Month: March 2018

SAVE THE DATE: The Center for Behavioral and Education Research (CBER) 8th Annual Graduate Research Symposium

CBER Symposium photo

Early-career researcher panel

Poster session featuring student research 

Thursday, May 10, 2018
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

UConn Storrs campus
Gentry Building, Room 144/142

The event is free to attend.
Lunch is included.

Questions? Email

Additional details and registration
information will be sent in April.

To save the date, please add the event to your calendar.

Call for Posters: CBER Research Symposium

Allison Lombardi speaks with a graduate student who is presenting a poster at the Graduate Research Symposium.

The Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER) in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut is hosting its 8th Graduate Research Symposium, an annual student-led conference, on May 10, 2017. This is a great opportunity for you to present your own research posters to a large number of people! Please go to the link below and submit your proposal by Monday, April 16, 2018.

Time: May 10th Thursday 9am-3pm

Location: UConn Storrs campus Gentry Building

If your poster is selected, we ask that you set it up by 8:00 a.m. on the day of the event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CBER Graduate Assistant Hao-Jan Luh at We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Breakfast Brown Bag (B3) Series “Using Implementation Science to Improve Research and Practice in K-12 Schools”



Time: Monday, April 9, 2018

Date: 9 – 10 a.m.

Location: Gentry Building, Room 144 UConn Storrs campus


Neag School faculty members

Lisa Sanetti
Lisa Sanetti


Bianca Montrosse-Moorhead
Bianca Montrosse-Moorehead


 Alicia G. Dugan

Alicia Dugan
Department of Occupational & Environmental Medicine at UConn Health

A panel discussion exploring implementation science concepts, frameworks, and methodologies and how they are relevant to improving translation of evidence-based practice to K-12 schools

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Registration is Open: Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum 



7th Annual
Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum
May 17 – 18, 2018

Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa
625 North Road
Groton, Conn.


Develop your professional network in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Enhance your capacity to work smarter and more effectively in implementing the PBIS framework. Join us for this exciting regional opportunity for PBIS leaders and implementers in the Northeast.

Featured Keynotes:
Tim Lewis, Ph.D.
Tim Lewis, Ph.D.,
University of Missouri


Catherine Holahan
Catherine Holahan, J.D.,


George Sugai George Sugai, Ph.D.,
University of Connecticut


We look forward to seeing you in Mystic.

CBER Monthly Featured Project- Project “CALI”

Project CALI (Content-Area Literacy Instruction) is a Goal 2 development grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.  

The purpose of Project CALI is to develop a middle school co-teaching professional development program that improves collaboration between general (content-area) and special education teachers and, ultimately, reading skills and content-area knowledge of students with disabilities. Over the course of three years, the Project CALI team has observed what was happening in middle school co-taught content area classes, developed methods to improve literacy instruction in those classes, and is now testing to see whether the developed Project CALI methods are effective in improving student literacy outcomes in those classes.

The Project CALI framework consists of several strategies, including:

  • Text Selection guidelines
  • World Knowledge (background knowledge)
  • Word Knowledge (vocabulary instruction)
  • Getting the Gist (a powerful, evidence-based summarization strategy)
  • Student Support (individualized support for students with disabilities and those with typical achievement).


Dr. Devin Kearns, co-Principal Investigator, uses Lightboard technology to record professional development videos.


Marney Pollack, lead project coordinator and instructional coach presents a scaffolded reading comprehension strategy to co-teachers.

In addition, Project CALI provides teachers with instructional techniques to support student literacy. These include teaching methods that support learning, strategies for maximizing co-teaching, and tips for creating and maintaining a positive classroom environment. Teachers implement these strategies with Helper Support, or assistance from a trained instructional coach.

Project CALI training includes evidence-based professional development, which consists of videos explaining content developed by experts in the field, interactive activities to process content and check for understanding, and teacher and student materials. It also includes ongoing technical assistance. A ‘CALI Helper’, or instructional coach, provides systematic support for all participating teachers as they plan for CALI lessons, implement CALI lessons, and reflect with co-teachers to enhance future lessons.


Cheryl Lyon, project coordinator and instructional coach reflects with a participating co-teacher following implementation of a CALI lesson.

Principal Investigators include Dr. Devin Kearns (Assistant Professor of Special Education and CBER Research Scientist at the University of Connecticut), Dr. Jade Wexler (Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Maryland), and Dr. Chris Lemons (Associate Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University). Additional project staff at UConn include Marney Pollack and Cheryl Lyon (project coordinators), Amanda Waltman and Michael Li (student research assistants), and Hanna Marchini (graphic designer).

To learn more about Project CALI, please visit

To watch a short informational video about Project CALI, please visit: or watch the video below.

Breakfast Brown Bag (B3) Series “Opportunities and Challenges in Researching Teacher Quality”


Time:  Monday, March 19, 2018, 9 – 10 a.m.
Location: Gentry Building, Room 144, UConn Storrs campus 


Jennifer Freeman.
Morgaen Donaldson.

This event features a panel discussion exploring current research focused on measuring and improving teacher quality across general and special education classrooms.

Please add the event to your calendar by clicking here.