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News from March 2014

Mathematics Institute publishes article on using the Good Behavior Game to reduce off-task behavior
March 24, 2014

MCPER Dropout Prevention Institute Fellow Andrea Flower, former Mathematics Institute researchers John McKenna and Colin Muething, and current Mathematics Institute Director Diane Bryant and Fellow Brian Bryant have published findings that suggest the Good Behavior Game can be used in high school classrooms to reduce classwide off-task behavior. “Effects of the Good Behavior Game on Classwide Off-Task Behavior in a High School Basic Algebra Resource Classroom” was published online ahead of an upcoming print version of the journal Behavior Modification. Flower, Bryant, and Bryant are faculty members in the UT Austin Department of Special Education, and McKenna is a recent graduate. Muething is a student in the UT Department of Educational Psychology.

Tags: Mathematics and Science Institute for Students With Special Needs 

Middle School Matters Institute Advisory Board reviews accomplishments, sets course for future
March 11, 2014

Staff members from the George W. Bush Institute, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, and the Middle School Matters Institute (MSMI) eight-member Advisory Board met on February 25 in Austin, Texas, to review this year’s accomplishments and plan for the upcoming year. The meeting was productive, and MSMI looks forward to implementing the valuable feedback.

The following serve on the MSMI Advisory Board:

  • Robert Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University
  • David Chard, Southern Methodist University
  • Priscilla Collins-Parhms, Uplift Education
  • Mark Dynarski, Pemberton Research
  • Art Graesser, University of Memphis
  • Steve Graham, Arizona State University
  • Gina Rodriguez, George W. Bush Institute
  • Sharon Vaughn, The University of Texas at Austin

Tags: Middle School Matters Institute 

Four MCPER alums accept new positions at universities, research center
March 7, 2014

MCPER congratulates and wishes the best of luck to Farah El Zein, Audrey Leroux, Kristie Metz, and Michael Solis as they begin new positions at universities across the country and a research center overseas.

El Zein, a graduate research assistant with MCPER's Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute, has accepted a senior research associate position at the Awsaj Center for Education Research and Development in Doha, Qatar. Leroux, a graduate research assistant with the MCPER Reading Institute, has accepted an assistant professor position at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Metz, a former graduate research assistant with the Reading Institute, is completing her internship and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Solis, also a researcher with the Reading Institute, has accepted an assistant professor position at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Tags: Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute Reading Institute