US grant awarded to Boscardin for special education administration training

By Amanda Koeck

Mary Lynn Boscardin, associate professor in the Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services, has received a four-year, $781,774 federal grant to improve special education administration training.

The U.S. Department of Education grant will be used to train future administrators, researchers and policy makers to communicate special education practices that enable them to confront issues associated with creating learning environments for students with disabilities from diverse backgrounds. Kathryn McDermott, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, is the co-project director for the grant.

Each trainee participating in the project will be required to complete both a special and general education practicum or internship at the local level and an internship at the state or federal level. This ensures that trainees will have an understanding of how federal and state policy interacts with government agencies and the public schools. These experiences will aid administrators, researchers and policy makers of special education in developing and delivering effective evidence-based services to students with disabilities.

This grant was preceded by a $620,000 four-year award to Boscardin by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Boscardin is also editor of the Journal of Special Education Leadership.