MCPER unveils two new institutes
December 8, 2009
MCPER has launched two new institutes, the Reading Institute and the Response to Intervention Institute, to reflect our ongoing work in these areas. The Reading Institute is directed by Dr. Sharon Vaughn, who recently published a chapter on connecting reading research to practice entitled “Research on Students With Reading Disabilities,” which appears in Bringing Reading Research to Life, edited by Margaret McKeown and Linda Kucan. The Response to Intervention Institute, directed by Dr. Pamela Bell, includes our technical assistance projects that support the implementation of response to intervention in Texas and the nation.
MCPER welcomes institute fellows
December 7, 2009
MCPER is pleased to announce that several faculty members and researchers from across the country have agreed to serve as our inaugural institute fellows. The Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute and the Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties each welcomes five Institute Fellows; and the Dropout Prevention Institute welcomes four. Learn more about these researchers on the “Faculty and Staff” page of each institute, linked above.
Researchers at the MCPER Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute have published a major review of interventions to teach play skills to children with autism. More information about the paper and the ways in which institute faculty members are working in the autism spectrum disorders community can be found on the institute’s webpage.
Project GOAL (Dropout Prevention) Field Trips
November 9, 2009
MCPER’s Preventing School Dropout With Secondary Students project is exposing students at risk of dropping out to several potential career paths via a series of field trips throughout the school year. Students will be visiting six Austin venues from November 2009 through the end of the school year in 2010. Venues and dates are listed on the project’s page.
MCPER’s Dr. Anna-Mari Fall has won this year’s Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division (TED) Dissertation Award for Doctoral Level Research for her dissertation Disparities in Teacher Quality Among Early Career Special Educators in High- and Low-Poverty Districts. Fall will receive the award at this year’s TED Kaleidoscope, where she will be a featured speaker.
The purpose of the award is “to recognize doctoral students who have focused their research on the preparation of pre-service and in-service educators serving students with disabilities or who have conducted related research having clear implications for the preparation of educators serving students with disabilities,” according to the TED Web site.
Dr. Kevin Stark’s treatment program for depressed children has been adopted by the health ministries of Belgium and the Netherlands as the only state-approved treatment for children in their countries. It seems likely that other Western European countries will follow suit. MCPER extends its heartiest congratulations to him and looks forward to the continued advancement of his work with children suffering from depression.
Psychologists from Rome visit MCPER Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute
September 10, 2009
Camilla Ferrara and Giorgia Carradori, graduates of La Sapienza University currently specializing in psychotherapy at the Walden Institute in Rome, Italy, will be joining researchers in our Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute for 2 months this fall. At their home institute, Ferrara and Carradori are involved in research on cognitive behavioral psychotherapy and are particularly interested in MCPER’s work on applied behavior analysis (ABA) and autism. We at MCPER appreciate this opportunity for international collaboration and welcome these two researchers to the heart of Texas. We hope they find their stay with us both informative and enjoyable.
Sharon Vaughn, executive director of MCPER, was selected as the Special Education Department Dean’s Fellow for the 2009–2010 academic year. She will serve as the Fellow during the spring 2010 semester. MCPER extends its heartiest congratulations to her!
MCPER graduate research assistant Jin Ok earns doctorate
August 9, 2009
Jin Ok successfully defended his dissertation on August 4, 2009. Ok is a graduate of the Special Education Department of UT’s College of Education. He has been at MCPER for 6 years, working on the Higher Education Collaborative project, which is part of the Texas Reading First Initiative. Please join us in wishing him well as he heads to a new job in Korea and his next adventure.
Colleen Reutebuch, Michael Solis, and Leticia Martinez attended the Word Generation professional development at Harvard University in June. A modified version of Word Generation will be part of the CREATE research study to take place in the Austin Independent School District.