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Upcoming Events: "A Family Roadmap to the Project STEPP Transition Curriculum"

  • Does your high school student have a learning difference? (e.g., ADHD, Learning Disability, Dyslexia, etc.)
  • Are you exploring whether college is the next step for your student and wondering how to help them prepare for this major life transition?

If so, then you will want to attend one of these events!

Representatives from Project STEPP will share tips, ideas, and transition planning materials from their experiences supporting students taking their first steps to the college campus. Each family that attends will receive a copy of Project STEPP's transition curriculum and a roadmap for how to use these materials in the family setting.

Dates and Locations

Greenville, NC
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
7:00-9:00 pm
Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County - Jack Minges Branch

All attendees must register. Please complete the brief registration form online at 

Questions? Contact Sarah Williams or Emily Johnson

Check back later to find out where and when future Family Roadmap events will be held.

Fall Open House - TBA (November 2014)

If you missed ECU's Spring Open House in April, mark your calendar for the upcoming Fall event! The next ECU Open House will be held on a Saturday during November 2014. In conjunction with this event, Project STEPP is inviting students, parents, and educators to join us to learn more about our program.

The schedule will be as follows:

  • From 9:30 am until 12:30 pm, you can visit the Project STEPP booth at the Student Affairs Fair to pick up informational flyers and chat briefly with a program representative.
  • Between 1:00 and 3:00 pm, the Project STEPP office will be open. An in-depth information session and question-and-answer period will be held from 1:30-2:30. Before and after this session, you can tour the Project STEPP office and speak with program staff individually.

Click here to download an informational flyer about our Open House events. If you have questions about our Open House, please contact  Emily Johnson.

Registration is not required for the Project STEPP events; however, we strongly recommend signing up to attend ECU's campus-wide Open House events on the ECU Admissions Office's Upcoming Events website.

2015 Cohort Applications Posted

Application forms for the 2015 cohort of Project STEPP are now available. Completed application packets must be postmarked by May 15, 2014 to be considered on time. Click here for details about the application process.



 2014 Cohort Has Been Selected

Final admission decisions were made for the 2014 cohort of Project STEPP in August 2013. At this time, we have selected a cohort and established a waiting list. Interested students may still submit a late application packet; however, new applicants will only be reviewed if vacancies arise in the 2014 cohort between now and May 1, 2014. 

The 2014 application materials are no longer posted on the website. If you wish to apply for the 2014 cohort, please submit a 2015 application packet along with a note requesting to be considered for the 2014 cohort if any vacancies arise. At this time, we strongly encourage all new applicants to actively pursue other options for the 2014-2015 school year. 

Please contact Emily Johnson if you have any questions.



Applying for 2015? It's time to sign up for the SAT or ACT!

If you are planning to apply for the 2015 cohort of Project STEPP, you will need to have SAT or ACT scores available by the May 15th Project STEPP application deadline. Below are the 2013-2014 testing dates.

SAT   Click here to visit the College Board's SAT website
October 5
November 2
December 7
January 25
March 8
May 3 - scores will not be available in time for the Project STEPP application deadline
June 7 - scores will not be available in time for the Project STEPP application deadline

ACT   Click here to visit the ACT website
September 21
October 26
December 14
February 8
April 12
June 14 - scores will not be available in time for the Project STEPP application deadline

Please remember that your application is incomplete until we have a copy of your SAT or ACT scores. (ACT scores must include the "optional" writing section to be considered complete.) Incomplete applications will not be considered until all the complete applications have been reviewed.



Social Media Updates

You can keep up with Project STEPP's news and events on the following social media sites:

Project STEPP Yearly Update Brochure

We publish a brochure supplement about once per year with updates on what's new in Project STEPP. Click here for the Spring 2014 brochure.



Project STEPP in the News

Occasionally, other publications or forums will feature information about Project STEPP and/or our students. We've linked to a few of those items below.

Article in The Hechinger Report - "Colleges respond to growing ranks of learning disabled" (featuring Sarah Williams)
Eye to Eye Video posted on YouTube (featuring Emily)
ECU's 2013 holiday video card "Service is the Spirit of the Season" (includes Eye to Eye as a service highlight from 2013)
ECU News Services article - "Sharing Knowledge: Curriculum eases transition for students with learning differences"
Daily Reflector article - "ECU helps learning disabled succeed" (link via ECU News Services)
ECU News Services article - "Seeing Eye to Eye"
Pirate Profile: Cris 
Pirate Profile: Chelsea  
Pirate Profile: Anna 
Department of Education Public Service Announcement - "Teach Special Education" (featuring Lee)
ECU News Feature from Sept. 7, 2011 - "Into the Storm" (featuring Noah)
The East Carolinian from July 31, 2011 - "Summer changes to Joyner Library" 
ECU Now blog post from June 22, 2011 - "Endowment supports ECU program for students with learning disabilities"  
East Magazine Fall 2010 edition - "A Big STEPP Forward"