Grants Office Update: October 2018

The grants office will provide a monthly update of new grants, typically towards the middle of each month. 

The following grants have been recently awarded and total more than $134,970, bringing the School of Education's total to more than $20.3 million of funded research this academic year.

Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recent grants.

Principal Investigator:  Steve Bagnato
Department:  Psychology in Education
Project Title:  SPECS for Include Me (IM)
Agency Name:  Arc of Pennsylvania
Award Dates:  7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Amount: $47,970

Dr. Stephen J. Bagnato, Professor of Psychology & Pediatrics, with his SPECS research team in the School of Education, was awarded in 2010 the highly-competitive continuing contract with the Arc of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education, to fulfill the mandates of the Gaskin legal settlement by conducting a program evaluation of the quality, impact, and outcomes of a teacher inclusion mentoring model for students (K-12) with significant disabilities in regular education classrooms. 

The Arc of PA was directed and funded by PDE to develop the Include Me model to support the transition of individual students from segregated to inclusive classrooms in PA school districts. Bagnato and his team formed a collaboration with Arc of PA and over 300 school districts across PA for this program evaluation. Bagnato engages in a partnership with both Arc of PA and the LEND Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC at Pitt School of Medicine (Pediatrics).  LEND is a Maternal and Child Health interdisciplinary education grant in neurodevelopmental disabilities for which Bagnato is a core interdisciplinary team member in psychology.  

Bagnato has recently published a research monograph and executive summary of the over results of the effectiveness of IM from 2010-2016.  These results have been presented at national and state conferences including the Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the PDE Annual Conference.

Principal Investigator:  Steve Bagnato
Department:  Psychology in Education
Project Title:  SPECS for Pace/PLAID
Agency Name:  PACE School
Award Dates:  7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Amount: $87,000

Pace Approved Private School administrators and their Advisory Board have been engaged in the design of an innovative and more holistic school-family-community educational model to support the progress of students with significant social-emotional, behavioral, and developmental disabilities.  The new model, PLAID (Positive Learning and Integrated Design), was approved for continued funding from the Hillman Foundation, Benedum, and Grable Foundations.  The PLAID model integrates the collaboration among Pace School with Carnegie Mellon University, Carlow University, and the University of Pittsburgh.  

Dr. Stephen J. Bagnato, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics, is the PI on the independent program evaluation component of PLAID via his SPECS research team in PIE/ADP (e.g., Tracy Larson,Dr.  Cara Bliss, Dr. Molly Matsik, & Dr. Antonio Fevola).  The SPECS team recently issued the monograph for their first year of research documenting the quality, impact, and outcomes of the typical Pace model over the 2017-2018 school year.  This 2nd year of funding supports the initial evaluation of the gradual implementation of the PLAID model components (e.g., Positive Growth Mindset training of instructional staff; mentoring of teaching team in the PLAID model elements and evidence-based strategies; formative evaluation of daily lesson plans for PLAID Model elements; observation of changes in teacher-child interactions; and student performance and social and self-regulatory behavior, K-12th grade).