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                                   Sept. 30, 2005


CUA Honored for Longtime Partnership with Kennedy Institute


The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Community Services recently honored The Catholic University of America for its longtime partnership with the institute.


John Convey, CUA provost and professor of education, and Michaela Farber, assistant professor of social work, accepted the institute’s Community Partner Award at the agency’s Reunion Celebration held Sept. 17 in Northeast Washington. The institute provides services for people with developmental disabilities in the greater Washington, D.C., area.


In her remarks at the celebration, Rebecca Salon, institute director, explained that the partnership between the institute and Catholic University goes back to the early days of the organization. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, who founded the institute, took education courses at CUA and trained others to become special education teachers, Salon added.  


Founded in 1959, the institute is the lead provider of early intervention, education, career preparation and placement, community living, and family support for the Archdiocese of Washington. The institute provides services daily to more than 500 people with developmental disabilities at 32 community locations in the District of Columbia and Maryland. 


In recent years, CUA’s Department of Education has partnered with the institute and other organizations on several initiatives designed to provide training and education for teachers who work with special-needs students. The initiatives include the ParaEd, ParaMet and Scaffold projects.


The ParaMet and ParaEd projects created a Metropolitan College certificate program for special education teaching assistants — called paraeducators — who seek continuing education to comply with standards for classroom instruction.


Project Scaffold involved the establishment in 2001 of a new master’s program in education to help meet a critical need for certified special education teachers in D.C. and Archdiocese of Washington classrooms.


In addition, Farber, of CUA’s National Catholic School of Social Service, helped to lead the development of Project Tapestry, which provided early intervention services at Providence Hospital to about 50 families with infants at risk for developmental disabilities.






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