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Operated jointly with Vanderbilt University, the IRIS Center (IDEA and Research for Inclusive Settings) provides special education and disability policy training to be used in both college and university courses and in professional development activities for practicing educators. These instructional materials focus on evidence-based practices that improve the outcomes of struggling learners, particularly those with disabilities. IRIS was one of two US-based centers invited to showcase its work on Action: Empowering Teachers, Empowering Learners, the development of which was supported by the European Agency for Special Needs and UNESCO. Co-directed by School of Educational Studies Professor Deborah Smith, the Center is funded by the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education. As part of its mission, IRIS@CGU created and maintained pages on SEFNA (Special Education Faculty Needs Assessment), which examines special education’s capacity to produce a highly educated workforce.