Dean’s Circle Grant Provides Inspiration, Updated Materials and Instruction for Dual Degree Students



BATON ROUGE--Thanks to a generous grant from the Dean’s Circle, Associate Professor Paul Mooney, PhD,  hosted a visit from SMU Professor Jill Allor, PhD, to provide inspiration and best practices for local special education professionals and LSU dual degree students.

A native of Baton Rouge and a former special education teacher, Allor researches school-based and focuses on reading acquisition for students with and without disabilities, including students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities.

While in the Capital City, Allor visited West Baton Rouge Parish school leaders, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and LSU dual degree students.

Across the nation, there are more than 6.4 million students with disabilities, the majority of whom have documented deficits in reading.

Approximately 100,000 of these students are served in Louisiana public schools. With these numbers it is imperative that teacher preparation programs train all teachers, and particularly teachers of students with disabilities, how to effectively improve students’ reading skills.

Over the years, experimental research has consistently shown that direct or explicit instruction methods are the most effective approaches for teaching students whose skills are delayed.

The Dean’s Circle grant also allowed the School of Education to purchase new materials to provide its student with best practices in reading instruction for children with cognitive disabilities.

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