About the Project
- What is Project S-SOAR?
- Project S-SOAR (Stepping Up to SOAR: Strategies for Online Academic Research) is funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (2012-2017) and designed to teach online research strategies to middle school students, including students with learning disabilities. To learn more, please see the “About Us” link.
- Who is the project for?
- Our project was designed for middle school students, and especially students with learning disabilities, as they learn how to conduct online research.
- What is the purpose of the project?
- Project S-SOAR’s goal is to teach middle school students how to conduct efficient and effective online research by using the project’s strategies. Knowing how to conduct online research will make all students, including students with learning disabilities, ready for college and future careers.
- What does the project offer students?
- Students receive free access to our online strategies and website, called the Student Toolkit. The Student Toolkit teaches students the strategies through videos and supported eText, gives formative and summative assessments measuring student progress, and provides practice exercises for applying the strategies. Students learn skills that they can use throughout school, college, and in future careers. The Student Toolkit has been tested previously and found to be effective across middle school grades and subjects, and for both general and special education students.
- What does the project offer teachers?
- Teachers get access to our free online professional development to support them as they implement the SOAR Strategies with their students. Our professional development resources have been tested in prior studies and found to be effective tools for teachers.
- How can teachers use this website?
- Teachers can receive access to free professional development resources by clicking on the “Teacher Professional Development” link.
- How can students use this website?
- Students can access the “Student Toolkit” link to view Project S-SOAR’s online research strategies.
- How can researchers use this website?
- Researchers may find more information about the research behind the project and publications by clicking on “Community Resources.”
- How can parents/guardians use this website?
- Parents/Guardians may learn more about the SOAR Strategies by clicking on “Community Resources.” To access Project S-SOAR’s online research strategies, they may click on “Student Toolkit.”
- Can my class participate in the project’s research?
- What are the website’s system requirements?
- There are not any specific system requirements. The website may be open in any browser and is iPad compatible.
- How can I get a login, reset my password, or receive technical support?