College of Education

K-16 Educational Initiatives

Within the College of Education, the K-16 Educational Initiatives Division focuses on grant development and educational initiatives both locally and statewide.

The grants and initiatives are major contributors to the national education conversation.

Project 10 Transition Education Network


Project 10 is the only program of its kind in Florida. It provides professional development and technical assistance to every school district in Florida to help build capacity to provide secondary transition services to students with disabilities in order to improve their academic success and post-school outcomes.

Project 10 is the primary conduit between the Florida Department of Education, specifically the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services and relevant statewide school district personnel in addressing law and policy, effective practices, and research-based interventions in the area of transition services for youth with disabilities.

Check and Connect


Check and Connect is a nationally recognized program with proven success and a model of ongoing, systematic intervention and support to promote students’ engagement at school and with learning. Each participating student is assigned a mentor. Check and Connect mentors seek to build long‐term, sustained relationships with participating students that will connect them with their school and help them make academic progress. Various schools throughout Florida began implementing Check and Connect in the 2013–14 school year to help secondary ESE students be successful. Participating schools and districts have assigned teams to oversee the implementation of Check and Connect and receive ongoing training and technical assistance through the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) project housed at USFSP.

SEDNET - The multiagency network for students with emotional/behavorial disabilities


This project, sponsored by the Florida Department of Education’s Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, serves as a statewide coordination effort to create a network of local key stakeholders committed to assisting in the provision of a quality system of care for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Learn more about SEDNET Administration.

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Students with an intellectual disability are attending college courses, on campuses around the country, with peers without disabilities, and engaged in internships and paid employment in their communities. As with their peers without disabilities, students with an intellectual disability are also active in their college’s organizations, clubs, and social activities. The Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education (FCIHE) is charged with increasing access to and engagement in college coursework and college life (clubs, organizations, and campus activities) culminating in a chosen career path and competitive employment for individuals with an intellectual disability. Florida Consortium helps to provide information on inclusive Florida college programs to students with an intellectual disability and their families as well as postsecondary and secondary staff.

The Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education is a partnership between the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), Florida International University (FIU), and the Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ). The Consortium was funded in 2015, $2.5 million dollars over five (5) years through a federal grant authorized by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.

USF St. Petersburg is a key partner in the consortium whose objectives are:

  • Expand the number of inclusive postsecondary education programs on campuses across Florida for young adults with intellectual disabilities and their families.
  • Collaborate with all Florida postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities and other key stakeholders to facilitate alignment of curriculum and credentialing among the institutions.
  • Develop a base of meaningful research in this area and to disseminate the research through peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and training.

The Consortium is one of 25 federally funded Transition Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities into Higher Education (TPSID) nationwide. The five-year award is from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.