Gadsden district gets state funds for special education
Sun - 10/10/2017
SAN LUIS, Ariz. ? State grants will pay for extra training for special education teachers in the use of technology in the classroom, in helping autistic children learn and in dealing with behavior problems.
The Gadsden Elementary School District, which serves San Luis and neighboring Gadsden, is receiving more than $73,000 from three separate grants awarded by the Arizona Department of Education.
The biggest grant, for $47,850, will allow teachers, counselors and principals at San Luis Middle and Southwest Junior High schools to receive additional training in handling students with behavior problems.
Five special education teachers from schools around the district will get updated training in use of technology in teaching students with special needs, thanks to a grant of $18,851 through the AZTech program.
A $6,930 grant, allocated by Department of Education as part of the Arizona Statewide Autism Project, will go for teacher training to manage autistic students in the Gadsden district.
The educators who undergo the training will, in turn, share what they learn with other teachers in the district, said Miguel Gonzalez, the district's special education director.
"We want the community to know that we are very busy looking for funds for professional development," he said. "With these grants, we have the funds that otherwise would have to be taken out of the district budget, leaving fewer funds for other needs."