Goals

Need for this Project

  1. A first weakness relates to the difficulty of preparing teachers who possess all of the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective services to children with high incidence disabilities.

  2. A second problem is the persistent shortage of special education teachers who are fully certified and licensed to teach children with high incidence disabilities.

GOALS

Objective 1: To increase the number, diversity, and preparedness of new special educators for students with high incidence disabilities in Iowa.

1.1 Evaluate and revise existing Instructional Strategist I program curricula with particular regard to an emphasis on collaboration, evidence-based interventions and how to teach children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

1.2 Evaluate and revise existing Instructional Strategist I program field experiences.

1.3 Improve faculty knowledge and awareness of the needs of students whose race, class, and culture may differ from their own.

1.4 Enhance relationships with public schools evidence-based practices.

1.5 Increase collaboration with area Schools in Need of Improvement.

1.6 Increase the diversity of students in the Instructional Strategist I program.

1.7 Increase the number of students in the Instructional Strategist I program.

Objective 2: Support the induction and retention of new special educators of children with high incidence disabilities in Iowa.

2.1 Improve the student teaching placements of students seeking Instructional Strategist I certification.

2.2 Align state standards more explicitly with Instructional Strategist I curricula.

2.3 Strengthen the relationship between the Instructional Strategist I preparation program and Iowa's mentoring and induction process personnel.

2.4 Increase communication between student teachers, cooperating teachers, and university faculty during student teaching.

2.5 Reduce the isolation of UNI graduates during their first year of teaching in Iowa.

 

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For further Information please contact the project directors, Dr. Amy Staples or Dr. Frank Kohler.