In December, 2004, Paul Sindelar, Helen Thornton (COPSSE Project Officer), and Mary
Jane Rapport met in Washington to review the related services work of COPSSE and
discuss the next steps for this component of the Center. We were joined in a portion of
our meeting by Lou Danielson (Division Director, OSEP) to discuss and explore our
ideas with him. We talked about our interest in further identification of evidence based
practices in schools. These conversations led us to identify a plan for the next steps in the
work of the Related Services Design Panel (RSDP) as part of COPSSE.
We all agreed that additional work was needed to help address the question:
What are the evidence-based practices that lead to the best student outcomes?
In order to do this, we have worked with previous COPSSE authors and school-based
experts in each of the professional organizations to identify two researchers/writers in
each of four related services disciplines (OT, PT, SLP, and School Psychology) who will
collaboratively co-author a paper summarizing existing literature on evidence-based
practices in schools and address practices that may not have a well supported base of
literature or evidence but are recognized within the discipline as "suggested" practice.
These two authors will work with a representative from their respective national
professional organizations (AOTA, APTA, ASHA, NASP) who has knowledge and
understanding of school-based services.
A meeting will be held with authors and organization representatives in Washington, DC
on August 23, 2005. At this meeting, discussions will help to shape the content and
format of the papers. Further information on the meeting will be available at the website
in the coming months. You can expect to see these four papers completed by late spring