The Research Networks Focused on Critical Problems of Policy and Practice in Special Education program aims to focus resources and attention on high-priority issues in special education and to create both a structure and process for researchers who are working on these issues to share ideas, build new knowledge, and strengthen their research and dissemination capacity. Research Networks consist of multiple research teams working together on the same issue, coordinated by a Network Lead. The long-term outcomes of this program are to advance the field's understanding of an issue beyond what an individual research project or team is able to do on its own and to assist policymakers and practitioners in using this information to strengthen education policies and programs and improve student education outcomes for students with or at risk for disabilities.
There is currently one Research Network:
MTSS are frameworks that provide multiple levels of support through coordinated, evidence-based practices, strategies, and structures to meet the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all learners. This Network is examining MTSS at the elementary school level, integrating both academic and behavioral supports and addressing the needs of children with or at risk for disabilities. The following projects are part of the MTSS Network: