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Promoting Language and Communication PI and Co-PI Duration Sponsor
Center for Promoting Language & Literacy Readiness in Early Childhood - Model Dem Center

Walker, D.
Bigelow, K.

01/01/08-12/31/12

USDE-
H326M07005

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Purpose: This project's goal is to improve the early language learning and readiness opportunities provided to infants and young children with disabilities served in early childhood Part C and Part B programs of IDEA.

Method: Through this Center, the knowledge base pertaining to those practices and interventions most effective in promoting early language development and readiness skills will be increased based on: (a) a comprehensive and systematic review of the literature supporting evidence-based strategies focusing on early language and beginning literacy readiness practices; and (b) staff development and technical assistance focusing on functional, evidence-based practices to promote communication and language development for young children birth through 5 years of age with disabilities served in inclusive early childhood programs. This project will be a collaborative effort between the University of Kansas and 3  programs serving infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children with disabilities. Ongoing professional development will be provided through workshops and delivery of project resources to special education, general education, and program administration within each of the sites to ensure the sustainability of the intervention model.

 


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  • Assistant Researcher We are seeking one to two assistant researchers (one full-time or two part-time) for the I-Connect Plus project to provide consultation and training in the use of intervention procedures for participants (adolescents and young adults with ASD), their teachers, and service providers; facilitate recruitment, scheduling with school staff, and assist in consent and assent procedures. This researcher(s) will also provide ongoing monitoring and coaching to participants (adolescents and young adults with ASD), their teachers, and service providers in the use of the intervention, among other activities. View the full job posting and apply here
  • Student Hourly Positions We are seeking to fill student hourly positions. These students will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro area, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. View the full job posting and apply here.  
 
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