Accomplishments: Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education

January 15, 2020
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education) and colleagues, Sabrina Sembiante (Florida Atlantic University) and Mileidis Gort (University of Colorado, Boulder) co-authored the study titled "'Want Me to Show You?': How Emergent Bilingual Children Use their Multimodal Resources to Engage in the Practices of Show-and-Tell Activity" in Linguistics & Education.
January 7, 2020
Alain Bengochea (Early Childhood, Multilingual, & Special Education), Sabrina Sembiante of Florida Atlantic University, and Mileidis Gort of the University of Colorado-Boulder published a manuscript in the  Language Arts Journal titled "Attracting and Responding to an Audience: Preschoolers’ Multimodal Composing in Show-and-Tell Activity."
October 10, 2019
Josh Baker (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) recently was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education that will provide $165,000 a year for his project. Secondly, he received a sub-award for $130,000 a year for two years from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; SBIR Phase II grant with Attainment Company
October 9, 2019
Fourteen students (all Education) will benefit next academic year from the Kitty Rodman Scholarship. The scholarship program was established in 2014 with the College of Education and was designated to support scholarships and graduate fellowships for UNLV students pursing careers in special education. At that time the $12.9 million donation was the largest single endowment in UNLV history. The specially designed program includes students completing 67 credits in a single academic year; all...
October 9, 2019
Jill Lukas (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) has been awarded the Kathleen W. McCartan Award. It is given to undergraduate or masters-level students who have made significant contributions through service to the field, community, and professional organizations. She is a graduate student studying early childhood education.
October 3, 2019
Joseph Morgan and Alain Bengochea (both Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) were awarded the Full Service Community Schools Grant through the U.S. Department of Education office of innovation and improvement in the amount of $2.5 million to implement a project titled ReInvent Schools Las Vegas - Community Schools Initiative. This is a project in partnership with the city of Las Vegas, UNLV, and the Clark County School District to implement full-service community schools on...
October 3, 2019
Monica R. Brown (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) has been awarded a grant totaling more than $1 million by the U.S. Department of Education to support special education and social work master's students. The project is titled Pedagogues Readily Addressing Interdisciplinary Special Education Requirements (Project PRAISER) and is designed to bring social work and special education majors together in their training so that they can better support students with emotional and...
August 8, 2019
Claire Tredwell (Preschool) has been honored with the Rose C. Engel Award for Excellence in Professional Practice by the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children, recognizing her leadership, ethical standards and excellence of work. This national award is presented to professionals who have made significant contributions to the field at the local level that have improved, or will improve, the lives of young children with special needs and their families. She...
July 3, 2019
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education), along with colleagues from five different universities, recently published an article in Topics in Early Childhood Special Education on the perceptions of early intervention providers on father involvement in services for their infants and toddlers with disabilities. This qualitative study, "Understanding Providers Attitudes Regarding Father Involvement in Early Intervention," explored the potential barriers and supports...
May 14, 2019
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) recently published Collaboration in Childcare Setting: Using Teaming to Support Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities in the latest issue from the Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices Monograph Series. Based upon her research and professional experiences, this article provides practical information for administrators and professionals working in childcare and early intervention settings to collaborate...
May 9, 2019
Margarita Huerta (Early Childhood, Multilingual & Special Education) and Tiberio Garza (Educational Psychology & Higher Education) published "Writing in Science: Why, How, and for Whom? A Systematic Literature Review of 20 Years of Intervention Research (1996–2016)" in Educational Psychology Review. Findings include an overall validation of writing-to-learn theories in science learning contexts as well as notable differences between articles containing studies that include English...
January 15, 2019
Jenna Weglarz-Ward (Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education) authored a chapter in the newest edition of An Introduction to Young Children with Special Needs edited by Richard Gargulio and Jennifer Kilgo (both from the University of Alabama Birmingham). This chapter describes intervention and instructional strategies to support young children with disabilities from birth to 8 years old in a variety of settings.