About the SISEP Center

The State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) Center is a national technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

SISEP is based at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  The SISEP Center provides technical assistance to:

  1. increase knowledge of evidence-based implementation supports for evidence-based practices in States, Districts, and OSEP funded Technical Assistance Centers;
  2. establish implementation infrastructures in State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies in support of full and effective use of evidence-based approaches to education; and
  3. establish implementation capacity in Technical Assistance Centers and projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.

Purpose of SISEP

The purpose of the SISEP Center is to help to establish implementation and scaling capacity in State, regional, and district educational systems.  SISEP provides content and technical assistance toward establishing large-scale, sustainable, high-fidelity implementation of effective education practices.  The shared goal is to maximize academic and social outcomes of all students, especially those students with disabilities.

The SISEP Center provides States and Districts with:

  • Intensive technical assistance for establishing an effective and affordable infrastructure for implementation of evidence based programs
  • Coordinated and shared professional learning via webinars and communities of practice
  • Online and off-line coaching, teaching and learning about implementation, scaling, and system reinvention
  • Tools and resources for conducting this work, including formative and summative evaluation tools for action planning, monitoring and outcome assessment.

Project Staff

Dean Fixsen, Co-Director
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Barbara Sims, Co-Director
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Karen Blase, Associate Director
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Rob Horner, Associate Director
George Sugai, Associate Director
Brenda Melcher, Implementation Specialist
Caryn Ward, Senior Implementation Specialist
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Jonathan Green, Communications Specialist
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Kathleen Jackson, Implementation Specialist
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Steve Goodman, Consultant

Jeanna Mullins, Mid-South Regional Resource Center
Ron Dughman, Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center

Jennifer Coffey, OSEP Project Officer

National Advisory Board

Name Organization
Diana MTK Autin Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
Barbara Bazron DC Deptartment of Mental Health
Tom Bellamy University of Washington Bothell
Barbara Buswell PEAK Parent Center
Joanne Cashman IDEA Partnership Project
Richard Long National Title I Association
Elaine Mulligan FHI 360
Sam Redding Academic Development Institute
Michele Rovins Technical Assistance Coordination Center/FHI 360
Judy Smith-Davis IRIS Center for Traning Enhancements at Vanderbilt University
David Tilly Iowa Department of Education
Sharon Vaughn The University of Texas at Austin, The Meadows Center
Gerald R. Williams Placer County Office of Education