CSU, Chico News

Project 'Next Steps' Brings Expert in Academic Interevention to Chico

Date: 08-27-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Terri Davis,
Professional Studies in Education

Project NEXT STEPS, Special Education Credential Programs, California State University, Chico, is sponsoring the Sept. 3 and 4 visit of Donald Deshler, PhD, an expert on evidence-based practices that increase academic achievement in struggling students.

Special Education faculty and public school partners have been invited to attend a lecture on Thursday, Sept. 3, 1:30–3:30 p.m. in BMU 210 or a regionwide morning session, 8:30–11:30 a.m., at the Masonic Family Center on East Avenue in Chico.

Deshler is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and the director of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. He will talk about the center’s work that focuses on (1) the design and validation of interventions and technologies that enable struggling learners to meet state assessment standards, graduate and succeed in post-secondary settings; (2) strategies for restructuring secondary schools to improve literacy attainment; and (3) strategies for helping schools to sustain change initiatives.

Deshler serves as an advisor on adolescent achievement to organizations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Governor’s Association, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Council on Families and Literacy and the U.S. State Department. He received a presidential appointment to serve as a member of the National Institute for Literacy Advisory Board. He has presented on matters of educational policy regarding adolescent literacy to the nation’s governors at the James B. Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy and has testified before Congress and several state legislatures on secondary school reform.

Project NEXT STEPS is funded through the U.S. Department of Education to improve teacher preparation in ways that will increase student achievement and meet the goals of No Child Left Behind and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Project NEXT STEPS team consists of Project Director Terri Davis, Kathleen Gabriel, Laurel Hill-Ward, Mary Jensen and Cheri Taylor.