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October 2013: Does Discovery-Based Instruction Enhance Learning?

Read Dr. Michael Vaughn’s recommendations on discovery learning, based on Alfieri, L., Brooks, P. J., Tenenbaum, H. R., & Aldrich, N. J. (2011). Does discovery-based instruction enhance learning? Journal of Educational Psychology, 103(1), 1–18.


September 2013: Examining Learning Disability Classification Accuracy

Read Dr. Jeremy Miciak’s thoughts about the implications of actuarial classifications of learning disabilities, based on Macmann, G. M., Barnett, D. W., Lombard, T. J., Belton-Kocher, E., & Sharpe, M. N. (1989). On the actuarial classification of children: Fundamental studies of classification agreement. The Journal of Special Education, 23(2), 127–149.


August 2013: Improving Reading to Improve Math

Read Dr. Marcia Barnes’ thoughts about the relationship between reading and math achievement, based on ​​Glenberg, A., Willford, J., Gibson, B., Goldberg, A., & Zhu, X. (2012). Improving reading to improve math. Scientific Studies of Reading, 16, 316–340.


July 2013: Treating Childhood Anxiety in Schools

Read Dr. Amie Grills's recommendations about treating childhood anxiety in schools, based on Sulkowski, M. L., Joyce, D. K., & Storch, E. A. (2012). Treating childhood anxiety in schools: Service delivery in a response to intervention paradigm. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 938–947.


June 2013: Young ChildrenÕs Decision-Making on the Marshmallow Task

Read Dr. Jessica Church-Lang’s recommendations about environmental reliability and grit based on Kidd, C., Palmeri, H., & Aslin, R. N. (2013). Rational snacking: Young children’s decision-making on the marshmallow task is moderated by beliefs about environmental reliability. Cognition, 126(1), 109–114.


May 2013: Interpreting Statistical Effects of Educational Interventions

Read Dr. Saro Mohammed’s thoughts on interpreting effects based on Lipsey, M. W., Puzio, K., Yun, C., Hebert, M. A., Steinka-Fry, K., Cole, M. W., . . .Busick, M. D. (2012). Translating the statistical representation of the effects of education interventions into more readily interpretable forms (NCSER 2013-3000). Washington, DC: National Center for Special Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences.


April 2013: Proposed Changes to ADHD and LD in the DSM-5

Read Dr. Jack Fletcher’s thoughts on some of the upcoming changes to DSM-5, based on Tannock, R. (2013). Rethinking ADHD and LD in DSM-5: Proposed changes in diagnostic criteria. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46(1), 5–25.


March 2013: Academic Outcomes for Children After Traumatic Brain Injury

Read Dr. Sharon Vaughn’s recommendations on instruction for students with traumatic brain injury, based on ​​Vu, J. A., Babikian, T., & Asarnow, R. F. (2011). Academic and language outcomes in children after traumatic brain injury: A meta-analysis. Exceptional Children, 77(3), 263–281.


February 2013: Effects of Parental Involvement in Middle School

​Read Dr. Nancy Scammacca’s recommendations on parent involvement techniques to improve middle school students’ academic achievement and on future research of this topic, based on Hill, N., & Tyson, D. (2009). Parental involvement in middle school: A meta-analytic assessment of the strategies that promote achievement. Developmental Psychology, 45, 740–763.​


January 2013: Is Working Memory Training Effective?

​Read Dr. Paul Cirino’s recommendations about the research on working memory training and its relation to academic outcomes, based on Melby-Lervåg, M., & Hulme, C. (2012).  Is working memory training effective? A meta-analytic review. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication.


December 2012: Long-Term Effects of Higher Quality Early Child Care

Read Dr. Greg Roberts’ recommendations about early child care and its relation to later academic success, based on ​Dearing, E., McCartney, K., & Taylor, B. A. (2009). Does higher quality early child care promote low-income children’s math and reading achievement in middle childhood? Child Development, 80(5), 1329–1349.


November 2012: Interpreting Effect Sizes

​Read Dr. Karla Steubing’s recommendations for interpreting effect sizes based on Kelley, K., & Preacher, K. J. (2012). On effect size. Psychological Methods, 17, 137–152.


October 2012: Schooling in Adolescence Raises IQ Scores

​Read Dr. Michael Vaughn’s recommendations for practice based on Brinch, C. N., & Galloway, T. A. (2011). Schooling in adolescence raises IQ scores. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109(2), 425–430. doi:10.1073/pnas.1106077109.


September 2012: Improving the Accuracy of Academic Screening Instruments

Read Dr. Amy Barth’s recommendations for practice based on Johnson, E. S., Jenkins, J. R., Petscher, Y., & Catts, H. W. (2009). How can we improve the accuracy of screening instruments? Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 24, 174–185.