New Jersey Department of Education

Person-Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition (PCAST)


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Welcome to the PCAST Project!

The New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education, in partnership with The Boggs Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provides training, coaching and other learning opportunities to school staff, students, and family members to promote using person-centered approaches to ensure effective supports are available and used to achieve positive outcomes for students in elementary grades through high school and 18 to 21 year old programs.

Project staff provide multiple and ongoing learning opportunities through a variety of collaborative activities and practices including direct demonstrations so that training participants can learn about, experience, and practice person-centered approaches in school and during the critical process of planning for effective supports for students.  These efforts serve to build capacity within schools to positively impact outcomes for students.  Project staff work closely with educators as they plan and innovate specific strategies to that end.

a woman standing by a white board talking to five individuals who are a mix of staff, family and students sitting in chairs looking at the board

Project activities encourage meaningful relationships between educators, students, and family members, and promote successful collaboration that leads to targeted supports and individualized plans centered on students. Project activities also help students learn self-determination and self-advocacy skills and increasingly participate in and lead planning meetings


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