President's Message

Winter 2015
Advancing Research for All 
David E. Houchins, Georgia State University


Organizing the process to develop the Division for Research’s Institute of Education Science (IES) 19-page feedback letter unexpectedly evolved into one of the most intellectually stimulating tasks I have had in a while. Over 70 national special education leaders and numerous special education related organizations were contacted to provide input on our past and envision a better future for special education research.  Continue reading

Research Policy and Funding

1.  IES Issues Technical Work Group Recommendations

Two Technical Working Group Summaries Are Now Available: "Practitioner Perspectives on Emerging Research Needs" and "Improving Relevance in Education and Research and Researcher Perspectives on Strengthening IES’s Research Grant and Training Programs".

In 2014, the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) held two Technical Working Group (TWG) meetings to discuss critical research needs and ways to strengthen IES research and training programs. In part, the meetings were a response to a 2013 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office that recommended IES seek more input from stakeholders to make its research more relevant and useful. The first TWG meeting was held in March 2014 with education practitioners; the second was held in October 2014 with education researchers. Summaries of the meetings are now available on the TWG summary pages of the NCER website and the NCSER website.

2.  DR Comments on IES Research Priorities and Programs

In response to an invitation from IES, the DR Board of Directors consulted with members and submitted a response in late 2014 outlining our perspective on areas in need of research support in special education.  The DR Board welcomes member comments.  See the DR response

3.  Congress Completes Work on FY 2015 Appropriations: ED Research Level Funded

In December, 2014 Congress passed and the President signed an omnibus appropriations bill funding federal government programs through the end of FY 2015 (September 2014 - June 2015).  For the two IES research centers, NCSER and NCER, the result was the same level of funding as in FY 2014.  NCSER is receiving $54 million and NCER $179.9 million. See the funding levels for all US Department of Education programs.


1.  DR Names Recipients of 2015 Research Awards

DR is pleased to announce recipients of our 2015 research awards, to be presented April 10, 2015 at the DR Business Meeting and Reception during the CEC Convention and Expo in San Diego, CA. Congratulations to this year's recipients.

Kauffman-Hallahan Distinguished Researcher Award:
  Dr. Karen Harris and Dr. Steve Graham

Distinguished Early Career Research Award:  Dr. Kent McIntosh and Dr. Karrie Shogren

Early Career Publication Award:
Dr. Christina Yuknis

Student Research Awards:
Dr. Amber Benedict
Dr. Stacey Hardin
Dr. Adrienne Anderson

2.  DR Issues White Paper on Children and Youth from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds

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