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Iowa Exceptional Teacher Project-Co-PI's: Frank Kohler and Amy Staples  This project is designed to: 1) Increase the number and diversity of special education teachers who complete the Instructional Stategist I Endorsement at UNI; 2) ensure that our candidates are highly qualified; 3) work with the state Department of Education to support new teachers during the induction years.  U.S. Department of Education 2007-2012 Assisantships for 2 full-time graduate assistants per academic year.
Literacy, Language & Communication for Students with Significant Developmental Disabilities-Co-PI's: Chris Kliewer, Amy Staples, Amy Petersen, Evette Edmister, & Jennifer Garrett  This professional development and research project focuses on the development, delivery, and research of professional development  in the area of literacy and communication to Iowa's teachers of students with low-incidence disabilities. Research focuses on the impact of increased teacher knowledge on instructional procatices and dispositions and student outcomes. Iowa Department of Education 2009-2014 Assistantships for 4 full-time graduate assistants per academic year.
Comprehensive Communication and Literacy Project-Co-PI's: Evette Edmister, Jennifer Garret, Amy Staples, Amy Petersen, & Chris Kliewer. This professional development and research project provides intensive support to teachers in the area of communication and literacy through effective, education-based practices. Iowa Department of Education 2010-2015 Assistantships for 3 full-time graduate assistants per academic year.
UNI Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language, & Learning in Early Childhood-Co-PI's: Chris Kliewer, Amy Staples, Amy Petersen, Evette Edmister, & Jennifer Garrett     This Federal Appropriation-funded project supports the development of The Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language, and Learning as it relates to literacy and communication development in children birth through age 8.  The Center is a multidisciplinary effort drawing together personnel from multiple departments, including: Special Education, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Literacy Education, Communication Science and Educational Psychology. The Center explores, promotes, and supports the literacy and communication development of children with significant disabilities through effective, research-based, educational practices. U.S. Department of Education 2010-2012 Assistantships for 3 full-time graduate assistants per academic year.
The Inclusive Early Childhood Literate Community Integrated Narrative Development (ND) Software System: Supporting Early Literacy & Communication for All -Co PI's: Chris Kliewer & Amy Staples  This Steppingstones to Technology project supports the development of early literacy software designed to promote the literacy, communication and inclusion of children with developmental disabilities aged 2-5. U.S. Department of Education 2009-2012 Assistantships for 2 full-time graduate assistants per academic year.
Strategist I & II MD Coordinator/Counselor Advocate-P.I. Frank Kohler. The goal of this project is to provide coursework for teachers who are conditional special education licenses in Iowa. Project personnel collaborate with 8 other higher education institutions and representatives from the Iowa Department of Education and Board of Educational Examiners to ensure that teacher participants receive their coursework in a coordinated and efficient fashion and learn to provide high quality special education services to children across the state. Project personnel collect a variety of date to examine the need/demand and the retention of special education teachers in Iowa. Iowa Department of Education 2008-2011  
ECSE Performance Based Personnel Preparation Program: Inclusion of Research Based Practices and Universal Design for Learning Princples-PI's: Donna Raschke and Frank Kohler. The purpose of this project is to implement a performance based early childhood special education personnel preparation program which prepares highly qualified teachers to educate our country's youngest and most challenged citizens.  68 trainees will be involved in this project; 44 part-time ECSE teachers who are not fully certified and are currently providing services in Iowa and 24 full-time students who will be acquiring the MAE degree. U.S. Department of Education 2011-2014 Funds allocated to cover: tuition costs for 36 students seeking Endorsement 100; tuition costs for 8 students seeking Endorsement 262; and tuition and assistantship stipends for 16 full-time graduate students who will acquire the MAE degree (per academic year)