Project RISE is an effort undertaken by Bank Street College of Education to review the Childhood Special and General Education Dual Certification Program, with the aim of revitalizing and improving it. The program is for teachers and prospective teachers who desire to work with children from grades 1–6 in general, inclusion, or special education settings. The program's goal is to provide an understanding of a broad range of learning styles so that teacher candidates can identify and nurture each child’s learning style and build home-school connections. The goal for the revitalized program is to include direct and organized collaborations with public schools, a strong emphasis on mentoring cooperating teachers with strong backgrounds in special and general education to help teacher candidates become highly qualified professionals who can work side by side with general education teachers in inclusive or team-taught classrooms.
CCT serves as the external evaluator for this project. In this role, we will contribute to the refinement of the research design and instruments; provide input on the analyses of data; review data collected; and prepare evaluation reports summarizing evaluation activities and findings.