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2017-18 Archive

DR Business and Social Meetings 2018

See our schedule of business and social meetings as well as select program sessions in the DR program at convention.

Board Proposes Change in DR By-Laws

DR members will be asked to vote on two changes in the DR By-Laws at the Feb 9, 2018 DR Business Meeting to be held in Tampa, FL.  One change spells out how DR Board of Director vacancies will be filled when they occur mid-term, and the other updates the schedule for announcing the names of persons who have been elected to the board.  See the By-Laws, including the proposed changes, and prepared to vote in Tampa!

2018 Convention Sessions on Federal Policy and Funding

Check out these public policy sessions taking place in Tampa, including presentation by IES staff.

DR's 2018 Research Award Recipients Named

Congratulations to the six recipients of our 2018 Research Awards program. These awards will be presented at the DR business meeting and reception in Tampa on Friday, Feb 9, 2018.

Kauffman-Hallahan-Pullen Distinguished Research Award:  Dr. Naomi Zigmond
Early Career Research Award:  Dr. Sarah Powell
Early Career Publication Award:  Dr. Justin Garwood
Student Research Awards:  Drs. Allison Gilmour, Sarah Hart, and Tosha Owens

DR Seeks Nominations for DR Vice President
Each year, DR members elect a new Vice-President who will serve 4 years in a leadership role for the Division (Year 1: Vice-President; Year 2: President-Elect; Year 3: President; and Year 4: Past President). This year, we will be electing this new addition to the DR presidential line for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022.

CEC-DR is a terrific group of people with whom to work. We are leaders who advance special education research and related public policy for CEC. Our board members are committed to high quality research, evidence-based practices, and influencing the field.

If you are interested in running, know someone who you believe should be nominated, and/or have any questions, please contact Betsy Talbott at You may also learn about CEC-DR elsewhere on our website:  The deadline for nominations (including self-nominations) is Feb. 1st, 2018.

2016-17 Archive

DR/NCII Webinars on Writing Instruction: Oct 11 and Oct 26, 2017

DR is partnering with the National Center on Intensive Instruction on two webinars (October 2017) focused on improving student writing. Please share with interested colleagues and students, and sign up to participate.

It's Time to Vote!  CEC Elections for Board of Directors Closes Oct 16, 2017
Don't miss your opportunity to cast a vote for candidates of your choice to serve on the CEC Board of Directors. Leadership of CEC is important, and you have a voice.  Voting closes at 3 pm EST on October 16, 2017.  View candidate bios and voting procedures here.

DR Invites Nominations for 2018 Research Awards

DR invites nominations, including self-nominations, for its 2018 Research Awards Program.  Please note that the deadline for nominations has been moved up this year to September 15, 2017.  Nominations are invited for the following awards:

1. Kauffman-Hallahan-Pullen Distinguished Researcher Award
2. Distinguished Early Career Research Award
3. Early Career Publication Award
4. Student Research Awards 

DR Invites Nominations for the 2018 Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education

DR’s Doctoral Student Seminars in Special Education Research is an online seminar and discussion series designed to foster connections among doctoral students at different universities and to contribute to raising the standard of research.  See the program description and nomination instructions/forms.

DR/JSE Podcast:  Commentary on Zirkel: Judicial Rulings Specific to FBAs or BIPs Under IDEA and Corollary State Laws - An Update

DR and JSE have teamed up to produce occasional podcasts on issues of current interest in the education of children and youth with disabilities.  From the April 2017 JSE issue, listen to Rob Horner and Mitch Yell discuss their commentary on this recent article by Perry Zirkel.  

New Procedures for Online Access to The Journal of Special Education

Sage Publications publishes and manages The Journal of Special Education (JSED) for the Hammill Institute, and has recently moved to a new online platform and created a new URL for JSED. DR members who have accessed or would like to access the JSED online journal will need the new online activation instructions.

**Instructions for DR members who have previously activated an account for online access
** Instructions for DR members who have not previously activated an account for online access

Initiative on Scientific Publishing 

Dr. Brian Cook, former DR President and University of Hawaii researcher, describes and encourages serious consideration of an approach for changing how research is conducted and reported:  an initiative for journal editors to encourage, if not require, that researchers adhere to practices that promote transparency, openness, and replication. Read about the Center for Open Science’s Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) guidelines to “translate scientific norms and values into concrete actions and change the current incentive structures to drive researchers’ behavior toward more openness.” (2016)