New York Higher Education Support Center for SystemsChange

- This site is being maintained independently for archival purposes only.  Funding for this project ended August 31, 2011. -

The most valuable items in this archive are located within the Inclusion Directory of Resources.

The HESC was committed to three goals:

  • To plan and implement quality teacher preparation programs, or to enhance the quality of those already implemented in order to prepare high quality teachers to serve the diverse student population of the State through inclusive practices;
  • To engage in and support partnerships with selected high needs schools to improve student outcomes as identified by the New York State Performance Plan; and
  • To build the capacity of multiple stakeholder groups to examine data, identify, create and/or develop strategies for advancing indicators in response to the New York State Performance Plan.


New York Higher Education Support Center (HESC) for SystemsChange was an initiative of the P-12 Office of Special Education within the New York State Education Department. The HESC was established at Syracuse University in 2001 as an outgrowth of the NY Partnership for Statewide SystemsChange. 

The SystemsChange project developed into the Task Force on Quality Inclusive Schooling (TFQIS) which helped plan and implement quality inclusive teacher preparation programs at colleges and universities in NYS and helps engage in and support professional development in selected high needs schools.