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State and District Partners

CITES is excited to partner with three states selected to be in our National State Cohort:

  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Each state team in the CITES Cohort is made up of leadership representatives from across the state, including leaders from the state education agency (SEA), assistive technology (AT) centers and other stakeholder groups, such as parent centers. Technical assistance products and services developed in partnership with the CITES Cohort will be available nationally.  

With the Center’s technical assistance, each state’s team will select its district partners and launch the implementation of the CITES Framework with support from the CITES team.

CITES 1.0 Framework Development

Cohort Districts

The initial development of the CITES Framework included the long-term commitment of six CITES Framework Development Districts, which tested  evidence-based practices and provided cyclical feedback on what works to build an inclusive technology ecosystem. These districts' input  informed the development of the CITES Framework from 2020–2023.

  • Florence One Schools: Florence, South Carolina
  • Grossmont Union High School District: El Cajon, California
  • Hayward Community School District: Hayward, Wisconsin
  • Jenks Public Schools: Jenks, Oklahoma
  • Laramie County School District #1: Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Wethersfield Public Schools: Wethersfield, Connecticut

Knowledge Development Districts

In addition, Knowledge Development Districts served as exemplars in one or more areas of inclusive technology implementation and helped inform the development of the CITES Framework.

The Knowledge Development areas and their exemplar districts were:

Family Engagement

  • Hampton Township: Allison Park, PA
  • Orting School District: Orting, WA
  • Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative: Springfield, VT


  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation: Columbus, IN
  • Fairfax County Public Schools: Fairfax, VA
  • Francis Howell School District: St. Charles County, MO
  • Garnet Valley School District: Glen Mills, PA
  • Hampton Township: Allison Park, PA
  • Special School District of St. Louis County: St. Louis, MO
  • Tigard-Tualatin School District: Tigard, OR


  • Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation: Columbus, IN
  • Bellevue Public Schools: Bellevue, NE
  • Bethlehem Central School District: Bethlehem, NY
  • Cincinnati Public Schools: Cincinnati, OH
  • Intermediate District 287: Plymouth, MN
  • Levy County School District: Bronson, FL
  • Newburgh Enlarged City School District: Newburgh, NY
  • Olentangy Local Schools: Lewis Center, OH
  • Poway Unified School District: San Diego, CA
  • Tomball Independent School District: Tomball, TX
  • Weymouth Public Schools: Weymouth, MA

Teaching, Learning, & Assessment

  • Baltimore County Public Schools: Baltimore, MD
  • Brazosport Independent School District: Clute, TX
  • Bristol Township School District: Bucks County, PA
  • Commonwealth Charter Academy: Online, PA
  • Fridley Public Schools: Fridley, MN
  • Loudoun County Public Schools: Ashburn, VA
  • NYC Public Schools: New York, NY
  • Sheldon ISD: Houston, TX
  • Ysleta Independent School District: El Paso, TX


  • eSchool Garnet Valley: Glen Mills, PA
  • Fairfax County Public Schools: Fairfax, VA
  • Fort Smith Schools: Fort Smith, AR
  • Greater Commonwealth Virtual School: Greenfield, MA
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School: Raleigh, NC
  • Mountain Heights Academy: West Jordan, UT
  • Virtual Learning Academy Charter School: Exeter, NH
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