Accessing Curriculum Content for Special Education Students
Using Assistive Technology to Access Content Area Literacy in Special Education
(Using Assistive Technology to Access Content Area Literacy in Special Education) is a Department of Education Eisenhower Grant awarded to the University of Tennessee designed to give school-based teams of K-8 special and general education teachers a unique and critically needed opportunity for professional development in content area literacy and assistive technology. Using strategies and knowledge gained from an intensive summer workshop, participants will design technology-based content literacy instructional applications for students with special needs. Teacher participants will receive a collection of highly useful assistive technology software, a daily stipend, and will be offered the option of three hours of graduate credit in reading for the workshop.
Project ACCESS will use the resources of the Technology Enhanced Curriculum Lab in the UT College of Education and the expertise of a cadre of professors and consultants specializing in curriculum and instructional design, educational technology, special education, and assistive technology to provide 25 hours of direct training.
Project ACCESS participants are recruited from underrepresented schools in UT's Professional Development School consortium. For the 2003 workshop, participants are from Brickey Elementary, Northwest Middle, and Sarah Moore Green Magnet Academy in Knox County, Meadowview Middle School in Morristown, Lenoir City Middle School, Horace Maynard Middle School in Maynardville, Claxton Elementary School in Anderson County, and Oneida Elementary and Middle Schools in Oneida. 2002 workshop participants included: Dogwood Elementary and Belle Morris Elementary in Knoxville, Claxton Elementary School in Claxton, and Oneida Elementary School in Oneida, Tennessee.