Central directory of research projects and demonstrations involving young children with special needs in Illinois
- Early Mathematics Education Project
451 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654
The Early Mathematics Education Project was founded to develop teachers who know how to recognize foundational mathematical thinking—even in the scribbles of a preschool—and build upon it. The project studies how foundational mathematics knowledge develops among young children as well as what math teaching practices are most effective and what professional development practices are most effective in helping teachers improve their math teaching.
- Autism Spectrum Institute
http://autismspectrum.illinoisstate.edu Illinois State University
Uptown Crossing – Suite A, Normal, IL 61761
The Autism Spectrum Institute provides support to preservice and practicing professionals as well as parents, families, and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Through practical, “hands-on” outcome-based instruction, the institute teaches speech language, special education, and educational psychology professionals the skills they need to meet the needs of individuals with autism spectrum and related behavioral disorders (ASD).
- Center for Reading and Literacy
www.literacycenter.illinoisstate.edu/projects/research_collective.shtml Illinois State University
DeGarmo Hall 310, Normal, IL 61790
The Center for Reading and Literacy is a forum developed by the faculty of Illinois State University. It shares literary research and collaborates with those on campus, the community, other schools, and all Illinois residents. Research topics include children’s literature, reading difficulties, English language learning/bilingual literacies, and assessment. The Center for Reading and Literacy also provides consulting services for parents and children as well.
- McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership
http://cecl.nl.edu National Louis University
6200 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, IL 60090
(800) 443-5522, ext. 5233The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership consists of different studies and findings conducted by the center’s faculty. There are multiple research studies on various topics, and the purpose of these studies is to build and enhance knowledge on important workforce and professional developmental issues within early childhood and education. Through this research, it hopes to provide data to policy makers and those involved in early childhood to make informed decisions about early childhood policies and practices.