The Badar-Kauffman Conference (BKC) began in 2017 as an event for critical discussion of special education research and the application of such research to practitioners in the field. The inaugural event featured a select group of researchers and school leaders that were brought together to discuss the latest in research surrounding Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and the ways in which MTSS is impacting the field of special education. Since this time, BKC has grown into a research intensive conference attended by highly sought after scholars nationally and internationally. While the focus still remains on special education research, BKC is marked by highly interactive presentations of work that challenging, innovative, controversial, or otherwise interesting.
The goal of BKC is to simultaneously improve the overall quality of special education research writ large and provide a high impact event for researchers to hone their skills. BKC welcomes contributions from experienced and early career researchers alike. All attendees can expect to engage in critical conversations that help to build their network of professional resources in a fun and non-traditional conference format. Anyone with an interest in research in special education and related fields is encouraged to attend.
BKC is made possible by a generous gift from Drs. Jeanmarie Badar and James M. Kauffman to the Special Education Program in the College of Education Health and Human Services at Kent State University. The BKC Executive Committee would like to thank Jeanmarie and Jim for their generosity and continued support for this event.
Jeanmarie Badar, Ph.D.
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D.