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2012 Abstracts: Alabama

Grant/Contract # H323A120023
Program Name   State Personnel Development Grants Program
Competition        State Personnel Development Grants
Title                     Project Closing the Gap (CTG)
Project Director   Williamson, Susan 
Email                   swilliamson@alsde.edu

Purpose: The goal of this project is to create a system for expanding reading, math and behavior initiatives in the state of Alabama. The project will implement a coordinated professional development system to improve student performance and graduation outcomes, as well as offer professional development for educators, families, and stakeholders on the needs of students with disabilities and the support and services needed for their successful transition into adulthood.

Method: Activities of this project include: (a) creating a framework to pilot, implement and scale up professional development initiatives; (b) expanding reading, math, science, and technology initiatives to focus on special education collaborative instruction using formative assessments, classroom management, and reading and math content; (c) providing onsite and online coaching and technical assistance; and (d) supporting families through trainings, informational materials, outreach, and video-based resources and information.