Badar-Kauffman Conference | Special Education | Kent State University

Badar-Kauffman Conference

The College of EHHS will host the Badar-Kauffman Conference on Contemporary Issues in Special Education April 11-13, 2019 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center. The conference is a unique forum for the advancement of special education and behavioral research. 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. 

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. Submit your work here

In addition, the conference will take a non-standard conference format characterized by afternoon “breaks” and alternative activities including excursions to the May 4 Visitor’s center, collaborative work sessions and other events in downtown Kent. 

The keynote speaker will be Bryan Cook, Ph.D., professor of Special Education at the University of Virgina. Cook earned his Ph.D. in special education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the past president of the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) Division for Research; chairs the Research Committee for CEC’s Division for Learning Disabilities; co-edits Behavioral Disorders, the research journal of CEC’s Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders; and chaired the working group that authored CEC’s Standards for Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education. His lines of scholarly inquiry include: (a) bridging the research-to-practice gap in special education through evidence-based practice, and (b) examining and improving the rigor and influence of scientific research in special education through open science reforms. 

This conference is designed for students, faculty and professionals who are interested in learning from internationally renowned luminaries in special education and related fields.

  • $250 Early Bird Registration - On or before Feb. 1, 2019

  • $300 Regular Registration - After Feb. 2, 2019

  • Registration closes March 31, 2019