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K-16 Education Initiatives

K-16 Education Initiatives focuses on grant development and 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

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.

 

PROJECT 10 STING RAY

Students Transitioning Into the Next Generation, Recognizing Alternatives for Youth 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. PROJECCT 10STING RAY program is a collaborative effort between USFSP, Pinellas County Schools, Project 10, and the Florida Department of Education.

CHECK & CONNECT

Check & Connect is a nationally recognized program with proven success. Check & Connect is a model of ongoing, systematic intervention and support to promote students’ engagement at school and with learning. Each student participating in Check & Connect is assigned a mentor. Check & 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 & Connect in the 2013–14 school year to help secondary ESE students be successful in school. Participating schools and districts have assigned teams to oversee the implementation of Check & Connect and receive ongoing training and technical assistance through the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) project housed at USFSP.

 

SEDNET Administration

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

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, the University of North Florida and Lynn University.
  • Support for other existing programs for students with intellectual disabilities at institutions of higher education across the State of Florida
  • Expansion of transition programs for students with intellectual disabilities across Florida.
  • As noted, contributing partners include the 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. Learn more about the Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education & Intellectual Disabilities.

  

K-16 Educational Initiatives Contact Information

Office: SVB 108
Fax: 727-873-4660

Lee (LaVallie) Kunkel
Office Manager, K-16 Educational Initiatives
Project 10: Transition Education Network
SEDNET Administration Project
Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities
State Personnel Development Grant – Check & Connect
Project STING RAY
Phone: (727) 873-4661
E-mail: lavallie@usfsp.edu

 

Amanda Schoenberger
Administrative Specialist, K-16 Educational Initiatives
Project 10: Transition Education Network
SEDNET Administration Project
Florida Consortium on Postsecondary Education and Intellectual Disabilities
State Personnel Development Grant – Check & Connect
Project 10 STING RAY
Phone: (727) 873-4370
Email: aschoenb@mail.usf.edu