Statewide Technical Assistance And Resources Team (START)
Together families can make a difference!
The START Project offers programs and services that support the engagement of families receiving special education services to improve outcomes for students. Assistance is available for developing and implementing parent groups in your school and community.
Our Programs & Services For Schools and Districts:
- Engage diverse families to improve student achievement.
- Enhance family engagement through family-educator collaboration.
- Facilitate partnerships by implementing parent advisory groups.
Our Programs & Services For Parents and Parent Leaders help you:
- Become an informed and active participant in your child’s education.
- Partner with educators in improving educational programs students with disabilities, particularly in the areas of Inclusion & Transition to Adult Life.
- Start or strengthen a parent advisory group or parent support group in your area.
For information on our activities, contact:
Project Director, Dianne Malley, email@example.com
Debi Esposito, firstname.lastname@example.org for Burlington, Camden & Gloucester Counties
Tatsiana DaGrosa, email@example.com for Atlantic, CapeMay, Cumberland and Salem Counties
Karen Antone, firstname.lastname@example.org for Ocean, Monmouth, & Middlesex Counties
Monique Dujue Wilson email@example.com for Hunterdon, Somerset & Mercer Counties
Myriam Alizo, firstname.lastname@example.org for Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson Counties
Brenda Figueroa, email@example.com for Passiac, Morris, Sussex Counties
Multi-Cultural Specialist -
Jessica Cruz firstname.lastname@example.org
START Project Resources include:
- Tools to Support Parent/Student Participation in the IEP Process
- Transition from School to Adult Life
- Literacy Strategies for Families
- Literacy Pages for Families
- Assistive Technology
- Family-Educator Collaboration
- Special Education Monitoring Process
- Webinar: Parents as Partners in Promoting Best Practices in Inclusive Education
- Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family–School Partnerships
- New Jersey Department of Education Office of Special Education - Check here for information and updates on Special Education from NJDOE
- NJ State Special Education Advisory Council - guidance on special education and related services.
- The Harvard Family Research Project - meeting the growing demand for information on effective ways to support family involvement in children’s learning and development.
- SEDL - develops and disseminates research-based resources on building family and community partnerships that are focused on student success.
SPAN's START Project is funded through a Cooperative Agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education.