Portland Public Schools writes about The Shadow Project

Portland Public Schools features The Shadow Project in their News:

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Student advocacy group, founder earn recognition

November 28, 2011

Christy Scattarella, a former PPS parent, is the founder of Shadow Project.

Shadow Project, a local organization that supports students with special needs, and its founder have received recognition for making Portland “more inclusive for people with disabilities.”

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz awarded former PPS parent Christy Scattarella a “Making a Difference” award Oct. 20 for making Portland “more inclusive for people with disabilities.”

Scattarella is founder and executive director of the Shadow Project, which helps special education teachers in 20 PPS schools use incentives in their classrooms.

About 14 percent of PPS’ 47,288 students receive special education services.

“We’re a resource for teachers to help kids get confident and engaged in learning,” says Scattarella, whose son, a PPS graduate now in college, has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Shadow Project gives teachers rewards — books, clothing and toys — that they distribute to students as they earn points for good work and behavior.

The Shadow Project helps special education teachers use incentives including toys, books and clothes.

The organization also provides teachers with training and support.

“Students have a hard time accepting that a job well done is its own reward. A tangible reward is better,” says Lisa Lum, a special education teacher and Shadow Project participant at Sitton Elementary School.

Diann Drummond, a PPS employee who works with special education families, says that Scattarella and others driving the Shadow Project are valuable partners.

“These are savvy parents who have learned through their own experiences that providing rewards in the process of positive behavioral supports can really make a difference,” Drummond says.

She adds, “I think it’s super!”

Teacher Lisa Lum is a Shadow Project participant at Sitton Elementary School.

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