The Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center (EMSTAC) was a five year contract between the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It was funded from 1997-2001.
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Millions of high school students—particularly those with disabilities, with limited proficiency in English, or from low-income backgrounds—need additional support in order to succeed. To address this challenge, the National High School Center promotes the use of research-supported approaches that help all students learn and become adequately prepared for college, work, and life.
Soft skills, the employability skills that speak to a worker’s interpersonal skills and character, rose to prominence in the early 1990s as a critical component of worker productivity with the Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS). Today, the need to coach new hires about soft skills is an accepted fact among employers and those who prepare individuals for the workforce.
Soft skills training must work equally well for all youths regardless of their employment barriers, including youths with disabilities
Integrating technology into soft skills training can effectively support, reinforce, and augment classroom instruction in order to provide students with the hands-on experiences that they need.
Defining overall quality measures of physician performance with respect to chronic disease management and preventive care for older adults and to define strategies for quality improvement and physician recognition programs.