Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Technology Innovation Development & Research (TIDR) Lab


Mission

The mission of the Technology Innovation Development & Research (TIDR) Laboratory is to develop and investigate the use of technology applications that support educational intervention and assessment strategies for children with or at risk for disabilities. The TIDR provides support to the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project in four primary areas: 1) Exploration of emerging technologies and development trends, 2) Prototype design and development of applications and databases, 3) Design and implementation of usability/feasibility trials to inform data-based, iterative improvements of applications, and 4) Ongoing support for scale-up and dissemination of existing applications.

Applications and databases are designed to facilitate function and usability as measured by their use by members of the target community. TIDR design and development adheres to the following principles:

  • Application development activities are a collaboration between content experts, TIDR developers, and the community of users
  • Design should emphasize function over form
  • All application design features should be conceptually linked to the application’s primary purpose
  • User error represents an opportunity to improve an application’s design

Download the TIDR Design Documentation starter here: Application Design Documentation. This document asks you to provide key information that TIDR developers will need to kick-off the development pro.


What's New
Job Opportunities

Assistant Researcher: JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at understanding how teacher perceptions impact the outcomes of preschool children. We are seeking 1 full-time (100% FTE) Assistant Researcher who will be responsible for administering assessments and study procedures in preschool classrooms across the United States. Apply here.

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA): JGCP is seeking Graduate Research Assistants. The GRAs will assist with data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and teacher-child interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry. Apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-75% FTE): JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking an intervention coach who will be responsible for coaching Early Childhood teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. Learn more and apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-100% FTE): JGCP is seeking 1-2 part-time intervention coaches who will be responsible for providing professional development and coaching to infant-toddler teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development. Learn more and apply here

Assistant Researcher-Assessor (50-75% FTE): JGCP is seeking 1-2 part time (50% - 75% FTE) assessors who will be responsible for conducting classroom observations and child assessments in infant-toddler early childhood education programs in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development Learn more and apply here

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): JGCP is seeking a GRA to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) for the next year of the project (1 year) on the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network Project. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research syntheses, and assisting with translation and dissemination of synthesis findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. He/she will also provide support to the Practice Based Research Collaborative and assist with BWG related intervention studies. The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist with the completion of project-specific tasks including maintaining the project website and creating the bi-monthly network newsletter. Apply here

Temporary Assistant Researchers: JCGP is looking for 1-2 temporary Assistant Researchers, at 50%-75% time, who 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, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Learn more and apply here

Student Hourly Positions: JGCP is seeking 2-4 Student Hourlies who 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, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Apply here

KU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 
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