This project will address the complex issues and requirements of educating students with severe and multiple disabilities and other low-incidence disabilities, especially those who live in poverty. These are students in 'double jeopardy': They are already at risk due to environmental issues, and their disability status may put them even further at risk for school failure. This project will prepare 32 candidates across 4 years to be evidence-based instructional leaders and effective teaming partners who have the skills and competencies needed to educate challenging populations of students, including those with autism, behavior issues, sensory and motor impairments, and limited English proficiency. Recruiting people from underrepresented groups will be a priority of this project. To maximize learning and retention in the program, each candidate will be paired with a mentor on the basis of such variables as similar interests and career goals. The program will consist of a 2-year practicum and seminar series ('Instructional Leaders' seminar and 'Teaming' seminar) that focuses on learning and using the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based strategies in school, home, and community settings. Also emphasized will be the skills of collaboration, with students focusing on learning and practicing team roles and responsibilities, developing shared goals, working with families, conflict resolution, communication, and how to work with paraprofessionals. Field experiences will ensure exposure to the full age range of students (preschool, elementary, middle and high school, and postsecondary vocational and transitional). Online modules will also be developed and utilized as a means of providing exposure and instruction.