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NSF Conference on STEM Education, Learning Disabilities, and the Science of Dyslexia

PowerPoints (PPT), POSTERSand HANDOUTS are downloadable in PDF format. 

Direct links of specific YouTube videos for each presentations are noted with VIDEO

All videos are accessible through the STEM YouTube channel

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Day 1: Tuesday, September 26, 2017


  • Representative Lamar Smith, Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, introduced by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Chief Operating Officer of NSF

  • Russell Gersten, Instructional Research Group

Brief overview of the conference framework


PLENARY I: Understanding Dyslexia: A Scientific Approach  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Jack Fletcher, University of Houston

  • Chair: Robbi Cooper, Decoding Dyslexia


PLENARY II: Advances in Understanding Neuropsychological Bases of Dyslexia  PPT  VIDEO    

  • John Gabrieli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Chair: Sheldon Horowitz, NCLD


KEYNOTE: What to Teach in Mathematics Intervention: Perspectives from Math Education Scholarship  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Karen Karp, Johns Hopkins University

  • Chair: Karen King, NSF


PLENARY III: Longitudinal Evidence on the Role of Executive Function Deficits in Early Childhood  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Paul Morgan, Pennsylvania State University PPT

  • George Farkas, University of California, Irvine

  • Chair: Rob Ochsendorf, NSF


BREAKOUT – PREMIER POSTER SESSION: Theoretical and Methodological Advances

  • Michele Mazzocco & Sarah Lukowski, University of Minnesota

“Early Math and Executive Function Skills as Predictors of MLD: Correlation Does Not Ensure Concordance”

  • Marcia Barnes & Nathan Clemens, University of Texas, Austin

“Predicting Risk for Co-Occurring Difficulties in Reading and Mathematics in Prekindergarten Children”

  • Hank Fien, University of Oregon & Yaacov Petscher, Florida Center for Reading Research

“Broadening our Horizons in Screening and Identification of Students with Reading Disabilities”

  • Rose Vukovic, University of Minnesota

“Math Skills and Attitudes of Children with Reading Difficulties”


BREAKOUT – PANEL SESSION: RtI Implementation and Related Research  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Barbara Dougherty, University of Hawaii

“It Isn't All about Algorithms and Facts: Mathematical Content for Learners Who Struggle”

  • Madhavi Jayanthi & Robin Schumacher, Instructional Research Group

“Intervention in Fractions at 5th Grade: The Central Role of the Number Line”

  • Nicole Bucka, Northern Rhode Island Collaborative

“RtI Implementation in Mathematics at the Middle School”

  • Rebecca Zumeta Edmonds & Kathleen Pfannenstiel, American Institutes for Research

“Tier 3 Mathematics Intervention in Elementary School: What Should It Look Like?”

  • Chair: Paula Maccini, Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Dept. of Education


BREAKOUT – PREMIER POSTER SESSION: STEM Intervention and Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Ben Clarke, University of Oregon & Chris Doabler, University of Texas, Austin

“Investigating the Impact of Group Size on the Treatment Intensity of a Tier 2 Mathematics Intervention”  POSTER

  • Michael Kennedy, University of Virginia

“Improving Inclusive Science Teachers’ Vocabulary Instruction: A Multimedia-Based Professional Development Process”  POSTER

  • Maya Israel, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“K-8 Computer Science Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities”  POSTER  HANDOUT

  • William Therrien, University of Virginia & Jonte Taylor, Pennsylvania State University

"Effectiveness of a Science Inquiry Instructional Approach on 3rd Through 5th Grade Students with Learning Disabilities Achievement”


BREAKOUT – RESEARCH PANEL: The Role of Executive Function and Language in Learning Disabilities  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Philip Zelazo, University of Minnesota

“Development of Executive Function Skills in Childhood: Implications for Learning and Learning Disabilities”

  • Lee Swanson, University of California, Riverside

“Latent Class Analysis of Children with Math Difficulties and/or Disabilities: Are There Cognitive Differences?”

  • Lynn Fuchs, Vanderbilt University

“Does Language Comprehension Instruction Improve Word-Problem Learning?”

  • Chair/Discussant: Daniel Berch, University of Virginia


PLENARY IV: Policy Issues Related to Learning Disabilities and STEM Learning  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Lindsay Jones, NCLD

“NCLD: Policy and Parental Perspectives”

  • Karen Cheser, Superintendent of the Fort Thomas Independent Schools

“LEA Perspectives on RtI Implementation in Mathematics”

  • Chairs: Lizzette Gonzales Reynolds, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Day 2: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

KEYNOTE: Revisiting the Role of Reading and Discussion in Content Area Teaching of History and Science: Experimental Research  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Sharon Vaughn, University of Texas, Austin

  • Chair: Brett Miller, NICHD


PLENARY I – RESEARCH SESSION: Neurobiological Basis and Comorbidity of Learning Disabilities  PPT  

  • Guinevere Eden, Georgetown University

“Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Arithmetic in Dyslexia”

  • Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware & Luke Rinne, University of Maryland

“Connections Between Calculation Fluency and Reading Fluency: Findings from a Longitudinal Study Between Third and Fifth Grade”

  • Douglas Fuchs, Vanderbilt University

“Does Embedding Arithmetic Instruction in Word-Reading Instruction Improve Word-Reading Performance for First-Graders At-Risk for Dyslexia?”

  • Chair: Sarah Brasiel, NCSER


PLENARY II – PANEL: Professional Development  PPT  VIDEO  

  • John Woodward, University of Puget Sound

“Critical Issues in Professional Development”

  • Tim Jacobbe, University of Florida

“New Frontiers: Teaching Statistics, Probability, and Data Science”

  • Chair: Madhavi Jayanthi, Instructional Research Group


PLENARY III: Exceptional Abilities and Dyslexia  PPT  VIDEO  

  • Don Compton, Florida State University

“Examining the Hypothesized Linkage Between Exceptional Abilities and Dyslexia: Considering Population and Distributional Issues”

  • Mark Tumeo, University of North Florida

“Perspectives of a Dyslexic Engineer”

  • Chair: Larry Wexler, Office of Special Education Programs



  • Program Co-Chair: Russell Gersten, Instructional Research Group

  • Closing Remarks: Evan Heit, NSF, Division Director in the Division of Research on Learning

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