NCSIP - Improving Instruction for Students with Disabilities


About us


The North Carolina State Improvement Project provides personnel development and program support services to significantly improve the performance and success of students with disabilities in North Carolina.

Improving the teaching of students with disabilities is a major focus of NC SIP . There is clear and extensive research evidence supporting our belief that the vast majority of students with disabilities can read and write, as well as demonstrate math skills on grade level IF appropriate, research validated instructional and learning techniques are effectively employed.

During the 2016-17 school year, NC SIP will engage with and support seventy-one LEA’s in their grant implementation:

Five Best Practice Centers

Fifteen Demonstration Sites

Fifty-one Network Sites


NC SIP GOALS FOR 2016-2021

GOAL 1 - NC SIP staff will increase their capacity to provide leadership, professional development, coaching,  and supports to participating districts, teachers, and families on leadership and effective reading,math, and content literacy instruction.

GOAL 2 - District and building administrators will have the skills to develop, implement, and evaluate district  plans that support the improvement of core content instruction and achievement of students with  disabilities in their districts.

GOAL 3 - Teachers and administrators will have the skills to effectively implement research-based reading,  math, adolescent literacy and co-teaching instructional practices for students with disabilities in the K-12  classroom, which will lead to increased student engagement, student generalization of skills, academic  achievement, and family engagement.

GOAL 4 - Pre-service teachers and in-service administrators enrolled in partnering IHEs, will have the capacity  to effectively implement and support research-based reading, math, adolescent literacy, and co-teaching for students with disabilities.


Application Process


  Photo of Exceptional Children Director Bill Hussey

"Through the NC SIP grant, we continue to lay a foundation, framed within research based approaches, that provides students with disabilities a pathway for success in reading and math as well as the development of a systematic infrastructure to support teachers and to sustain best practices.”
William Hussey

NCDPI's Exceptional Children Director


Please review the attached documents(below) which contain the description of the application process for the NC State Improvement Project (NC SIP). Details are provided about the three new levels of engagement with NC SIP. The Exceptional Children Division suggests that you first read the memo, then read the goals, expectations and requirements alignment document. From this information, you will be able to determine which application to complete for the appropriate level of engagement with the NC State Improvement Project.


If you have questions, email Dr. Paula Crawford, Project Director, at


NC SIP Application Memo

Best Practice Center Application

Demonstration Site Application

Goals, Expectations and Requirements

Network Site Application















U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. Ideas that work.

This project is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (Award Number H323A100004). Opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the U.S. Department of Education.