Bank Street College To Receive Three-Year Federal Grant For
Bank Street College
of Education has been named the recipient of a 3-year grant
awarded by the U.S. Department of Education totaling $987,658.
The grant, which is 100 percent funded by the U.S. Department
of Education, will fund Project HEDS-UP (Higher Education
Disability Support & Universal Design
Principals), a new education project intended to foster a culture
of accommodation and inclusion for graduate students with a
variety of learning disabilities.
Through Project HEDS-UP, Bank Street, in partnership with
the School of Education at San Jose State University in California,
will design and implement a web-based program for enhancing
the quality of undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation
programs for students with learning disabilities. Based on
the principles of Universal Design for Learning, project faculty
will develop three multimedia professional development modules
to guide their colleagues through a process for designing their
courses and classrooms with modifications and accommodations
that ensure that all students can learn to their potential.
Project HEDS-UP will be directed by Dr. Olga Romero as part
of the larger federal program known as Demonstration Projects
to Ensure that Students Receive a Higher Education.
While the target audience for HEDS-UP professional development
is teacher education faculty, because of the universality of
the design and concepts, the modules will be applicable and
usable by faculty and individuals across institutions and disciplines,
Bank Street College of Education offers degree programs in
Dual Language/Bilingual Childhood Special Education that place
a high degree of emphasis on the creation of democratic learning
environments that value cultural heritage in dual-language
development, as well as the educational, linguistic and emotional
needs of dual-language students with learning disabilities.
Project HEDS-UP, with the support of generous federal funding,
will only help to grow and extend this vital mission.#
For more information on Project HEDS-UP, contact Olga Romero
at (212) 875-4468.