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 The Florida Department of Education provided funding to the six CARD centers to enhance the capacity of Florida teachers to provide quality educational programs to students with autism. Each CARD center was provided with funding to offer regional training workshops on topics that were identified as important by their catchment area school districts. Over the 1999-2000 school year, 18 workshops were offered to teachers across the state. Approximately 1,490 teachers and other professionals were trained through these workshops.
In addition to regional training workshops, CARD initiated the Partnership for Effective Programs. The Partnership program was designed to provide training and technical assistance to teachers who wished to enhance educational programs for students with autism. Teachers applied for acceptance in the Partnership program by describing their classroom philosophy and their interest in developing educational innovations. The 36 teachers who were selected to participate in the project met

at the CARD conference in a special session to kick off the partnership activities. Each participating teacher was assigned a CARD partner who assisted the teacher in developing an action plan for implementing innovative practices. The teacher and CARD partner worked collaboratively to implement and evaluate the action plan. The outcomes achieved within the Partnership program were documented through the development of a professional portfolio by the participating teacher. These portfolios will be on display at the 2001 CARD conference in Ft. Lauderdale.

The Partnership program offered the unique opportunity to develop a proactive collaborative relationship with participating teachers who wished to develop their capacity and serve as models for other teachers. The teachers who were involved were very enthusiastic about their participation, the impact of their projects on the programs they provided to their students, and the support of CARD professionals.

 

"There are so many wonderful aspects of this project. For some, it helps support teachers through difficult situations and for others it helps support new ideas. I had a great experience."

Rochelle Lentini
Pinnellas County Teacher
Training workshop topics:
  • Paraprofessionals: Members of the Team
  • Facilitated IEP Training
  • Educational Strategies
  • Linking Communication and Behavior Support
  • Educating Children and Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism
  • Practical Strategies for Managing Data and Data Collection for the IEP
  • Assessing Autistic Learning Disabilities: Individualizing Treatment for Autism
  • Preparing Students with Autism for Transition
  • Communication Across the Autism Spectrum
  • Asperger's Disorder: A Workshop for Individuals Who Want to Gain Insight Into Their World
  • Enhancing Sensory Integration and Self-Regulation in Young Children with ASD
  • Transition to Adulthood: School to Work and Beyond
  • The ABLLS: Applications for the Classroom