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Research Matters

CEC-DR has launched an initiative to collect stories about how research in special education and related fields is making a difference for exceptional children, people with disabilities, and their families. We are calling this initiative "Research Matters" and envision a series of one or two page stories designed to be used in an array of advocacy efforts, particularly in communicating with policymakers and other stakeholders about the problems that special education researchers are addressing, especially research that is funded with federal dollars. 

We encourage DR members to submit their own research 'stories'  so that DR can share them with members and with stakeholders who want to know how research in special education matters and why federal funding for research is vital.  Read below to learn how to submit your own research stories.

Share Your Story

We invite you to submit a story about your own work. Here's a template you can use. For dissemination purposes, we may make slight modifications in your submission. The idea is to provide a brief, clear statement of the problem at hand and how it is being addressed through research, and include a bit of the human side of your work (e.g., testimonials from the people the work is intended to benefit). We plan to use these one- to two-page stories in our advocacy efforts (e.g., when visiting Capitol Hill as part of the Legislative Summit in July), on CEC and DR's websites, and other dissemination means.

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Email Us Your Story



Please feel free to contact me with questions, and please send your stories my way (!

Betsy Talbott (DR CAN Coordinator)

Read Research Matters stories submitted by DR members . . . .

Enhancing science performance of middle-school students with and without developmental and behavioral-based disabilities using the Content Acquisition Podcast Professional Development approach (2023)

Victoria J. VanUitert, University of Virginia
Michael K. Kennedy, University of Virginia
Katherine N. Peeples, Illinois State University
John Elwood Romig, University of Texas at Arlington

Hannah M.Matthews, University of Florida
Wendy J. Rodgers, Virginia Commonwealth University

Providing Research-Based Self-Regulation Curricula for Teachers Who Work with Students Who Exhibit Significant Behavior Problems (2020)

Stephen W. Smith, University of Florida
Brian R. Barber, Kent State University
Ann P. Daunic, University of Florida
Joni W. Splett, University of Florida

Preventing Emotional/Behavioral Disorders of Young Students with Problem Behavior  (2017)

Kevin Sutherland, Virginia Commonwealth University
Maureen Conroy, University of Florida

Providing Research-Based Tools and Supports to Teachers MATTERS for Children who Struggle with Writing (2017)

Kristen McMaster, University of Minnesota
Erica Lempke, University of Missouri

Providing Adolescent Struggling Readers with Text-Based Content Area Instruction Improves Reading Comprehension (2017)

Elizabeth Swanson and Sharon Vaughn, University of Texas at Austin

Developing Connections Between Word Problems and Mathematical Equations to Promote Word-Problem Performance Among Students with Mathematics Difficulty

Sarah R. Powell and Marcia A. Barnes, University of Texas at Austin


Last Updated:  1 February, 2021

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