For Immediate Release
September 03, 2014
Contact Information

Erica McKinney
T: (305) 626-3626

(BPRW) Florida Memorial University Receives $1.25 Million Grant to Improve Education of Children with Disabilities

- Project SIAIMESE: Supporting Intensive Applications of Interventions by Minority Educators of Special Education -

(BLACK PR WIRE) – Florida Memorial University’s School of Education is pleased to announce an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grant award in the amount of $1.25 million over a five year period to improve the education of K-12 students with disabilities.

Project SIAIMESE will prepare 40 urban minority scholars to obtain a Masters in Special Education with an Endorsement in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Scholars will receive preparation to implement data-based individualization (DBI) to provide support of students with persistent and severe learning and behavioral problems that need the most intensive individualized supports. Outcomes include 40 minority scholars: (1) developing, delivering, and evaluating research-based intensive interventions to support student learning and behavior for culturally and linguistically diverse students; (2) conducting and reporting action research to demonstrate the effects of implementing DBI; and (3) providing professional development in implementing, evaluating, and reporting data-driven individualized interventions to improve student outcomes.

For more information regarding Project SIAIMESE, please contact:

Dr. Annamaria Jerome-Raja at 305.626.3122 or

Dr. Tamar Riley at 305.626.3164 or

About Florida Memorial University

Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution that offers 42 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld a commitment to provide a solid foundation for thousands of young people and to open doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” For more information: Call (305) 626-3600 or visit