April 17, 2007
For immediate release
Faculty from the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara Lead Researchers from 7 UC Campuses to Present New Education Center at Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference
Dr. Michael Gerber, Dr. Bob Koegel, and Dr. Lynn Koegel from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education will report research findings and unveil the new UC-wide Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities and Developmental Risk at the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference, April 21, 2007 in Louisville, KY.
The Center for Research on Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk (SPEDDR) is a collaborative effort to consolidate the expertise and research of the entire UC system. Led by Dr. Michael Gerber, the center will cultivate a new generation of special education research and advanced graduate training.
“The University of California has a number of world-class researchers in special education, disabilities, and developmental risk across, but they are dispersed across the 10 campus system,” says Dr. Gerber. “We decided that by joining together, we could make an even greater impact in California and the nation.”
In addition to unveiling the SPEDDR center, the three Gevirtz School professors will take part in the panel, “Response to Treatment as a Unifying Concept in Special Education: A Research Sampler.” Both their presentations and the center are dedicated to the educational concept of “response to treatment,” and its application as a unifying idea in special education.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities and the gifted. Authorities in special education from around the world attend its annual conference to share ideas and concepts to further educational opportunities for those with disabilities.
[Michael Gerber, Bob Koegel, and Lynn Koegel are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]