Behavioral Education and Assessment Research
BEAR is a working group of researchers in the Baylor School of Education afflitated with the Center for Developmental Disablilties whose foucs is on applied research in developing and implementing evidence-based practice for students with or at-risk of social, emotional, learning, and behavioral disorders.
Mack D. Burke, Ph.D. - Mack_Burke@baylor.edu
Lisa Sanchez, Ph.D. - Lisa_Sanchez@baylor.edu
Two grant supported BEAR working group projects currently in progress are:
Project ¡LEER! Literacy, Language, and Social-Emotional Support for English Learners with and without Disabilities in Inclusive Settings to Improve Reading Outcomes.
Project ¡LEER! (To Read!) is a five-year interdisciplinary project with Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at San Antonio, funded for $2.9 million through the Office of English Language Acquisition. The project will provide professional development and technical assistance to general, special, bilingual, and ESL teachers on evidence-based practices focused on improving the reading and social-emotional and behavioral outcomes of English Learners with disabilities. The project will partner with high-need school districts serving a large proportion of English Learners at social and academic risk and with disabilities.
Project DIVERSE: Doctoral Scholars Implementing Socially Valid Evidence-Based Practices and Research for Improving the Language, Literacy, and Social-Emotional Outcomes of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners.
Project DIVERSE is a five-year interdisciplinary project with Texas A&M and The University of Texas at San Antonio, funded for $3.7 million by the Office of Special Education Programs. The project will recruit and being to prepare the next generation of scholars with the expertise to engage in empirical scholarship and conduct applied research on evidence-based interventions for supporting culturally and linguistically diverse learners with disabilities and their families. Project DIVERSE will prepare a unique and diverse cohort of scholars to assume leadership positions in higher education proficient in carrying out empirical research at the intersection of culture, disability, language acquisition, and positive social-emotional learning.