Richmond, Va. – Two professors at Virginia Commonwealth University put their school’s motto, “Make It Real” to the test.
Bryce McLeod and Kevin Sutherland recently received a four-year grant that totaled to $1.6 million from the Institute of Education Sciences to help fund a treatment integrity program. The program is designed to help children with behavioral issues during their early childhood education.
According to a VCU press release, McLeod is part of the Psychology Department while Sutherland teaches at the School of Education.
McLeod and Sutherland will conduct research in preschools and Head Start classrooms throughout Richmond. The project will monitor the interaction between teachers and their students. Over the course of one academic year, trained researchers will visit classrooms and observe teachers for up to an hour.
“We are mainly interested in the types of interventions and strategies they use when they teach,” said McLeod.
The grant will assist children who have chronic behavioral problems through the improvement of early intervention and prevention services.
For more information, visit McLeod’s academic website.