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    University of Florida Launches CEEDAR Center for Teaching Students With Disabilities

    The College of Education at the University of Florida last week announced the launch of a new center on “Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform”—also known as the CEEDAR Center—focused on supporting states in developing teachers to prepare students with disabilities for college and careers. CEEDAR is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, receiving $15 million over 3 years with the possibility of receiving additional funds for an additional 2 years.

     The center will provide in-depth direct technical assistance to five states, known as “intensive states,” and general assistance to “target states” for the first year of operation. CEEDAR will add five intensive states per year and expand the number of target states receiving assistance with the goal of reaching 15-25 intensive states over the next 3-5 years.

     CEEDAR will provide direct support to selected institutions and state education leaders to help states strengthen their standards and methods for preparing, licensing, and evaluating teachers and school leaders to help students with disabilities achieve college and career standards. The state teams consist of a diverse stakeholder group, including representation from schools of education, with the goal of supporting policy and programmatic change.

     The following states will receive intensive support this year:

    • California
    • Connecticut
    • Florida
    • Illinois
    • South Dakota

    The following organizations are national partners:

    • AACTE
    • American Institutes for Research
    • Council for the Accreditation for Educator Preparation
    • Council for Exceptional Children
    • Council of Chief State School Officers
    • National Association of State Directors of Special Education
    • TASH
    • University of Kansas

     For more information, visit http://ceedar.org/.

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