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Project OASIS – Optimizing Access for Students in Schools

Future focused research question

How can we create a future educational model where special education and labeling disabilities are not necessary for all students to have the optimal experience?


Imagine a future in which the designations of “disability” and “special education” did not need to exist for all students to access the optimal educational experience and achieve their full potential. This interdisciplinary project aims to challenge the status quo of special education and consider – How do we create a system that does not require special education? In other words, what educational model(s) can we envision and build that maximizes access to needed supports and evidence-based practices for all children, including those historically served in special education? Project OASIS will collaboratively design a future in which our schools optimize the success of all students.

We are honored to have over 100 participants in the collaborative, including ASU faculty/staff, researchers, educators, district and charter leaders, business and non-profit leaders, public health experts, parents and community members from around Arizona.

Fall 2023 update


Project OASIS study session recordings:

KTAR Radio Interview with Kathy Hoffman about Project OASIS (Sept 2023)

Technology for the Next Education Workforce Beyond the One Teacher One Classroom Model ASU GSV 2023

Billingsley, B., & Bettini, E. (2019). Special education teacher attrition and retention: A review of the literature. Review of Educational Research, 89(5), 697-744.

To serve every student well, plan for the tails, not the mean.


Erin Rotheram-Fuller
Associate professor

Kathy Hoffman
Executive Director