President's Message

Fall 2018

Urgent, Relentless, and Goal-Directed

David Lee         
Pennsylvania State University


David Lee

Change can be bittersweet. With change comes excitement, but also the realization that things will be different. To that end, each year the members of the Division for Research hold an election for officers. As new officers take their positions, people who have served the Division well over the past few years move on to serve the field (and often DR) in other ways. We have a group of dedicated people who have worked tirelessly to make the research to practice link more evident. I would like to thank Kristen McMaster (President), Betsy Talbot (Past President), and Nancy Mamlin (Treasurer) who have all provided strong leadership, mentoring, and ideas for our group. We also welcome Kathleen Lane (Vice President) and Anne Foegen (Treasurer) to the Board.

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Research Policy and Funding

CEC-DR Issues Guidance for Use of Single-Case Research (February, 2018)

Over the past year, the CEC-DR Single Case Design workgroup has worked on the development of two documents intended to provide guidance to schools and districts in using single-case research to identify promising practices for children with significant behavioral and learning needs. These documents (a policy statement and a how-to guide) were recently completed and are designed to help educators distinguish reliable evidence from the jumble of fads and pseudo-scientific practices that claim to be “research-based.” Although similar guidance documents exist, Single Case Design is often overlooked as a valid approach to generating evidence-based practices for school used. These documents are intended to fill a gap in guidance provided to districts and schools, and will be shared with other CEC divisions, school administrators' organizations, and other relevant groups. Please feel free to share them with educators and policy-makers in your networks.

Many thanks to subcommittee chairs Jennifer Ledford and Wendy Rodgers, along with Tim Lewis, Sam Odom, Rob O’Neill, Ilene Schwartz, Kimberly Vannest, and Katie Zimmerman for their thoughtful work on these materials. We envision other dissemination opportunities (e.g., conference presentations, webinars) to follow their release.

Single Case Design: Policy Statement
Single Case Design: How-to-Guide

DR Responds to IES Request for Comments on NCSER/NCER Research Goals (October, 2017)

In July, 2017, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announced it was seeking input on its education and special education research programs, specifically around two of its five research goals—Efficacy and Replication (Goal 3), and Effectiveness (Goal 4). Specifically, IES asked for feedback on whether these goals, as currently configured, are meeting the needs of the field, or whether changes should be considered to incentivize and support more replication and effectiveness studies. The invitation for public comment was issued on behalf of the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and comments were due October 2, 2017.

In response, the Division for Research developed a survey to obtain perspectives and recommendations from DR members, from Principal Investigators who had received grant funding over the last decade for Goal 2,3,and 4 awards, and from faculty affiliated with the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention. The DR Board developed its response to the IES invitation for comment based on the input it received.


1. Important:  Deadline for Nominations for 2019 DR Research Awards Extended to October 15, 2018 
Due to conflicting information posted on the DR website about the due date for submitting nominations, the deadline for nominations for DR's Research Awards for 2019 has been extended to October 15, 2018.  All other information about nomination procedures remains the same.  Thanks to all who have submitted nominations, and to those who are planning to do so in the coming weeks. See the revised call here

Call for Nominations for 2018-19 DR Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education Research

The deadline for nominations of outstanding doctoral student scholars to participate in this professional development program is September 30, 2018. The program description and call for nominations are available now.

3.  DR's 2018 Research Award Recipients Named
Congratulations to the six recipients of our 2018 Research Awards program.

Kauffman-Hallahan-Pullen Distinguished Research Award:  Dr. Naomi Zigmond
Early Career Research Award:  Dr. Sarah Powell
Early Career Publication Award:  Dr. Justin Garwood
Student Research Awards:  Drs. Allison Gilmour, Sarah Hart, and Tosha Owens

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