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Webinar 3: Including Students with Learning Difficulties through Promoting Reading Comprehension

Students with significant learning difficulties benefit from instruction that is based on scientific research findings that indicate that acceleration of their progress can be enhanced through explicit instruction.

Over the past 20 years, Vaughn’s research colleagues and herself have conducted numerous empirical studies to determine the components of effective comprehension practices for students with learning difficulties that will enhance their inclusion in education. This talk presents the findings from this research and will highlight several practices associated with improved outcomes including: team-based learning, enhancing word reading and word meaning, strategies for improving comprehension across text types including narrative and information texts, and instructional techniques such as the role of explicit instruction in improving overall learning. This talk will summarize findings from research studies as well as highlight instructional practices to improve outcomes for students with difficulties and disabilities within inclusive classroom settings.


Sharon Vaughn, PhD
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education
Executive Director, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk (MCPER)
Professor, Department of Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Sharon Vaughn is the Manuel J. Justiz Endowed Chair in Education and the Executive Director of The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, an organized research unit that she founded with a “make a wish” gift from the Meadows Foundation family. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the first woman in the history of The University of Texas to receive the Distinguished Faculty and Research Award, the CEC research award, the AERA SIG distinguished researcher award, and the Jeannette E. Fleischner Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of LD from CEC. She is the author of more than 40 books and 350 research articles, six of which have met the What Works Clearing House Criteria for their intervention reports. She has conducted technical assistance in literacy to more than 10 countries and 30 State Departments of Education and has worked as a literacy consultant to more than 50 technical assistance projects.

This webinar is part of the Distinguished Speaker Webinar Series on Special and Inclusive Education 2021-22. For more information visit https://www.unic.ac.cy/eduseries2021-22

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