April 2003 – Toronto, ON

Catalyst and Early Career Scholars:


Aggression / Violence / Crisis

Assessment / Cognitive / Diversity

Reading Assessment / Intervention / Literacy

Social / Emotional / Behavioral

School Systems / Teachers / Climate

Catalyst Scholar(s)

Barbara Bole-Williams


Michael Furlong



Patti Harrison


Dan Reschly


Mike Vanderwood (SPRCC Committee)

Roland Good


Shane Jimerson (SPRCC Committee)


Steve Peverly


Kelly Powell-Smith (SPRCC Committee)


Sylvia Rosenfield

Angeleque Akin-Little (SPRCC Committee)


Jean Baker


Lisa Bischoff


Sandra Christenson


Tom Kratochwill

Richard Abidin


Beth Doll


Bonnie Nastasi


Early Career Scholars

Leigh Baldwin


Stephen Brock


Michelle Demaray


Christine Malecki


Amanda Nickerson


Matthew Burns


Catherine Fiorello


Ramona Noland


Christine Quallich


Barbara Schaefer


Jessica Blom-Hoffman


Sandra Chafouleas


Jeff Klein


Briley Proctor


T. Chris Riley-Tillman


Barbara Wideman


Victoria Bunke


Christine Jaffe

Michelle Athanasiou


Jim DiPerna


Rosemary Flanagan


Sandra Glover Gagnon


Donald Gouwens


John Hosp


Kara McGoey


Marika Ginsburg-Block


Steve Knotek


Patricia Manz


Sandi Thompson


Steve Truscott


Amanda VanDerHeyden


Jina Yoon



Planning Committee:

Mike Vanderwood

Shane Jimerson

Kelly Powell-Smith

Angeleque Akin-Little



Outcomes of the 2003 SPRCC were very positive. Thirty-six early career scholars, 13 catalyst scholars, and representatives from several school districts participated in the first SPRCC. A survey completed by participants at the end of the SPRCC indicated that the conference was successful in facilitating communication, facilitating collaboration, facilitating connections and relationships, and facilitating knowledge and resources of potential funding sources. With few exceptions, early-career participants accomplished all of their personal and professional objectives for participation in the SPRCC. All 2003 SPRCC participants indicated that the conference should be organized for future early career scholars. In the fall of 2003, a survey was conducted to determine whether or not participation in the conference was followed by collaboration in scholarly activity among the participants after the conference. The survey included seven questions related to whether or not participants had communicated and collaborated in research, writing, and grant proposals. Twenty-eight (78%) of the early career scholars completed the survey and eight (62%) of the catalyst scholars completed the survey. In the early career scholar group, 64% indicated that they had communicated with other early scholars and 68% reported corresponding with catalyst scholars following the conference. Furthermore, among the early career scholars, 39% reported having collaborated in developing a research or grant proposal, 32% reported having begun a research project in collaboration with other early scholars, and 43% had collaborated in writing with other early scholars.

As these responses indicate, the majority of participants corresponded following the conference, about one-third of the early scholars developed a research or grant proposal with other early scholars and collaborated across sites on a research project, and nearly half collaborated on a writing project within only 6 months of the conference.


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