UH Manoa College of Education professor wins James M. Kauffman publication award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Apr 29, 2008

HONOLULU — University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Special Education professor and Hugh Everly Scholar, Bryan G. Cook, was awarded the James M. Kauffman Publication award from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia for his work on the side effects of inclusion for students with learning disabilities. His work was published in a special issue of Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal. Cook and coeditor, Melody Tankersley, from Kent State University, were given the award during the International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on April 4, 2008.

Each year, the special education faculty of the Curry School of Education selects a scholarly work that reflects the ideals of James M. Kauffman and results in knowledge leading to exemplary special education practices. "It is a great honor to be recognized by one of the most distinguished special education programs in the country and to be associated with the work and legacy of Jim Kauffman," Cook said.

Last year, Cook received the Early Career Research Award from the CEC's Division for Research, which is given to researchers in special education who are 10 or fewer years out of their PhD and recognizes their outstanding scientific contributions to special education research.

A faculty member in the COE for the past three years, much of Cook's recent work has focused on evidence-based practices in special education. He is currently a co-principal investigator with fellow professor Mary Jo Noonan on a four-year federal leadership grant from the Office of Special Education Programs that supports a cohort of six diverse doctoral students in special education. The program has provided specialized preparation for participants related to multicultural special education, distance education, and evidence-based practices, the three themes of the project.