AIR Special Education Experts to Present at 2018 Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

Washington, D.C. – Special education experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at the 2018 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo, being held February 7-10 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

The CEC is the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities, with more than 29,000 members in the United States, Canada, and abroad. The annual conference provides members with networking opportunities and sessions on the latest evidence-based practices, technology, products and resources.

Over the years, AIR has conducted a broad range of research and evaluation in the areas of special education and serving the needs of students with disabilities. Learn more about our work.

Sessions featuring AIR experts include:  

(NOTE: All sessions are at the Tampa Convention Center and all times are EST)

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Preconference Session)

We’ve Tried Everything…Now What? Using Data to Individualize and Intensify Intervention

Room 15

AIR Presenters: Amy Peterson, Teri Marx, and Lou Danielson

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. (Program Chair Featured Session)

Intensive Interventions and the Future of Learning Disabilities (Keynote)

Ballroom B

AIR Co-Presenter: Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Do Students Understand the Language of Math?

Room 24

AIR Co-Presenter: Gena Nelson

Thursday, February 8, 2018

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Improving Your Instruction: High-Leverage Practices that Work

Ballroom A

AIR Co-Presenter: Lynn Holdheide

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Strategies for Writing Post-School Employment-Based Transition Plans

Room 13

AIR Co-Presenter: Tessie Bailey

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

DBI 101: Using Data to Meet Complex Student Needs When Evidence-Based Interventions Don’t Work (POSTER 4)

East Hall, 3rd floor

AIR Presenters: Amy Peterson and Teri Marx

Friday, February 9, 2018

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Special Education Licensure Reform in Three CEEDAR States: Who? Why? and How?

Room 5

AIR Co-Presenter: Lindsey Hayes

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Strand)

How to Reach Hard to Reach Students Using Intensive Intervention: An In-depth Look at How Team Building, Data Analysis, and Intensification Processes Can Impact Student Outcomes

Room 24

AIR Strand Leader: Lou Danielson

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Strand Session 1: Towards more effective systems: Implementing intensive intervention in a Tiered System of Support, AIR Presenters: Lou Danielson, Sarah Arden, Allison Gandhi
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m., Strand Session 2: Taxonomy of Intervention Intensity: A Process for Evaluating and Building Intervention intensity, AIR Co-Presenter: Jill Pentimonti
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Strand Session 3: Tier 3 Intensive Intervention: Making Data Analysis Easy, AIR Co-Presenters: Tessie Bailey and Amy Peterson.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (Program Chair Featured Session)

Implementing Job-Embedded Professional Development to Meet the Instructional Needs of English Learners/English Learners With Disabilities

Room 25

AIR Panelist: Linda Cavazos

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Understanding and Addressing Misconceptions in Whole Numbers for Elementary Students for Long-term Success in Mathematics

Room 9

AIR Presenters: Kathleen Pfannenstiel and Gena Nelson

Saturday, February 10, 2018

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Project ELLIPSES: English Learner Literacy Intervention Program and Strategies Ensuring Success

Room 24

AIR Co-Presenter: Linda Cavazos

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

What is Fidelity and Why Does it Matter? Teacher-Friendly Tools to Support Improved Student Outcomes

Room 9

AIR Co-Presenter: Jennifer Pierce

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Federal Initiative You Haven't Heard About for Students with Disabilities: What Every Educator Needs to Know about Results-Driven Accountability

Room 9

AIR Presenter: Jennifer Pierce

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Early MTSS: Scale-Up and Continuous Improvement Using a Breakthrough Series Collaborative

Room 21

AIR Co-Presenters: Virginia Buysse, Taletha Derrington, and Jill Pentimonti

Visit the CEC Conference website for more information about these and other sessions.

About AIR 
Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that conducts behavioral and social science research and delivers technical assistance both domestically and internationally in the areas of health, education, and workforce productivity. For more information, visit


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