Grant: $1,743,233 - Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services - Apr. 1, 2009
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Award Description: Assist States to make available special education and related services for children with disabilities age 3 through 5 years, and at a State's discretion, to 2 year old children with disabilities who will reach age three during the school year.
Project Description: Assist States to make available special education and related services for children with disabilities age 3 through 5 years, and at a State's discretion, to 2 year old children with disabilities who will reach age three during the school year.
Jobs Summary: LEAs are creating and/or retaining jobs with IDEA ARRA funds to help ensure that children with disabilities, including those aged three through five, have access to a free appropriate public education to meet each child’s unique needs and prepare each child for further education, employment, and independent living. Jobs being created under ARRA IDEA serve to implement innovative strategies to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities. The job impact for the sub recipient workforce and vendors includes jobs for instructional staff, related service providers, and consultants. Instructional staff are being hired or retained to provide evaluations to determine disabilities; specially designed instruction for students with disabilities; supports for inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classes; and/or added interventions for subgroups of students in general education experiencing academic or behavioral challenges. Most of these staff interact routinely with students’ families/caregivers and make joint decisions with parents regarding students’ individualized educational programs (IEPs). Job titles among instructional staff include special education teachers from preschool through secondary levels; special education teacher assistants; literacy and mathematics specialists/ coaches; and substitute teachers to enable staff to participate in professional development. IDEA ARRA funds are also being used to provide stipends for additional hours of work for instructional staff providing extended school day, school week, or school year services and participating in afterschool professional development activities. Employment of selected instructional staff, as well as related service personnel, is also extended with IDEA ARRA funds to deliver services to students with disabilities who are parentally-placed in private and religious schools. Related service personnel are being employed to provide screening or evaluations to determine disability; therapeutic services that enable students with disabilities to progress in special education; guidance to parents regarding therapeutic strategies at home; and, in some cases, these individuals design and implement interventions for some students in general education experiencing academic or behavioral challenges. Job titles among related service personnel include physical and occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, individually-assigned nurses; school social workers, school psychologists, school psychologist interns, job coaches, and paraprofessional preschool developmental screeners. Consultant services are being requested to support sub recipients’ special education efforts, most notably to deliver professional development, including job-embedded approaches, to improve instructional staff’s tools, knowledge, strategies, and skills to meet unique instructional needs of students with disabilities and of general education students experiencing academic or behavioral difficulties. Consultants are also being employed to advise sub recipients regarding special education policy and program development, intervene in dispute resolution, or facilitate communication with families. Consultants are also assisting sub recipients with establishing electronic data collection and tracking systems for case management, IEP development, student progress monitoring, or confidential student records management. Consultants typically hold specialized expertise in Assistive Technology; Functional Behavioral Assessment; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support; Response to Intervention; Reading and Mathematics interventions; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Parent Involvement; Inclusion; Therapeutic Interventions; Co-teaching; Legal issues; Electronic IEP systems; Data Collection, Tracking, Reporting, and Analysis; and Language Interpreting. (Total jobs reported: 15)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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|Warwick Public Schools||$422||WARWICK||RI|
|Warwick Public Schools||$950||WARWICK||RI|
|Warwick Public Schools||$1,001||WARWICK||RI|
|Warwick Public Schools||$1,596||WARWICK||RI|
|Warwick Public Schools||$4,459||WARWICK||RI|
|Town of Westerly||$25,289||WESTERLY||RI|
|Newport Public Schools||$32,126||NEWPORT||RI|
|Bristol-Warren Regional School District||$41,520||BRISTOL||RI|
|Cranston Public Schools||$49,456||CRANSTON||RI|
|Coventry Public School||$53,908||COVENTRY||RI|
|East Provident School Dept.||$74,383||RIVERSIDE||RI|
|City of Pawtucket||$82,369||PAWTUCKET||RI|
|Warwick Public Schools||$123,221||WARWICK||RI|