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Project Title

Project Title

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

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wells, Jenny

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

Department of Education

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2007-2012

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

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 to and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

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

Institution

Institution

University of Hawaii

State/Country

State/Country

Hawaii

Project Number

Project Number

H325K070233

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Project Manawa Kupono (Opportunity): Preparing educators to improve outcomes for students with autism | 0 | 2012 | H325K070233

 
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