The Graduate School of Education’s (GSE) Division of Curriculum and Teaching successfully recruited 16 scholars (eight in Childhood Special Education and eight in Bilingual School Psychology) for a second cohort of scholars over its five-year period of interdisciplinary training, funded with $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (U.S. DOE – OSEP). The interdisciplinary training, known as Project PACTS (Preparing Affirmative Collaborative Teachers and School Psychologists for Students with High-Intensity Intervention Needs in Elementary Schools), provides the opportunity for scholars from the two different disciplines to take courses together and participate in scholar-driven projects under the leadership of project director Su-Je Cho, Ph.D., associate professor of curriculum and teaching.
One project required collaborative conference proposals with three faculty members and one doctoral student in each of the two disciplines. Accepted conference proposals will be presented at the 2020 National Association of School Psychologists Convention. Each pair of scholars has also actively participated in 15 bi-weekly, 30-minute long videotaped dialogues about collaboration and consultation. The three project faculty, a doctoral student and 16 scholars will then analyze the data gathered and prepare manuscripts for publication.
Read more background about PACTS in a previous article.