The National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice


JJ/SE Shared Agenda & Tools for Success

In March 2005, NASDSE and NDRN convened a meeting of national organizations and other entities and professionals to discuss their shared interest in addressing the disproportionate number of children with disabilities in contact with the juvenile justice (JJ) system, including those with special education (SE) needs. This was the beginning of a project that became known as the JJ/SE Shared Agenda .

The JJ/SE Shared Agenda produced Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency (aka Tools for Success ) -- a compendium of best practices for promoting the educational stability of youth with disabilities and those at risk of developing disabilities. Designed for teachers and administrators, Tools for Success includes research-based effective practices for meeting the needs of children and youth in their schools, including early identification and intervention.

Tools for Success is divided into nine sections or “Steps” that track the developmental stages of children from birth through transition into adulthood. Each Step was generated by a separate work group of subject-matter experts.

Step 1: Pre-school early intervention: birth through age 5

Step 2: Universal interventions

Step 3: Targeted interventions

Step 4: Intensive interventions

Step 5: Transition services from school to post-school activities

Step 6: Children in the child welfare system (foster children)

Step 7: Court-involved youth.

Step 8: Youth in juvenile justice facilities

Step 9: School re-enrollment and transition from juvenile justice facilities


Using the link below, you can view and navigate the toolkit online via a table of contents, or download the entire toolkit or particular sections.


Recommended Citation: JJ/SE Shared Agenda, Tools for Promoting Educational Success and Reducing Delinquency , NASDSE & NDRN, Washington, DC: January 20007.



The JJ/SE Shared Agenda also sponsored a white paper providing an in-depth overview of the issues, School Leadership for Improving the Lives of Youth: Innovative Steps for Preventing Placements of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System. The author of the white paper is Kevin P. Dwyer , past president of the National Association of School Psychologists. He served as the principal investigator for the federally funded school violence prevention project that produced Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools and Safeguarding our Children: An Action Guide. The anticipated completion date of the white paper is March 2007.


We are seeking funding to disseminate the white paper and Tools for Success in hard copies and interactive versions on CDs. In particular, we hope to provide free copies to state and local special education directors.


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