From the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER)
Located at 555 New Jersey Avenue NW in Washington, DC, the National Center for Special Education Research officially opened for business in July, capping off the successful transfer of special education research activities from the U.S. Education Department's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to the Institute of Education Sciences. Edward J. Kame'enui
heads the new center. Center staff include:
- Patricia Gonzalez, a former special education policy researcher with the U.S. Department of Education's Research to Practice Division of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), where she focused on such areas as behavioral interventions for problem behavior, secondary transition services and outcomes, special education personnel supply, and program evaluation;
- Kristen Lauer, a former research analyst in the Research to Practice Division, where she focused on reading instruction for students with disabilities, progress monitoring, and the use of data to inform instruction;
- David Malouf, formerly with the Research to Practice Division, where he focused on technology for students with disabilities and on the participation of students with disabilities in large-scale assessments;
- Jeffry Pattison, a former counselor for disadvantaged youth in low-income communities in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC; and
- Celia Rosenquist, a former faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she focused on cognitive processes in individuals with intellectual disability.
Center Hosts Informational Meeting for Education and Disability Communities
On October 14, NCSER will play host to a gathering of representatives of the education and disability communities. The purpose of the "inaugural event" in Washington is to introduce the new Center and to hear ideas from the field about research in special education.