New Research: KU Lands $8 Million Grant
When students have more time to focus on class material and are not interrupted by inappropriate behavior, it stands to reason teachers will have more time to engage them and boost achievement. Researchers at the University of Kansas have secured an $8 million grant to expand a program that has been proven effective at boosting engagement and reducing disruptive behaviors to schools across the nation. The project, known as Class-Wide Function-related Intervention Teams, or CW-FIT, will be led by by Howard Wills, Ph.D., at the Juniper Gardens Children’s Project, part of the Life Span Institute. KU Researchers and partners will work with nearly 10,000 students in grades three through five in Kansas, Missouri and California schools.

Division for Early Childhood

In the News: Boyd Named Co-Editor
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) is pleased to announce the new co-editors for the Journal of Early Intervention (JEI), Drs. Brian Reichow and Brian Boyd. Drs. Reichow and Boyd will begin serving a 5-year term starting in July 2019. Dr. Boyd is the Director of Juniper Gardens Children's Project and Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science at KU. Dr. Boyd’s current research interests include the development and evaluation of behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder; community-based research; and understanding the effects of implicit bias on children’s educational outcomes.