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Parent Training and Information Center of Iowa (PTI Iowa)

Iowa Systems Change Project for Deaf-Blindness

Collaborative Leadership Training Program: Early Childhood Special Education

An ECSE Personnel Preparation Program Emphasizing Validated Inclusion Practices



Grant Number: H328M040008
Parent Training and Information Center of Iowa (PTI Iowa)

Beginning Date: 10/1/2004
Ending Date: 9/30/2009

Project Director: Hargrafen, Mark

Ask Resource Center, Inc.
321 E. 6th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-1903
Voice: 515-243-1713
Fax: 515-243-1902
E-mail: mark@askresource.org
Web-site: www.askresource.org

OSEP Contact: Carmen Sanchez
Voice: 202-245-6595
Email: carmen.sanchez@ed.gov

Purpose: The primary goal of this center is providing training and information to parents to help improve results for children birth through 21 who have disabilities, particularly those families who have been underserved. The project will (a) promote greater awareness, knowledge, and understanding of disability issues among parents, the professionals who serve them, and members of the public; (b) increase parents’ knowledge of their rights and responsibilities under IDEA and how to participate in educational decision making and dispute resolution; and (c) increase the awareness of disability issues, IDEA, and supports for culturally diverse and low-income families of children with disabilities.

Method: The project provides one-to-one problem solving, training, and direct advocacy in school (IDEA and NCLB) and healthcare issues (waivers, Medicaid, and private insurance). Also emphasizing are procedural safeguards, including alternative methods of dispute resolution. Information will be disseminated in a variety of ways, including an accessible Web site, mailing of parent-specific information packages, quarterly newsletters, technical assistance via e-mail and a listserv, one-to-one telephone and referral assistance, materials in varying formats (print, CD, video, Spanish) and reading levels, trainings and workshops at major state disability conferences and throughout the state, workshops in Spanish, sponsorship of annual “Literacy for Leaders Camp,” intensive 2-day IDEA trainings, and a specially developed curricula that addresses emerging issues and trends.

Products: The project plans to publish a newsletter for 2,500 readers; maintains a listserv and a Website with links to state and national information sources; provide public awareness presentations; and disseminate IDEA publications and audiovisual materials in multiple languages to parents and groups serving families of children with disabilities.

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Grant Number: H326C040006
Iowa Systems Change Project for Deaf-Blindness

Beginning Date: 10/1/2004
Ending Date: 9/30/2011

Project Director: Blankenship, Karen

Iowa Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
400 E. 14th and Grand
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Voice: 515-281-7972
Fax: 515-242-6019
E-mail: Karen.Blankenship@ed.state.ia.us
Web site: www.iadeafblind.k12.ia.us

OSEP Contact: Anne Smith
Voice: 202-245-75-29
E-mail: anne.smith@ed.gov

Purpose: This project seeks to better address the needs of children and young adults with deaf-blindness, their families, and service providers by increasing local capacity of school systems and agencies to serve students with deaf-blindness and by closely collaborating with key state agencies for the provision of needed services. The 4 major goals are to: (a) identify and track students who are deaf-blind; (b) provide technical assistance to service providers working with children and young adults who are deaf-blind and their families; (c) provide technical assistance to families and children who are deaf-blind; and (d) improve outcomes of children and young adults who are deaf-blind through collaboration with related state services and initiative. Research-based instruction and practices will be incorporated in all skill-building efforts. Also, the project intends to access Iowa’s state-of-the-art technology resources in the provision of technical assistance.

Method: To improve Iowa’s identification process/data collection and analysis capabilities to accurately identify and track students who are deaf-blind, the project will utilize a statewide data management system and maintain census reporting to the federal government through NTAC. The project will improve student outcomes by: (a) identifying training needs of personnel and families and developing a model to deliver training opportunities, and (b) replication an existing technical assistance delivery system using long distance interactive video conferencing. The project will support families by providing a Family Resource Guide on Deaf-Blindness; access to the project Web site, electronic bulletin boards, and Family Resource Library; and resources and materials via participation in “family weekends” sponsored by the Iowa Braille School and the Iowa School for the Deaf. To align the transition of students who are deaf-blind with Iowa’s transition process, the project will utilize expert consultation with Iowa’s State Transition Team, disseminate information through statewide meetings and presentations, and partner with the Iowa Department for the Blind and with the Central Point of Contact (CPC) for funding of adult community services for each Iowa county.

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Grant Number: H325D060005
Collaborative Leadership Training Program: Early Childhood Special Education

Beginning Date: 1/1/2006
Ending Date: 12/31/2010

Project Director: Brotherson, Mary Jane; Smith, Carl;
Peterson, Carla; Luze, Gayle

Iowa State University
Sponsored Programs Administration
1138 Pearson Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2207
Voice: 515-294-3677; Fax: 515-294-5507
Email: mjbrothe@iastate.edu

OSEP Contact: Robert Gilmore
Voice: 202-245-7354
Email: bob.gilmore@ed.gov

Purpose: This project will assist doctoral-level leadership personnel in the area of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) in gaining skills in evidence-based research, university teaching, program administration, and public policy.

Method: Two departments at Iowa State University (Department of Human Development and Family Studies and Curriculum and Instruction within the College of Human Sciences) will work in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Education’s Bureau of Children, Families, and Community Services, University of Iowa, ASK Family Resource Center, and Iowa Behavioral Alliance to create an innovative doctoral program in response to ECSE leadership needs. The program focuses on 7 areas: (a) education law; (b) evidence-based practices; (c) family-centered practices; (d) cultural competence; (e) positive behavioral supports; (f) inclusion; and (g) literacy. The program will recruit 8 doctoral students with leadership potential and assist them in meeting competencies and developing skills to be effective change agents. Participation in leadership seminars and individually selected field experiences will give students experiences in leadership roles.

Products: The 8 graduates will shape the development and provision of quality services to young children with disabilities and their families through assuming leadership roles as university scholars and researchers or state administrators.

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Grant Number: H325A040084
An ECSE Personnel Preparation Program Emphasizing Validated Inclusion Practices

Beginning Date: 10/1/2004
Ending Date: 9/30/2009

Project Director: Raschke, Donna
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0601
Voice: 319-273-3285; Fax 319-273-7852
E-mail: donna.raschke@uni.edu

OSEP Contact: Jennifer Tschantz
Voice: 202-245-7556
E-mail: jennifer.tschantz@ed.gov

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to target general and special education teachers with disabilities and/or from underrepresented groups, and ECSE teachers who are not fully certified and currently teaching to participate in an innovative personnel preparation program in the area of ECSE which emphasizes empirically validated inclusive educational practices.

Method: In this program parents of a child with severe disabilities will co-teach the families course, a minority educator will co-teach the professional interdisciplinary relationships course, and an ECSE educator with disabilities will co-teach the inclusion class to emphasize the importance of natural environments and collaborative processes essential to the provision of effective services. Twenty-five of the trainees will be full-time students acquiring the Master’s degree while an additional 40 trainees will be practicing ECSE educators on conditional licenses obtaining the coursework needed to become fully certified. All certification coursework will be offered on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN), a hard- wired optic system linking over 600 sites throughout the state.

Products: The program will prepare a total of 65 trainees who will have the competencies and skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate inclusive educational programs enabling all young children to learn, play, and work together.

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