In order to best prepare individuals for independent research careers in the education sciences, the Children’s Learning Institute (CLI) will provide four postdoctoral fellows with extensive training in special education research with a focus on language and literacy interventions.
The Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Language and Literacy will allow fellows to conduct rigorous research as well as develop skills in grant writing and publication. CLI provides a strong training environment for research in language and literacy from preschool years through high school. Researchers are engaged in randomized controlled trials for educational interventions, in the development of evidence-based interventions, and in basic research that investigates the determinants of learning ability and disability.
Fellows may work on one of two training concentrations over the course of the two-year program: improving school readiness in language and literacy for preschoolers considered at-risk, or the development and testing of interventions for school-age children and youth with disabilities and difficulties in language and literacy. The program consists of training activities and opportunities, under the guidance of CLI faculty mentors, in research/study design and statistics, as well as paper and grant writing. Trainees will work on both late and early stages of CLI research projects and develop and test some of their research ideas during their two-year fellowship.
In addition, fellows will develop individualized training plans with their mentors and attend research working group meetings with CLI faculty who use a problem solving approach to address practical and theoretical research issues. They will present their research proposals at CLI collaborative meetings to obtain faculty and peer feedback and will organize and host a distinguished speaker series. Fellows also will obtain specialized training in research methods and statistics used in education sciences and participate in the university-wide postdoctoral training program.
In each year of the program, fellows will present their research at two conferences and obtain primary authorship of two papers. They are expected to complete an IES grant proposal by the end of the program.