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David Chard Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University (SMU)

David was a public school teacher in California and a Peace Corps educator in Africa. He also served on the faculties of Boston University and the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to arriving at SMU, he was associate dean for curriculum and academic programs in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He specializes in reading and math strategies for the early grades, special education and instructional methods for students with disabilities. He has published more than 30 research articles and co-authored 12 books. A principal investigator for several federal research projects in reading and math curricula, David is also a member of the International Academy for Research on Learning Disabilities and a past president of the Division for Research at the Council for Exceptional Children. He was appointed in 2012 by President Obama to serve on the National Board of Directors of the Institute for Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education.

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