|Program Name||State Personnel Development Grants Program|
|Competition Name||State Personnel Development Grants|
|Title||North Carolina State Personnel Development Grant|
|Project Director(s)||Mary Watson|
The goal of this project is to increase the quantity and improve the quality of professional personnel providing leadership and instruction for statewide educational programs for students with disabilities.
The specific goals are to:
(a) improve basic skills performance of students with disabilities;
(b) increase the percentage of qualified teachers of students with disabilities;
(c) increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates of students with disabilities;
(d) improve parent satisfaction and involvement with, and support of, school services for
students with disabilities; and
(e) improve the quality of teachers' instructional competencies.
Activities of this project include providing:
(a) an organizational structure that emphasizes partnerships;
(b) regional training centers and networks of local educational agencies across content areas;
(c) partnerships with and among various agencies, including the Center for
Literacy and Disability Studies, the North Carolina Department of Health and
Human Services, and personnel preparation programs and regional training
(d) a recruitment and retention training program that includes improving the marketing system to attract individuals into special education; and
(e) a project evaluation of the quality of the input strategies and the extent to which the project's goals are met.
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