Who We Are
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the IRIS Center is headquartered at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Our primary objective is to create and infuse resources about evidence-based practices into preservice preparation and professional development programs. To facilitate this process, IRIS disseminates and offers trainings on those resources.
Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, IRIS resources are designed to address instructional and classroom issues of great importance to today’s educators, issues like response-to-intervention (RTI), classroom behavior management, and early childhood instruction, among many, many more. IRIS resources are used in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators.
The IRIS Center is headquartered at two locations:
IRIS@VU is situated at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and is led by Co-Director Dr. Naomi Tyler. IRIS@VU is in charge of module and resource development.
IRIS@CGU is housed at Claremont Graduate University and is led by Co-Director Dr. Deborah Deutsch Smith. This site coordinates our dissemination, technical assistance, and training activities.