Parker is a member of the ASPIIRE
This is a partnership called ASPIIRE (Associations of Service Providers Implementing IDEA Reforms in Education).
Parker is active in both the Pinellas County Florida Career and Technical (PACTE) organization and the State of Florida Career and Technical (FACTE) organization and is a member of the ASPIIRE Leadership Cadre.
The approach taken with ASPIIRE is to utilize national associations which are established structures in the education arena to reach out to educators and offer assistance.
ASPIIRE partner initiatives will support schools across the United States by developing leaders, facilitating problem solving and promoting effective practices in at least 36,000 schools.
ACTE's first ASPIIRE outreach activity was to survey members attending the ACTE annual convention in Orlando in December 1999 to inquire about their need for information and guidance on the IDEA law.
ASPIIRE, the Associations of Services Providers Implementing IDEA Reforms in Education partnership, is one of four federal grants awarded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S.
ACTE is one of seven primary partners in the ASPIIRE project.
The ASPIIRE program, now in its second year, will work with the U.S.
* Develop ASPIIRE Spotlight Implementation Sites to accumulate and disseminate information quickly about IDEA to at least 300,000 educators.
Along with ACTE, the following organizations comprise ASPIIRE's core partnership: the American Federation of Teachers, the American Occupational Therapy Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood, the National Association of School Psychologists and the National Education Association.
Through the ASPIIRE partnership, ACTE members have access to myriad resources to help them implement IDEA.