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Brock McMullen

Rob Dixon

$1.25 MILLION Funds will bolster UWL’s adapted phy ed, school psych programs

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he University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has received a $1.25 million grant to help improve educational services for children with disabilities throughout the country.

The U.S. Department of Education grant over five years aims to better prepare state and nationally licensed adapted physical educators and school psychologists so they can enhance assistance and results for children with disabilities, ages 3-21. Brock McMullen, Ph.D., director of UWL’s Adapted Physical Education Teacher Preparation Program, says the grant will prepare students to work in an interdisciplinary special education environment — something necessary when they graduate and begin working in K-12 public schools. “This grant will provide a unique interdisciplinary graduate experience through a variety of high-quality professional

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development and hands-on opportunities with students with disabilities,” he explains. McMullen says funding will help graduate students come together for regular interdisciplinary seminars to learn important information overlapping both disciplines. The seminars will bring in experts to present K-12 education issues, and allow those in the program to attend national conferences. The grant will also help recruit high-quality graduate students by offering tuition assistance for those applying to the adapted physical education and school psychology programs. It will give students ample opportunities to take several classes together and collaborate. McMullen says the La Crosse area will benefit from the grant. School districts will see more high-quality students in the two programs when they spend hundreds of hours in

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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse School of Education Eagle Edge Newsletter Spring 2021  

School of Education Eagle Edge newsletter is published biannually for UW-La Crosse School of Education alumni and friends.

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse School of Education Eagle Edge Newsletter Spring 2021  

School of Education Eagle Edge newsletter is published biannually for UW-La Crosse School of Education alumni and friends.

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