Themes From the 2015 Summit on Intensive Intervention

Developed By: National Center on Intensive Intervention & Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative

In 2015, the principal investigators for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII: Louis Danielson) and the National Commission for Special Education Research (NCSER) Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative (A3 Initiative: Douglas Fuchs and Lynn Fuchs), along with the NCII Deputy Director (Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds) and NCII Senior Advisor (Sharon Vaughn), worked cooperatively with a team of advisers, including key personnel from NCSER at the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and OSEP, to organize a summit for improving the knowledge and understanding of intensive intervention. The primary purpose of the summit was to integrate research knowledge on promising approaches into intensive intervention and implementation to improve academic outcomes for students with disabilities who have severe and persistent learning needs. This white paper summarizes the proceedings of the summit, and includes responses from three participants representing perspectives from policy (David Chard, Wheelock College), research (Nathan Clemens, University of Texas at Austin), and practice (Steve Goodman, Michigan Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative).