American Institutes for Research Experts to Share Insights and Evidence at the Council for Exceptional Children Convention

Arlington, Va. – Special education experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will participate in a variety of presentations, panel discussions and poster sessions at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo occurring March 1-4, 2023, in Louisville, Kentucky. AIR experts are joining thousands of conference attendees from around the world, including educators, practitioners, researchers and policymakers, to share knowledge, engage with leaders in the field and discuss urgent policy topics.

AIR experts will present on a wide range of topics related to meeting the needs of students with disabilities. Session topics include integrating academic and behavioral supports, prioritizing equity as part of individualized education plans, providing useful teacher feedback, and reviewing current trends and legal issues in special education. Learn more about AIR’s commitment to generating evidence that improves outcomes and opportunities for students with disabilities.

CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the success of children and youth with special education needs. 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 sessions featuring AIR experts and their work are listed below. All times are Eastern Standard Time. For more information on session locations or to see a full list of sessions, visit the CEC website.

Wednesday, March 1

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Workshop: Put the “I” in IEPs Using High-quality Tools for Development and Implementation
AIR presenters/authors: Amy Peterson and Donna Sacco

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Panel session: MTSS Research Network: Integrating Academic and Behavior Supports Across Tiers
AIR presenter/author: Allison Gandhi

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Presentation: Achieving Greatness: Improving Teaching Through Feedback and Self-Assessment
AIR presenter/author: Amy Colpo

Thursday, March 2

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Presentation: Meeting Student Needs Through Integrated Multi-Tier Systems of Support (Eliminating Silos: Purposefully Integrating Academic and Behavior Supports Within MTSS)
AIR presenters/authors: Allison Gandhi, Jennifer Pierce, and Caitlyn Majeika

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Presentation: Integrating Intensive Intervention Content Within Teacher Education Courses
AIR presenter/author: Lindsey Hayes

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Panel session: Interpreting and Researching Teacher Workforce Policy: Implications for the Future
AIR presenter/author: Tammy Kolbe

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Presentation: High-Quality Educational Programming Recommendations Guided by Focus Group Findings
AIR presenters/authors: Amy Peterson and Christerralyn Brown

11:45 - 12:45 p.m.

Presentation: Equity of Voice: Lessons Learned from Partnering with Local Educators, part of the session titled, Effective and Equitable IEP Meetings
AIR presenter/author: Christerralyn Brown

1:00 - 2 p.m.

Presentation: Using DBI to Promote Improved Outcomes Across Educational Landscapes: University, SEA, LEA, and School Examples
AIR presenter/author: Lindsey Hayes

Friday, March 3

8:00 - 9 a.m.

Panel session: One Year of ESSER: Ensuring Effectiveness & Planning for Sustainability
AIR presenters/authors: Amy Colpo, Amanda Danks, and Keane Alavi

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Presentation: Current Trends and Legal Issues in Special Education
AIR presenter/author: David Bateman

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Presentation: Application of MTSS Practices in Secondary School (Equity of Voice: Multi-Tiered System of Supports in Secondary Settings)
AIR presenter/author: Christerralyn Brown

About AIR
Established in 1946, 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 education, health, and the workforce. AIR's work is driven by its mission to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world. With headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, AIR has offices across the U.S. and abroad. For more information, visit

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