Year 4 Activities (2024-2025 School Year)

During Year 4, teachers and district partners will support the STAY program in the following ways: 
 

Districts, Schools, and Intermediate Units

Support recruitment of the following groups of school personnel to participate in the STAY induction program:

  • 22 beginning teachers 
    To qualify for the study, the beginning teacher must (a) have three or less years of experience teaching special education, (b) teach at least one student with autism in an elementary-level classroom, and (c) work in a high-needs school or district.

  • 22 mentor teachers 
    To qualify for the study, mentor teachers must (a) have five or more years of experience teaching students with autism in an elementary-level special education classroom, (b) work in a high-needs school or district.

Note: Only 11 beginning/mentor teacher dyads will actively participate in the STAY induction program during Year 4. 
 

Beginning Teachers

Receive mentoring from a mentor teacher, attend trainings, observe exemplary teaching, participate in a teacher network, and complete pre- and post-study measures.

Beginning teachers who participate in Year 4 of Project STAY will receive a $1,000 stipend.
 

Mentor Teachers

Provide mentoring to a beginning teacher, attend trainings, model exemplary teaching, conduct classroom observations, and complete pre- and post-study measures.

Mentor teachers who participate in Year 4 of Project STAY will receive a $1,000 stipend.