College of Education lands two grants to support key initiatives

Special Education

Bloomsburg University's College of Education recently received two grants — a Pennsylvania Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership award of approximately $863,000 from the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health to the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence in Positive Behavior Support and a $2.2 million award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Pre-Service Differently Education.

The Safe Schools award supports a project to decrease bullying, youth violence and criminal behavior while promoting healthy development, social and emotional learning and academic achievement in three Local Education Agencies: Northeastern School District, York County; Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit, Lehigh County; and Penncrest School District, Crawford County. Education Professor Tim Knoster will serve as lead evaluator and chief designer and provide technical assistance for the project. The grant was secured by Intermediate Unit 1, Pittsburgh.

Pre-Service Differently is designed to improve field experiences at all levels for BU’s education majors using customized software, PLS 3rd Learning. The software assesses students for deficiencies so they may complete modules to increase their ability to teach well and be matched with appropriate cooperating teachers for student teaching. BU is the lead in the partnership with the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, Kutztown University and seven school districts: Bloomsburg, Central Columbia, Mount Carmel, Shamokin, Millville, Columbia-Montour Vocational Technical School and Warrior Run.