Preparing Educators as Leaders

Madison Brand

PDS Intern
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I want to be placed in the PDS program for the University of Kansas student teaching program because I want to become involved in the world of at-risk schools. When I started studying education, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher to make a difference in the lives of students who really needed me. I think that working for a PDS school will help me to achieve that goal.

I understand that working in a PDS school may come with it's challenges, but I have found that I work best when I am challenged. I think that the result is far greater when you work really hard at something than when you put in a mediocre amount of effort. I feel that being in a PDS school will truly push me to be the strongest teacher I can be, and teach me how to problem solve in the face of the most difficult obstacles a student could face.


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Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
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