WUFT News

Government grant makes possible new UF education center for teachers of students with disabilities

By on October 2nd, 2012

Thanks to a recent government grant, UF will head a new program that aims to provide better resources for teachers of students with disabilities.

UF’s College of Education will receive $25 million over the next five years to help improve the education of special and general education teachers.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has granted the first $5 million award to establish the Collaboration for Educator Development and Accountability and Reform Center (CEDAR) .

Mary Brownell, a special education professor at UF, is very excited for what this grant will do for students.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen this sort of focused effort that involves all the three parties that are most likely to make a difference for students with disabilities,” Brownell said.

She said the funding will help with the professional standards and preparation for both special and general eduation.

“I would say that the preparation for general education teachers to teach students with disabilities, and leaders to teach students with disabilities, is really inadequate,” she said. Ideally, this grant would help change all of that.

There is currently a lack in the system to educate students with disabilities, and Brownell described that to work with students with disabilities requires a lot of knowledge.

There is a “daunting amount of knowledge that someone needs to have to effectively do this job,” Brownell said.

She said the new center will help improve the prior knowledge the professors already have. It will collect the comprehension that leaders and teachers will need to better provide learning to students with disabilities.

Look for the CEDAR Center in Jan. in UF’s College of Education’s Norman Hall.

Sami Main edited this story online.


This entry was posted in Florida, University of Florida and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Florida

Tax Collection Agencies Expedite Concealed Weapon Permits

Concealed Weapon Intake System, a voluntary program offered by the government, allows individuals to apply for or renew a concealed weapon license. Adopted by Marion County in April, people who serve in the military are receiving permits in less than a month.


State Panel Prepares To Move Forward With Medical Pot

The panel responsible for selecting the five nurseries where the state’s first legal pot will be grown have been appointed by Florida health officials. There will be three members, the chief of the Office of Compassionate Use, an accountant and a member of Gov. Rick Scott’s Statewide Drug Advisory Policy Council. 


medicalmj

Medical Marijuana Supporters Renew Legalization Efforts With New Petition

Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot. They need a total of 683,149 signatures, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana.


Marion County Plane Crash

Two People Dead In Weirsdale Plane Crash

Two people are dead after a single-engine aircraft crashed in Weirsdale, Fla. today. Marion County officials conducted early investigations before handing over to the FAA and NTSB.


Jimmy Nelson, owner and host of television show Extreme Fishing Adventures, films for an episode in Key West, Fla., in January 2011. Nelson, 36-year-old Dunnellon resident, gave up real estate in 2008 to host his own fishing show.

Dunnellon Resident Hosts Fishing Television Show

Jimmy Nelson, a resident of Dunnellon, Florida, grew up with an affinity for water and fishing. After his job as a real estate agent was affected by the 2006 housing market decline, Nelson began his journey of turning his fishing hobby into a television career.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments