Edward J. Kame'enui
Ed is Dean-Knight Professor and director of both the Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement and the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon's College of Education. He is a native Hawaiian who attributes his scholarly interests in reading, writing systems and language development to his experience growing up speaking "pidgin English" and communicating, albeit haphazardly, with his deaf mother and twin brother. Ed served as the nation's first Commissioner of the National Center for Special Education Research in the Institute of Education Sciences, the research and statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education. He has co-authored 16 college textbooks on teaching reading, curriculum design, vocabulary instruction, higher order thinking and classroom management. He has also authored more than 150 publications on a range of topics, including learning disabilities, early-reading intervention and vocabulary instruction and development. Between 1990 and 2010, Ed and his colleagues at the Center on Teaching and Learning were awarded more than $40 million in federal, state and private research and training funds, enabling them to direct and implement several national and state initiatives.