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MSDE DORS Establishes Partnership with University of Maryland School of Education

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Baltimore (July 28, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Education’s Division of Rehabilitation Services (MSDE DORS) has awarded the University of Maryland School of Education a $1.6 million grant over two years to research ways to improve MSDE DORS pre-employment transition services. We are announcing the (Pre-ETS) program. Pre-ETS works with students, families, and partner organizations to prepare students for employment and ensure a successful transition from school to adult life. Research shows that early access to career planning and exploration makes students more likely to leave school, feeling more prepared and confident about their career interests and the skills they need to find a job after school will be

Darryl Pines, President of the University of Maryland, said: “Individuals with different abilities can contribute to the workforce in different ways. Harnessing the expertise of a teaching college in this way is a huge step forward.”

Kimberly Griffin, Dean of the University of Maryland School of Education, said: “This work is central to our university’s commitment to promoting educational and social equity, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with our MSDE partners to learn.”

“The opportunity to work with the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) is a collaborative effort of the Maryland state to influence policies and processes aimed at improving the lives of students with disabilities and out of school. ,” said Director Christy H. Stuart. CTCI.

“The Maryland Department of Education is committed to ensuring a bright future for every child and helping individuals with disabilities to participate fully in their communities. Employment for Maryland Students We look forward to working with the Center for Educational Transition and Career Innovation at the University of Maryland College to explore and implement evidence-based practices to enhance transition services.” You will be able to explore best-in-class strategies to effectively reach, engage, and better serve parents, local educational institutions.The focus of this program is to prepare students for success. to establish a model for evaluating and delivering comprehensive services that equip

As part of the grant, the College’s Transition and Career Innovation Center will study the effectiveness of current Pre-ETS case management methods and develop new practices to improve information delivery and communication to parents and school systems. The goal is to These new practices will focus on improving outreach and information gathering methods. Finally, the study recommends a Pre-ETS funding model that will allow MSDE DORS to sustain its new management approach. Funding for this initiative comes in part from MSDE’s Elementary and Middle School Emergency Assistance (ESSER) Fund.

To be eligible for Pre-ETS, a student must be between the ages of 14 and 21 and be in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 plan, or receiving educational services because of a documented disability. This includes local education agencies (LEAs) at the state and local level and her coordination and cooperation among DORS is required.