Project S4


The overarching purpose of Project S4 (Supporting Student Science Success Through Multimedia Learning and Teacher Professional Development) is to improve academic achievement for middle school students with disabilities, thus helping them prepare for rigorous high school coursework and beyond.

Project S4


  • Supporting Student Science Success Through Multimedia Learning and Teacher Professional Development

    Through all aspects of this project, students with disabilities (SWD), English Leaners (ELs), and others who are at-risk for these challenges will gain access to evidence-based instructional technology through a series of multimedia modules intended to boost understanding of core concepts in science courses.  Specifically, students will use content acquisition podcasts (see www.vocabsupport.com for samples), and visualizations and simulations of science concepts (phet.colorado.edu) to improve overall science performance.  Teachers will receive professional development in part using the Classroom Teaching (CT) Scan (www.thectscan.com) and multimedia modules (see www.spedintro.com).  

    Project S4 is funded by a grant from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the U.S. Department of Education (Grant # H327S190004).  The Principal Investigator is Dr. Michael Kennedy, the Co-Principal Investigator is Dr. Jennie Chiu, and the project Investigator is Dr. Bill Therrien.  

Project S4 Affiliated Faculty


Michael Kennedy

Project S4 Principal Investigator Michael J. Kennedy is an Associate Professor of Special Education

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Jennifer Chiu

Project S4 Co-Principal Investigator Jennifer Chiu is an Associate Professor of Education.

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Bill Therrien

Project S4 Co-Principal Investigator William J Therrien is a Professor of Special Education.

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