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Development of a Three-tiered Model in Early Intervention to Address Language and Literacy Needs of Children at Risk

Carta, J.

06/01/09-04/30/13

University of Nebraska at Lincoln (USDE-IES)

 

The project is a collaboration among researchers from the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project and the University of Nebraska’s Center for Children, Youth, Families and Schools . The project employs an iterative product development design to develop and test the feasibility of a preschool 3-tiered (Pre-3T) model in authentic pre-kindergarten settings. In the project’s first two years, key components of existing 3-tiered models designed for early elementary grades will be translated for preschool settings. These components include: universal delivery of evidence-based intervention to all students; progress monitoring; data-based decision-making; differentiated grouping and instruction; family involvement.

Based on input about feasibility from experts and consumers, these components will be revised and pilot tested in 6 preschool settings in Kansas and Nebraska. Children between the ages of 4 and 6 years and their teachers and parents, will participate. Individual model components will be pilot tested with relevant and formative process data collected and analyzed to carry out another refinement of the model. In the third and final year of the project, the entire model will be implemented with a new set of 6 preschool classes in Nebraska and Kansas. Primary analyses are concerned with feasibility of the model and its components as determined by consumer feedback and with fidelity of model. In addition, measures used to monitor child progress and gauge child responsiveness to interventions in the Pre-3T model will provide information about language and early literacy instruction in the classrooms, children's individual responses to instruction, and children's development in language and early literacy across the school year.

 


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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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