Is ‘$Billion-dollar-boondoggle’ alternative fact?

In Alternative Facts Are Alive in Education As Well: A Response to Johns, Kauffman, and Martin, a group of psychologists, special educators, school administrators, and others interested in educational policy respond to the monograph by Johns, Kauffman, and Martin (2016) published on SpedPro. The signatories to the response, who are listed in the appended table, raise and respond to a series of three questions. Here are those questions, drawn from the document:

  1. Is their [Johns et al.] distain for RTI an implicit endorsement of the use of ability achievement discrepancy models or its more complicated and even less reliable counterpart, patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses, as their preferred method of SLD identification?
  2. Do the authors believe that general education is committed to, and successfully implementing research- based intervention(s), that promote early intervention, prevent disabilities, and reduce the need for special education for some students?
  3. Do the authors believe that as currently implemented, that beyond procedural compliance, special education provides the powerful intervention(s) that students with disabilities need to be successful in school and the workplace?

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Mark R. Shinn, Ph.D. Jack M. Fletcher, Ph.D. Jim Ysseldyke, Ph.D.
Robert Pasternack, Ph.D. Stevan Kukic, Ph.D. W. Alan Coulter, Ph.D.
Chris McHugh Susan M. Koceski, Ph.D. Ed P. O’Connor, Ph.D.
Chris Birr, Ed.S. Rebecca C. Davis, M.Ed. Erica Lembke, Ph.D.
Ed Steinberg, Ph.D. John L. Hosp, Ph.D. Kim Gibbons, Ph.D.
Daniel J. Reschly, Ph.D. Corey D. Pierce, Ph.D. David Tilly. Ph.D.
Jeremy W. Ford, Ph.D. Randy Allison Beth Harn
Judy Elliott, Ph.D. George M. Batsche, Ed.D. Leanne S. Hawken, Ph.D.
Joseph F. Kovaleski, D.Ed. James A. Tucker, Ph.D. Lisa H. Stewart, Ph.D.

Is RTI a billion-$$ boondoggle?

The Concept Of RTI: Billion-Dollar Boondoggle
by Beverley Holden Johns, James M. Kauffman, and Edwin W. Martin.

The writers argue that RTI and iterations known as tiered frameworks for education (e.g., one known as a multi-tiered system of supports, MTSS) are being widely implemented without necessary research confirming their superiority to the framework created in 1975 and known generally as IDEA. Widespread implementation of RTI and similar frameworks without reliable research evidence of their superiority to IDEA could, like many other efforts to improve education without reliable empirical evidence, be a very expensive mistake.

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SUNY New Paltz position for a generalist in special education

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Posting Date: October 21, 2015

Duties: The Department of Educational Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for a faculty position in Special Education to begin Fall 2016. This is a full-time, tenure track position for a generalist in Special Education, preferably with expertise in assessment methods and instructional methods in the areas of math, science and/or technology.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Participate in program development, review, and revision;
  • Engage in research and other scholarly activities;
  • Supervise field experiences;
  • Pursue external grants; and
  • Provide service to the school, university, and community, including advising students.

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SUNY New Paltz position with emphasis on adolescence

Assistant Professor of Special Education
Posting Date: October 21, 2015

Duties: The Department of Educational Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz invites applications for a faculty position in Special Education to begin Fall 2016. This is a full-time tenure track position requiring specialization in the area of adolescent special education, preferably with expertise in behavior management and instructional methods.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescent special education, the successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Participate in program development, review, and revision;
  • Engage in research and other scholarly activities;
  • Supervise field experiences;
  • Pursue external grants; and
  • Provide service to the school, university, and community, including advising students.

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Tenure Track Positions, Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services

The Special Education Program in the Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services in the College of Education and Educational Technology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track positions, beginning August 2016.

To view the full description and apply for this position, please visit www.iup.edu/employment. In brief, one position calls for someone with expertise or experience in one or more of the areas of math, language arts, and English language learners; and middle or secondary schools. The other position calls for someone with expertise in autism spectrum disorder across K-12 and severity levels. Please see the actual job descriptions, as these simple notes are only simple characterizations of the IUP’s interests.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon confirmation of work eligibility and satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.

IUP is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V and is a proud member of the State System of Higher Education.

Keene State ECSE position for 2016

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Teacher Education-Early Childhood and Special Education
Tenure-Track Faculty Position
To begin fall 2016

Keene State College invites applications for a tenure-track academic year faculty position, with a focus on Early Childhood Education (birth to age 8) and Special Education, to collaborate with a dynamic team of teacher-scholars in the preparation of socially responsible early childhood and special education teachers. Position focuses on working with colleagues to support pre-service teachers to demonstrate developmentally appropriate teaching, promote inclusionary and anti-bias approaches to learning, and meet national standards as defined by NAEYC and CEC. A twelve-credit teaching load per semester is expected, and will include teaching and supervision in the undergraduate Early Childhood program and in the graduate Special Education program. An earned doctorate is required for the rank of Assistant Professor. A candidate who has not yet received the degree will be hired at the instructor rank.

Download a PDF of the full announcement or view a complete expanded position description, responsibilities, qualifications and application via the link at http://www.keene.edu/hr/vacancies.cfm.

Keene State College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is engaged in an effort to build a community that reflects the diversity of society. The College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.

Iowa State Assistant Prof EBD position 2016

Assistant Professor of Special Education (Behavior Disorders) at Iowa State University

The School of Education (SOE), College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Special Education to begin in August 2016. The School seeks a dynamic, innovative, and enthusiastic colleague who will collaborate with special education and other SOE colleagues in developing rich and rigorous special education learning experiences and contribute expertise in behavior disorders. Building on these strengths, the School is committed to increasing its academic excellence, external funding, and diversity of faculty and students.

For the full position announcement, please visit our Web site. Once on the site, search by Vacancy ID #500141. To ensure consideration, submit application by 1 October 2015.

For additional information, you may also contact Search Co-Chair, Dr. Anne Foegen at afoegen [at] iastate.edu.

Mizzou NSF postdoc

The University of Missouri’s Quality Elementary Science Teaching (QuEST) program is searching for a postdoctoral scholar. The person filling the position would work on designing, delivering, and studying a practicum-based professional development model for K6 teachers in science teaching. The position, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, would begin 1 July 2015.

For a full description and detailed contact information, download the accompanying PDF.

Frances Partridge Connor

Frances Partridge Connor, an influential figure across many aspects of special education, passed away 28 March 2015 in Boca Raton, FL. She was the Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York (NY, US).

For many decades, Professor Connor affected the practice and policy of special education. She not only chaired the special education program at Teachers College, but also served as president of the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). In addition, she advised local, state, federal, and international government agencies about educational policies related to children and youths with disabilties. She was also a member of multiple research teams focused on improving the tools of teachers and methods for advancing outcomes for children with disabilties.
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Assistant Prof at Millersville U.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

The Millersville University Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education seeks an Assistant Professor of Special Education beginning August 2015. Minimum qualifications include ABD status in special education, or a closely related field, 4 years of successful full-time teaching experience with Pre-K – 8 individuals demonstrating a broad range of disabilities. Highly regarded for its instructional quality and strong commitment to diversity, Millersville University is a learner-focused institution located in historic Lancaster County, known for its excellent schools and vibrant arts community, and close to Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, and NYC. MU enrolls about 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students. We seek individuals who embrace our public mission and value exploration, professionalism, integrity and compassion.

For a full listing of qualifications and to apply, go to http://jobs.millersville.edu/postings/1255 and complete a faculty application. Full consideration given to applications received by November 23, 2014. Direct questions to Dr. Richard Mehrenberg, search committee chair, at Richard.Mehrenberg@millersville.edu

An EO/AA institution.
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Director of Education at UW-Tacoma

The University of Washington, Tacoma, announced a search for a Professor and Director of the Education Program. The position, which is slated to begin in July of 2015, will be for the nine-month academic year plus a three-month summer period. The Director will report to the UWT Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and should be committed to helping the program transition from its program status into a departmentalized school of education. Review of applications begins 1 November 2014.

Please download the accompanying PDF for more a comprehensive description of the position.

Department Chair in Ed Leadership and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University is conducting a search for a tenured Associate or Full Professor/Chairperson in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling to begin January 1, 2015

Primary Responsibilities

 

The Chairperson maintains standards, policies and procedures for a department with two distinct disciplines: Educational Leadership and Counseling. The department serves graduate students and offers degrees including Master’s Degree programs in Educational Administration, School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and Higher Education Administration. Specialist level degrees are offered for Educational Administration, Counseling Education, and Educational Leadership Development. The Department also supports a Cooperative Ed.D. program in partnership with the University of Missouri.

Responsibilities include administration, leadership, teaching, faculty-personnel relations, student recruitment, department liaison, student development, and management/budget oversight consistent with a diverse graduate level department. In addition, the chairperson maintains an active, scholarly and service agenda. The Chairperson of the department has a reduced teaching load.

Required Qualifications

         Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Educational Leadership/Administration (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)

  • Demonstrated record of administrative/leadership experience
  • Ability to champion both counseling and administration programs
  • Demonstrate knowledge of ELCC and CAEP/NCATE standards
  • Demonstrated success with scholarly research
  • Excellent record of college/university teaching
  • Experience/knowledge of administrative and counseling accreditation and certification processes
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of faculty morale and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with multi-cultural populations and awareness of issues affecting women and minorities

Read the full HR posting of the position and get additional information regarding the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling.

CLD search for editor for LD Forum

Council for Learning Disabilities

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is seeking applications for the position of editor of LD Forum, its official newsletter. The role of the editor involves preparing in a timely manner the newsletter content, which should:

  1. inform the membership about business of the international organization and state chapters, and
  2. offer brief articles related to the LD field. Applicants must be a member of CLD and maintain membership during the term as editor.

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Millersville University: Assistant Professor

The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Millersville University welcomes applications for an Assistant Professor/Tenure Track position in Special Education beginning Fall 2014. The desired candidate will teach undergraduate courses in Special Education with emphasis in inclusionary practices for students with mild to severe disabilities from pre-K to eighth grade.  Continue reading Millersville University: Assistant Professor

Chair for JMU Ed Foundations and Exceptionalities

Department Head – Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities – 0405607

The College of Education at James Madison University invites applications for the position of Department Head for Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities (EFEX). The EFEX Department is committed to the preparation of educators and others who teach and serve individuals with exceptionalities and their families in a diverse society. The department supports other licensure programs within the college and across the teacher education unit by its educational foundations, exceptionalities and diversity course offerings. The department offers initial licensure programs in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Special Education birth- 5 and PreK-3rd grade); Special Education K-12 General Curriculum; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PK-12) and Early Childhood Special Education. Additionally, it supports students who want to acquire knowledge of exceptionalities with several minors and/or post baccalaureate programs including Gifted Education, Autism Certificate and M.Ed. programs in Exceptional Education and Equity and Cultural Diversity. The departmental programs support and are enhanced by a grant-funded project, the Career Development Academy, which meets the educational and career needs of immigrant English language learners. Continue reading Chair for JMU Ed Foundations and Exceptionalities