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Special Education Research News -- Fall 2009 Vanderbilt University

Department of Special Education

Fall 2009

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Reforming Writing Instruction

Several new studies conducted by Steve Graham, Currey Ingram Professor of Special Education point to large gaps in the training teachers receive in writing instruction for students in grades 1-12. A national survey of high school teachers showed that 50 percent felt unprepared to teach students to write well or complete complex writing tasks.

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Vanderbilt’s Program in Special Education Ranked #1 by U.S. News

We’re happy to report that our programs in Special Education have once again been rated #1 in the U.S. News graduate schools of education report for 2010. This is the fifth of the last six years we have been honored with the top ranking. We appreciate this recognition to the research and training that goes on here.

Erik Carter

Alumnus Receives CEC’s Early Career Research Award

Erik Carter, Ph.D., Vanderbilt ’04, Assoc. Professor, Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education, Univ. of Wisconsin; has received the Council for Exceptional Children’s award for his work in two areas -- peer mentoring for adolescents with severe disabilities and transitions for high school students with disabilities to life after high school. Carter’s first publication was written in conjunction with Professor Carolyn Hughes while he was a Peabody master’s student in Special Education.

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Nashville Student

Grant to Establish Combined Behavioral and Reading Intervention for Reintegration of Special Ed Students in Metro Nashville Schools

A five-year grant from the NIH will investigate the rates of successful reintegration through the use of intensive academic tutoring in reading and a classroom-based social/emotional skills training curriculum and proven behavior management system.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Tribute to Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Much has been written about Eunice Shriver’s contribution to the world of the disabled through the Special Olympics but less has been written about the role she played in creating the National Institutes of Mental Health and the national Head Start program. Eunice and Sarge Shriver visited Peabody College on a number of occasions and conferred here with researchers in the field of intellectual disabilities and early childhood development.

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