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Amy Gelb of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented on a panel at a Boston University conference on April 14 at the Hyatt in Cambridge.  The workshop was called “Working as Peers:  The Pearls and Perils of Shared Responsibility for Mental Health Program.”  She spoke about the Peer Employment Benefit Network (PEBN) project, which helps train people who receive benefits to network with their peers, provide resources, and give information about returning to work.

 

On May 13, David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) presented “The Role of Career Centers in Meeting the Needs of Job Seekers with Disabilities: to an audience of 60 professionals from the Brockton area.

 

On Jun 10, Elena Varney and David Hoff of the Institute for Community Inclusion presented at the 24th Annual Human Rights Conference, sponsored by the Department of Mental Retardation (DMR) and held in Worcester at the DCU Center.

 

In July, Professor of Education and Program Director of Asian American Studies Peter Kiang will give an invited lecture, “From Exclusion to Model Minority:  A Brief History of Chinese Americans,” for a summer teacher institute sponsored by the U.S.-China Institute at Bryant University.  He was also an invited panelist for a session on “Race and Achievement” held by the Boston Teacher Residency Program.

 

An article by Robin S. Codding, assistant professor of Counseling & School Psychology, and co-authored by five of her students (Mariya Shiyko, Maria Russo, Sarah Birch, Erica Fanning, and Deborah Jaspen), was selected by the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) for honorable mention as article of the year for the 2007 volume of the Journal of School Psychology.  The article was titled “Comparing Mathematics Interventions:  Does Initial Level of Fluency Predict Intervention Effectiveness?”  Codding and her students will be honored by SSSP at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in August.

Peter Kiang, Professor of Education and Director of the Asian American Studies Program, delivered a keynote address in honor of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at Federated Dorchester Neighborhood House in May.  He also conducted a professional development workshop at the Central Massachusetts Chinese Language School in Worcester.

 

Jay R. Dee, Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership in Education, presented the paper “Faculty development as a self-organizing system: at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), held March 24 through 28 in New York City.  At the same meeting, Dee also co-presented  with Johanna Duponte, a 2007 graduate of the Higher Education Doctoral Program, the paper “Pedagogical change and institutional transformation:  The effects of simultaneous reform in community colleges,” and co-presented a third paper, “Social and psychological dimensions of role transition:  Faculty to administrator,” with Marguerite McLellan, a 2007 graduate of the Higher Education Doctoral Program.

 

The Institute for Community Inclusion’s John Butterworth and Jean Winsor published an article, titled “Participation in integrated employment and community-based non work services for individuals supported by state disability agencies,” in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

 

Heike Boeltzig and John Butterworth of the Institute for Community Inclusion wrote an article for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, titled “supporting employment and personal choices:  A response to Weikle.”

 

Brooke Dennee-Sommers, Frank A. Smith and Jean Winsor, all of the Institute for Community Inclusion, published a DataNote 16, titled “State Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Agencies Expenditures for Integrated Employment Services,” on www.statedata.info.

 

The Institute for Community Inclusion’s Matthew Kusminsky, Heike Boeltzig, Jaime Timmons,  and John Butterworth wrote the National Survey of Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs) report.  It discussed gender differences in individual employment outcomes of people with developmental disabilities.

 

Virginia Smith Harvey of the Counseling and School Psychology Department in the College of Education and Human Development recently published Professional Development and Supervision of School Psychologists:  From Intern to Expert.

 

Professor Rona Flippo of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development published “The development of social skills, reading, and literacy motivation of pre-school and kindergarten children:  A good fit?”  in the Journal of Reading Education, where it was the “Featured Literacy Scholar” article.

 

The Institute for Community Inclusion conducted an initial stage of project evaluation for the state of Washington’s Jobs by 21 Partnership Project, a project designed to expand interagency collaboration to support the transition of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from school to work.

 

Professor Rona Flippo of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Human Development has accepted an invitation to be on the National Reading Conference’s Political and Legislative Issues Committee from 2008 to 2010.

 

Professor Felicia Wilczenski of the College of Education and Human Development was recently elected Vice President for Counselor Educators for the Massachusetts School Counselor Association.

 

Jeff Coburn, the Institute for Community Inclusions’ senior web specialist, gave a presentation titled “Universal Design Solutions in Technology and Accessible Media” at the AmeriCorps Northwest Network Conference at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

 

Professors Rona Flippo and Janna Jackson of the Curriculum and Instruction Department and Professor Tara Parker of the Higher Education Program, all in the College of Education and Human Development, presented overviews of the research on their individual chapters for the upcoming Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research in a symposium at the National Association of Developmental Education (NADE) National Conference, held in Boston on February 29.

 

Professor Rona Flippo of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education and Human Development and five of her graduate students presented their research in two different paper presentations at the Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA) Annual Conference, held in Sturbridge, Massachusetts in early April.

 

In May, Professor Rona Flippo of the Curriculum and Instruction Department in the College of Education and Human Development gave the keynote address for the Professors of Reading Teacher Educators, an International Reading Association SIG, at the annual International Reading Association (IRA) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  Also at the convention, Flippo’s work with her Literacy Diagnosis and Instruction

Virginia Harvey of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development made three presentations at the annual conference of the National Association of School Psychologist in New Orleans, Louisiana. These included a professional development workshop, titled "Empowering Learning Through Study Skills and Self-regulation," and two papers in a symposium on supervision: "Professional Development and Supervision of School Psychologists" and "School Psychology Internships: To Pay or Not to Pay?" Harvey will also deliver a keynote presentation at the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologist Winter Meeting in Concord, New Hampshire Association of School Psychologist Winter Meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, titled "Contemporary Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making."

Assistant Professor Melissa Pearrow of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and the Center for Social Development and Education presented “Empowering Youth in School and Community Settings,” and also conducted a mini skills workshop titled “Early Onset Schizophrenia:  Diagnosis, Assessment, and Treatment” at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologist in New Orleans on February 6.

In February, Professor of Education and Director of the Asian American Studies Program Peter Kiang was an invited panelist at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he spoke on the topic “From Monolithic to Authentic:  Challenging One-Dimensional Views of Race and Ethnicity.”

Assistant Professor of Family Therapy Laurie L. Charles has written her second book, a qualitative study of a hostage negotiation, titled:  When the Shooting Stopped:  Crisis Negotiation at Jefferson High School, published by Rowman & Littlefield

Virginia Harvey of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development has published a chapter titled “Best Practices in Teaching Study Skills” in Best Practices in School Psychology V, published by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Lisa Cosgrove, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, was the lead author of a book chapter, A Post-Newtonian, postmodern approach to science: New methods in social action research, published in Handbook of Emergent Methods (Guilford press.)

Lisa Cosgrove, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, is  a contributing editor for the book, Psychiatric ethics and the rights of persons with mental disabilities in institutions and the community. She is really honored to be a part of this project b/c it was written explicitly for an international audience--it is published as part of the UNESCO series.

Peter Kiang, Professor of Education and Director of the Asian American Studies Program, delivered the keynote address, “Curriculum, State Policy, and the Importance of Chinese American History,” at the Annual Meeting of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association in January.

Arthur Eisenkraft, Distinguished Professor of Science Education presented the keynote address at the Washington State LASER Instructional Materials Showcase, and delivered and invited paper at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) January conference.  Dr. Eisenkraft is also serving as an expert reviewer of the Washington State Science Standards.

Denise Patmon, an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, was a keynote speaker for the 12th Annual Faculty Development Workshop at Rhode Island College on January 15.  Her presentation was titled “When Soliloquy Becomes Dialogue:  Teaching Them All.”

Lisa Cosgrove, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, cowrote the article “Undoing Undue Industry Influence:  Lessons from Psychiatry as Psychopharmacology” in the journal Organizational Ethics: Healthcare, Business, and Policy.

 

College of Education and Human Development professor Rona Flippo’s 14th book, Preparing Students for Testing and Doing Better in School, has been published by Corwin Press/SAGE Publications.

Associate professor MaryAnn Byrnes of the College of Education and Human Development has been appointed to the Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Department of Education.  SCPD provides guidance regarding initiatives related to personnel development in the field of special education.

College of Education and Human Development professor Rona Flippo has been invited to serve a new term (from 2008-2009) on the International Reading Association’s Early Literacy Committee.

Professor Peter Taylor of the Critical and Creative Thinking Program coorganized a workshop on diagramming the complexities of scientific processes at the Social Studies of Science conference in Montreal in October.  His book Unruly Complexity was the subject of an Author Meets Critics session at the conference.

Lisa Cosgrove, and assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, was quoted in the December 31 U.S. News & World Report in the article, “Who’s Behind the Bible of Mental Illness.”

In December, Peter Kiang, professor of education and director of the Asian American Studies Program, was featured speaker at a gathering of Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association to welcome Carol Johnson, the new Boston Public Schools superintendent. Kiang’s presentation was titled “Asian American Community Histories and the Boston Public Schools.”

Gonzalo Bacigalupe, the chair of the Department of Counseling and School Psychology and the director of the Family Therapy Program, gave a presentation titled “Strength-Based Psychotherapy in a Multicultural Context” at the Practicing Positive Psychotherapy: Applying the Science of Happiness summit at the Harvard Medical Schools on December 15.

Peter Taylor, a professor in the Program in Critical & Creative Thinking at the College of Education and Human Developments, co-organized a workshop on diagramming the complexities of scientific processes at the Social Studies of Science conference in Montreal, Canada, in October. His book Unruly Complexity was the subject of an Author Meets Critics session at the conference.

Laurie L. Charlés, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, published “Cultural Competency as a Relational Process: Scenes from a Family Therapy Context in the Philippines” in the December issue of the journal Qualitative Inquiry.   

 

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the University of Massachusetts Medical School to improve employment infrastructure, services and outcomes for people with disabilities in the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Medicaid Infrastructure and Comprehensive Employment Opportunities grant will support activities and research that inform and engage individuals with disabilities, policy makers, service providers and employment in efforts to increase workforce participation by individuals with disabilities.

In December, Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association gathered to welcome Carol Johnson, the new superintendent of the Boston Public Schools. Peter Kiang, professor of education and director of the Asian American Studies Program, Lusa Lo, an assistant professor of Curriculum & Instruction, Patricia Neilson of the Center for Collaborative Leadership, Tri Quach of the Collaborative for Asian Pacific American Youth (CAPAY), and CEHD graduate students Lieu Nquyen and Ngoc Tran participated.

Professor Rona Flippo of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education and Human Development, had the manuscript for her upcoming new book, "Preparing Students for Testing and Doing Better in School," accepted for publication by Corwin/Sage Publishers.

Jay R. Dee, associate professor in the Department of Leadership in Education, has published a two-volume, co-authored work, Understanding College and University Organization: Theories for Effective Policy and Practice, realized by Stylus Publishing in August.

Assistant Professor Janna Jackson of the College of Education and Human Development has published her first book. Unmasking Identities: An Exploration of the Lives of Gay and Lesbian Teachers was published by Lexington Books in late August.

"Learning While Black" by Denise Patmon, associate professor in CEHD/Curriculum & Instruction and Leadership in Urban Schools Programs, appears as the lead article in the summer issue of the New England Journal of Higher Education.