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News from July 2012

Reading Institute researchers contribute to special issue of journal
July 31, 2012

Researchers with the MCPER Reading Institute contributed three articles to a recent special issue of Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal (Volume 10, Issue 1). The articles are the following: 

  • "Bridging Research and Practice for Adolescents With Reading Difficulties: An Introduction to the Special Issue" (pp. 1–4)
  • "Reading Interventions for Students With Learning Disabilities in the Upper-Elementary Grades" (pp. 5–16)
  • "Comprehension Instruction for Students With Reading Disabilities in Grades 4 Through 12" (pp. 17–33)

These and other academic publications by MCPER researchers are listed in our Library.

 

Tags: Reading Institute 

Building Capacity for Response to Intervention Implementation Project releases new podcasts
July 31, 2012

The Building Capacity for Response to Intervention Implementation Project added four new podcasts to a series of conversations with MCPER Executive Director Dr. Sharon Vaughn. In these podcasts, Vaughn responds to frequently asked questions, including the following:

  • What does effective intervention look like for secondary students with large gaps in achievement?
  • What components of reading should an intervention session prioritize?
  • How does implementation of response to intervention at the secondary level differ from response to intervention at the primary level?
  • What are some suggestions for content area teachers who provide instruction to secondary students with large achievement gaps?
  • What are some suggestions for universal screeners for secondary students? 

View these and other resources in the MCPER Library or on the Building Capacity for Response to Intervention external website.

Tags: Response to Intervention Institute  Building Capacity for Response to Intervention Implementation Project 

MCPER secures two new Institute of Education Sciences grants
July 13, 2012

MCPER's Mathematics Institute recently received a $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for Project AIM: Algebra-Readiness Intervention Modules for At-Risk Students. The purpose of this 3-year project is to develop two sets of instructional modules that focus on mathematics concepts and skills important for success in algebra. More information about Project AIM is available on the IES website.

In addition, MCPER is a partner in the new Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also funded by IES. During the development phase, MCPER will adapt and test the feasibility of Collaborative Strategic Reading for high school students with autism spectrum disorders in academic content area courses. This effort will be part of a larger school- and community-based comprehensive treatment model to be developed and tested in years 3–5. More information about the center is available on the IES website.

Tags: Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties  Algebra-Readiness Mathematics Intervention for Middle School Students: Project AIM Center on Secondary Education for Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders