American Institutes for Research Experts to Present at Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Convention

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will lead and participate in several presentations at the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) 2019 Special Education Convention and Expo, which will be held Jan. 29 – Feb. 2 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind. The annual convention is one of the nation’s largest gatherings of special education researchers, policymakers and practitioners.

AIR’s presentations will cover a broad array of topics related to meeting the needs of students with special needs, including professional development, effective literacy practices, Response to Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and early childhood education.

Several of the presentations will feature the work of the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII), a federally funded program operated by AIR. NCII builds the capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in reading, mathematics and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs.

CEC is a professional organization for those who work in and around special and gifted education. With more than 27,000 members, CEC represents the interests of exceptional children in policy and legislation; establishes professional standards for the field; and develops initiatives to improve special education practice.

CEC Convention sessions featuring AIR experts and their work are listed below. To learn more about these and other sessions, visit the CEC Convention website.

January 30, 2019

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST

A Deeper Dive into High Leverage Practice #18 Student Engagement
Room 121
AIR Presenter: Dia Jackson

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST

Mitigating the SET Shortage: A Multi-Pronged Strategic Statewide Approach
Room 123
AIR Presenters: Lindsey Hayes & Lynn Holdheide

January 31, 2019

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. EST

Effective Practices for Online Professional Collaboratives
Room 125
AIR Presenters: Lauren Artzi & Amy Peterson

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Room 140
AIR Presenters: Tessie Bailey & Zach Weingarten

How Can I Use Literacy Screening Tools to Achieve My Goals?
Room 107
AIR Presenter: Jill Pentimonti

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

Designing and Delivering Effective Literacy Intervention
Room 107
AIR Presenter: Tessie Bailey

What is Fidelity and Why Does it Matter? Tools for Teachers and Leaders
Room 108
AIR Presenters: Jennifer Pierce, Kathleen Pfannenstiel & Kristin Ruedel

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST

Leading the Charge: How Leaders Can Support Implementation of Effective Literacy Practices
Room 107
AIR Presenters: Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds, Amy Peterson & Allison Gandhi

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST

Supporting English Learners with Intensive Needs: What Every Teacher Should Know
Room 202
AIR Presenters: Lauren Artzi & Gail Chan

Navigating Implementation Barriers: Lessons Learned from NCII’s First Five Years (Poster session)
Wabash Ballroom 2, Poster 8
AIR Presenters: Nick Croninger & Matt Weingarten

February 1, 2019

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. EST

Embracing Systemic Change and Achieving the Vision of Results-Driven Accountability
Room 105
AIR Presenters: Jennifer Pierce & Kristin Ruedel

Five Practical Steps to Making RTI and MTSS Work in Your School
Room 202
AIR Presenters: Dia Jackson & Sarah Benz

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST

Supporting, Scaling, and Sustaining Evidence-Based Practice Implementation
Room 105
AIR Presenters: Kat Pfannenstiel & Teri Marx

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST

Using Data to Improve Outcomes: Three Years of Lessons Learned
Room 105
AIR Presenters: Tessie Bailey, Louis Danielson & Kristin Ruedel

Coaching 101: Effective Coaching Practices that Lead to Improved Student Outcomes
Room 104
AIR Presenters: Jennifer Pierce & Kathleen Pfannenstiel

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.  EST

Supporting Dual Language Learners and Their Families in Inclusive Early Childhood Environments
Room 203
AIR Presenters: Taletha Derrington & Lauren Artzi

Synergy: Combining a Word Problem-Solving Strategy and Fluency Building with Fact Families
Room 202
AIR Presenter: Kathleen Pfannenstiel

February 2, 2019

8 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. EST

What Should I Try Next? Intensifying Interventions without Getting Overwhelmed
Wabash Ballroom 2, Poster 7
AIR Presenters: Amy Peterson & Teri Marx

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Workshop 24: When Life Hands You Data, Make Data-Based Decisions!
Room 141
AIR Presenters: Teri Marx & Tessie Bailey

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. EST

Strategies to Stem Special Education Teacher and Early Intervention Provider Shortages
Wabash Ballroom 1
AIR Presenter: Lynn Holdheide

1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EST

Research-Tested, Teacher-Approved: Implementation Supports for Math Educators
Wabash Ballroom 2, Poster 12
AIR Presenters: Kathleen Pfannenstiel & Teri Marx

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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