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  • Response to Intervention 1

    June 16, 2008 Head Start Research Support Technical Assistance Team Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation Grant Review Team Xtria, LLC 8521 Leesburg Pike, Suite 400 Vienna, VA 22182 Dear Grant Review Team: The attached proposal is for the Head Start Graduate Research Grant, funding number HHS- 2008-ACF-OPRE-YEAR-0068. The proposal is for a 12 month budget period and is entitled Response to Intervention goes to Head Start. The proposed project was independently designed and written by myself, Sandra Hess Robbins, a doctoral student from Kent State University. The attached proposal is 75 pages in length, includes 11 appendices, and follows the suggested format. Letters of approval and support from the Akron Summit Community Action Head Start Agency are included. They are committed to establishing a collaborative partnership. Also included is a letter of support from my faculty advisor and research mentor Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. Dr. Pretti-Frontczak is an accomplished writer and researcher whose skills and knowledge will be accessed frequently throughout the proposed project. Curriculum vitae for Dr. Pretti-Frontczak and I can be found in the appendices along with my official transcripts. Additional letters of support from community leaders can be found on Appendix E. All original documents and signatures are available upon request. Sincerely, Sandra Hess Robbins Doctoral Student Kent State University

  • Response to Intervention 2

    CONTACT INFORMATION SHEET

    Graduate Student Applicant

    Name: Sandra Hess Robbins, M.Ed.

    Address: 4146 Wyncote Rd, Cleveland, OH 44121

    Phone: 216-952-9107 Fax: 330-672-2512

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Principal Investigator

    Name: Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D.

    Address: 405 White Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242

    Phone: 330-672-0597 Fax: 330-672-2512

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Kent State University Fiscal Representative

    Name: Charlee Heimlich

    Address: 116 Cartwright Hall, Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242

    Phone: 330-672-2070 Fax: 330-672-7991

    E-mail: [email protected]

  • Response to Intervention 3

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Project Abstract……………………………………………………………………..…….5

    Project Narrative…………………………………………………………………………..5

    Need for Assistance……………………………………………………………….5

    Poverty/Disabilities………….……………………………………...……..5

    Response to Intervention ………………………………………….............7

    Teacher Training………………..………………………………………..10

    Literacy development……………..……………………………...............11

    Partner Program Description………………………………………..........12

    Results and Benefits……………………………………………………………...12

    Project Objectives………………………………………………………..13

    Impact………………………...………………………………………….13

    Dissemination……………………………………………………………14

    Approach…………………………………………………………………………14

    Questions…………………………………………………………………15

    Design……………………………………………………………………15

    Sample …………………………………………………………………..17

    Measures…………………………………………………………………18

    Plan of Action……………………………………………………………22

    Phase 1: Recruitment, Development, & Validation….………..…22

    Phase 2: Before training Data Collection………………………...23

    Phase 3: Training Phase….………………………………………23

    Phase 4: After training Data Collection………………………….26

  • Response to Intervention 4

    Phase 5: Dissemination…………………………………………..26

    Project Summary…………………………………………………27

    Limitations/Decelerations………………………………………………..27

    Key Contributors…………………………………………………………28

    Evaluation………………………………………………………………………..29

    Staff and Position Data…………………………………………………………..32

    Organizational Profile……………………………………………………………35

    Letters of Support………………………………………………………………..35

    Budget……………………………………………………………………………36

    Budget Justification……………………………………………………………...38

    References………………………………………………………………………………..42

    Appendix A (Logic Model)……………………………………………………………...48

    Appendix B (Project Summary Chart)…………………………………………………..49

    Appendix C (Person Loading Chart)…………………………………………………….51

    Appendix D (Proof of Non-Profit Status)………………………………………………..52

    Appendix E (Letters of Support from Community Leaders)…………………………….53

    Appendix F (Doctoral Student Vita)……………………………………………………..55

    Appendix G (Faculty Advisor Vita)……………………………………………………..60

    Appendix H (Letter of Support from Advisor)…………………………………………..71

    Appendix I (Letter of Agreement from Head Start)……………………………………..72

    Appendix J (Letter of Approval from Policy Council)…………………………………..73

    Appendix K (Official Transcript)………………………………………………………..74

  • Response to Intervention 5

    PROJECT ABSTRACT

    There is an urgent need for teacher training to support children with disabilities in

    inclusive environments. In particular, Head Start personnel feel the urgency due to federal

    initiatives requiring larger percentages of children with disabilities to be served. Response to

    intervention (RtI) is a model of tiered instruction that has the potential to meet the needs of all

    children in early childhood classrooms where ability levels are increasingly diverse. The aim of

    the proposed project is to introduce an RtI model to Head Start classrooms in an effort to

    increase teacher use of research based strategies that support the learning trajectories of children

    with disabilities. Through a collaborative partnership and series of training sessions, the Head

    Start teachers will learn to utilize a tiered model of instruction to foster optimal outcomes at the

    classroom as well as individual child level. Fidelity of implementation and child response to

    instruction are critical components of the proposed project. The proposal was formulated through

    a collaborative partnership between the Akron Summit Community Action Head Start Agency

    and Sandra Hess Robbins from Kent State University.

    PROJECT NARRATIVE

    Need for Assistance

    Poverty/Disabilities (Problem)

    According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (2008) 36.5 million people

    (roughly one in eight) Americans live in poverty. Approximately 13 million of those people are

    children. Head Start and Early Head Start programs, as well as many other health and education

    programs have been developed to meet the needs of children living in poverty. In 2007, for

    example, Head Start served over 900,000 American children and families living in poverty and

    enrollment continues to increase every year (U.S Department of Health and Human Services,

  • Response to Intervention 6

    2008). These numbers are troubling given that children living in poverty are more likely than

    children in the general population to be born prematurely or with low birth weight, face

    biological risks, and experience environmental stressors during early childhood (Wall, Kisker,

    Peterson, Carta, & Jeon, 2006). Further, environmental stress in early childhood is detrimental to

    children’s short and long-term developmental trajectories (Votruba-Drzal, Coley, & Chase-

    Lansdale, 2004). For example, poverty has negative effects on children’s ability and achievement

    levels (Brooks-Gunn & Duncan, 1997), emotional development (Lent & Figueira-Mcdonough,

    2002), literacy skills and trajectories (Kainz, & Vernon-Feagans, 2007; Rauh, Parker, Garfinkel,

    Perry, & Andrews, 2003), and overall quality of life (Park, Turnbull, & Turnbull, 2002). Adding

    to the complexity of the issues of poverty is the growing