William Carey University is one of three universities in Mississippi working with the CEEDAR Mississippi Partnership, an effort to improve overall educational services to students with disabilities throughout the state.
Carey partnered with the Mississippi Department of Education, the University of Mississippi and Delta State University to receive a multi-year grant for the project from the CEEDAR (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform) Center, a national center dedicated to support states in their efforts to develop teachers and leaders who can successfully prepare students with disabilities to achieve college and career-ready standards.
The CEEDAR grant will provide the state with consultative services along with off-site and online services and products in order to reform, restructure and improve professional learning systems. The partnership initiatives include licensure and certification reform; preparation reform with a focus on curriculum and pedagogy; and program evaluation, improvement and accountability.
The partnership's leadership team includes representatives from the education faculty of the three universities and from the state education department. Carey's representatives include Dr. Ben Burnett, dean of the School of Education; Dr. Greg Bullock, chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Dr. Barry Morris, associate professor of education; Dr. Brenda Thomas, associate professor of education; and Dr. Liesa Weaver, chair of the Department of Educational Leadership.
The leadership team held their first meeting on May 22 and designed initial blueprints for the partnership under the direction of Dr. Meg Kamman and Dr. Erica McCray, representatives of the CEEDAR Center. Beginning in August, Carey faculty members will focus on licensure reform and will receive technical assistance from the center along with one formal site visit. The center will provide additional financial and technical assistance throughout the lifetime of the grant, which will run through 2019.