Guiding and Investing in New Special Educators

GAINS (Guiding and Investing in New Special Educators) is a 5- year initiative to address the key problems of an inadequate supply of qualified, trained educational personnel to meet the needs of Alaska's special education population. SESA staff works with a component of the GAINS initiative that provides services to early childhood educators in rural, remote Alaskan School Districts, through mentoring and training of staff in best practices for early childhood education. SESA staff use research from both Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and from Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) in their work with early childhood educators. The GAINS initiative works with school districts serving pre-school early childhood programs in the five regions of Alaska.

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