The primary mission of the Bresnahan-Halstead Center is to work for the
advancement of knowledge and quality service for individuals with disabilities and their families through research, evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, partnerships, and student scholarships/financial assistance.
As part of this mission, the Bresnahan-Halstead Center fosters and supports partnerships between faculty in the School of Special Education, state agencies, local education agencies or organizations that serve individuals with disabilities and/or their families. Funds are available to remunerate faculty for providing the technical assistance.
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Doctoral Admissions and Review Committee Networking Activity
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center supported dinner for doctoral learners and faculty in the School of Special Education, thereby providing a venue for networking between doctoral learners and faculty as well as other students that promoted conversations that might culminate in collaborative projects and team building in the advancement of knowledge and quality of services for people with disabilities.
As part of recruitment efforts, high school students nominated by high school special education teachers as prospective special educators in different regions of the state of Colorado were invited to spend a day at UNC, sit in on classes, tour the campus, and share lunch with UNC faculty and students. The Center supported this effort to recruit students to attend UNC where they will receive a high-quality education that will serve the advancement of knowledge and quality services for people with disabilities.
TeachLivE™ Classroom: An Interactive Approach to Pre-Service Teacher Education
The Bresnahan-Halstead Center provided funding and support to create a TeachLivE™ Classroom (TLC) in McKee 06 at the University of Northern Colorado utilized as an instructional tool within courses offered by the School of Special Education teacher preparation programs. TeachLivE™ is an interactive, web-based program that creates opportunities for educators to implement evidence-based practices with simulated students (e.g, address behavior challenges in vivo, teach an interactive lesson), or with simulated adults (e.g., parent-teacher conferences, sharing/interpreting assessment results) in a safe environment. The mission of the TLC is to bridge the gap between University classroom learning and student implementation into classroom practice within UNC's undergraduate program special educator programs.