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Getting SMART About Adaptive Interventions in Education

The 2020 Getting SMART About Adaptive Interventions in Education Workshop has been cancelled due to concerns about COVID-19. Updated workshop didactic modules are available below. Updated statistical materials will be uploaded here soon. Contact Stephanie Carpenter ( for more information. 

A four-day workshop on adaptive interventions and sequential multiple-assignment randomized trials (SMART) in education.

Date of Training

March 17-20, 2020 The workshop will begin at 8:30AM EST on Tuesday, March 17th and will end by 1:00PM EST on Friday, March 20th. Application Period The application portal opened on Monday, September 16, 2019 and closed at 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, December 15, 2019. Selected scholars notified on January 31, 2020. 

Who Should Apply?

Anyone with a doctoral degree who is interested in learning more about adaptive interventions in education and in the use of sequentially-randomized trials to build high-quality adaptive interventions is encouraged to apply.


Each scholar should: (a) have a graduate doctoral degree; (b) be working in early intervention, education, or special education; and (c) be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., valid I-551, or other legal verification of such status).

Fee or Costs

There is no registration fee. However, scholars who are accepted must arrange for their own travel expenses (e.g., transportation, lodging in Ann Arbor). A limited number of travel scholarships will be awarded to scholars who are unable to fund their own travel; scholars can apply for scholarships after they are notified of their selection.

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The goal of this four-day training is to promote ongoing professional development among education scientists interested in conducting research on adaptive interventions. This includes training in the design, conduct and analysis of sequential multiple assignment randomized trials (SMART). Format Time will be spent in lecture, discussion, Q&A, brainstorming sessions, small group work (practicum) and software demonstration. Lectures are provided by methodological scientists who are experts in research on adaptive interventions, and by intervention scientists (guest experts) who have conducted studies of adaptive interventions in education.


Enrollment is limited to approximately 30 scholars.

Topics Covered

  • Adaptive Interventions
  • Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trials
  • SMART Case Studies
  • Analysis of Data Arising from a SMART
  • Preparing for a SMART
  • Pilot SMART
  • Other Experimental Designs in Research on Adaptive Interventions

Full agenda to come. 

2020 Virtual Workshop Information

Additional Information

2020 Workshop Travel Information

About the Instructors

What and Why?

2020 Scholar Biographies


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