Hosts Sara Doutre and Susan Hayes dive into the world of state special education accountability and support systems, also known as general supervision — aka “General Soup.” Join them as they talk with state special education staff about their successes and challenges in the development, implementation and evaluation of results-based accountability and support systems, share resources to help states move towards improving outcomes for students with disabilities, and drop a few jokes about soup. This podcast is produced by the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) at WestEd which is funded by a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education, #H326R190001. However, the contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer: Perry Williams (October 2019) WestEd is the lead organization for NCSI. For more information about the work of WestEd, NCSI, and their partners, please visit www.ncsi.wested.org and www.wested.org.
Wednesday Jul 20, 2022
Wednesday Jul 20, 2022
Episode 4 of NCSI's "General Soup" podcast focuses on a key responsibility and priority of state general supervision system -- disrupting disproportionality or the over-identification of certain groups of students, particularly Black students and other students of color, for special education services and/or disciplinary action. What are the root causes of disproportionality? How can state education agencies support schools and districts to address it? What are the limits of approaching disproportionality as solely a compliance issue rather than recognizing it as evidence of a need for full-scale systems transformation? How do students themselves think about and define disproportionality and what might their framing offer us in terms of solutions? What role can Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education play in disrupting disproportionality? How can states leverage their general supervision systems to promote equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students?
Episode 4 Show Notes and referenced resources are available on the NCSI General Soup Podcast page.