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UCE KY. The Interdisciplinary Human Development Institute (IHDI-UCE) is the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The IHDI-UCE Mission is to promote independence, productivity, and integration of all people through numerous research, training, and outreach activities. The IHDI-UCE operates projects in such areas as: technology development and training; early identification of children at risk of disabilities; promotion and development of K-12 school programs; personal futures planning, employment and living opportunities for individuals with disabilities; and training programs to support individuals and their families.

UCE American Samoa. American Samoa University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) located at the American Samoa Community College is working to accomplish a shared vision in which all people, including individuals with disabilities, participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision.

DOE KY. Kentucky has a total of 176 school districts and 1,271 schools. The Kentucky Department of Education employs about 800 people and provides resources and guidance to Kentucky’s public schools and districts as they implement the state’s K-12 education requirements. Major activities at the department include: statewide assessment and accountability; technical assistance to schools and districts in the areas of finance, management and curriculum; support and information to the Kentucky Board of Education; managing the state’s education technology system; and monitoring school and district compliance with state and federal laws.

DOE HI. Hawaii is the only state with a single unified school system. The DOE operates approximately 255 regular schools and 3 special schools, and includes 22 public charter schools. Student enrollment exceeds 183,000. The Hawaii Department of Education has adopted standards-based reform and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards, establishing high expectations of academic and professional performance and accountability at all levels in our statewide public school system. Hawaii’s schools are embracing the concept of School/Community-Based Management (SCBM), which involves shared decision-making that encourages participation, provides administrative flexibility and empowers school communities.

DOE AM Samoa. The American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) promotes reading improvement (K-12) as its top academic priority this school year. At the elementary level, instructional time for reading has doubled; promising programs of reading instruction have been adopted; and regular, on-going reading in-service is provided. At the secondary level, each high school identified reading as a critical learning result in the restructuring process currently in progress. ASDOE has developed an intensive pre-service and in-service literacy training program that is research-based. As a result, American Samoa's elementary teachers have dramatically increased their awareness of effective reading principles and practices.

FSM DOE. Federated States of Micronesia Department of Education (FSMDOE) was created in 1992 and as part of its education strategy, established the FSM Adult Education Program in 1993 (National Literacy Act of 1991). The program advocates: a comprehensive Adult Education instructional program responsive to the basic employment skills; increased enrollment and expansion of services for special institutionalized groups; assessing educationally disadvantaged adults; involving outside agencies and addressing the needs of the educationally disadvantaged adults; and teacher training programs.

Ohana Komputer. OK educates and disseminates information about technology to the public, focusing on individuals whose resources are limited, and/or who have physical and mental disabilities. OK provides itinerant training to state CTCs. They provide Future Kids curriculum for students and adults, modified for local needs. There are 6 modules, which focus on 10 technology areas: desktop publishing, Internet, spreadsheet, database, programming, multimedia, applied technology, word-processing, operating environments, and graphics.

Fagaitua High School (ASDoE). Fagaitua High School is one of six public high schools in America Samoa. The school has eight feeder schools and serves 25 villages. Student enrollment averages 550. In 2002, they established a community technology-learning lab.

Farrington High School (HIDOE). FHS, the largest public high school in the state, serves over 2500 students in Kalihi. FHS staff work hard to curb its high attrition rate by offering specialized courses for low achieving or struggling students: ESL courses (500 students), and remedial math and reading classes (400 students). The School-to-Work Center is model program that guides students to graduation and employment.

Halau Ku Mana (HIDOE). HKM is a DOE Hawaiian language/charter school-the majority of teens are from Waianae and other Hawaiian Homestead communities. Students learn navigation and reef monitoring in Kaneohe Bay, fish and limu cultivation in He‘eia Fishpond, and lo‘i (taro field) restoration in Kanewai Lo‘i. HKM serves 96 middle and high school students performing below state standards for reading and math.

Parents and Children Together. PACT is a private, non-profit agency that offers programs in family abuse prevention, mental health services, and literacy development throughout the state. Services include computer centers, referrals, teen center, life skill workshops, adult education, family literacy and parenting workshops. PACT emphasizes asset-based, family-centered and family-driven approaches and actively builds community capacity.

Palama Settlement Community Center. PSCC is a community-based, social service agency offering health, social, sports, cultural, and educational programs in Kalihi. Palama provides an alternative educational program for youth referred by Family Court. Students’ low academic achievement is targeted through non-traditional learning approaches, tutoring, and positive recognition. The programs enable youth to return to their schools to graduate.

Susannah Wesley Community Center. SWCC is a comprehensive service agency for youth, senior citizens, and recent immigrants in Kalihi. Programs include education options for at-risk youth who have dropped out of high school. SWCC offers classes in life skills, leadership and job training, as well as competency-based high school diploma courses.

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