Mark Schultz Named New Assistant Secretary for OSERS
OSEP has welcomed Mark Schultz as the new Assistant Secretary for OSERS, the position recently vacated by Johnny Collett. In addition to his new position, Mark is also the Rehabilitation Services Commissioner for OSERS.
Mark joined the Department in August after a long career in vocational rehabilitation. Most recently, Mark was a deputy commissioner at the Nebraska Department of Education where his division included the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Office of Special Education. Prior to his role at the Nebraska Department of Education, he served as both the director and associate director with Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation, director of the Nebraska Assistive Technology Partnership and as a barrier-free design specialist for the League of Human Dignity, a Center for Independent Living. He has also served as a president of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation and a member of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information Technology Steering Committee. (OSEP, 10-29-19).
Five Programs Funded by OSEP in Fiscal Year 2019
Promoting Rigorous Outcomes and Growth by Redesigning Educational Services for Students with Disabilities (PROGRESS Center). The PROGRESS Center will help private, public, and charter schools improve their capacity to design and implement high-quality, evidence-based educational programs to meet the standards of the Endrew F. decision. The expected outcomes are an increase in knowledge, awareness, and use of resources to improve quality and implementation, and ultimately an ecosystem of educators who can design and implement quality special education programs. Its website will launch soon.
National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI). NCSI will provide differentiated support to states through universal, targeted, and intensive technical assistance to help states best use their general supervision and professional development systems to establish and meet high expectations for each child with a disability.
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM 2.0). AEM 2.0 will continue improving systems that provide accessible educational materials and technologies for individuals with disabilities in early learning, K-12, higher education, and workforce settings.
The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center). The DaSy Center will provide technical assistance to (1) improve states’ capacity to collect, report, analyze and use high-quality IDEA Part C data required under IDEA sections 618 and 616 and IDEA Part B preschool data for those indicators that are not solely based on IDEA section 618 data (e.g., Indicators B7 and B12); and (2) enhance, streamline, and integrate statewide child-level early childhood data systems to address critical policy questions that will facilitate program improvement, improve compliance accountability, and improve outcomes for children served under Part C and Part B preschool special education programs.
IDEA Data Center (IDC). IDC provides technical assistance to build state capacity for collecting, reporting, analyzing, and using IDEA Part B data, including preschool data. IDC also provides technical assistance to local education agencies (LEA), in partnership with states, to improve LEA data quality.