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This paper describes Project SMART (Science and Math Access: Resources & Technology), a multi-year professional development effort that includes components for all adults who regularly have contact with children with disabilities. The common goal of each of the components is the development of both efficacy and capacity to inspire children with disabilities to overcome challenges in the pursuit of excellence in math and science education. While the emphasis of the program has been on inservice teacher education, components have been developed for the following groups that support the efforts of children: general education teachers, special education teachers, parents of children with disabilities, and guidance counselors. The model program is intended to promote positive and permanent changes in the academic climate of classrooms and to provide teachers and other service providers with access to appropriate instructional materials, educational technologies, and hands-on experiences to insure full participation in science and mathematics by students with differing abilities. The teacher component focuses on collaborative teaching, upgrading knowledge of math and science subject matter, and identifying and practicing alternative approaches for teaching science and math. The technology training program is described, along with the program for parents and guidance counselors. (CR)

Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Classroom Environment, Disabilities, Educational Strategies, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Hands on Science, Inservice Teacher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Parent Participation, Professional Development, Science Instruction, Teacher Collaboration, Teaching Models 98

Autor: Kimmel, Howard; Muldrow, Diana; O-Shea, Mark; Deek, Fadi


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