Department of Teaching & Learning

Beverly_Weiser

Beverly Weiser

Research Associate Professor



Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
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Dr. Beverly Weiser received her Ph.D. in Education from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in 2010 with an emphasis on education research and statistics. A former third grade teacher for 11 years, she also has over ten years of experience as an educational consultant specializing in instructional curriculum and implementation, coaching teachers and reading specialists, completing statistical analysis, working on computer assisted technology curriculum, participating in educational leadership research, and testing of students with reading, spelling, writing, and mathematics difficulties. Dr. Weiser is the Principle Investigator in a grant funded by the Office of Special Education at the U.S. Department of Education to mentor special education teachers through student-focused coaching. Recently, she was awarded the 2011 Award for Outstanding Researcher of the Year by the Council on Learning Disabilities for her work, “"Ameliorating Reading Disabilities Early: Examining an Encoding and Decoding Instruction Model”."

Dr. Weiser is currently a Research Associate Professor at SMU, teaching master level graduate education classes on assessment and differentiated learning, education research, reading and writing in the content areas, and teaching literacy in society across all content areas and all grade levels for the Department of Teaching and Learning. She also works at the Institute for Evidence-Based Education at SMU on education intervention grants for struggling students, completing statistical analyses, coaching teachers and school leaders, and disseminating grant and other research projects' findings through manuscripts, books, professional development, and presentations. She is also a consultant working for the George W. Bush Middle School Initiative, a platform to improve instruction, academic performance, and leadership within middle schools. Her research interests include: Effective teaching; learning disabilities; reading, spelling, writing, and math assessment and differentiated instruction; effective coaching and professional development; improving teacher content knowledge and instruction; school leadership; and increasing student engagement, learning, and performance.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Dissertation

Weiser, B. (2010). Examining the synergistic relationship of encoding and decoding instruction and its effect on first graders struggling with reading. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrievable from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Database. (Publication No. AAT 3419603; ISBN No. 9781124196596; ProQuest Document ID No. 2149850421).

Refereed Journals

Weiser, B. (2013). Ameliorating reading disabilities early: Examining an effective encoding and decoding prevention instruction model. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 36(3), 161-177. doi:10.1177/0731948712450017

Weiser, B. (2013). How to use encoding and decoding instruction to improve spelling, reading, and writing for students with LD. LD Forum, June, 2-5, 8.

Reed, D., & Weiser, B., Cummings, K., & Shapiro, E. (2013). Synthesis of research symposium at CLD’s 34th international conference on learning disabilities:  “Must Reads for 2012”. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 36(1). doi:10.1177/0731948713480788

Weiser, B., Reed, D., Kethley, C., and Mathes, P. (2012). Synthesis of research symposium at CLD’s 33rd international conference on learning disabilities:  “Must Reads for 2011”. Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 35(4), 225-235. doi:  10.1177/0731948712451843

Alvoid, L., & Weiser, B. L. (2011). “Assessing School Leader Effectiveness.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Education. New York: Oxford University Press, 12/15/2011. doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756810-0050

Weiser, B. L., & Mathes, P. G. (2011). Using encoding instruction to improve the reading and spelling performances of elementary students at-risk for literacy difficulties: A best-evidence synthesis. Review of Educational Research, 81(2), 170-200. doi:10.3102/0034654310396719

Lyon, G. R. & Weiser, B. (2009). Teacher knowledge, instructional expertise, and the
development of reading proficiency, Journal of Learning Disabilities, 42(5), 475-480.

Books

Moats, L. C., & Weiser, B. L. (in press). Spelling development, disability, and instruction. (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: ProEd.

Lyon, G. R., & Weiser, B. L. (in press). Evidence-based leadership: Links to student learning and achievement across the content areas. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.

Book Chapters

Lyon, G. R., & Weiser, B. L. (2013). Learning disabilities: An evidence-based field? In H. Lee Swanson, K. Harris, & S. Graham (Eds.), Handbook of learning disabilities (Vol. 2). New York: Guilford Press.

Manuals

Lyon, G. R., & Weiser, B. L. (2013). School leadership and effective teachers. In Middle School Initiative: Specifications for Excellence in the Research-based Middle School, George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and Edvance Research, Inc. (San Antonio).

Online Resources

Weiser, B.L. (2014).Academic Diversity: Ways to motivate and engage students with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders: An info sheet. Council for Learning Disabilities. Retrievable from: http://www.council-for-learning-disabilities.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Weiser_Motivation.pdf

Weiser, B.L. (2013). Vocabulary instruction for students experiencing learning difficulties: An Infosheet. Council for Learning Disabilities. Retrievable from: http://www.council-for-learning-disabilities.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Vocabulary-Word-2013.pdf

Manuscripts in Press

Weiser, B. L., & Lyon, G. R. (in press). Reading instruction for adults with reading disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: Review and Special Articles Series: Developmental and Behavioral Disorders Grown-Up.

Manuscripts in Review

Weiser, B. L., & Mathes, P.G. (in review). Teacher instruction fidelity: Does quantity and/or quality of instruction contribute to the variance of end-of-year reading scores for first graders struggling with reading and spelling?

Weiser, B., Mathes, P., & Denton, C. (in review). The coaching solution: The efficacy of technology supported coaching on child outcomes in reading.

Lindo, E., Weiser, B., Cheatham, J., & Allor, J. H. (in review). The benefits of a structured literacy tutoring program for struggling elementary readers.

Working Papers and Chapters

Weiser, B., & Hott, B. (in progress). Vocabulary instruction for middle school students with learning disabilities: A meta-analysis. (For Research on Teaching and Learning with the Literacies of Young Adolescents Edited by Kathleen F. Malu and Mary Beth Schaefer).

Weiser, B. L., & Mathes, P. G., (in progress). The importance of measuring quality and quantity of implementation fidelity: A longitudinal study of four cohorts of first graders receiving tier II instruction.

Weiser, B. L., & Allor, J. (in progress). It’s never too late: Proof that adolescent readers experiencing reading difficulty can improve their reading performances with after-school tutoring.

Allor, J., & Weiser, B. L. (in progress). After school tutoring: A practitioner’s guide to enhancing the reading performances of kindergarten through sixth graders.

Webinars

Hott, B., & Weiser, B. (2013). Incorporating Self-Monitoring Procedures to Support Content Area Learning. Council of Learning Disabilities.

Conference Presentations

November, 2015

International Association of Dyslexia Annual Meeting, “Coaching with Technology:  On-Going Professional Development to Increase the Knowledge of Effective Reading Instruction for Teachers of Students at High Risk for Reading Learning Disabilities”. Grapevine, TX

International Association of Dyslexia Annual Meeting, “Vocabulary Instruction across Content Areas for Middle School Students with Reading Disabilities: A Meta-Analysis of Current Research”. Grapevine, TX 

October, 2015

Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference, “Increasing Teacher Knowledge and Student Academic Success for Students in Grades K-8th Grade Experiencing Learning Disabilities in Reading”. Las Vegas, NV 

April, 2015

Office of Special Education Director’s Virtual Conference, “An Experimental Examination of Hoot Education for Providing Technology-Based Student Focused Coaching in Special Education Resource Rooms”.

November, 2014

International Dyslexia Association Annual Meeting, “Coaching the Coaches:  Findings from Providing Expert Reading Coaching to Instructional Coaches Hired from Within Low-Performing Urban Districts”. San Diego, CA

October, 2014

Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference, “Coaching Coaches: Providing Instructional Coaching to Coaches Hired Within Districts”. Philadelphia, PA  

Council for Learning Disabilities Annual Conference, “Coaching Through Technology: Variables That Increase Student Reading Outcomes”. Philadelphia, PA. 

March, 2014

Council for Exceptional Children Conference, “Ways to Motivate and Engage Students with Learning Disabilities through the Content Areas”. Sam Houston State University, San Houston, TX

December, 2013
Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, "Students At-Risk for Reading Difficulties: Can a Computer Replace a Teacher During Tier II Instruction?", Dallas, TX
November, 2013
International Dyslexia Association Annual Meeting, "Students At-Risk for LD and/or Dyslexia: Can a Computer Replace a Teacher?", New Orleans, LA

International Dyslexia Association Annual Meeting, "Volunteers Making a Difference for Struggling Readers: Demonstrating that Structured Tutorials Improve Reading Performance", New Orleans, LA
October, 2013
Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, "Students At-Risk for LD: Can a Computer Replace a Teacher?", Austin, TX

Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, "Vocabulary Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties: A Meta-analysis", Poster Session, Austin, TX

Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, “'Must Reads’ in the Field of Learning Disabilities for 2013:  Effects of Self-Regulated Strategy Instruction in Reading”, Austin, TX
June, 2013
George W. Bush Middle School Matters Leadership Institute, “Developing and Supporting Effective Teachers:  Using Data to Inform Instruction and On-Going Professional Development”, Austin, TX
May, 2013
Beginning Teachers’ Institute, “Engaging Students in Mathematics” presenter and panelist, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
March, 2013
Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education, Inc., (CORE) Leadership Summit, “Technological Tools in Professional Development: How to Enhance Educator Effectiveness”, San Francisco, CA
February, 2013
Sam Houston State Council of Exceptional Children, “What Does Effective Reading Instruction Look Like? The Whys and Hows”, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
January, 2013
Office of Special Education within the Department of Education’s Project Directors’ Meeting, “Project Stepping Up:  An Experimental Examination of Hoot Education for Providing Technology-Based Student Focused Coaching in Special Education Resource Rooms”. Washington, D.C.
November, 2012
Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, “The Efficacy of Computer Assisted Tier 2 Assessment and Intervention as Part of a Response-to-Intervention Model for First Graders Struggling with Reading Difficulties”, San Diego, CA
Literacy Research Association Annual Meeting, Chair and Discussant for Presentation Series on Early-Reading/Literacy Instruction in Diverse Classrooms, San Diego, CA
November, 2012
International Dyslexia Association Annual Meeting, “Is Learning Disabilities a Research-Based Field?” Baltimore, MD 
October, 2012
Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, “Students At-Risk for LD: Can a Computer Replace a Teacher? Poster Session, Austin, TX
Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, “Learning Disabilities: Research Impact from the Last Decade”, Austin, TX
Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, “’Must Reads’ in the Field of Learning Disabilities for 2012:  Beyond High School:  Adults with LD”, Austin, TX
November, 2011
International Dyslexia Association Annual Meeting, “Examining the Synergistic Relationship of Encoding and Decoding Instruction and its Effect on First Graders Struggling with Reading”, Chicago, IL
October, 2011
Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, “Ameliorating Reading Disabilities Early:  Examining an Encoding and Decoding Instruction Model”, Austin, TX

Council of Learning Disabilities Annual Meeting, “Must Reads’ in the Field of Learning Disabilities for 2011”, Austin, TX

February, 2010
SERA Convention, “Modeling Effective Reading Instruction to First Graders Struggling With Reading”, New Orleans, LA 
February, 2010
Mathes, P. G., & Weiser, B. L., Pacific Coast Research Conference, “Advances in Technology to Support Response-to-Intervention”, San Diego, CA
February, 2009
SERA Convention, “Gain Score versus Covariance Adjustment Models: An Old Debate Revisited”, San Antonio, TX
February, 2008
SERA Convention, “Effect Size Corrections”, New Orleans, LA
January, 2008
Education and Psychology Research Forum, “Effect Size Corrections”, Southern Methodist University”, Dallas, TX

Service

September, 2016 

Professional Development, “Preteaching Background Knowledge, Vocabulary, and Word Work (phonemic awareness, decoding, and encoding) to Increase Fluency, Comprehension, and Writing Performance of Students Experiencing Reading Disabilities” for Dallas, ISD, Richardson ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Cedar Hill ISD Special Education Teachers and Special Education Coordinators, Dallas, TX

April, 2016  

Beginning Teachers Institute, “Using Background Knowledge, Vocabulary, and Word Work Prior to Reading to Increase Comprehension, Fluency, and Writing”.    Southern Methodist University, Department of Teaching and Learning, Dallas, TX

October, 2015

Professional Development, Istation’s Indicators of Progress:  Learning about the ISIP’, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Professional Development, “Preteaching Background Knowledge, Vocabulary, and Word Work (phonemic awareness, decoding, and encoding) to Increase Fluency, Comprehension, and Writing Performance of Students Experiencing Reading Disabilities” for Dallas, ISD, Richardson ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Cedar Hill ISD Special Education Teachers and Special Education Coordinators, Plano, TX and Dallas, TXMay, 2015

Beginning Teachers Institute, “Motivating and Engaging Students in Grades 4 - 12 who Struggle Across Content Area Subjects”, Southern Methodist University, Department of Teaching and Learning, Dallas, TX 

October, 2014

Professional Development, “Effective Reading Instruction for Students with Reading Learning Disabilities:  How to Modify Lessons for Student Success” for Dallas, ISD, Mesquite ISD, Richardson ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Cedar Hill ISD Special Education Teachers and Special Education Coordinators, Plano, TX and Dallas, TX

May, 2014

Beginning Teachers Institute, “Reading and Writing in the Content Areas”, Southern Methodist University, Department of Teaching and Learning, Dallas, TX

March, 2014    

Invited Brown Bag Speaker for Special Education Faculty Lecturer for Students in Special Education “How to Motivate Students with Learning and Behavioral Challenges”, Texas A&M University – Commerce, TX

October, 2013

Professional Development, “Using Data to Inform the Reading Instruction for Students with Learning Disabilities” for Mesquite ISD, Richardson ISD, Lewisville ISD, and Cedar Hill ISD Special Education Teachers and Special Education Coordinators, Plano, TX

May, 2013   

Beginning Teachers’ Institute, “Engaging Students in Mathematics” presenter and panelist, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

June, 2013

Literacy & Math Teacher Training, “Engaging Literacy and Mathematics Activities”, Camp Fire Lone Star Training Facility”, Dallas, TX

March, 2013            

Professional Development, “What are Some Effective Reading Instruction Strategies to Increase Comprehension and Vocabulary? Cedar Hill ISD, TX

August 2012 – Present

Committee Member of the Master’s Education Committee, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

November, 2012

Presentation on the Field of Education at Highland Park Middle School Career Day, Dallas, TX 

April, 2012

Presentation to Sudan Refugees, “The Importance of Early Family Literacy”, Church of the Ascension (Dallas, TX)

May, 2011

Activity Modeling Presenter for McGraw/Hill SRA Early Interventions in Reading, an early intervention curriculum for students at-risk for reading difficulties (Dallas, TX)

August, 2010 – 2012

Committee Member to Create a Literacy Resource Kit for Literacy Classes Taught at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)

February, 2010 – 2011

Tenure-Track Faculty Search Committee Member; Department of Education Policy and Leadership, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)

November, 2008

Speaker at Groundbreaking for the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development New Building, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 

August, 2007 – May, 2009

Heart House – An After-School Tutoring Program for K-6th graders. Trained college tutors, Collected and Analyzed Data