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The National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention received $6.4 million in funding for a 5-year training grant for a new cohort of doctoral students. The new 5-year grant, known as NCLII-2, will fund a new cohort of 28 doctoral students from a consortium of seven universities: Vanderbilt University, University of Connecticut, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, University of Georgia and Michigan State University. The first cohort of students (“scholars”) will begin in the fall of 2020.

The mission 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 (CLBD), and to conduct the highest level of research on this topic.

The project offers unique opportunities to participate in cross-institutional, collaborative research activities with faculty and fellow scholars. In addition, NCLII-2 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, including the National Center on Intensive Intervention; Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform; and the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University.

The partner universities have completed admission of both cohorts of Scholars. No additional Scholars will be admitted for the duration of this grant period.