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Project PEACE (Preparing Educators About Autism Through Collaborative Efforts)  

This project will recruit, prepare, and graduate 42 scholars with a Master's degree in special education and a Florida state endorsement in autism. The aim is to improve results and outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. The project activities are to: (a) recruit 42 prospective special education teachers including those from typically underrepresented groups (e.g., culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD), individuals with disabilities); (b) prepare these students who are highly qualified to teach CLD learners with ASD; (c) ensure successful completion of a Master's degree in special education with endorsement in autism and retention of graduates as experts and leaders in working with students with ASD and their families; (d) evaluate the program, its components, coursework, and stakeholders and use this information for program improvement purposes; and (e) disseminate findings and information about the new program/coursework locally and nationally. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,986.00
Current Award Period 2009-2013
Project Number H325K090401
Principal Investigator Valle-Riestra, Diana
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Florida International University
State/Country Florida
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