SED Special Education Faculty to Present at CEC Convention

Three faculty members will be presenting at the Annual Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) convention in San Antonio Texas April 3-6.

Professor Jones is a panelist discussing Measuring Educator Effectiveness: Status and Implications for Improving Teacher Preparation Programs. In this session panel members will discuss the validity of using student achievement scores for identifying effective teachers through value-added modeling, the degree to which current teacher observation systems validly capture effective instruction for students with disabilities, and how to use indicators of teacher effectiveness to improve educator preparation programs.

Professor Kearns is presenting a poster session entitled How Children Read Multisyllabic Words: What word parts do they use? This session reports the findings of a study conducted to examine how third- and fourth-grade children read multisyllabic words. Students were tested on a large battery of measures of multisyllabic word reading to determine whether children used sounds-spelling correspondences, onsets and rimes, syllables, or morphemes most in reading multisyllabic words of varying difficulty. The results have implications for the way teachers conduct instruction for older readers who struggle with word reading and will be discussed.

Professor Lehr is presenting on Learning Progression in the Emergence of Literacy in Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Professor Lehr’s presentation uses performance data derived from 15,000 students in Grades 3 through 8 who were administered emergent reading, prereading, decoding, and comprehension tasks, a series of learning progressions emerged. Her session will summarize these empirically based learning progressions. Conference participants will learn how these learning progressions can serve as the foundation for teaching literacy skills to students with the most significant cognitive disabilities and for increasing the academic performance of these students.

 

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