Michael Gerber of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School has been named president-elect of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization focused on learning disabilities. The Division for Learning Disabilities is one of 17 special interest groups of the Council for Exceptional Children, an organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
Since the early 1980s, DLD has worked on behalf of students with learning disabilities and the professionals who serve them. As the largest division of CEC, DLD promotes efforts to meet the needs of more 2.8 million school-aged children and youth currently receiving special education services in the United States for identified learning disabilities. DLD was among the first organizations to endorse evidence-based practices and continues to support the use of methods, materials, techniques, procedures, and approaches that have substantial research foundations.
Michael Gerber is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School. Gerber is a faculty member in the Special Education, Disabilities, and Risk Emphasis and contributing faculty in the Educational Leadership and Organizations Emphasis. Since 1995, he also has been the UCSB director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, a collaboration between UCSB and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. For the past 20 years, Gerber has been the director of a Center for Advanced Studies of Individual Differences in the Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER). He is also a founding member of UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Emphasis in Cognitive Science. In 2006, Gerber organized a UC-wide Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk that consists of faculty and doctoral students from campuses throughout the UC system.
[Michael Gerber is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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