News from December 2013

Math Institute director presents on learning disabilities, interventions at regional conference
December 13, 2013

Diane Pedrotty Bryant, director of MCPER's Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties, was an invited speaker at a regional conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in November in Louisville, Kentucky. Her presentation, "RTI: Tier II Intervention Lessons for Elementary Students," explored evidence-based instructional practices for elementary students who struggle to learn essential mathematics concepts. For more information, visit the conference website.

Cawthon, Dawson to lead master class at national conference
December 6, 2013

Stephanie Cawthon and Fellow Katie Dawson have been selected to deliver a master class at the 27th American Alliance for Theatre and Education national conference next summer in Denver, CO. The master class, "Nailing Jello to the Wall: Measuring the Impact of Your Arts Programming," will explore how to develop a research and evaluation plan for arts and arts-integrated programming. For more information, see the conference program

The American Alliance for Theatre and Education "works to ensure that every young person experiences quality theatre arts...provided by proficient, talented artists and educators," according to the alliance website.

ASD Institute to evaluate early intervention literature and treatment programs in Texas
December 5, 2013

The Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services selected Autism Spectrum Disorders Institute Director Mark O’Reilly and Institute Fellow Terry Falcomata to conduct an extensive review of comprehensive treatment programs for young children with autism. Additionally, O’Reilly and Falcomata will evaluate the department's current autism program—serving areas including San Antonio, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston—and provide recommendations to increase effectiveness of the program in terms of child outcomes and the number of children who receive services. For more information, visit the Evaluation of Early Intervention Programs for Children With Autism in Texas project page.