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Federal Center Aids Special Education Practices

August 13, 2009

The federal center is trying to help states incubate and spread good special education practices that are already taking place in their districts. The State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-based Practices Center, has been working with Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Oregon since September. The center intentionally picked states that have made a substantial investment in evidence-based practices; starting new programs from scratch offers a different set of challenges. Dean L. Fixsen, a principal director of SISEP, as the center, located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is known, likens good education practices to a medical vaccine: Without the equipment to inoculate children and a medical establishment that can reach lots of children, vaccines do little good. "Until we develop the infrastructure, we're going to be stuck," Mr. Fixsen said.

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