Welcome to IDEA Partnership

The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level.

Partner Spotlight: National Behavioral Health Community of Practice.

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Youth Lens Project Gives Voice to the Impact of Stigma
Youth across the nation and their adult allies have developed an activity to engage others in sharing their insights about stigma and isolation.

Compliance and results drive new special education efforts.

rdaIn June, 2014 the Office of Special Education Programs released its new approach to improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

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Partnership launches Leading by Convening: A Blueprint for Authentic Engagement

The IDEA Partners have identified one of the biggest barriers to deep collaboration...everybody thinks they are already doing it!

Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) provides a comprehensive design for school behavioral health

The Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), The Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and the IDEA Partnership have collaborated on the development of a framework for working across education and mental health for better student outcomes.

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Dialogue Guides

DG Handbook

Community of Practice

Learn and act together >>

CoP Guidebook

Partnership Way

Build engagement >>

Leading by Conveing

Dialogue Guides

Resource: Technical Problems vs. Adaptive Challenges. Eric Svaren. Groupsmith. Adapted from Ronald A. Heifetz & Donald L. Laurie, "The World of Leadership," Harvard Business Review. January-February 1997; and Ronald A. Heifetz & Marty Lindsky, Leadership on the Line, Harvard Business School Press, 2002
Available at:   http://www.groupsmith.com/uploads/file/technical%20problems %20vs%20%20adaptive%20challenges.pdf
Dialogue Starter: Technical and Adaptive Challenges in Schools

Resource: Dealing with the Human Side of Change. Russ Linden. 2006. Governing. Available at:
Dialogue Starter: Dealing with the Human Side of Change


Dialogue Guides are models for conducting interactive discussions across stakeholders. Each Guide contains one topical document that all who come to the table  access in order to start with the same knowledge base; and a set of reaction and application questions for a facilitator to support the assembled group to build areas of agreement and develop action-plan(s). Dialogue Facilitator's Handbook