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.