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Monday,

August 6, 2001

Part III

Department of
Education
Rehabilitation Short-Term Training; Notice

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION about this proposed priority in room Priority


3414, Switzer Building, 330 C Street National Rehabilitation Leadership
Rehabilitation Short-Term Training SW., Washington, DC, between the Institute
AGENCY: Office of Special Education and hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.,
Eastern time, Monday through Friday of Background
Rehabilitative Services, Department of
Education. each week except Federal holidays. The authority for us to establish
ACTION: Notice of proposed priority.
training priorities under the
Assistance to Individuals With Rehabilitation Short-Term Training
SUMMARY: The Assistant Secretary for Disabilities in Reviewing the program by reserving funds to support
the Office of Special Education and Rulemaking Record particular training activities is in section
Rehabilitative Services proposes a 302 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
On request, we will supply an
priority under the Rehabilitation Short- amended (the Act) (29 U.S.C. 772).
appropriate aid, such as a reader or
Term Training program. The Assistant Under this program we make awards to
print magnifier, to an individual with a public agencies and private agencies
Secretary may use this priority for
disability who needs assistance to and organizations, including
competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2002
and in later years. We take this action review the comments or other institutions of higher education, Indian
to focus on training in areas of national documents in the public rulemaking tribes, and tribal organizations. This
need. We intend the priority to improve record for this proposed priority. If you program is designed for the support of
the leadership among top-level want to schedule an appointment for special seminars, institutes, workshops,
managers and administrators of the this type of aid, you may call (202) 205– and other short-term courses in
State Vocational Rehabilitation Services 8113 or (202) 260–9895. If you use a technical matters relating to the
Program. TDD, you may call the Federal vocational, medical, social, and
DATES: We must receive your comments Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1– psychological rehabilitation programs,
on or before September 5, 2001. 800–877–8339. independent living services programs,
ADDRESSES: Address all comments about We will announce the final priority in and client assistance programs.
a notice in the Federal Register. We will The State Vocational Rehabilitation
this proposed priority to Sylvia Johnson,
determine the final priority after Services Program continues to undergo
U.S. Department of Education, 400
significant change. In addition to
Maryland Avenue, SW., room 3318, considering responses to this notice and
serving increased numbers of
Switzer Building, Washington, DC other information available to the
individuals with significant disabilities,
20202–2649. If you prefer to send your Department. This notice does not
the vocational rehabilitation (VR)
comments through the Internet, use the preclude us from proposing or funding programs are seeking to reach unserved
following address: additional priorities, subject to meeting and underserved populations, including
Sylvia.Johnson@ed.gov. applicable rulemaking requirements. individuals from linguistically and
You must include the term ‘‘Short-
Note: This notice does not solicit culturally diverse backgrounds. In their
Term Training Program’’ in the subject
applications. In any year in which we efforts to improve the employment
line of your electronic message.
choose to use this proposed priority, we outcomes of the individuals they serve,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: State VR agencies must remain alert to
invite applications through a notice in
Sylvia Johnson. Telephone: (202) 205– the Federal Register. When inviting this ever-changing environment. For
9312 or via Internet: applications we designate the priority as example, State VR agencies regularly
Sylvia.Johnson@ed.gov. analyze their practices, policies, and
absolute, competitive preference, or
If you use a telecommunications procedures and make adjustments that
device for the deaf (TDD), you may call invitational. The effect of each type of
priority follows: will promote responsive service
the TDD number at (202) 205–8133. delivery. In addition, State VR agencies
Individuals with disabilities may Absolute priority: Under an absolute
are increasingly recognizing that their
obtain this document in an alternative priority we consider only applications success in promoting the employment of
format (e.g., Braille, large print, that meet the priority (34 CFR their consumers depends in part on the
audiotape, or computer diskette) on 75.105(c)(3)). strength of their linkages with
request to the contact person listed Competitive preference priority: employers and with generic
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION Under a competitive preference priority employment and training programs.
CONTACT. The changed environment of State VR
we give competitive preference to an
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: application by either (1) awarding agencies demands a different set of
additional points, depending on how skills from leaders and managers than
Invitation to Comment
well or the extent to which the has traditionally been required.
We invite you to submit comments application meets the priority (34 CFR Managers and leaders in the VR system
regarding this proposed priority. We 75.105(c)(2)(i)); or (2) selecting an need to develop new skills that will
invite you to assist us in complying application that meets the priority over enable them, for example, to change
with the specific requirements of an application of comparable merit that their agencies’ focus from processes and
Executive Order 12866 and its overall does not meet the priority (34 CFR compliance to the achievement of high-
requirement of reducing regulatory quality outcomes and to build working
75.105(c)(2)(ii)).
burden that might result from this relationships with organizations outside
proposed priority. Please let us know of Invitational priority: Under an their agencies.
any further opportunities we should invitational priority we are particularly
take to reduce potential costs or increase interested in applications that meet the Elements of a VR Leadership Training
potential benefits while preserving the invitational priority. However, we do Program
effective and efficient administration of not give an application that meets the To have maximum utility to
the program. priority a competitive or absolute administrators in the State VR Services
During and after the comment period, preference over other applications (34 Program, a leadership training program
you may inspect all public comments CFR 75.105(c)(1)). must include training in leadership

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skills that includes periodic consider progressive levels of leadership The project must employ a
reinforcement and feedback to training programs, such as courses for curriculum that includes several levels
participants, application of leadership new directors, programs for of training to meet the needs of
skills to VR issues, and provision of administrators and directors with audiences ranging from new State
training in a peer setting. Many skills various levels of experience, and administrators and directors to seasoned
associated with effective leadership can seminars for seasoned administrators administrators and directors. The
be taught, given sufficient instruction, and directors, essential to meeting the project’s curriculum must include
practice, and feedback on performance. diverse needs of VR administrators and sequential courses that allow for
Effective skills training uses a strategy directors. repeated practice of newly learned skills
of repeated practice over time with We have determined that it is in the over time, with performance feedback.
feedback on performance. In the training best interest of the State VR Services The project must provide training in a
arena, this often translates into Program to provide leadership skills peer setting.
providing a series of training programs. training through one national institute. The project must coordinate its
The time between training programs is Having one institute lends consistency training activities with activities
used for practicing newly learned skills. in the quality and content of training conducted under the State Vocational
Subsequent events allow for feedback by and better enables us to monitor the Rehabilitation Unit In-Service Training
instructors and peers on their efforts. quality and relevance of the training. program, the Rehabilitation Continuing
For example, an institute may propose We intend to be involved with the Education Program, and the National
a series of short courses (several days grantee to provide direction and Technical Assistance Centers funded by
each) over the course of a year, each technical assistance on the content of the Rehabilitation Services
building upon the other. The time the training. Administration (RSA). These programs
between the courses would be used to To expand the funding base for the are also charged with improving the
try out new techniques and exercise project and to encourage State agencies leadership skills of State agency
new skills. At the next course, to contribute to the costs of training, we personnel. Therefore, collaboration and
experiences may be discussed to allow are proposing that participants be coordination are necessary.
the instructors to provide feedback. The required to provide some level of The project must establish an
instructors then would move on to new contribution for training. advisory committee that includes RSA
topics. It is a progressive learning central and regional office
In summary, we have determined that
technique that has proven effective, representatives, representatives of State
it is in the best interest of the State VR
especially when training busy VR agency administrators and trainers,
Services Program to develop a
professionals such as rehabilitation rehabilitation counselors, VR clients,
leadership training program that focuses
administrators. There also may be a Regional Continuing Education Centers,
on leadership skills as applied to the
‘‘pick and choose’’ series of courses other educators and trainers of VR
unique issues facing the VR agencies in
from which a given administrator, in personnel, tribes and tribal agencies,
a peer setting. Progressive levels of
concert with a training specialist on the and others as determined to be
training are needed to meet the varying
grantee’s staff, could select to develop a appropriate by the grantee and RSA.
needs of administrators and directors.
‘‘customized’’ program of learning. This committee must provide
Efforts such as these have proven to be One institute would ensure consistency
in training and provide for better quality substantial input on and direction to the
effective in programs designed for busy training curriculum, including the
professionals. control. State agencies would be
required to provide some degree of specific VR issues to be incorporated.
The second element of effective VR The project must include an
leadership training is the application of support to the program.
Proposed Priority: We propose to fund evaluation component based upon clear,
training to actual issues. This approach specific performance and outcome
both helps trainees solve real problems one project to establish a National
Rehabilitation Leadership Institute that measures. The results must be reported
and relates to a long-held principle of in its annual progress report.
adult learning: Adults learn most will focus on developing the leadership
The project must be designed to
effectively when the content of the skills of top-level managers and
ensure that State agencies will
training is directly related to issues they administrators in State VR agencies. The
contribute to the costs of the
face. Within VR, new policies, project must have plans for addressing
participant’s training.
initiatives, and legislation will require the leadership needs in all VR agencies
top administrators and directors to make funded under the Act and programs National Education Goals
major changes in procedures and funded under section 121 of the Act. The eight National Education Goals
practices within their agencies. Tying The project must employ a focus the Nation’s education reform
the content of leadership training to curriculum that focuses on the efforts and provide a framework for
these types of issues makes the training development of leadership skills and on improving teaching and learning.
in leadership skills more effective and the application of those skills to current This proposed priority would address
helps solve real world problems. challenges and issues in the VR the National Education Goal that every
The third element of effective program. The project must be capable of adult American will be literate and will
leadership training is the provision of structuring leadership curricula around possess the knowledge and skills
training in a peer setting. A well-tested current VR issues of national necessary to compete in a global
management principle relates to the significance, such as using VR economy and exercise the rights and
benefits of working in teams with others evaluation standards and performance responsibilities of citizenship.
who face similar situations. Group, as indicators to assess and improve agency
opposed to individual, examination of performance, coordinating effectively Intergovernmental Review
issues often reveals a wider range of with generic employment and training This program is subject to Executive
options for addressing those issues and programs, and increasing client choice. Order 12372 and the regulations in 34
results in better solutions. The advisory committee (described later CFR part 79. One of the objectives of the
Leadership skills, like all skills, can in this notice) and the Assistant Executive order is to foster an
improve over time. Therefore, we Secretary will determine actual issues. intergovernmental partnership and a

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