Diane Pedrotty Bryant, Meadows Center Receive $1.2 Million Grant to Prepare Doctoral Students Focused on Intensive Interventions

Diane Pedrotty Bryant and the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk in the College of Education have 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 goal of this five-year grant is to recruit and prepare a cohort of highly qualified doctoral graduates to assume leadership positions in special education. 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:

  • participate on research teams to contribute to the growing database on intensive interventions,
  • understand and implement intensive interventions for individuals with disabilities,
  • understand and implement a data-based individualization process to customize intensive interventions to maximize student growth,
  • understand the cultural and linguistic issues related to using intensive interventions with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and
  • understand and contribute to policy issues related to intensive interventions.

After graduating, these alumni will be capable of serving as change agents in institutions of higher education and in professional development and policy positions with state and local education agencies. Bryant will serve a principal investigator of the program with Sharon Vaughn and Nathan Clemens as co-principal investigators. The program will begin on January 1, 2018. Learn more at www.mtssdocleadership.org.