Project Meaningful Differences is a federally funded project designed to address the critical shortage of speech-language pathologists in urban and rural high-need schools. This 2-Year Masters Program aims to produce competent high-quality clinical service providers, particularly to preschool children with speech and language impairment. A unique aspect of the project is its emphasis on research into practice, including student –designed single subject studies. Additionally, cultural and family influence on language development is highlighted.
Our evaluation focus for this project was two-fold: 1) Provide coherent description of the project operation and management, so that procedures can be replicated and 2) facilitate a project improvement dialogue based on evaluative feedback from students (current and project graduates) and field supervisors that is sufficiently rigorous to yield reliable information on the effectiveness of the training received and the practice of clinical services. The information from our work will be used as a basis for enhancing the curriculum, pedagogy, and other elements of the CSD program.