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2012 Abstracts: Pennsylvania

Grant/Contract #   H323A120004
Program Name      State Personnel Development Grants Program
Competition         State Personnel Development Grants
Title                     Maximizing Access and Learning: Pennsylvania Common Core Standards Project
Project Director(s)       Tommasini, John         Podder, Shatarupa
Email                    jtommasini@pa.gov

Purpose: This project will build the capacity of schools to address the academic needs of students with disabilities and increase the capacity of Pennsylvania schools to provide all students, including those with complex support needs, with maximum access to the Pennsylvania Common Core standards.

Method: Activities of this project include: (a) training educators to plan and deliver effective instruction that meets the needs of the students with disabilities in Pennsylvania schools; (b) providing intensive and ongoing professional development to school leaders and educators to support the learning of all students; (c) collaborating with six institutions of higher education to integrate core content related to students with complex support needs into pre-service and master’s level work for teacher candidates; and (d) partnering with state and local parent organizations to build advocacy and leadership skills in parents of students with complex support needs.