Dr. Chard to Present at ResearchILD Conference

March 06, 2017

Wheelock President David ChardWheelock President David J. Chard will present at the 32nd Annual Learning Disabilities Conference, "Neurodiversity in 21st Century Classrooms: Executive Function, Attention, and Emotion." The conference takes place March 10-11, 2017 at Harvard Graduate School of Education and is hosted by the Research Institute for Learning and Development (ResearchILD).

Dr. Chard's presentation, "The Learning Difference Field: How far have we come in our understanding and treatment techniques?" will take place on March 11. More information on the 32nd Annual Learning Disabilities Conference, including registration information, can be found here: researchild.org/ldc2017/.

President Chard holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Oregon and a B.S. degree in mathematics and chemistry education from Central Michigan University. He was previously Dean of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He has held faculty positions at Boston University, the University of Texas at Austin and served as associate dean in the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Chard has published more than 100 articles, monographs, book chapters, and books. He is a member of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, and has served in leadership roles in numerous professional organizations. Prior to his becoming dean at SMU, Dr. Chard was an active researcher focused on studying instructional practices that are most effective at meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities. He has directed or co-directed grants and contracts totaling more than $15.5 million. He is the author of numerous instructional programs on early literacy, language arts, and mathematics spanning K-12 education and has been a classroom teacher in California, Michigan, and in the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho in southern Africa.

A frequent presenter at national and international education conferences, Dr. Chard has taught courses on behavior management, special education reading and writing, learning disabilities, and special education law. He has served on more than 30 doctoral dissertation committees in special education, communication disorders and sciences, literacy and language, school psychology, and cognitive psychology.

In October of 2011, Dr. Chard was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences (NBES). He was confirmed in 2012 by the U.S. Senate and was elected chair of the board in 2013. In 2016, Dr. Chard was reappointed to the NBES.

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