ICTQ Project Information
This is a five year, federally funded grant awarded to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). The IDOE has sub-contracted with the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL) at Indiana University. The Indiana Center on Teacher Quality (ICTQ), a project within CELL, was created during the last SPDG grant and employs the team of facilitators and coaches that will be working with districts.
What is the CELL/ICTQ Project?
The CELL/ICTQ Projects overall goal is to achieve successful teaching and learning experiences using the National Implementation Science (NIRN) active implementation framework's team structures and processes to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with fidelity. UDL and PBIS enable educators to provide equal access to learning environments, and effective family engagement. UDL starts with the classroom learning setting and broadens to provide multiple pathways for student success. PBIS provides a prevention-based framework for organizing evidence-based behavioral supports into an integrated continuum enhancing academic and social outcomes for all students. UDL and PBIS share the following characteristics:
- Education Equity is academic success and belonging for each and every student.
- Providing access and removing barriers to the general education curriculum.
- Educational neuroscience principles are foundational.
- Teaching students to become expert learners matters.
- Culture cannot be separated from the learning experience.
- Learning environments and activities acknowledging student and family differences are designed and implemented with students and families, not just to or for them.
- Adult knowledge, skill, mindset, and practice are the focal points of change.
- Academic and behavioral goals guide the design process and must be monitored.
What are the Project Goals?
- Goal 1: Working with 6-8 rural/town districts, the project will provide intensive, job embedded professional development to increase the number of teachers delivering high quality instruction;
- Goal 2: Working with 6-8 rural/town districts, the project will support districts to maintain and increase the number of licensed special education teachers by supporting pathways to licensure for identified teachers;
- Goal 3: Create a consortium of rural/town districts to increase the capacity of school leaders to develop, implement and sustain inclusive practices through systems of support implemented through the framework of implementation science;
- Goal 4: Increase support for families of students with disabilities through effective partnerships that support teacher development and student and school improvement.