Wallace Wins CEC Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: April 25, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Gerald Wallace, director of the Ph.D. in Education program in the Graduate School of Education, was presented with the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC) 2000 J.E. Wallace Wallin Special Education Lifetime Achievement Award this month.

Wallace’s groundbreaking work has influenced the instructional strategies the special education field uses today. A cornerstone of his work concerns the use of assessment to design instruction for students with disabilities. One of his most respected works on assessment, the Comprehensive Receptive and Expressive Vocabulary Test, is used nationally and internationally to identify students who are below their peers in vocabulary proficiency.

In addition, Wallace led the way in increasing public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities. He developed and produced Characteristics of Learning Disabilities, one of the first nationally distributed PBS programs on learning disabilities. He is the author of three textbooks on the subject–Learning Disabilities: Concepts and Characteristics, The Educational Assessment of Learning Problems: Testing for Teaching, and Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Problems.

The award honors an individual who has made outstanding career contributions to the education of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts. The CEC is a professional association for special educators, related service providers, and parents, that works to improve the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts.

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