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NCSER-funded Principal Investigators Receive American Educational Research Association Awards

Doug and Lynn Fuchs (Vanderbilt University) each received Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Awards at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in April 2014. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding achievement and success in education research. As part of their successful careers, the Fuchs have received numerous IES grants, serving as Principal Investigator and/or co-Principal Investigator on research aimed at improving the reading and math achievement of students with special needs. IES grant projects include the development of a dynamic assessment to predict first graders' math development, evaluating the efficacy of a Response-to-Instruction intervention to strengthen the academic performance of students with concurrent reading and math disabilities, and an evaluation of the effectiveness of a scaled-up peer-assisted learning intervention for improving reading achievement. Lynn Fuchs also serves as co-Principal Investigator on the National Center for Improving Learning of Fractions, focused on improving outcomes for students with math difficulties. In addition, they recently received a 5-year, $10 million award through the Accelerating the Academic Achievement of Students with Learning Disabilities Research Initiative to develop and evaluate the efficacy of math and reading interventions for students with learning disabilities in Grades 35.

Two NCSER-funded Investigators Receive Awards from the Council for Exceptional Children
At the annual Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo in April 2014, Kathleen Lynne Lane (University of Kansas) was awarded the CEC Special Education Research Award. This award recognizes an individual or team whose research has made significant contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities. Lane served as Principal Investigator (PI) for a 2006 NCSER grant in which she developed a self-regulatory intervention to improve the writing skills and classroom behavior of students at high risk for serious behavior disorders.

Ann Kaiser (Vanderbilt University) was awarded the CEC J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award. This award honors significant, lifelong professional contributions to the education of children and youth with exceptionalities. Kaiser was the PI on a 2006 NCSER award to examine the differential effects of three approaches to improving language and literacy skills for very high risk children enrolled in Head Start. With current NCSER funding, she is examining the efficacy of a treatment implemented by a therapist and parent, Enhanced Milieu Teaching, on young children with significant delays in expressive and receptive language.