Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) - College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
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The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

Project VERIFY Details


Project VERIFY Value Added Through E-Coaching, Reflection, Instructional
Technology, Feedback, and You



Award YEAR:



Michael Kennedy
University of Virginia


Sarah A. Nagro
George Mason University

Peter Youngs, Rachel L. Kunemund, Stephanie Morano, and Colby Hall
University of Virginia


Stepping-Up Technology Implementation


4 years (07/01/2021 – 06/30/2026)




Purpose: Project VERIFY (Value Added Through E-Coaching, Reflection, Instructional Technology, Feedback, and You) intends to deliver school leaders (e.g., principals, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders) with responsibility for providing professional development (PD) to teachers of students with disabilities a web-based suite of data-driven tools called COACHED (Capturing Observations and Collaboratively sHaring Educational Data). The goal of Project VERIFY’s technology-based PD is to help school leaders to independently support teachers’ enactment of evidence-based academic vocabulary instruction at the elementary level for students with disabilities. 
The COACHED suite of PD tools integrates five core elements created and maintained by our project team: 1) The Classroom Teaching (CT) Scan observation tool and accompanying data-driven outputs; 2) A Reflection Matrix template to guide teachers’ reflective practice following observations; 3) A feedback template that generates editable coaching notes using observation data from the CT Scan; 4) A library of on-demand multimedia vignettes focused on instructional improvement, and 5) A dashboard that allows stakeholders to access data, coaching reports, and personalized goals.