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Project Manawa Kupono (Opportunity): Preparing educators to improve outcomes for students with autism  

The purpose of this project is to add a new autism emphasis to the severe disabilities track of the established Masters of Education in Special Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The primary goals are to: (a) prepare special educators who are trained to improve educational outcomes and quality of life for students with ASD as well as support students with ASD in inclusive environments; (b) establish an autism/ASD emphasis in the Master's of Education, low incidence teacher training program and recruit for application to the program candidates from underrepresented groups and with disabilities to serve culturally and linguistically diverse students with autism in Hawaii; (c) collaborate with school and community partners and prepare highly qualified educators in evidence-based knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions through a coordinated program of coursework and field experiences each semester to meet the multifaceted needs of students with autism and their families; and (d) retain project scholars in this high quality training program through financial support and faculty mentoring. Objectives will be guided by the following activities: (a) establish and maintain partnerships with families, the State of Hawaii DoE, local school districts and schools, as well as with private and public community agencies to support project activities; (b) recruit and retain candidates (2 cohorts of 15 each); (c) deliver specialized, evidence-based curricula, integrating coursework with field experiences each semester to develop the professional competencies required to deliver appropriate services and evidence-based practices to students with autism; (d) evaluate project activities, candidate knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and associated outcomes for the students with autism and disseminate the program model at the local, state, and national level. Project Status


Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $200,000.00
Current Award Period 2007-2011
Project Number H325K070233
Principal Investigator Wells, Jenny
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 University of Hawaii
State/Country Hawaii
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