Laura Vaughn

Families in the fold

Families can play an important role as collaborators in a child’s education, but collaboration between families and schools is sometimes tricky. A number of variables can complicate effective communication and partnership when well-meaning educators reach out to family members. Because each interaction can be different, I turned to scholar and educator Wendy Murawski to learn more about interactions between schools ...

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Innovation with accountability

If you’ve had your eye on education news over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a surge in stories about school “choice” for parents and students. While much of this discussion pertains to school vouchers, I thought it presented a good opportunity to talk about charter schools, which also fall under the umbrella of “choice.” The charter school movement ...

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Getting Vocabulary Instruction Right for Children with Hearing Loss

Children with hearing loss demonstrate lower vocabulary knowledge than their peers with normal hearing. In this R2P podcast, publications manager Lorraine Sobson, speaks with researcher Emily Lund about the need to address this problem with methods of vocabulary instruction that work. Emily co-authored the article “Teaching Vocabulary to Preschool Children with Hearing Loss” which appeared in Exceptional Children.   Listen ...

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New heights in literacy instruction for students with intellectual disability

  Recent research indicates individuals with intellectual disability can learn to read at a higher level than previously thought. In this R2P podcast, publications manager, Lorraine Sobson, speaks with researcher Chris Lemons about what this new information means for practice. Listen to learn tips that will help you improve literacy outcomes for these learners. Chris authored the article, 10 Research-Based Tips ...

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Play your way to better behavior

Challenging behavior can disrupt the learning of everyone in a classroom, so finding the right method to address it is of utmost importance. Unfortunately, doing that isn’t always easy. Methods for addressing challenging behaviors have evolved out of a complex history of inquiry in the areas of neuroscience, child psychology, behavior analysis, and counseling. That’s a lot of information for ...

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Self-Management Strategies to Support Students With ASD

  In this R2P podcast, publications manager, Lorraine Sobson, chats with Margaret (Maggie) Schulze, about teaching self-management skills to students with ASD. Listen to learn about procedures such as self-monitoring, goal setting, self-instruction, and self-graphing that can help students with disabilities change their classroom behavior. Maggie authored the article Self-Management Strategies to Support Students With ASD, which appeared in TEACHING ...

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Using whole-group strategies to engage all students

  In this R2P podcast, publications manager Lorraine Sobson chats with Sarah Nagro about how to engage students with disabilities when teaching to a whole group. Listen to learn how strategies such as hand signals and response cards can help to keep your students tuned in. Sarah co-authored the TEACHING Exceptional Children article, “Whole-Group Response Strategies to Promote Student Engagement ...

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English learners in the news

I’m a bit of a news junkie, and watching the stream of stories flowing across my desk lately, I can’t help but notice an uptick in stories about English learners (ELs). If you read CEC’s weekly newsletter, Special Education Today, perhaps you’ve noticed the same thing. In recent weeks we’ve seen stories about whether the EL designation helps or hurts ...

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Using morphology in literacy instruction

  In this Research2Practice podcast, Lorraine Sobson speaks with Eric Claravall about how to incorporate morphology, which is the study of word structure, into literacy instruction. Listen in to find out how attention to morphology can help you build reading and spelling skills in your students.     Listen now! Or, download the podcast. Download the podcast transcript. Original Article ...

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Supporting students through grief and loss

  In this episode of Research2Practice, Kara Hume joins us to talk about how and why students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might express grief differently from their peers who do not have ASD. Listen in to find out how you can best support these students after a loss. Listen now! Or, download the podcast.     Download the podcast ...

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Improving social studies understanding for all students

  In this podcast, CEC’s Lorraine Sobson speaks with researcher Jeanne Wanzek about ways to improve understanding of social studies content for students with disabilities who are both English learners and non-English learners. Listen now! Or, download the podcast. Download the podcast transcript. Original Article Subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode! About the guest Jeanne Wanzek, Ph.D. is ...

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Writing Your IEP for Stress Management

In this episode of Research2Practice, Brandi Ansley joins us to talk about the importance of stress management for teachers. Stress affects your body, your job performance, and the learning outcomes of your students, so listen as Brandi describes how you can implement a Self-directed Stress Management Plan that will benefit you and your students. Listen now! Or, download the podcast. ...

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Math Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

In this episode of Research2Practice, Seth King and Chris Lemons discuss the results of their synthesis of literature relating to math interventions for students with ASD, strategies that seem to promote positive student outcomes, how teachers can identify effective practices to implement in the classroom, and resources for identifying evidence-based practices in mathematics. Listen now! Or, download the podcast.   ...

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Teachers Training Paraprofessionals

In this episode of Research2Practice, Matthew E. Brock is here to talk about what new research can tell us about using teacher-trained paraprofessionals to implement peer support arrangements for students with severe disabilities.

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Writing and Revision for Students With Learning Disabilities

In this episode of Research to Practice, researchers Cindy Sherman and Susan De La Paz talk about FIX, a writing revision strategy that helps novice writers make better rather than more changes as they revise their work.

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