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Hood College gets $45,000 grant to study special education

Hood College has received a grant of nearly $45,000 from the state Department of Education to look at special education in classrooms that are co-taught by general education and special education teachers.

The goal of the project led by Tricia Strickland and Kristy Calo, associate professors of education, is to better prepare Hood’s students to provide instruction specially designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.

Surveys and focus groups of teachers and administrators from roughly 25 Frederick County Public Schools will provide data about the skills and knowledge needed for teacher candidates to successfully include specially designed instruction in co-taught classrooms in elementary and middle schools. A professional development training manual and seminar will be developed based on analysis of the data. Students, mentor teachers and college supervisors will be invited to attend the seminar and use the evidence-based strategies in their co-taught classrooms.



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