Peabody College scholars present groundbreaking research at Council for Exceptional Children annual meeting

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Scholars from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, many of whom are Vanderbilt Kennedy Center members and investigators, presented their latest research on important issues in special education at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual meeting “Learning Interactive Virtual Event (LIVE),” Mar. 8–13. Presentations have been pre-recorded and will be available to conference attendees on demand.

Peabody faculty and graduate students will present 20 sessions at the conference, speaking on such topics as response to intervention, reading difficulties, intensive intervention research, comorbid reading and mathematics disabilities, supporting social flourishing, and more. Among the panels featuring Peabody faculty members (VKC members and investigators bolded) will be:

  • “The Future of RTI/MTSS,” Douglas Fuchs, Nicholas Hobbs Chair in Special Education and Human Development, and Lynn Fuchs, Dunn Family Chair in Psychoeducational Assessment
  • “Effects of Adding Mindset Intervention for Upper Elementary Students with Reading Difficulties,” Jeanne Wanzek, Currey-Ingram Chair in Special Education
  • “Attract Them and Keep Them! Recruiting and Retaining Novice Special Education Teachers,” Andrea Capizziand Alexandra Da Fonte, associate professors of the practice of special education
  • “Who is Counted in Child Count? Understanding Population Data for Students with Visual Impairments,” Rachel Schles, assistant professor of the practice of special education and coordinator of Visual Disabilities Program.
Joseph Wehby smiling

Joseph Wehby, Ph.D.

“The Council for Exceptional Children is the flagship advocacy organization in our field,” said Joseph Wehby, associate professor and chair of special education. “CEC’s national conference allows us to showcase some of the important work our faculty and students are doing and to disseminate cutting-edge research in user-friendly ways that allow practitioners to put them to immediate use in schools around the country.”

The complete list of sessions led by Peabody researchers (VKC members and investigators bolded) at the 2021 CEC conference include:

  • The Future of RTI/MTSS: Douglas Fuchs, Lynn Fuchs, Devin Kearns, Jason Borges, Rebecca Zumeta-Edmonds
  • Effects of Adding Mindset Intervention for Upper Elementary Students with Reading Difficulties: Jeanne Wanzek, Christopher Lemons
  • Enhancing Intensive Intervention Research and Implementation Capacity Through Collaborative Doctoral Training: Rebecca Zumeta-Edmonds, Joseph Wehby, Christerralyn Brown, Caitlyn Majeika
  • Designing and Adapting Self-Monitoring Interventions to Improve Behavior: Allison Bruhn, Joseph Wehby, Allison Gilmour, Eleanor Hancock, Alyssa Van Camp
  • Attract Them and Keep Them! Recruiting and Retaining Novice Special Education Teachers: Andrea Capizzi, Alexandra Da Fonte
  • Essential Components for Teaching Students to Solve Word Problems: Sarah Powell, Pamela Seethaler, Lynn Fuchs
  • Evidence-Based Mathematics Interventions for Elementary Students: The New IES Practice Guide: Russell Gersten, Lynn Fuchs, Nicole Bucka
  • Prioritizing and Accelerating Instruction as We Return to In Person Learning: Rebecca Zumeta-Edmonds, Lynn Fuchs, Sharon Vaughn
  • Who is Counted in Child Count? Understanding Population Data for Students with Visual Impairments: Rachel Schles
  • A Reliable Friend in a Time of Change: Free Professional Development from the IRIS Center: Pamela Lehman, Naomi Tyler
  • An IRIS for Every Occasion: Everything New from Our OSEP-Funded Center: Naomi Tyler, Kim Skow
  • Arr Matey! Solving Math Word Problems Like a Pirate: Brittany Lee Martin, Lynn Fuchs, Pamela Seethaler
  • Predicting Comorbid Reading and Mathematics Disability Using Fluency Based Screening Assessments: Brittany Lee Martin, Lynn Fuchs
  • The Pathway to Work: Connecting Youth With Severe Disabilities to Paid Employment: Michele Schutz, Jessica Awsumb, Erik Carter, Ben Schwartzman, & Leah Burgess
  • Mapping Interventions Evaluated Through Employment Outcomes: A Review of the Literature: Michele Schutz
  • Creating a Team Environment: What Should I Do to Support My Paraeducator?: Alexandra Da Fonte, Andrea Capizzi
  • Supporting Social Flourishing: A Peer-Mediated Intervention to Develop ECC Skills: Michael Tuttle
  • Registered Reports: A New Approach to Publishing Research: Bryan Cook, William Therrien, Conrad Doabler, Robin Ennis, Erin Barton, Jason Travers
  • Introducing the PROGRESS Center: Promoting Progress for Students with Disabilities, an OSEP-funded TA Center: Tessie Bailey, Amy Colpo, Douglas Fuchs
  • ECHO Reading: A Medical Model of Virtual Professional Development Applied to Educators: Sissy A. Peters and Sage E. Pickren

Evan Curran is a Communications project manager and public relations strategist for research and innovation at Vanderbilt University.

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