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News from December 2012

Tier 2 mathematics intervention lessons, teacher manuals available online
December 8, 2012

Tier 2 intervention lessons and teacher manuals for various grade levels, published by the MCPER Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties, are now available to Texas educators free of charge. Kindergarten to grade 2 products are available on the 3-Tier Mathematics Model website. Grades 3–4 and 6–7 products are available on Project Share.

The kindergarten to grade 2 lessons focus on foundational mathematics skills and build number sense. The grades 3–4 lessons explore prerequisite topics in algebra readiness, including place value concepts; addition and subtraction of whole numbers; multiplication and division concepts; fraction concepts; multiplication and division strategies; multiplication and division of whole numbers; modeling, comparing, and ordering fractions; and fraction and decimal relationships. The middle school lessons cover algebra readiness topics such as variables; equivalence, expressions, and equations; ratios and rates; and proportional reasoning.

For more information, contact Institute Director Diane Bryant or Kathleen Hughes Pfannenstiel.

Tags: Mathematics and Science Institute for Students With Special Needs  Tier II Supplemental Mathematics Intervention: Grades 3 and 4 The Validation of Early Mathematics Interventions 3-Tier Mathematics Model 

SERP Design Center researchers to lead Distinguished Lecture on Word Generation vocabulary program
December 8, 2012

Matt Ellinger and Patrick Hurley of the SERP Design Center in San Francisco will explore the Word Generation vocabulary program during their Meadows Distinguished Lecture "Word Generation for English Learners" from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on December 10 in the Dean's Conference Room (SZB 238). To RSVP, send an e-mail with “SERP” in the subject line to

Developed by Catherine Snow and Claire White, Word Generation is a research-based vocabulary program for middle school students that teaches words through language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies classes. The program employs several strategies to teach students words in a variety of contexts. The CREATE project at MCPER used a version of Word Generation in randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental studies conducted in 2010–2011 and 2011–2012 in the Austin area.

Tags: Language for Learning Institute  Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners 

Myriam Lopez to lead brown bag on continuous latent variable interactions
December 7, 2012

Myriam Lopez, a researcher with MCPER's External Evaluation of RAISEup project and doctoral student in educational psychology, will lead a brown bag presentation titled "Continuous Latent Variable Interactions in Structural Equation Modeling" from noon to 1 p.m. on December 12 in the Pittenger Room (SZB 418). To RSVP, send an e-mail with "Lopez" in the subject line to

Drawing upon information from a workshop hosted by Todd Little, Lopez will introduce participants to latent variable interactions and provide examples in the social sciences. She will cover two methods of estimation that can be used with Mplus: latent moderated structural equation and orthogonalizing. The discussion explore Mplus use with these methods, output interpretation, and common issues that arise during estimation.

Tags: Reading Institute 

Mathematics Institute publishes high school English I lessons, teaching materials
December 1, 2012

Reading and writing intervention lessons and accompanying teacher materials to support English I instruction, published by the MCPER Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties, are now available to Texas educators free of charge on Project Share. The new intervention modules are designed to supplement, not supplant, core English I instruction for students with learning disabilities and students who struggle with prerequisite reading and writing skills needed to be successful in English I classes. The modules include reading lessons to support word identification, vocabulary, and comprehension and writing lessons to support the four areas of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. For more information about these modules or to participate in an ongoing statewide research project using the lessons, contact Brian R. Bryant

Tags: Mathematics and Science Institute for Students With Special Needs 

Mathematics Institute Director Diane Bryant presents on IRIS center module
December 1, 2012

Diane Bryant, director of the Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties, explored the "RTI: Mathematics" module during a presentation with Deb Smith and Naomi Tyler at the November conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Bryant was a consultant for the module, serving as the mathematics response to intervention (RTI) expert. Created by the IRIS Center at Vanderbilt University, the module is available free online. According to the IRIS Center website, the module "describes the RTI framework as applied to mathematics ... [including] discussions of instruction, assessment, and data-based decision making at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels." 

Tags: Mathematics and Science Institute for Students With Special Needs  3-Tier Mathematics Model 

Audrey Leroux to lead brown bag presentation on mediation and moderation
December 1, 2012

MCPER researcher Audrey Leroux will lead a brown bag presentation titled "A Preliminary Overview of Mediation and Moderation" from noon to 1 p.m. on December 6 in the Pittenger Room (SZB 418). To RSVP, send an e-mail with “Leroux” in the subject line to

Drawing upon the information from a workshop hosted by Andrew Hayes and Kristopher Preacher, Leroux will describe mediation, moderation, and conditional process monitoring and provide visual depictions and examples. She also will explore various models, including simple mediation, parallel and serial multiple mediation, moderation of a dichotomous variable’s effect by a continuous variable, moderation of a continuous variable’s effect by a dichotomous variable, and mediated moderation. In addition, Leroux will lead a brief discussion on causality as well as statistical inference and interpretation under each type of method.

Tags: Reading Institute