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Interventions Supporting Child Development PI Duration Sponsor
National Research and Development Center on Serious Behavior Disorders
at the Secondary Level

Wills, H.

07/01/08-06/31/13

USDE-IES​

Purpose: The primary objective of this project is to develop and evaluate the efficacy of a package of intervention strategies designed to reduce the significant behavioral and academic challenges experienced by high school students with behavior disorders. In addition, the research team will conduct supplementary studies to address key issues in special education and are responsive to the needs of policymakers and secondary-level special education practitioners; broadly disseminate their findings; and provide national leadership on services for high school students with behavior disorders. The Center’s long-term goal is to improve the behavior, social, and academic outcomes of secondary students with serious behavior disorders.

Project Activities: The Center will develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive set of intervention strategies across three core intervention components: Enhancing school and teacher capacity, building youth competence, and increasing family and community supports. The intervention package will include multiple components addressing academics and behavior (e.g., classroom structure, teacher-student interactions, evidence-based academic instruction), youth competence in social skills, mental health, and general living skills (e.g., making healthy choices, organization and study skills, mentoring, securing effective therapy), and increasing family and community supports (e.g., parent guidance, homework guidance, and linking schools to community therapy and supports).


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Job Opportunities
  • Assistant Researcher: We are seeking a part-time to full-time Assistant Researcher for a research project that focuses on developing and implementing a coaching model for an elementary classroom management intervention. Approximately 4 school districts and 20 elementary schools with students at risk for school failure will participate in the project and contribute to the development of the program. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Graduate Research Assistant: We are seeking 1-3 graduate research assistant(s) with studies or background in applied behavioral science, special education, psychology, school psychology or related field. The primary purpose of this project is to support high-needs elementary students with the CW-FIT Program (a classroom management intervention) while building for scale and sustainability by developing a district coaching model. For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdoctoral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) seeks a postdoctoral researcher. The purpose of the proposed project is to provide a Quantitative Postdoctoral Researcher with experience that will enable them to conduct high quality behavioral, educational, and special education research in childhood settings. The goal of the training program is to prepare quantitative researchers with the collaborative and methodological skills necessary to conduct next generation of research. For more information and to apply go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
  • Postdocotral Researcher: The Postdoctoral Research Program at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project (JGCP) is recruiting two postdoctoral researchers interested in developing expertise in carrying out community-engaged research to develop and implement evidence-based practices focused on early intervention, early care, and early education settings. The postdoctoral position is a full-time (100% FTE), 2 years, research-dedicated fellowship.  For more information and to apply, go hereKU is an EO/AAE.
Training Opportunities
  • We will be offering a TPITOS certification training workshop in Kansas City, Kansas at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project on January 30-31, 2020.​ The TPITOS™ is a tool for ensuring that infant–toddler teachers are implementing the Pyramid Model for Promoting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children with fidelity. Email tpitos-jgcp@ku.edu for more information or register for the workshop by clicking the link.
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