Welcome! The purpose of this website is to share information about the activities of The University of Alabama’s Project TEEACH.
The University of Alabama’s Department of Special Education and Multiple Abilities was awarded a Personnel Preparation Grant by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of this 4-year grant, which began January 1, 2007, is to increase the supply and diversity of highly qualified special educators in 26 school districts across West Alabama thereby improving results for children with disabilities.
Over a four-year period, two cohorts of Project TEEACH students will continue to teach in public schools while earning Alabama Collaborative Teacher Program (CTP, K-6) special education certification and a master’s degree. TEEACH is configured to deliver four critical integrated training and practice components: (a) content-rich special education courses; (b) extensive closely supervised field experiences; (c) immediate instructive feedback; and (d) authentic continual mentoring. Carefully sequenced activities emphasize use of empirically-driven interventions to improve students with disabilities access, participation, and progress in the general education curriculum. At project’s end, graduates will be competent in: (a) using evidence-based instructional practices; (b) offering standards-based curriculum; (c) monitoring student progress; (d) making data-informed decisions; (e) solving problems collaboratively; (f) implementing positive behavior supports; (g) coordinating related services; (h) determining testing accommodations and alternative assessments; and (i) developing meaningful IEPs.
The expected project related outcomes in participating districts are: (a) improved supply and diversity of highly qualified special education teachers; (b) increased use of collaborative, research-based teaching practices to meet the academic and social needs of students with high-incidence disabilities, including those who are culturally/linguistically diverse; (c) reduced disproportionality and overrepresentation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education; (d) improved student outcomes in accordance with IDEA 2004 and NCLB mandates; and (e) successful transition in employment from general to special educator. Moreover, careful analysis of Project TEEACH will produce research data and practice "know how" that should have a profound effect on improved special education personnel preparation programs.
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