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Kentucky 2007 Grantee Abstract

Grantee Name:Campbellsville University
Project Name:KACSE: Kentucky Alternative Certification in Special Education
Project Director:Norma R. Wheat 270-789-5169
Partner Districts/LEAs:Adair County School District, Allen County School District, Ashland Independent School District, Berea Independent School District, Breathitt County School District, Campbellsville Independent School District, Casey Count School District, Caverna Independent School District, Covington Independent School District, Edmonson County School District, Frankfort Independent School District, Fulton Independent School District, Glasgow Independent School District, Green County School District, Hart County School District, Hickman County School District, Hopkins County School District, Jefferson County School District, Jenkins Independent School District , Knox County School District, Lee County School District, Letcher County School District, Lewis County School District, Lincoln County School District, Menifee County School District, Metcalfe County School District, Monticello Independent School District, Owensboro Independent School District, Paintsville Independent School District, Powell County School District, Pulaski County School District, Russell County School District, Russellville Independent School District, Somerset Independent School District, and Williamsburg Independent School District.

The KACSE project is a partnership between Campbellsville University and the Kentucky Department of Education. KACSE will target 35 local education agencies within the state that struggle to meet state and national mandates for highly qualified teachers in the area of special education; 34 districts are in rural settings with 14 being small independent districts, and one district is in an urban setting. The goals of the project are: to increase the number of highly qualified special education teachers and to increase retention rate of special education teachers. The KACSE project offers a proactive approach by: (1) recruiting highly qualified mid-career professionals, recent college graduates and paraprofessionals into the transition-to teaching program prior to school employment and (2) implementing a comprehensive induction model that will increase retention after the participants are placed in high-need schools. The participant goal is 60 annually for the first four years and 240 total. Project activities include a recruitment campaign, blended online alternative certification program in special education, teacher placement, and an induction model with tiered mentoring to all participants during the first two years of teaching and professional development. The multifaceted approach will bring stability to the targeted rural school districts enabling them to "grow their own" and employ highly qualified teachers who are vested already in the local school communities. Furthermore, financial scholarships will be offered to participants who teach for at least three years at high-need schools. Upon completion of the program, KACSE graduates will be recommended for P-12 LBD certification.

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