• Project Coordinator, Check & Connect
+1 612-624-7315
Institute On Community Integration
Masonic Inst For The Developing Brain [map]
2025 E River Pkwy
Rm 2-315D
Minneapolis, MN 55414-3604

Jana Hallas Ferguson, M.Ed. is a Project Coordinator for the Institute on Community Integration for the University of Minnesota, where she provides training and technical assistance to districts on programs around the country on Check & Connect. Prior to working at the University, Mrs. Ferguson taught special education for ten years in Cy-Fair ISD in Houston, Texas. She trained district personnel on creating meaningful, Standards-Based goals and objectives to ensure student success throughout high school and into post-secondary life. Additionally, she created and conducted annual school-wide training on collecting data on student progress on academic and behavioral IEPs, facilitated data collection for each grading term, and provided technical assistance and support for individual teachers when needed. Mrs. Ferguson assisted personnel in implementing IEP programming in the general and special education classrooms as well as served as a facilitator in parent/teacher communication to ensure the needs of students were met for all students with disabilities throughout the campus. Mrs. Ferguson has a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Low Incidence Disabilities from Texas A&M University. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Coe College, where she double-majored in secondary education and history.



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