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Research Briefs and Interviews

Research Briefs, Interviews and Academy Recordings

The Power of Peer Support: Promoting Inclusion and Belonging for All Students #1

What comes to mind when we think about our best experiences in school? They often center on the relationships we enjoyed an oyed and the friendships we formed. Conversations in the  d the friendships we formed. Conversations in the cafeteria, hanging out in the hallways, running around together at recess, and having fun with friends — each of these are examples of the everyday ways students spend time with their peers. Likewise, the academic aspects of schooling are also powerful. The classes we took, the electives we enjoyed, the interests we discovered, and the knowledge we gained — each prepared us for our future and impacted our life outcomes. When we remember our school experience, relationships and learning often go hand in hand.

Click here to view and download this RESEARCH BRIEF.

Click here to view a Key Note from Dr. Erik Carter from our 2023 Spring Academy

Slides from Vail Unified School District Spring Academy Click to see a powerpoint on peer supports at the Vail Unified School District, Arizona. This was part of their Spring Academy 2023 presentation with Dr. Erik Carter present. 

Summary of Responses to Peer SupportsDistricts from Around Ohio summarized their ideas around Peer Supports.


OPEPP Researcher Interview with Erik Carter

Communication Partner Strategies to Support Students Using Speech- Generating Devices in Inclusive Settings #2 

Communication is a basic human need and right for all people. Many students with disabilities have complex communication needs – that is, they are unable to use speech alone to meet their daily communication needs, and they benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to other ways of communicating beyond speech, such as gestures, signs, picture symbols, and speech-generating devices. Tools such as speech-generating devices or picture symbols are referred to as aided AAC because they involve something other than the student’s body. Communication support through AAC enables students to communicate more effectively with others, build language and literacy skills, participate more fully in their schools and communities, decrease challenging behaviors, and make meaningful progress in the general curriculum.

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OPEPP Researcher ‌Interview with Elizabeth Biggs

Data-Based Decision Making: OPEPP Research Brief #3

Data-based decision making is a process involving the intentional collection and use of data from a variety of sources to inform specific decisions that align with the data that are collected.

People have many perspectives and opinions; however, using data to inform decisions allows people to make objective and equitable decisions that are based on facts and not just opinions or feelings.

Educators use data to help them make decisions within a school setting when striving to positively change outcomes for students, and it works! It also helps all students have equitable access to an inclusive school experience.

Data-Based Decision Making (5) to view and download this resource.

OPEPP Researcher Interview with Dr Christan Coogle

Implementing Behavior Intervention Plans: OPEPP Research Brief #4

8 Tips for Improving Paraeducator Implementation of Behavior Intervention Plans

Paraeducators have routinely assisted the classroom teacher with clerical work and supporting students academically, however, paraeducators report that a significant portion of their workday is dedicated to managing behavior (Frantz et al., 2022; Walker et al., 2021). Not only are they carrying out tier one and tier two behavior management strategies, paraeducators are often required to implement the strategies outlined in BehaviorIntervention Plans (BIPs).

Click here to view and download the Research Brief by Dr. Sobeck

Click here to view and download the powerpoint from Dr. Sobeck’s Keynote

Click here to view and download a PDF to support Para Implementation of BIPs 

Click here to view and download a quick reference infographic

Click here to view and download a contextual fit survey (shared by Dr. Sobeck)

Click here to view and download a fidelity checklist (shared by Dr. Sobeck)

Click here to view and download a sample fidelity checklist 

OPEPP Researcher ‌Interview with Dr. Emily Sobeck

The Paraprofessional’s Role in Promoting Student Success through Fading of Supports

Teresa Grossi Ph.D.
Director of Strategic Developments at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University

Educators want every student to be successful and as independent as possible. Paraprofessionals play an important role in promoting success and outcomes for students with disabilities and in encouraging them to be independent. Employing best practices around fading paraprofessional support in school and community settings is essential to a student’s success and independence. 

Click here to view Training and Supporting OPEPP Research Brief.
Click here to view Promoting Student Success OPEPP Research Brief.

OPEPP Researcher ‌Interview with Dr. Teresa Grossi
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