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Changes of University

Carol McDonald Connor

Carol McDonald Connor, Professor of Psychology and a Senior Learning Scientist at the Learning Sciences Institute at ASU, is joining the UC Irvine School of Education effective January 1. She has been awarded the title of Chancellor's Professor.

Young Suk Kim

Professor Kim joined UC Irvine's School of Education in 2016 as part of the university's High Impact Hire Initiative. The initiative targets recruitment of prominent and influential faculty leaders with scholarly, scientific, and creative accomplishments and career trajectories.

Jeannie Wanzek

Jeanne Wanzek, Ph.D. is the Currey-Ingram Endowed Chair and associate professor in the Department of Special Education at Peabody College. She left FCRR for Vanderbilt in 2015.

Elena Grigorenko

She previously held the position of Emily Fraser Beede Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Child Studies, Psychology, and Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale and joined the University of Houston's psychology department in September 2015. Dr. Grigorenko is also a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine.

Donald Compton

He joined FCRR in 2015, having served as Professor and Chair of Special Education and a John F. Kennedy Center Investigator at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. Florida Center for Reading Research faculty member Dr. Donald Compton has been named a 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.

AERA Fellows

2015

  • Richard K Wagner
  • Carol McDonald Connor

2016

  • Donald Compton


APA Fellows

2016

  • Carol McDonald Connor
  • Richard Wagner


Other News!

Young-Suk Kim

Young-Suk Kim

As part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial year programming, AERA invited Professor Young-Suk Kim to deliver an Ed-Talk in Washington, D.C., earlier this year. The 7-minute video of her talk - "Oral Language Begets Literacy - is now available on YouTube. The related fact sheet can be accessed here. Professor Kim's presentation is one of 31 Ed-Talk videos released by AERA that are designed to convey key research findings. The videos, each approximately six minutes in length, feature leading education scholars discussing cutting-edge research on a range of important education and learning issues.

Received the 2016 Robert M. Gagné Outstanding Faculty Research Award. This award honors Robert M. Gagné’s research legacy and the spirit of mentoring with which he worked with students and faculty colleagues.

Beth Phillips

Beth Phillips

Beth has made a number of presentations in the previous year

Chen, S., Phillips, B., Lzci, B., & Franklin, J. (presented 2015, November). Factors that influence teacher-child relationships at Head Start – voices from teachers. Presentation at 60th annual conference of the Florida Educational Research Association, Florida Educational Research Association, Altamonte Springs, FL. (State)

Ingrole, S. A., Tabulda, G., & Phillips, B. M. (presented 2015, November). Variability of vocabulary intervention effects by communication context and recency of exposure. Presentation at 60th annual conference of the Florida Educational Research Association, Florida Educational Research Association, Altamonte Springs, FL. (State)

Tabulda, G., & Phillips, B. M. (presented 2015, November). Language profiles of young children and their parents: Uniform or differentiated? Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Florida Educational Research Association, Florida Educational Research Association, Altamonte Springs, Florida. (State)

Burris, P. W., Ingrole, S. A., Chen, S., Phillips, B., & Lonigan, C. J. (presented 2015, July). Examining the Validity of a Children's Book Title Measure Among Parents of Low Socioeconomic Status. Poster presentation at annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Kona, HI. (International)

Durtschi, S., Funari, C. N., Phillips, B., & Connor, C. M. (presented 2015, July). Exploring the Variability of Literacy Blocks: Instructional Environments, Off-task Behaviors, and Classroom Variation. Poster presentation at annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Kona, HI. (International)

Funari, C. N., Durtschi, S., Phillips, B. M., & Connor, C. M. (presented 2015, July). Exploring the Variability of a Reading Block: Reading Type, Text Type, and Teacher Variation. Poster presentation at annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Kona, HI. (International)

Funari, C. N., Durtschi, S., Phillips, B. M., & Connor, C. M. (presented 2015, July). Exploring the Variability of a Reading Block: Reading Type, Text Type, and Teacher Variation. Poster presentation at annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Society for the Scientific Study of Research, Kona, HI. (International)

Phillips, B. M., Kim, Y-S., Lonigan, C. J., & Connor, C. M. (presented 2015, July). Language for Understanding: Two Large-Scale Studies of Small-Group Language Interventions in Prekindergarten and Kindergarten. Presentation at annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Kona, HI. (International)

Lonigan, C. J., & Phillips, B. (presented 2015, April). The good, the bad, and the ugly: Challenges and outcomes from two randomized evaluations of response-to-instruction in preschool. Presentation at annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Council for Exceptional Children, San Diego, CA. (National)

Chen, S., & Phillips, B. (presented 2015, February). Factors that influence preschool teacher-child relationships at Head Start – A Pilot Study. Presentation at annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL. (Regional)

Phillips, B. M., Connor, C. M., Kim, Y-S., & Lonigan, C. J. (presented 2015, February). Oral and Reading Comprehension: Identifying and intervening on malleable predictors: Paper Symposium. Presentation at Pacific Coast Research Conference, Pacific Coast Research Conference, Coronado, CA. (National)

Tabulda, G., Jangra, S. A., & Phillips, B. (presented 2015, February). Using Parent Report to Measure Language Quantity and Quality in Parent-Child Dyads. Presentation at 2015 annual Eastern Educational Research Association Conference, Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, FL. (Regional)

Tabulda, G., & Phillips, B. M. (presented 2015, February). Language learning in parent-child dyads. Presentation at Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Eastern Educational Research Association, Sarasota, Florida. (Regional)

Rick Wagner 2015 AERA Fellow

Rick Wagner

Elected as a Fellow of American Educational Research Association (2015).
Elected as a Fellow of American Psychological Society (2015).

Rick has made a number of presentations in the past year.

Quinn, J., Wagner, R., Menzel, A., Petscher, Y., Schatschneider, C., & McArdle, J. (presented 2015). Developmental relations between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension: A large-scale study of at-risk readers. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development, SSHD. (International) Quinn, J., Wagner, R., Menzel, A., Petscher, Y., Schatschneider, C., & McArdle, J. (presented 2015). The co-development of vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, SSSR, Hawai'I, HI. (International)

Wagner, R., Ahmed, Y., Spencer, M., Quinn, J., & Tighe, E. (presented 2015). The development of writing in context: A latent change score modeling approach. Paper presented at Paper presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, SSSR, Hong Kong. (International)

Wagner, R., Guan, C. Q., & Ahmed, Y. (presented 2015). The development of writing in context. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD, Philadelphia, PA. (International)

Mike Kashak

Mike Kashak

Mike’s presentations

Carranza, J., Kaschak, M., Borovsky, A., & Bernat, E. (presented 2016). High or low motor: A norming study for verbs. Poster presentation at 29th Annual, CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. (International)

Yazbec, A., Kaschak, M., & Borovsky, A. (presented 2016). Investigating semantic conflict between general knowledge and novel information in real-time sentence processing. Presentation at 38th Annual Meeting, Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA. (International)

Sara Hart

Sara Hart

J.L. Fuller & J.P. Scott Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishments, Behavioral Genetics Association (2016).

Honors Thesis Mentor Award, Florida State University (2016).

Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science (2015).

Hart, S. A. (presented 2016, May). Integrative data analysis: Realizing the potential of dataset pooling for psychological science research. Presentation at the annual conference, Association for Psychological Sciences, Chicago, IL. (International)

Carol Connor

Carol Connor

Connor, C. M. (2015, July), IES Summer Research Institute on Randomized Trials, school involvement in randomized trials: developing and maintaining school partnerships, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.



Charles Perfetti Visit

FLDRC graduate students have the opportunity for presentations and discussion with Dr. Charles Perfetti. After Dr. Perfetti’s brown bag lunch with FCRR, he met with the FLDRC faculty and staff. Four of the graduate students presented.

  • Jamie Quinn: Developmental relations between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension
  • Mercedes Spencer: Relations between vocabulary and morphological awareness
  • Elizabeth Tighe: Applying a causal indicator modeling framework to understand reading comprehension skills
  • Callie Little: The interactive theory of reading

Rick Wagner

Dr. Richard K. Wagner was invited to become a 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.