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August 14, 2017

Dr. Diane Pedrotty Bryant at MCPER has received a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for doctoral leadership preparation in intensive interventions for students with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders.

The aim of this 5-year grant is to recruit and prepare a cohort of highly qualified doctoral graduates for leadership positions in special education.

The focus of the grant is on intensive interventions as a critical dimension of doctoral preparation. A research-to-practice leadership model will be employed to provide in-depth analysis of intensive interventions, particularly as they pertain to academic and behavioral interventions.

Doctoral leaders will be prepared to (a) participate on research teams to contribute to the growing database on intensive interventions, (b) understand and implement intensive interventions for individuals with disabilities, (c) understand and implement a data-based individualization process to customize intensive interventions to maximize student growth, (d) understand the cultural and linguistic issues related to using intensive interventions with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and (e) understand and contribute to policy issues related to intensive interventions.

Doctoral leaders and scholars will assume positions in institutions of higher education, professional development, state education agencies, and local education agencies to serve as catalysts to effect change.

Bryant will serve a principal investigator of the program with MCPER's Sharon Vaughn and Nathan Clemens as co-principal investigators. The program will begin on January 1, 2018.

For more information, see the Doctoral Leadership: Multitiered Systems of Support website.