UofL receives $1.2 million to train special education researchers


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A teaching model that helps students circumvent academic and behavior difficulties received a $1.2 million boost thanks to a grant awarded to the University of Louisville by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Researchers Terry Scott and Amy Lingo in UofL’s College of Education and Human Development will use the funds to train doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in a teaching approach known as Response To Intervention, or RTI.

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

    The grant provides funding to train eight doctoral students and five postdoctoral fellows over a five-year period. The students will gain expertise in RTI methods and examine educational outcomes. The students are expected to become experts in learning and behavior disorders and to share their knowledge with other educators through their future faculty and research positions in higher education.

    Scott and Lingo are part of the special education department in UofL’s College of Education and Human Development. They are both nationally recognized experts in the areas of learning and behavior disabilities and learning outcomes.

    For more information contact Terry Scott at t.scott@louisville.edu

    Cindy Hess
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