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Dr. Kathleen J. Marshall awarded a $65,000 US DOE Grant

Associate Professor Dr. Kathleen J. Marshall in the Special Education Department of Educational Studies at the College of Education has been awarded a one-year, $65,000 USDOE grant to implement the "South Carolina Gateways: From Cradle to Careers" project. This grant is facilitated by the Office of Exceptional Children within the SC Dept. of Education and will incorporate the use of teacher-coaches, state-level assistance and model schools to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities.

The college joins other institutions of higher education in providing SC Gateways coursework to educators in schools identified as Tier 1-3 schools throughout the state. Tier 1 schools will receive intensive on site professional development and coaching by master special education teacher-coaches. These schools have significant differences between the achievement of students with disabilities and students without disabilities and will receive help reviewing and analyzing their data, in developing a personnel development plan and in facilitating parent and child care training. Teachers in Tier 1 schools will take graduate courses via distance learning that focus on early literacy, social-emotional development in early childhood, secondary transition assessment and practices, teaching reading to adolescents, behavior and classroom management, mathematics instruction and collaboration/coaching.

"Specifically" says Marshall, "this part of the grant is designed to provide on-line coursework to teachers, at no cost to them. We are excited to be a part of this initiative. The $65,000 will be used at USC-Columbia this year to support 42 classes and textbooks for teachers. We will provide coursework this summer in a variety of courses in special education, education research, and reading instruction. Additional courses will be offered during the fall and spring semesters."

The college's role is to organize and provide course opportunities that address the following goals of Project Gateways: 1) Teachers, administrators, and staff will have improved content mastery, pedagogy, and supports to educate children with disabilities in grades K-12 and their families. 2) SC Gateways will provide scientific- or evidence-based professional development and training programs (i.e. coaching for Tier 1 schools, demonstration sites at Tier 3 schools, virtual professional learning communities, state-level trainings, graduate-level coursework, and online modules) to teachers, administrators and staff for children age 13 and above."

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