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GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

“Border SPICES (Special Interventionists in Childcare and Education Services)"

Principal Investigator:
Dr. Mary G. Curtis, Associate Professor of Special Education
Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Offering Agency:
U.S. Department of Education
Personnel Preparation in Special Education, Early Intervention, and Related Services (CFDA 84.325K): Focus D: Preparing Personnel in Minority Institutions of Higher Education to Serve Children, Including Infants and Toddlers, with Disabilities.

Amount and Project Period:
$1,235,000 over 5 years

School District Lead Partner(s):
Brownsville Independent School District
Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District
Point Isabel Independent School District
San Benito Consolidated Independent School District

Submission Date:
April 8, 2014

Research Project Description:

The PURPOSE of the Border SPICES project is to increase the number of highly qualified personnel, who serve young children (birth to 8 years) with disabilities, including children from traditionally underrepresented groups. The proposed project will target the preparation of bilingual early childhood special educators who can meet the needs of young children with disabilities who are limited English speakers and/or dual language learners. An evidence based program of study and supervised field experiences will be provided focusing on services and supports for young children with disabilities from traditionally underrepresented groups, including those who are experiencing poverty. The primary GOAL of the Border SPICES project is to prepare professionals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the implementation of culturally responsive, evidence-based practices for young children with disabilities. To achieve project objectives, 36 scholars will receive a M.Ed. Advanced Special Education degree with an emphasis on early childhood and be prepared to take the state licensure exams in both special education and early childhood.

 

“TEACHING, LEARNING AND SCHOLARLY INQUIRY FOR AN INTERCULTURAL WORLD”

Please contact Prisci Roca Tipton at 956-882-5722 for more information related to this Grant Proposal Submission.

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