News from February 2009

Project coordinator for Center on Instruction project becomes Dr. Katie Klingler Tackett
February 10, 2009

MCPER’s project coordinator for the Center on Instruction’s Special Education Strand successfully defended her dissertation on February 19, 2009, to officially become Dr. Katie Klingler Tackett. Dr. Tackett is a graduate of the Special Education Department of our College of Education here at UT. Her dissertation is titled “More Than the Sum of its Parts: A Multiple-Case study of the Implementation of RTI at Five Sites.” We congratulate her on this milestone and look forward to her continued success!

CREATE project hosts conference and webcast series
February 9, 2009

The Center for Research and Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) will host a conference focused on Improving Outcomes for English Language Learners: Developing Oral Language and Literacy Across the Content Areas in October 2009.

News from January 2009

MCPER to coordinate new English/Language Arts Faculty Collaborative
January 10, 2009

MCPER is coordinating the College and Career Readiness Initiative: English/Language Arts Faculty Collaborative, a P–16 initiative that engages faculty members from Texas universities that offer teacher education programs and strengthens the college and work force readiness of Texas students through the improved preparation of teacher candidates. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi leads the initiative for science faculty, Texas State University for mathematics faculty, and The University of Texas at Arlington for social studies faculty. For more information, contact Marty Hougen.

MCPER to tackle academic vocabulary resource for ELLs in Texas
January 9, 2009

Education Service Center Region XIII has enlisted MCPER to create a resource to help Texas teachers integrate academic vocabulary into their instruction. The purpose of this project is to identify academic vocabulary for fifth- to seventh-grade English language learners (ELLs) in Texas in the areas of English language arts and math and to develop a resource to promote the instruction of academic vocabulary. For the specific purposes of this project, the team defines academic vocabulary as the key words, concepts, and principles in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for English language arts/reading and math that will help ELLs in grades 5–7 read and understand text, develop subject-matter literacy, and demonstrate their knowledge and skills.

MCPER announces director of web-based content and dissemination
January 8, 2009

Dr. Saro Mohammed has been selected to serve as MCPER’s director of web-based content and dissemination. In this role, Mohammed will manage information flow on the Meadows Center website, as well as online content related to MCPER for its UT Austin partners, such as the Vaughn Gross Center and the College of Education.

Dr. Karrie Shogren wins Council for Exceptional Children award for research paper
January 7, 2009

MCPER’s Dr. Karrie Shogren has won this year’s Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research (CEC-DR) Early Career Publication Award for her paper Examining Individual and Ecological Predictors of the Self-Determination of Students With Disabilities. Shogren will receive the award, which carries a $1,000 honorarium, at the CEC Conference on April 3 in Seattle. The Early Career Publication Award “recognizes the critical role of research to both current practice in and the future of the field of Special Education . . . [and] recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in special education, in basic and/or applied research, within the first 10 years following receipt of the doctoral degree,” according to the CEC-DR website.

News from December 2008

Stephanie Stillman, Assessment Coordinator for the CSR and CREATE projects, becomes Dr. Stephanie Stillman
December 10, 2008

MCPER’s assessment coordinator for the CSR and CREATE projects successfully completed all requirements on December 10, 2008, to officially become Dr. Stephanie Stillman. Stillman is a graduate of the Religious Studies program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation is titled “Remembering the Cruelest Month: The Network, Labor, and Haunting of Memories of Columbine.” We congratulate her on this milestone and look forward to her continued success!

MCPER welcomes Dr. Sharon Jackson to its Board of Directors
December 9, 2008

MCPER welcomes Dr. Sharon Jackson to its Board of Directors. Jackson brings years of experience working in classrooms, in education service centers, at the district level in the Texas Education Agency, and with the Texas State Legislature. In addition, she has worked with professional organizations and other state entities, including the Governor’s Office. We look forward to working with her!

News from November 2008

Jennifer Heckert receives Texas Council for Exceptional Children’s 2008 Research Incentive Award
November 9, 2008

A former MCPER graduate research assistant, Jennifer Heckert, is the recipient of the Texas Council for Exceptional Children 2008 Research Incentive Award. She received a financial award from TCEC to help with her dissertation research and will present on her dissertation topic at the TCEC 2009 State Conference. She will also be featured in the October/Fall 2008 issue of the TCEC newsletter.

Deborah Reed wins spot on Doctoral Student Scholars in Special Education Research through national competition
November 9, 2008

Deborah Reed, a project manager at the Meadows Center and a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected through a national competition to participate in the inaugural cohort of Doctoral Student Scholars in Special Education Research. In the Council for Exceptional Children Division for Research (CEC-DR) initiative, Reed and nine other doctoral scholars will participate in a series of online seminars aimed at showcasing their exemplary work and fostering communication among special education researchers.