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Futures Project: Preparing special educators to use evidence-based practices to support desirable futures for students with significant disabilities  

The Futures Project will prepare 60 highly qualified special educators at the Master's degree level to use research-based teaching strategies to improve progress for elementary and secondary school-age children and youth with significant and multiple disabilities. Paraprofessionals and others will be recruited to the project, and mentored by project staff and cooperating professionals. Participants will complete Portland State University competencies for all special educators and then add specific competencies focused on serving students with significant and multiple disabilities, including cognitive impairments (severe mental retardation), autism, orthopedic impairments, and traumatic brain injury. This will include Futures Project seminars, advanced coursework, field experience activities, and on-the-job activities. Participants will meet Oregon and Washington requirements for highly qualified special educators and be fully licensed at the end of four terms (full-time) or seven terms (part-time). Following their licensure, participants will receive support in finding employment in a position serving students with significant disabilities. During the first year of teaching, they will complete their Master's degree, focusing on both advanced competencies and completing an Action Research Project. After completion of the Master's degree, graduates will participate in an ongoing Futures Project Collaborative Learning Community to support research-based practices in serving children and youth with significant and multiple disabilities. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Department of Education
Fiscal Year Funding $199,919.00
Current Award Period 2008-2012
Project Number H325K080217
Principal Investigator Falco, Ruth
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services? (Services)
Subcategory Practitioner Training
Strategic Plan Objective 5O. Not specific to Question 5 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Portland State University
State/Country Oregon
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