SSU awarded new incentive grants

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children announced Shawnee State University as a recipient of new incentive grants on Jan. 15, 2016.

The Compact grants were awarded to seven other Ohio institutions of higher education including the University of Cincinnati, Malone University, Marietta College, Ohio Dominican University, Ohio University, the University of Rio Grande, and Youngstown State University.

The grants seeks to better prepare future educators to more effectively meet the instructional need of all students, including those identified as students with a disability or other traditionally marginalized groups of learners.

The work of the Compact is coordinated through the University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences Grant Center, located in Dublin, Ohio. The focus of their work is to promote shared understanding and implementation of effective practices that contribute to improved results for all students in the state of Ohio.

“We commend the institutions that participated in the incentive grant application process for their commitment to preparing Ohio’s future educators with the competencies and dispositions needed to effectively teach and support all children,” said Kevin Kelly, Dean of the University of Dayton School of Education and Health Sciences. “Funded projects will further the work that was started in 2013 to develop more inclusive models of preparation that have the potential to improve results for all Ohio children, regardless of their disability, cultural, or socio-economic status.”

The Compact focuses on strategies that build the capacity of the P-16 system to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and other marginalized groups of learners while promoting collective conversations among representatives from higher education, districts and their schools, regional technical assistance provider agencies, state agencies, and professional associations around problems of practice that affect the pre-service preparation and ongoing professional development of teachers, principals, superintendents and related services providers.

For more information about the incentive grants, please visit the Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children website at