Badar-Kauffman Conference

Badar-Kauffman 2024 will take place at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center April 3-5, 2024.

Badar Kauffman conference

The goal of the Badar-Kauffman Conference is to provide a highly interactive learning experience that is useful to both presenters and audience members alike. All participants in the Badar-Kauffman Conference have the shared goal of advancing the rigor and utility of scientific research, logical thinking, and conceptual analysis in special education. Attendees are expected to engage with presenters in critical discussion on conceptual, methodological and practical issues in current research and analysis in special education. This conference is designed for students, faculty and professionals who are interested in learning from internationally renowned luminaries in special education and related fields.

Presenters are encouraged to submit work that is in-process as the major aim of Badar-Kauffman Conference is to improve research and special education through formative peer feedback and support.

Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Jessica Toste, Associate Professor, Department of Special Education; Faculty Affiliate, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and Texas Center for Equity Promotion

Jessica Toste

Jessica R. Toste is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She holds research affiliations with the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and Texas Center for Equity Promotion; and is a fellow with the IES-funded Research Institute for Implementation Science in Education (RIISE). Her research is focused on methods for intensifying intervention for students with persistent reading challenges and reading disabilities, and she is principal investigator on research grants from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Toste was trained in reading intervention research as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University and as a Fulbright scholar at the Florida Center for Reading Research, Florida State University. She has worked as an elementary special education teacher and reading specialist in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Toste is associate editor for the Journal of Learning Disabilities and a principal member of the reading, writing, and language development grant review panel for the Institute of Education Sciences. She is an award-winning teacher; she was the recipient of a 2023 President's Associates Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, 2022 Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award, and was named one of the 2017 "Texas 10" professors at UT Austin. She is current Chair of the Graduate Assembly and Immediate Past Chair of the Provost's Teaching Fellows Program at UT Austin, as well as current President of CEC's Division for Learning Disabilities, and Vice-President for CEC's Division for Research. Dr. Toste is engaged in advocacy as a member of the Board of Directors for GLSEN, a leading national organization focused on LGBTQ+ issues in K-12 education, and as Past Chair of the Board of Directors for Disability Rights Texas, the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities in Texas.

Registration is NOW Open!



Faculty- Early Bird (now-12/31/23) - $250 
Faculty-Regular (1/1/24-2/29/24) - $325
Faculty-Late (3/1/23-3/31/24) - $400 

Grad Student and Post-doc Early Bird (now-12/31/23)- $150
Grad Student and Post-doc Regular (1/1/23-2/29/24- $200
Grad Student and Post-doc Late (3/1/23-3/31/24) - $250

Have questions or concerns?
Contact Dr. Nathan Stevenson at or 330-672-0607.