The Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS) is a Washington State Needs Project funded annually with federal resources from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The goal of CCTS is to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities in the state. To reach this goal, CCTS provides secondary transition training and technical support to Educational Service Districts (ESDs), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), and public schools that serve high school-age students who have an Individual Education Program (IEP). The CCTS provides resources and support services to all Washington State stakeholders including special education teachers, directors, students and their families.
Loyola Hall, home to Seattle University’s College of Education, also houses an innovative alternative high school aimed at students who seek a small setting to complete their high school graduation requirements and prepare for future success.
Since its official launch in early 2011, the Seattle University Youth Initiative is lauded as visionary, collaborative and empowering for this Central District neighborhood. In 2011–12, Bailey Gatzert had the highest academic growth rate of any school in Seattle. In 2012, the White House honored Seattle University with the Presidential Award for community service, the highest recognition y the federal government to a college or university for its civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism.
The Doctorate in Educational Leadership (EDLR) Program provides opportunities for students to engage in immersion/study abroad experiences either within the regional community or at locations in Mexico or Sweden. Students engage in social justice and organizational change experiences to maximize learning and professional practice.