Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE)

Welcome to iSHINE!

Interdisciplinary Support for High-Intensity Needs in Education (iSHINE) is an interdisciplinary personnel preparation project supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. iSHINE represents a collaborative effort between the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University and will prepare pre-service speech-language pathologists, reading specialists, and special educators to serve children with disabilities who have "high-intensity" needs as members of interdisciplinary teams in K-12 school settings.

Interested students fully admitted to the ASU graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology, Special Education or Reading Education at Appalachian State University will be able to apply for the Fall 2021 iSHINE co-hort in the Spring of 2021. Check back here for updates. Interested students can view frequently asked questions here



iSHINE News

iSHINE Scholar Mauve McGannon

iSHINE Scholar Highlight: Mauve McGannon's Assistive Technology Video

Scholars in the iSHINE program participate in learning and experiences that meet specific competencies relating to working on interdisciplinary teams ...

iSHINE Scholar Hailey Belk Selected as a Finalist for Student Teacher of the Year

Hailey Belk, a 2020 iSHINE Scholar and graduate student in special education, was chosen as one of the RCOE  Fall 2019 Student Teacher of the Yea...

iSHINE Scholars in the Classroom

For the 2020 Spring Semester, iSHINE scholars are working in local classrooms participating in a 20-hour practicum experience. This interdisciplinary ...

iSHINE Scholars Attend the Annual HANd Conference

On September 27, 2019, iSHINE Scholars attended the second annual day-long autism and neurodiversity conference for professionals, family members, peo...

Jessie and her Rider

Riding for You!

iSHINE Advisory Board member, Merlie Jackson is not one to shy away from a challenge, especially if it involves her daughter Jessie, and others' opini...

Interdisciplinary Support Takes the Dis- out of disABILITY

By: Kate Brinko, Parent and Board MemberAs soon as he could stand, my son fell in love with art and spent hours painting at his kiddy easel. Now as a ...

Benefits of iSHINE

Click on the colored flyer below to find out about the benefits of becoming an iSHINE Scholar. 


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