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  • Welcome to the TeachingLD blog!

    Posted on July 5, 2011


    We are pleased to inaugurate this new feature of TeachingLD. We hope that visitors to TeachingLD will find it a valuable way to learn about and share recent and interesting events related to learning disabilities. 

    We invite registered visitors to submit comments and content in certain areas of TeachingLD. We hope you will take the opportunity to contribute in the interactive areas of the site--the blog, the lesson-plans section, and others--as a way of helping each other help students with Learning Disabilities. To ensure that the interactive features are enjoyable and appropriate for visitors to TeachingLD, we ask that contributors adhere to a few rules, which we have outlined in simple form here and in greater detail in our disclaimer
    By submitting content, you agree that you will not submit 
    1. Advertising or any form of commercial solicitation;
    2. Material that personally identifies a child or a student;
    3. Material that is untrue, defames, abuses, harasses, or threatens others;
    4. Statements that are bigoted, hateful, mean spirited, or ethnically or racially offensive;
    5. Material that advocates illegal activity or discusses illegal activities with the intent to commit them;
    6. Unauthorized copyrighted material (including, but not limited to, text, sound, or graphic files);
    7. Material that contains vulgar, obscene, pornographic, or indecent language or images;
    If we find that someone has posted materials that violate these guidelines, we'll remove the material and, completely at our discretion, we may ban the person from posting in the future.
    We look forward to having TeachingLD provide a vibrant and pleasant forum for people to exchange helpful content about teaching students with Learning Disabilities. 
  • Changes in the Executive Board

    Posted on July 12, 2011

    New officers began their terms on the DLD Executive Board 1 July 2011. Paul Riccomini moved into the presidency, replacing Michael Gerber, who began a term as past president. Janette Klingner, Erica Lembke, and Margaret (Peggy) Weiss began terms as president-elect, vice president, and treasurer, respectively. They are all joined on the executive board by newly appointed committee chairs Rebecca Zumeta (Professional Development, Standards, & Ethics), Susan Thomas (Membership), and Karen Fries (Student Representative). 


    With the end of the year, the board bids adieu to Linda Siegel (who completed her four-year term in the presidential sequence), Kristen McMaster (who completed her three-year term as chair of the Professional Development, Standards, & Ethics Committee), Elizabeth Parrett (who completed multiple terms as chair of the Membership Committee, beginning in 2003), and Amber Moran (who served as Student Representative for 2010-2011). Thanks to all of these fine folks for attending dozens of meetings, volunteering uncounted hours of time, and wading through enormous waves of e-mail as part of their service to DLD. 

  • NJCLD LD Construct Paper

    Posted on September 2, 2011

    In March of 2011, the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD), of which DLD is a member, issued a consensus document reaffirming the importance of the construct of learning disabilities. The participating organizations developed the document to help policy makers understand fundamental concerns about LD. According to the introduction, the "paper addresses points of general agreement in the field of LD, common misperceptions regarding LD, and unresolved issues in scholarship and practice, which inform the NJCLD’s policy recommendations regarding LD research and practice. The paper presents neither all agreements nor all controversies in the field of LD; the NJCLD’s purpose in presenting this document is to establish a basic consensus upon which to build policy for the United States." 

    Readers can download a copy of the document, "Learning Disabilities: Implications for Policy Regarding Research and Practice—A Report by the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities March 2011."

  • Reading Rockets covers Homework HotSheet

    Posted on September 8, 2011

    Under the headline "What does good homework look like?," Reading Rockets columnist Joanne Meier featured the TeachingLD HotSheet on homework by Kathy Ruhl and Charlie Hughes on 7 September 2011. Here is how the entry starts:

    Teachers give homework just about every night of the week. A good homework assignment can provide students with practice with a skill already taught, can prepare students for an upcoming test, and can extend a project or topic under study. A poorly designed homework assignment can bring tears and frustration and a lost opportunity to build a bridge between what's being taught in school and talked about at home.

    Readers can review the entire column in its original form. It's wonderfully flattering to have the recognition of this fine work by our TLD authors. 

  • Special Ed research funding cuts

    Posted on November 28, 2011


    The Council for Exceptional Children issued an important alert about reductions in funding for the National Center for Special Education Research. Please read this and take action:





    This month Congress is making important decisions about funding for fiscal year 2012. CEC is currently advocating to meet all of our priorities, but one area we are especially concerned with is funding for special education research.  In FY 2011, Congress and the Administration cut funding for special education research by a staggering amount - $20 million dollars – or 28%. This cut has impacted projects in every state and greatly hamstrung our nation’s ability to have the robust research agenda it needs on behalf of children and youth with disabilities. We need your help right now to make a difference. Can you spare a few minutes?

    Take action today! CEC’s Legislative Action Center provides you with a draft letter that you can sent to your members of Congress – it only takes a few clicks of the mouse!  Have you received a grant? If so, personalize your letter to tell your members of Congress what these federal dollars have meant to you and your community.Together we can make a difference!

    Visit CEC's Legislative Action Center today and make your voice heard. Join CEC and tell your legislators to restore funding for the National Center for Special Education Research’s budget to its FY 2010 level of $71 million dollars.

    Thank you for your help!

  • Help Save Special Education Research Funding

    Posted on April 20, 2012


    In the face of pending funding cuts, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) has increased its efforts to support the National Center for Special Education Research by explaining to members of Congress, representatives of the US Department of Education, and the American public the importance of research for the education and well-being of children and youths with disabilities. Please download a copy of CEC's explanation of the "Action Plan for Promoting & Defending Special Education Research Funding" and distribute it to friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others
  • CCSS Concerns

    Posted on June 5, 2013

    Lots of people are talking about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Are these standards really a good thing for students with learning disabilities? Louisa Moats, an expert on literacy and learning disabilities, raised some questions about how the CCSS may not help our students. In a commentary published in New Times for Learning Disabilities in June of 2012, she cautioned advocates and educators not to slip into a trap of our own making. Grab a copy of her article, available for free in this special reprint, read it, and see what you think. 

  • CEC Board Elections 2014

    Posted on July 18, 2013

    The Council for Exceptional Children announced the slate of candidates for its 2014 election of board members. Voting will occur between 30 September and 28 October. Members of DLD will, of course, be able to vote in the CEC elections be virtue of their membership. CEC will notify eligible voters by electronic mail (so check the e-mail address CEC has for you to make sure it's up to date and accurate).

  • Division for Research Awards Call

    Posted on July 22, 2013

    Division for Research 2014 Awards: Call for Nominations


    The following awards are open for nominations. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline for all award nominations is October 15, 2013. Information on previous recipients of each award can be found at:http://www.cecdr.org/. Details for each of the awards follow:


    1. Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award

    2. Distinguished Early Career Research Award

    3. Early Career Publication Award

    4. Student Research Awards


    1. 2014 Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award


    In recognition of the critical importance of research in special education that has a meaningful impact on the field, the Division for Research seeks nominations for the 2014 Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award.  This award recognizes individuals or research teams whose research has resulted in more effective services or education for exceptional individuals. Recipients of this award are recognized for both the creation of a research base and the work done to translate this research into practice. Thus, the recognized work may include, but is not limited to, research articles, paper series, monographs, professional development activities, book chapters, and/or books.  The Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award is funded through earnings of the Handbook of Special Education, edited by James Kauffman and Daniel Hallahan and published by Routledge in 2011. The award, co-sponsored by Routledge Press, includes $1000 presented at the 2014 DR reception at the CEC Annual Convention. Nominations are sought across all areas of Special Education as well as all forms of research methodology. The inaugural recipient of this award was Hill Walker. Lynn and Doug Fuchs received the award in 2013.


    To submit a nomination for this award (self-nominations are welcome), email each of the following by October 15, 2013, to the address of this award Chair below:


    1. A letter of nomination, NO LONGER THAN 3 pages, addressing each of the following:

    *the research base(s) to which the individual or team has made substantial contributions,

    *the efforts undertaken by the individual or team to translate this research to practice, and

    *the impact of the research on policy, practice, or both.


    2. A complete and current vitae for the nominee or each team member


    3. Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of up to five references familiar with the nominee's work.


    Dr. Karen R. Harris, Chair, DR Awards Committee; Karen.R.Harris@ASU.edu

    Members of the award committee include James Kauffman, Maureen Conroy, Clay Keller, Filip Loncke, and Ed Polloway.


    2. 2014 Distinguished Early Career ResearchAward

    In recognition of the critical role of research to both current practice in and the future of the field of Special Education, the Division for Research seeks nominations for the 2014 Distinguished Early Career Research Award.  This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions in special education, in basic and/or applied research, within the first 10 years following receipt of the doctoral degree.  Nominations are sought across all areas of Special Education as well as all forms of research methodology.  For the 2014 award, nominations of individuals who received their doctoral degree in 2004 or later are sought.  The award, co‑sponsored by the Donald D. Hammill Foundation, includes $1000 presented at the 2014 DR reception at the CEC Annual Convention and an invited presentation at CEC the following year. Previous recipients of this award include: Alexandra Trout, Jeanne Wanzek, Michael Wehmeyer, Ron Nelson, Patricia Mathes, Rollanda O’Connor, Batya Elbaum, Terrance Scott, Kathleen Lane, Frank Symons, Bryan Cook, Michael Coyne, Erik Carter, Stephanie Al Otaiba, Linda Mason, Kristen McMaster, Paul Morgan.


    To submit a nomination for this award (self‑nominations are welcome), email a copy of each of the following by October 15, 2013, to the address of the Chair of this award below:


    1. A letter of nomination, NO LONGER THAN 3 pages, addressing each of the following as appropriate:

    *the general theme(s) of the nominee's research

    *important theoretical contributions attributable to the nominee

    *critical research findings

    *degree to which the nominee's work has influenced the work of others both within and outside the field of Special Education, in the areas of practice, teacher preparation, and future research

    *the extent to which the nominee has mentored students or others in research in Special Education


    2. The nominee’s complete and current vitae


    3. No more than five representative reprints; the emphasis here is to be on primary reports of research, as opposed to books or chapters


    4. Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of up to five references familiar with the nominee's work.


    To submit a nomination for this award (self-nominations are welcome), email a copy of each of the following by October 15, 2013, to the address below:


    Dr. Mary Brownell

    Chair, CEC-DR Early Career Research Award Committee; mbrownell@coe.ufl.edu


    Members of the award committee include Mike Epstein, Lynn Fuchs, Dan Hallahan, and Sam Odom.


    3. 2014 Early Career Publication Award


    The Division for Research seeks nominations for the 2014 Early Career Publication Award. This award recognizes an outstanding research publication by an individual within five years after completing the doctorate; thus, nominees must have completed the doctorate in 2009 or later and the article under consideration must have been published since 2009. The person nominated must be sole or first author of the article. The article must be published in a peer-refereed journal prior to the deadline (i.e., "in press" papers will not be considered). The article must be a primary research report (reflecting any research methodology), a meta- analysis, or a research review. It may not be a chapter, theoretical paper, or position or issue article. Nominations are sought across all areas of Special Education as well as all forms of research methodology. The Early Career Publication Award will be presented at the Awards Ceremony and Reception of the Division for Research at the Annual CEC Convention in the spring of 2014. Previous award winners include: Chris Lemons, Andrew Wiley, Sarah Powell, Brian Reichow, Karrie Shogren, Ya-Yu Lo, Andrew Roach, Terry Scott, Wendy Murawski, Margaret Beebe-Frankenberger, Andrew Wiley.


    To submit a nomination for this award (self-nominations are welcome), email each of the following by October 15, 2013, to the address of the Chair of this award below:


    1.  A copy of the article being submitted for recognition. If the article submitted has multiple authors, the contributions of the nominee to the publication should be clearly identified.


    2. A letter of nomination, NO LONGER THAN 3 PAGES, providing an assessment of the article, including:  

    *identifying the research method

    *the quality of the research

    *how the study extends the knowledge base, and

    *the impact of the publication


    3. A complete and current vitae for the nominee


    Dr. Janette Klingner, Chair, Early Career Publications Award Committee; janette.klingner@colorado.edu. Members of the award committee include Rollanda O’Connor and Terrance Scott. The subcommittee will initially review all articles submitted and create a short list. Evaluations may be solicited from appropriate scholars in the field based on the topics investigated in the articles constituting the short list. Feedback from these scholars to the subcommittee will be considered and a final decision reached on the recipient(s).




    4. Call for Nominations: 2014 Student Research Awards


    The Division for Research seeks nominations for the 2014 Student Research Award. This award recognizes high-quality research across multiple research methodologies conducted by students in the course of their undergraduate or graduate special education training program. The Division will award up to three such awards annually, with one award presented in each of up to three areas of research designs or methodologies: qualitative, single-subject, and quantitative. No award will be given in any research methodology area if an exemplary, high-quality research study is not submitted; thus, there may be fewer than three awards presented in any given year. Nominations are sought across all areas of special education services. The awardee in each research method area will receive a free membership to CEC-DR for one year; reimbursement of registration for the CEC 2014 Convention & Expo;and a certificate. The awardee(s) will receive their certificate and be recognized during the 2014 CEC-DR Reception. The following criteria must be met in each area: 1. The nominated student must be the sole or first author of the nominated manuscript and the research study must represent the student’s intellectual work. 2. The nominated research study must have been conceptualized and conducted while the first author was a student. 3. The nominated study must not be in press at the time of submission nor have been published prior to submission for the award. 4. The nominated manuscript must not exceed 50 double-spaced pages, not including tables and references. Manuscripts should be formatted according to current APA guidelines. 5. Independent of the methodological area in which the manuscript is submitted, research studies nominated must adhere to standards for high-quality research advocated for in the field of special education and by the Division for Research. Detailed quality indicators of high-quality research in each of the identified methodological areas (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, single-subject) can be found in the Winter 2005 special issue of Exceptional Children, Volume 71(2), edited by Odom et al. Applicants are referred to this issue for guidance. Please note that the “quantitative” category for this award includes group experimental and quasi-experimental designs (Gerston et al., 2005) and correlational designs (Thompson, Diamond, McWilliam, Snyder, & Snyder, 2005). Recipients of this award in 2013 were Clara Hauth, Andrea Ruppar, and Hyojeong.


    To submit a nomination for this award (self-nominations are welcome as arenominations from an academic advisor or professional colleague), send electronic copies of each of the following by October 15, 2013, to the address of the Chair of this award below:


    1. A copy of the paper being submitted for recognition. If the article submitted has multiple authors, the contributions of the nominee to the publication should be clearly identified.


    2. A letter of nomination, NO LONGER THAN 1 PAGE, including:

    *the title and methodological area in which the research is being submitted for consideration

    *written assurance that the research was conceptualized and conducted by the nominee while the nominee was a student, and has not been accepted for publication; and

    *all current contact information (name, title, position, affiliation, address, telephone number, email address) for the nominator and the nominee.


    Michael L. Wehmeyer, Ph.D., Chair, Student Research Award Committee; wehmeyer@ku.edu



    Gersten, R., Fuchs., L.S., Compton, D., Coyne, M., Greenwood, C., & Innocenti, M.S. (2005).  Quality indicators for group experimental and quasi-experimental research in special education.  Exceptional Children, 71(2), 149-164.

    Odom, S.L., Bratlinger, E., Gersten, R., Horner, R.H., Thompson, B. & Harris, K.R. (2005).  Research in special education:  Scientific methods and evidence-based practices.  Exceptional Children, 71(2), 137-148.

    Thompson, B., Diamond, K.E., McWilliam, R., Snyder, P., & Snyder, S.W. (2005).  Evaluating the quality of evidence from correlational research for evidence-based practice.  Exceptional Children, 71(2), 181-194.

  • CEC Voting!

    Posted on October 3, 2013

    CEC members, your opportunity to affect the future of the Council for Exceptional Children has arrived. On 1 October 2013, directions for voting went to your e-mail address on record in the CEC members database. Please consider the candidates and vote!

    If you did not receive your voting credentials in e-mail, (1) check your spam box; if the message isn't there, (2) contact CEC member services (P: 888-232-7733 TTY: 866-915-5000) for help with updating your record in the database. Getting the record correct in the database will help with DLD notifications, too!

  • Leadership Funding

    Posted on November 18, 2013

    Arizona State University announced an opportunity for people to enroll in a doctoral program with grant-funded support. Students will study about learning disabilities (or emotional and behavioral disorders) with individuals who have contributed to TeachingLD. Applications are due by 16 December 2013. Learn more

  • Call for nominations

    Posted on November 18, 2013

    Past President Janette Klingner and the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee request that members of the Division of Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children submit nominations of members of DLD for the offices of secretary and vice president.

    The person elected vice president will serve in a four-year sequence of offices: vice president, president-elect, president, and past president. The secretary serves a two-year term and may not succeed her- or himself. The duties of each of these offices are specified in DLD's constitution and by-laws

    Nominees must be members of DLD and must remain members throughout their tenure in office. 

    Please submit nominations to nominations [at] teachingld.org. Members may nominate themselves. 

  • EI and ECSE Leadership Survey

    Posted on March 24, 2014

    A team of early childhood experts is seeking input from a diverse array of people interested in young children who have disabilities. They want to hear from family members, administrators, faculty members, and professional development providers about the important skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to be an effective leader in the Early Intervention or Early Childhood Special Education service system under the Individuals with Disabilities Education act. People interested in participating in the survey, which has been approved by University of Hartford Human Subjects Committee and is an extension of work begun at a National Early Childhood Special Education Leadership Summit held at the Division of Early Childhood Conference, can follow this link: http://bit.ly/ECSEsurvey. Take advantage of this opportunity to ensure that students with LD are not overlooked in early childhood and early intervention programs. 

  • Join us at CEC!

    Posted on April 2, 2014

    Great DLD stuff going on at the CEC Convention!

    Thursday, April 10:

    10:30-11:30am DLD Showcase Take a Stance! Division for Learning Disabilities Position Statements (Convention Center, 103B)

    Join DLD President, Erica Lembke, and other leaders in the field as they discuss what special education should be for English Language Learners with LD and intensive interventions for students with LD.

    5-6pm Annual Business Meeting at the Marriott (Salon F, Level 5)

    Board members will report on the state of the Division and honor our Outstanding Doctoral Research, Sam Kirk, and Jeannette Fleischner Award winners.

    6-8pm Reception and Student Poster Session (Salon F, Level 5)

    Join DLD Members and friends as we honor the work of Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri and hear about the research of new and upcoming scholars.

    Committee meetings will be happening throughout the Convention. Please see your conference book for times and places.

  • Reception to honor Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri

    Posted on April 2, 2014

    Join DLD and the special education faculty of George Mason University as we honor Tom Scruggs and Margo Mastropieri at our Reception and Student Poster Session, Thursday, April 10 from 6-8 pm at the Marriott (Salon F, Level 5). Invitation

  • Co-teaching Webinars

    Posted on August 28, 2014

    Sign-up for the DLD-CEC Webinars on co-teaching. They're being held 18 September and 2 October from 4-5 PM Eastern time and they feature DLD's own Peggy Weiss and Laurie deBettencourt

  • DLD at CEC!

    Posted on January 28, 2015

    Join us for great events at CEC! Ready to trade these snow storms for sunny San Diego? Our Board members have been busy planning the DLD Business meeting, reception, and student poster session for you. We'll get you dates, times, and locations right here. Stay tuned! 

  • LDRP News

    Posted on March 30, 2015

    Do you know how to enhance and improve your vocabulary instruction for early learners?

    In the current issue of LDRP, find out 7 steps to enhancing basal vocabulary instruction for Kindergarteners at risk for reading difficulties. Additionally, read how to deliver Tier 2 and 3 mathematics interventions for second graders with mathematics difficulties and how team-based learning can boost performance in content-area vocabulary for high school students in social studies. 

  • Math Intervention Help

    Posted on May 19, 2015

    Teachers! Coaches! Clinicians! Learn about evidence-based mathematics intervention for second graders! Take advantage of your free access to "Effects of Tier 2 and Tier 3 Mathematics Interventions for Second Graders with Mathematics Difficulties" by Minyi Shih Dennis (Lehigh University) from the January 2015 issue of LDRP.

  • DLD Executive Board Winter Meetings

    Posted on January 12, 2017

    DLD Executive Board members met today in Washington DC to discuss ongoing issues of concern to members. In particular, we discussed the role of DLD and the resources available at TeachingLD.org supporting children with disabilities, families and the professionals who work with them. DLD is a wonderful organization with dedicated members providing intensive interventions and evidence-based practices to support the education of students with learning disabilities, learning differences and dyslexia. 

  • Twitter Feed

    Posted on January 13, 2017

  • 2018 CEC Recap

    Posted on April 1, 2018

    We loved seeing many of you in Tampa this past February for CEC 2018!  Thank you for attending DLD's business meeting and our annual Reception and Student Poster Session.  Scroll down to see some of the highlights from the events and click here to read about our amazing 2017 award recipients!