The IDEA Partnership Way

blue circles with leading words withinWith the Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education, the 55 IDEA partner organizations form a community with the potential and intention to transform the way we work to improve outcomes for all students, especially students with disabilities. The diverse partnership community is committed to advancing the connections among research, policy, and practice. The blueprint The Partnership Way will be available electronically with built in tools ready to use by the June/July timeframe. In the meantime you can begin to learn about The Partnership Way on our newly developed website:  and our collaborative workspace:

The focus of the Partnership work is to bring together multiple stakeholder perspectives, to learn from one another, and to engage together in solving pressing problems of practice. Together we:
* Convene cross stakeholder groups to address problems and issues of common interest
* Create collaboratively developed tools to enhance relationships and shared work
* Translate research into practical implementation tools and strategies
* Create opportunities for ongoing modeling and mentoring  
* Teach how to convene and support Communities of Practice

As this diverse group of stakeholders share expertise and resources, present new questions and new ideas, and work together to accomplish a common goal, shared stakeholder-led leadership becomes a dynamic and ever-evolving condition of The Partnership Way.
This blueprint is our contribution to the knowledge base on leading stakeholder work and building Communities of Practice. This resource -completely developed by stakeholders in a stakeholder-led process-is our effort to create a framework and a repository of promising practices that can be communicated in a way that is both teachable and learnable. It explores and gives real world examples of how to operationalize:
* Leading by Convening
* Coalescing around Issues
* Ensuring Relevant Participation
* Doing the Work Together


The IDEA Partnership join with the nation in mourning the tragedy in Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our partners are prepared to help children, families and communities. Their resources may support you as you help children and families cope and communities undertake the dialogue on school safety, mental health and trauma. We will continue to acquire and distribute resources and make links to other groups that are doing the same. Today, we are all joined together in a community of care.


National Resources


Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. Departments of Education

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education

National Parent Teacher Association

American Psychological Association

Partner Resources


American Association of School Administrators



American Federation of Teachers



American Occupational Therapy Association

    National Education Association

    National Association of School Psychologists

    • Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

    Federally Supported Centers Working with the IDEA Partnership

    Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

    Center for School Mental Health

    Safe and Supportive Schools