Within our College of Education, the K-16 Educational Initiatives division focuses on grant development and educational initiatives statewide and within the local community. These initiatives include four wonderful programs led by USFSP faculty, staff and students.
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 (BEESS), 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.
Students Transitioning Into the Next Generation, Recognizing Alternatives for Youth is a program that offers young adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 18 to 22, an opportunity to experience life on a college campus while developing self-determination, independent living, and employability skills needed to become independent and productive citizens.
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 student with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges.
Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education & Intellectual Disabilities
USF St. Petersburg is the lead institution in a consortium whose objectives are:
- Expansion of the quality and depth of the current transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities on the campuses of USFSP, UNF, and Lynn University.
- Support for other existing programs for students with intellectual disabilities at institutions of higher education (IHEs) across the State of Florida
- Expansion of transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities across Florida.
Contributing partners include University of North Florida and Lynn University. The Consortium is one of 27 federally-sponsored 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.