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Special Education Showcase Research Projects

SPED showcases L to R: Dr. Aftab Khan, Scout McDevit and April Bromley

On November 20, a group of students from Dr. Khan’s class (SPED-489) created a poster presentation based on their examination of research-based practices for supporting the learning of students with special needs. There were several steps to this project such as students identifying a student with learning needs from their class/acquaintance. Students also reviewed empirical research studies that have examined the effectiveness of the intervention. In the poster presentation students described:

  • an introduction of their student with special needs, however, they preserved the confidentiality. They also described their student’s level of functioning and learning needs,
  • an appropriate researched-based practice for their students and described the purpose, the components, and the effectiveness of the intervention (what need/characteristic is it addressing),
  • the assessment strategies that teachers can use to determine whether the student is responding to the intervention.

Students were required to provide the handout (a brief summary of their poster presentation) along with references. Students were also required to provide a detailed description of their poster presentation (word format). All references were completed in an APA style. For a complete list of the research projects, click here.

Students in Dr. Ruth Meese’s SPED 321 Reading and Language Arts for Students with Exceptional Needs hosted a showcase to highlight their research projects on December 8.


Jessica Parker selected for Prestigious Scholarship Award

Jessica Parker Jessica Parker

The Virginia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has awarded Jessica Parker the Frances Mays Scholarship.  This is the highest undergraduate award presented by VAHPERD and Ms. Parker is the first Longwood recipient in at least 12 years. She will also be recognized as the Outstanding Undergraduate Health and Physical Education major for the state of Virginia. Ms. Parker is a senior in the Health and Physical Education Teacher Education program and will receive the award at the SHAPE:  Southern District Conference in February. 



RLL Students Attend George Graham Lecture

Snow students Row 1: Sara Peters and Emily Swale Row 2: Dr. Wendy Snow and author Dr. Marcia Invernizzi Row 3: Dr. Angelica Blanchette, Alyssa Cardwell and Alexa Russell Row 4: Alexis Drewer and Emily Duke

Reading, Literacy, and Learning (RLL) graduate students had an opportunity to attend the George Graham Lecture at the University of Virginia. Educators and administrators from across the state gathered to hear Dr. Daniel Willingham as he shared his cross-disciplinary insights on reading comprehension and motivation. He presented results from recent work with one of our own adjunct professors, Gail Lovette. Their study confirms that initial comprehension strategy instruction yields benefits; however prolonged strategy instruction has little effect on student comprehension beyond those initial gains (Willingham & Lovette, 2014). After the lecture, the students met Henderson Professor of Education, Dr. Marcia Invernizzi, and other professionals in the field.  They also toured UVA’s Central Grounds, Edgar Allan Poe’s room, and Jefferson’s Rotunda.