Response to Intervention (RTI) Workshop

Want to know more about RTI? Did you know it is now mandated in all elementary schools across the state of Tennessee? Do you know your role? All ETSU College of Education students and faculty are welcome to attend!

Instructors: Dr. Tina Hudson and Dr. Kimberly Hale

Session Dates: Fridays, October 17th, 24th, and 31st at 2:00 to 4:30

Where: Room 515, Warf-Pickel

Registration: Please RSVP Dr. Tina Hudson at:

Topic by session:

10/17: RTI introduction/Laws/Your Role

10/24: Research Based Practices, Tier by Tier

A certificate of participation will be provided to participants attending all 3 sessions! Refreshments will be served! Hurry, seats will be limited!



Stephen CamarataAutism Symposia

Early Diagnosis and Early Intervention in Autism Spectrum
Disorders: Where are We Now?
April 4, 2014, 9:00 am —10:30 am
DP Culp Center, Tennessee Room, 3rd Floor

Over the past decade, there has been increased interest in identifying autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in toddlers. Although there is strong support for identifying ASD early and delivering effective intervention, recent questions have been raised about the scientific evidence currently available, which is confounded by the inherent difficulty in reliably identifying autism in 24-month-old toddlers. The purpose of this talk will be a synthesis of the current literature on early identification and early intervention in autism and to provide a framework for examining these issues.

Presented By:
Stephen Camarata, Ph.D., Professor of Hearing and Speech Sciences and Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and an investigator at the John F. Kennedy Center for research on development and disabilities.

Sponsored by ETSU:
Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development and
Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology


For questions and parking pass contact:
Cheryl Williams
or 439.4272






Research Colloquium Featuring:




Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Science
La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA

Service Delivery to Bilingual Children with Speech and Language Disorders: Acquisition, Assessment and Intervention

Date: May 3, 2013
Time: 9:00—4:30
Location: ETSU/Eastman Valleybrook Campus, Kingsport

Download flyer here

Brian Goldstein




 Research Colloquium Featuring:



Dr. Maureen Conroy
Professor of Special Education,
School Psychology & Early Childhood Studies
University of Florida

Evidence-based Social Competence Interventions for
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Date: March 1, 2013
Time: 9:00—11:00
ETSU Culp Center
Tennessee Room  Third Floor


Dr. Conroy is a professor of Special Education and Early Childhood Studies in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Conroy has extensive experience in conducting early intervention research with children who are at risk for or have social and behavioral disabilities, including children with autism spectrum disorders. Currently, she is PI on an Institute of Education Sciences grant investigating the development and implementation of a classroom-based intervention model designed for use by early childhood teachers in classroom settings. Additionally, she is completing data analyses for a grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that examines the function of prosocial behaviors in young children with autism spectrum disorders. Her research interests and expertise focus primarily on intervention research to prevent and ameliorate social, emotional, and behavioral challenges of young children with autism and social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Dr. Conroy has an extensive publication record in the field of autism, early intervention, and behavioral disorders and she is a regular presenter at international conferences on topics related to autism and behavioral disorders. Video of Dr. Conroy's presentation is available here. (Windows format. Mac users will need to download and install the free utility, Flip4Mac 3.1.) Dr. Conroy's powerpoint is available as a .pdf for download here.




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TECTA Celebrates 20 years!  

In 1992, the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance (TECTA) was piloted at East Tennessee State University's Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning &Development. The vision of this grant was, and continues to be, to provide professional development that nurtures the growth of individuals in a community of learners through an articulated statewide higher education system, resulting in the highest quality early childhood experiences for all of Tennessee's children.

Over the past 20 years, TECTA has grown into 9 sites across Tennessee. Housed at 2 & 4 year higher education institutions, each TECTA site provides services to early childhood professionals ranging from free 30 hour Orientation training classes to tuition assistance to help obtain the Child Development Associate Credential and early childhood degrees. The TECTA system is funded through and dependent upon annual grants from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) to Tennessee State University.



Dr. John J. Wheeler is New Center Director

The ETSU Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development in the Clemmer College of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. John J. Wheeler has been selected as the third director of the Center since its inception in 1985.  Chosen in a national, competitive search process, Dr. Wheeler succeeds the currently retiring Director, Dr. Rebecca Isbell, and the Center’s inaugural Director, Dr. Wesley Brown. Dr. Wheeler’s term of service begins January 1, 2012.  He will also have a faculty appointment in the Department of Human Development and Learning.

Dr. Wheeler most recently served as the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Prior to that he was the Associate Dean and Director of Doctoral Studies, a Professor of Special Education, and Principal Investigator/Project Director of the Make a Difference Project at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN.  Dr. Wheeler holds a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation (1985), an M. S. (1986) and a Ph.D. in Special Education from Southern Illinois University.  His professional interests include children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Applied Behavior Analysis, Positive Behavior Support, and evidence-based educational and behavioral practices for children with disabilities. Dr. Wheeler has authored over 60 articles in professional journals, 11 book chapters and books, numerous presentations at professional conferences, and various federally-funded and state-funded grants.

Dr. Wheeler will take the helm of a state-funded Center of Excellence that has a significant history of accomplishments in research, training, and service in early childhood development and early childhood special education.  The Center includes the Child Study Center and Little Bucs, exemplary programs in early learning and child care. Also, the Center has a number of externally supported research, training and service projects with approximately 2.5 million dollars in funding in the 2010 – 2011 year.

The Center’s faculty and staff look forward to Dr. Wheeler’s  leadership in continuing and expanding the accomplishments of the Center. We hope the College and other university faculty and staff will join us in welcoming Dr. Wheeler as a new and exciting member of the ETSU family.

The Consortium for Promoting Cross-Linguistic Understanding of communication Disabilities in Children is a collaborative project between universities in the US and Brazil funded through the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). ETSU is the lead partner and represented the project at an initial meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil. A team from ETSU attended including Nancy Scherer, Brenda Louw, Maria Costas, and Lynn Williams.

Abstract for US-Brazil consortium

Laura Justice, PhD., is a clinical speech-language pathologist and applied researcher in early childhood language and literacy development, communication disorders, and educational interventions. Justice is Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University, where she also directs the Children’s Learning and Research Collaborative, a research unit within the School of Teaching and Learning.  

Video clips of Dr. Justice's April 15th presentations will be available shortly as part of the Center's research colloquium series.

Laura Justice

Dr. Sharynne McLeod is a professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University in Australia. During her visit to ETSU, Dr. McLeod presented two lectures on the Sounds Effects Study in which she investigated the prevalence and severity of speech impairment, risk and protective factors associated with speech impairment, and the impact of speech impairment on the child’s development. Children’s drawings of themselves talking to somebody were displayed.

Research Publications.pdf

McLeod et al - CDT- ICPLA 2010 abstract.pdf

McLeod_children draw talking_sample.pdf

Sharynne McLeod - biography - 2010.pdf