Professor Michael Kennedy stands on a stage accepting an award

School of Education and Human Development Shines at CEC Conference

At the event, EHD faculty and students were awarded for their scholarship on improving outcomes for students with disabilities.

Tiffany Tolson

The School of Education and Human Development made waves at the recent Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference held in San Antonio, Texas earlier this month. UVA EHD faculty and students hosted over 20 sessions and posters at the conference. 

Among the accolades garnered, Emily Solari, Edmund H. Henderson Professor of Education, was honored with the Policymaker Award from the Division for Learning Disabilities. Solari is also the incoming president for the Division for Research. Professor Emeritus John Lloyd received a prestigious Legacy Proclamation from CEC, recognizing his extensive scholarly contributions to the field over the years. Associate Professor LaRon Scott was formally named co-editor of Teacher Education and Special Education

In the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Kaleidoscope program, special education doctoral students Suzanne McClain, Nate Welker, and Danielle Waterfield showcased their work, with McClain winning first place, and Welker and Waterfield capturing third.

In conjunction with the conference, the new and updated High-Leverage Practices for Students with Disabilities text was released. This publication is co-edited by Professor Michael Kennedy with several UVA alumni and doctoral students authoring content. 

"I'm incredibly proud of our faculty and students,” said Stephanie Rowley, dean of the School of Education and Human Development. “Their dedication has put our school at the forefront of special education and reading research. The awards and accolades that they garnered at this year's CEC reflect the spirit of excellence and innovation that defines our school." 


Photo: Professor Michael Kennedy (left) accepts the Legacy Proclamation award on behalf of Professor Emeritus John Lloyd. Credit: Batts Media Group

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international professional organization dedicated to improving the success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

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