent Federal monitoring visits; and participants will discuss implications for Part D program planning and subgrantee monitoring.
- Earl Myers, Federal Coordinator, Neglected or Delinquent Education Program, OSHS, ED
- Valerie Ashton-Thomas, Part D Coordinator, Maryland
- Rebecca Derenge, Part D Coordinator, West Virginia
- Basil Harris, Part D Coordinator, South Carolina
- Laura Johnson-Frame, Part D Coordinator, South Dakota
- Federal Monitoring (PDF)
In this session, ED staff discussed initiatives being promoted by ED, collaboration opportunities to impact programming in facilities funded through Part D, and future priorities for ED.
- Monique Chism, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Curtis Kinnard, Education Program Specialist, Office of Special Education Programs
- Sean Addie, Director, Office of Correctional Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
- Eve Birge, Liaison on Domestic Human Trafficking and Gender-based Violence, OSHS
This session described the required components of the Federal approval process for the Part D portion of State plans. Norris Dickard also discussed Part D requirements and the Federal approval process for State plans. A panel of coordinators reflected on plan development and how they will implement and use their plans to guide subgrantee application review and monitoring; program development, implementation, and evaluation; and other activities at the SEA, subgrantee, and local levels.
- Norris Dickard, Leader of Healthy Students Group, OSHS, ED
- Kenya Haynes, Part D Coordinator, Wyoming
- Karl Koenig, Part D Coordinator, Ohio
- State Plans Presentation (PDF)