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News from November 2019

New funding extends National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention for another 5 years
November 6, 2019

A $6.4 million, 5-year grant will support the training of a new cohort of 28 doctoral students as part of the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention (NCLII).

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn and Principal Investigator Sarah Powell will serve on the Leadership Committee as representatives of The University of Texas at Austin, one of seven partner universities. The other universities taking part are Vanderbilt University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Georgia, and Michigan State University.

The goal of the project is to "produce a cohort of scholars capable of preparing generations of special education personnel to meet the needs of students with comorbid and complex learning and behavior difficulties and to conduct the highest level of research on this topic," according to an NCLII announcement. Also, the project will "host summer workshops to provide additional, focused training in key topics related to leadership development in intensive intervention. The consortium also provides interested scholars with connections to internships with national centers supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs."

Tags: Response to Intervention Institute  National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention 

Vaughn to chair expert panel developing practice guide targeting grades 4–9 struggling readers
November 6, 2019

MCPER Executive Director Sharon Vaughn will lead the expert panel developing a new installment of the popular and influential Institute of Education Sciences What Works Clearinghouse practice guide series.

Vaughn and other nationally renowned experts will pool their knowledge to create a new guide on evidence-based practices for assisting struggling readers in grades 4–9. The panel will include practice, content, and methodological experts who evaluate research and develop specific recommendations. According to the Institute of Education Sciences, the practice guides present "practical, evidence-based recommendations to teachers and administrators about how to address current challenges in education ... For each recommendation, information is provided about how to carry out the recommendation, possible implementation roadblocks, and the strength of the research evidence that supports the recommendation."

The current initiative to revise existing practice guides and develop new guides is led by Principal Investigator Russell Gersten and Project Director Madhavi Jayanthi of Instructional Research Group.

For more information and to download existing practice guides, visit the What Works Clearinghouse website.