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Engagement Core Newsletter May/June 2018

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Dr. Richard Wagner Speaks in LA

Dr. Richard Wagner was invited to give an update on dyslexia and the new NICHD Centers to school psychology administrators and other members of the leadership team of the Los Angles Unified School District on October 27, 2017. They have asked him to come back and present to their entire school psychology staff.


The FLDRC is excited to embark upon our third cycle of research as part of the NIH LDRCs.

The FLDRC celebrates a new cycle of research



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 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)

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

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)



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

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

Dr. Richard Wagner was invited to give an update on dyslexia and the new NICHD Centers to school psychology administrators and other members of the leadership team of the Los Angles Unified School District on October 27, 2017. They have asked him to come back and present to their entire school psychology staff.

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