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Eight Local Projects Win Grant Awards from FGCU Southwest Comprehensive System of Personnel Development
6/8/2005

FORT MYERS, FL - The Southwest Comprehensive System of Personnel Development at Florida Gulf Coast University announced recently it awarded eight grants of approximately $5,000 each to Southwest Florida projects.

The eight demonstration projects include five targeted at building capacity in schools and three early childhood-related programs developed as collaborative efforts to bring research to practice.

School-focused:

     Collier County Schools: for "Applied Behavior Analysis and Language Instruction for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Including Autism" workshop

     Poinciana Elementary school: to train teachers on use of the Classroom Performance System focusing on 233 students in inclusive classroom settings

     Charlotte County Public Schools: for training of approximately 45 teachers as school-based teams and/or individual innovators in resource development

     Hendry County Schools: for training of ESE Teachers and Guidance Counselors in the Standing Up for Me Curriculum

     FGCU College of Education: for "Tracking Alternatively Certified Teachers" to study the effectiveness of alternatively certified teachers and solicit employer satisfaction

Early Childhood-related:

     FDLRS/Island Coast: for provision of informational tools and materials concerning early childhood development and resources to parents

     Lee County Schools: for weekly participation of a class of Pre-K Augmentative Communication students in inclusionary academic and social activities with a class of typically developing students of their same age group

     Early Steps of Southwest Florida: for expansion of their "Playgrounds & Playgroups Project" to include six additional low-income community areas

Funds for these initiatives are made possible by a grant from the Florida departments of Education and Health.

For more information, media representatives should contact Southwest CSPD project coordinator Peg Sullivan at (239) 590-7747 or msulliva@fgcu.edu.

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