In order to prepare our candidates to work effectively and collaboratively in K-8 settings, we used MTSS as a guiding framework for curriculum development in the UDCP. After developing a set of program goals, an initial task for the interdepartmental team was reviewing state standards for our multiple subject (elementary education) and education specialist (special education) credentials, looking for areas of overlap between the two programs.
For example, to rethink and design literacy instruction the UDCP program, we used an MTSS framework that aligned with the conceptualization of literacy found in the Common Core State Standards.
Just as co-teaching is a feature of many inclusive classroom settings, where general education and special education teachers utilize a variety of delivery models to enhance instruction of all students, co-teaching has been built into the literacy methods courses in UDCP. Both the Tier 1 and the Tier 2/Tier 3 courses are team taught by general education faculty and special education faculty.
The UDCP planning team consisted of four faculty members (two general education and two special education), two department chairs (of Liberal Studies and Teacher Education, each with a multiple subject instruction background), and an associate dean (a faculty member with special education expertise).
An essential element of the UDCP experience for teacher candidates is the fact that the university courses take place in and are embedded in elementary school sites.
UDCP sites are located in two school districts with a history of collaboration with the College of Education.
Based on these findings, UDCP will initiate efforts to increase patient and community awareness about CVD risk factors by 1) educating community members through outreach activities; 2) training local health department staff to emphasize the importance of diabetes education and the reduction of CVD risk factors (e.g., smoking and sedentary lifestyle); and 3) implementing a statewide media campaign with the Utah Diabetes Awareness Partnership about CVD risk factors.
In 1994, UDCP expanded surveillance efforts to include the use of the new BRFSS diabetes module recently developed by CDC to collect additional information from persons with diabetes about diabetes education, glycemic control, the frequency of screening for diabetic complications, and impaired visual acuity.