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
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.
ACTE's ASPIIRE advisory group, a dedicated group of ACTE members primarily from the Special Needs Division, will be speaking with the ACTE policy committees at the December convention to let them know that such training is available to them for program planning purposes.
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.
ACTE is one of seven primary partners in the ASPIIRE project.
As a primary partner in this four-year grant, ACTE has organized a special session on IDEA and the ASPIIRE project for the ACTE National Policy Seminar, April 9-11, in Washington, D.
The ASPIIRE program, now in its second year, will work with the U.
Develop ASPIIRE Spotlight Implementation Sites to accumulate and disseminate information quickly about IDEA to at least 300,000 educators.
Establish ASPIIRE rapid-response systems and teach state and local representatives how to address the concerns or questions of at least 36,000 educators and other personnel regarding IDEA.
ACTE's work with ASPIIRE
will continue for the next several years, but to get started, your assistance is needed.