Strengthening Children's Lives Through Science and Community Engagement

Howard Wills

Associate Research Professor
Primary office:
913 321-3143, ext. 2618
Life Span Institute
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914


Summary

Research

  • Evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions for students with challenging behavior.
  • Development and evaluation of multi-tiered systems of support and classroom management interventions.
  • Technology based self-monitoring to support children and adults with disabilities. 
  • Community-engaged research utilizing single-case and randomized control group designs.

Selected Publications

Selected Grants

Ongoing Research Support

  1. R324A160279 - Wills, H. (PI) Mason (CoPI) - 07/01/16-06/30/19 - Intervention Teams (CW-FIT-MS) Improving Academic Engagement and Outcomes for Middle School Students.
  2. H133A130032 - D. Kamps (PI), H. Wills (CoPI),  R. Mason (CoPI), L. Heitzman-Powell (CoPI), J. Buzhardt (CoPI), and B. Mason (CoPI) - 10/01/13-09/30/18 - I-CONNECT Plus.
  3. H327A100082 - Wills (PI) Kamps (CoPI) - 10/01/10-09/30/13 -  I-Connect: Web-based Solutions to Self-management and Support Connections for High School Students with Learning or Emotional/Behavioral Disorders - Website
  4. R324A120344 - Wills (PI) Kamp (CoPI) - 07/01/12-06/30/17 - A Multi-Site Efficacy Trial of the Class-wide Function-related Intervention Teams “CW-FIT CROSS SITE”: A Research to Practice Agenda for Students with and At Risk for EBD
  5. H133G090136 - Wills (CoPI) Kamps (PI) - 03/01/10-02/28/15 - Postdoctoral Special Education Research Training in Urban Communities: A Research to Practice Model

Outgoing Research Support

  1. R324A090283 - Wills and Buzhardt (CoPI's) Linas (PI) - 07/01/09-06/30/13 - Professional Development that is Systematic, focused on Teacher growth, Incorporates Coaching, collaboration, cohorts, and increased Knowledge to create Student Success (STICKS) Website
  2. R324C080006 - Wills (PI) Kamps (CoPI) - 07/01/08-06/30/13 - National Research and Development Center on Serious Behavior Disorders at the Secondary Level

What's New
Job Opportunities

Assistant Researcher: JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at understanding how teacher perceptions impact the outcomes of preschool children. We are seeking 1 full-time (100% FTE) Assistant Researcher who will be responsible for administering assessments and study procedures in preschool classrooms across the United States. Apply here.

Graduate Research Assistants (GRA): JGCP is seeking Graduate Research Assistants. The GRAs will assist with data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and teacher-child interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry. Apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-75% FTE): JGCP is conducting a research program aimed at evaluating how a Practice Based Coaching model (Literacy 3D) can be used to enhance the literacy focus of early childhood (EC) teachers through data-driven decision making and strategies that boost children’s opportunities to respond in literacy activities. We are seeking an intervention coach who will be responsible for coaching Early Childhood teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of Literacy 3D to promote early literacy and oral language development in children ages 3-5. Learn more and apply here

Assistant Researcher/Coach (50-100% FTE): JGCP is seeking 1-2 part-time intervention coaches who will be responsible for providing professional development and coaching to infant-toddler teachers in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development. Learn more and apply here

Assistant Researcher-Assessor (50-75% FTE): JGCP is seeking 1-2 part time (50% - 75% FTE) assessors who will be responsible for conducting classroom observations and child assessments in infant-toddler early childhood education programs in the Kansas City Metro area in the implementation of the intervention focused on social-emotional development Learn more and apply here

Graduate Research Assistant (GRA): JGCP is seeking a GRA to work 50% FTE (20 hours per week) for the next year of the project (1 year) on the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network Project. The GRA will attend regular project meetings and will be responsible for assisting the Leadership Team and Work Groups in developing associated deliverables from research syntheses, and assisting with translation and dissemination of synthesis findings for diverse audiences including researchers, teachers, parents, and policymakers. He/she will also provide support to the Practice Based Research Collaborative and assist with BWG related intervention studies. The GRA will also be available to the Executive Team to assist with the completion of project-specific tasks including maintaining the project website and creating the bi-monthly network newsletter. Apply here

Temporary Assistant Researchers: JCGP is looking for 1-2 temporary Assistant Researchers, at 50%-75% time, who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Learn more and apply here

Student Hourly Positions: JGCP is seeking 2-4 Student Hourlies who will be responsible for data collection activities with preschool students and teachers, including administering literacy assessments to children, observing classroom instruction and interactions, and assisting in the preparation and delivery of data reports in the Kansas City Metro, as well as data management and entry at our offices in downtown Kansas City, KS. Apply here

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