Nationally recognized experts in the areas of learning and behavior disabilities and learning outcomes, the two will use the money to train doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in Response to Intervention, or RTI.

The RTI method is designed to help students who have difficulty learning and includes assessing and intervening early, frequently and aggressively. The process also can help clarify and identify learning disabilities so teachers can develop a customized academic program for struggling students.

Students Scott and Lingo work with are expected to become experts in learning and behavior disorders and, in turn, to share their knowledge with other educators through their future faculty and research posts in higher education.