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Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education: Response to Intervention (RtI) in Early Childhood

Greenwood, C.
Carta, J.

03/01/12-09/30/17

USDE - Institute of Education Sciences

The Post-Doctoral Research Training Program in Special Education: Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood will provide training experiences for research focused on the RTI approach to early intervention and early childhood special education, with implications for improving school readiness. The overall aim of the program is to provide trainees with opportunities to learn first-hand of advances in the RTI prevention approach and interrelated research and methodological foci. The proposed number of fellows is four, with two years of training each. The program is housed at the Juniper Gardens Children's Project at the University of Kansas, with training opportunities available through the multi-site Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood (CRTIEC).
 

This program provides comprehensive training in research on early childhood RTI with a focus on two overarching areas: the knowledge and content domain and the measurement and research methods domain. The knowledge and content domain includes the RTI prevention/intervention framework; advances in early childhood RTI models; language, social-emotional, and early literacy competency domains; instructional interventions, curricula, and multiple tiers of support; and research communication (e.g., publications, presentations). The measurement and research methods domain includes universal screening and progress monitoring measurement requirements of RTI; rigorous experimental study designs; and univariate and latent growth modeling techniques. Guided by an Individual Academic Fellowship Plan, fellows will be mentored by core faculty, audit relevant courses and summer institutes, and participate directly in research projects. Research opportunities include but are not limited to: (a) development, validation, and other research activities within the CRTIEC; (b) validation of a universal screening and progress monitoring measure of infant and toddler growth in communication skills; (c) development of a preschool RTI model for language and early literacy; (d) study of a web-based parenting intervention for mothers of infants at risk for maltreatment; (e) development of an intervention for improving social-emotional outcomes for infants in child care; and (f) evaluation of evidence-based, naturalistic language-promoting strategies for infants and young children with disabilities.

 


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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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