January 08, 2008
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s the Gevirtz School hosts the second annual UC Conference for Research in Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR) on January 14-15 at the Santa Barbara Inn. This event is open to the press and students throughout the UC system, but not the general public, due to space limitations. This year the conference will feature a faculty symposium on Monday, January 14 from 9:00-noon with noted speakers drawn from faculty doing research in SPEDDR across the University of California system including UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, and UC Davis. The Doctoral Student conference will feature papers, symposia, and posters from graduate and post-doctoral students from all the University of California campuses on topics such as treatment and interventions related to disability; families and disabilities; English Language Learners; teaching and learning as it relates to Special Education; cultural and linguistic differences; and policy development and implementation.
In addition to the presentations, the conference will also feature guest speaker Marshall Raskind, Ph.D., Director of Research and Special Projects at Schwab Learning, who will give the Keynote Address on Tuesday, January 15 at 9:00 am in the conference room at the Santa Barbara Inn. Dr. Raskind’s research has been cited in Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine, and The New York Times. He is a Fellow and Vice President of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, a member of the Research Committee of the Council for Learning Disabilities, and a former member of the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
Vicki Benson-Griffo, Council Chair says, “The Doctoral Advisory Council believes that UC SPEDDR is an exciting and innovative collaborative opportunity to bring doctoral students across the UC system together in order to share and expand upon one another’s work. We are pleased to announce the upcoming Conference for doctoral and post-doctoral students interested in SPEDDR related topics. We hope that SPEDDR continues to thrive as an ongoing means for doctoral students to express and expand on their knowledge about learning and instruction.”
This annual conference is organized by the faculty and doctoral student committees of the proposed University of California Center for Research in Special Education, Disabilities and Developmental Risk (UC SPEDDR). Faculty and student representatives from these committees are drawn from campuses across the University of California system including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Riverside. The Center is being developed as a Multi-Campus research unit that aims to unify and solidify UC resources. The primary aims of the Center are to enhance the University of California’s ability to attract from a national pool of talented students, win large extramural grants, improve national visibility of UC efforts, and enhance the doctoral preparation of the next generation of research, teacher education, and other related public service doctorates.
[UC SPEDDR doctoral student advisory council chair Vicki Benson-Griffo is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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