Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbility - George Mason University
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The Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) is an interdisciplinary campus-based organization focusing on improving the lives and productivity of children and adults with disabilities. KIHd combines the resources of the university with local, state, regional, national, public, and private sector agencies and organizations to develop products, services, and programs for persons with disabilities.

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May 17, 2016

Dr. Berkeley makes the “News at Mason” for being a 2015 winner of George Mason University’s Emerging Researcher/Scholar/Creator Award. Read the full article here.

April 30, 2016

REU student Imani Cones attended the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Symposium to learn about approaches to disseminating research.

Pictured (from left to right): Anna Menditto, Sheri Berkeley, Imani Cones.

April 30, 2016

A group of GMU faculty and students attended the Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities Symposium in Harrisonburg, VA. Dr. Sheri Berkeley (PI) and Dr. Peggy King-Sears (advisory board) gave a presentation based on their current textbooks. Numerous doctoral students from GMU, including Anna Menditto and Leigh Ann Kurz (doctoral research assistants), gave poster presentations at the conference based on projects completed in their doctoral program.

Pictured (from left to right): Melissa Hughes, Peggy King-Sears, Jason Sutton, Sheri Berkeley, Chelseann Christopher, Meghan Betz, Donna Sacco, Anna Menditto, Leigh Ann Kurz, Imani Cones.

April 15, 2016

REU student Stephen Guion attends the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference to learn about approaches to disseminating research.

Pictured (from left to right): Amanda Luh, Stephen Guion.

April 15, 2016

Team members Len Annetta (co-PI), Amanda Luh and Marina Shapiro (doctoral research assistants) attended the National Association of Research on Science Teaching (NARST) Annual International Conference in Baltimore, MD. They presented a paper informed by the current project “Developing a Project Based Learning Progression in a Serious Educational Game Design and Development Project.”

Pictured (from left to right): Marina Shapiro, Len Annetta, Amanda Luh.

April 11, 2016

Research team members presented their paper “Critically Reading a Middle School STEM Project through a Gender Lens” at the American Education Research Association Annual Convention in Washington D.C.

Pictured (from left to right): Stacia Stribling, Leigh Ann Kurz, Anna Menditto, Amanda Luh, Sheri Berkeley.

December 16, 2015

Dr. Berkeley was invited to participate on the panel, “Key Interpersonal Competencies” at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium on Hard-to-Measure Cognitive, Interpersonal and Interpersonal Competencies in Washington D.C. Doctoral students attended.

Pictured (from left to right): Amanda Luh, Sheri Berkeley, Jason Sutton, Anna Menditto.

October 2, 2015

The research team attended the 37th International Conference on Learning Disabilities in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Berkeley (PI) and Stacia Stribling (senior personnel) participated on a science panel to present initial project findings “Understanding how Students with Learning Disabilities Self-regulate Learning of Science.” In addition, doctoral research assistants, with support from senior project personnel and an advisory board member (Peggy King-Sears), gave poster presentations on the foundational elements of the project and material developed for the project.

Pictured (from left to right): Aubrey Whitehead, Leigh Ann Kurz, Stacia Stribling, Anna Menditto, Sheri Berkeley, Marino Shapiro, Amanda Luh.

June 8, 2015

Our NSF project makes the news in the College of Education and Human Development. Read the entire story here.