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.
Our 2008 Meadows fellow, Dr. Angie Hairrell, was recently selected to attend the 2009 IES Summer Research Training Institute: Cluster Randomized Trials from June 21 to July 3 on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. The purpose of the institute is to increase the national capacity of researchers to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the effectiveness of education interventions. Invitations were based on a selective application process. The institute is hosted by the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.
The 2009 College of Education National Rankings, recently released by U.S. News and World Report, lists UT Austin’s College of Education as third in the nation among public colleges and schools of education and seventh in the nation overall, tied with Johns Hopkins, Northwestern University, University of California-Berkley and University of Wisconsin-Madison. MCPER and its partner centers, the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts and the Texas Child Study Center, are acknowledged as “nationally and internationally acclaimed programs and research that fuel the college’s continuing success” in a press release from the College of Education.
MCPER welcomes 2009 Fellow Nicole Block
April 9, 2009
It is our pleasure to welcome our 2009 Meadows Fellow, Dr. Nicole Block. Block joins MCPER from a joint doctoral program at Claremont Graduate University and San Diego State University in California, where she attained her Ph.D. in education with a concentration in special education. Her dissertation is entitled A Study of a Response to Intervention Model for Urban Sixth-Grade: Analyzing Reading, Language, and Learning Differences in Tier 1 and Tier 2.
Kathleen Hughes, co-coordinator for the mathematics intervention project, was named the 2009 Community Partner of the Year for Murchison Elementary School. Hughes’ selection for the award signifies that she has been integral to Murchison Elementary achieving its campus goals and that she has had a significant impact on student achievement throughout the school year. She will be honored and thanked for her contributions at the 2009 Volunteer and Partner Appreciation Reception on April 22 at the Pflugerville High School Fine Arts Center.
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.