Opportunities to Participate in Research Studies

Did you know that students have been participating in spelling competitions for almost a century?

Here is the chance for your child to practice their spelling skills! Bowen Wang, a PhD student in Education at UC Berkeley, is conducting a research study with his advisor Anne Cunningham. They designed an exercise on spelling hard-to-spell English words, and they are looking for students in Grades 4-7 to help test it. Participants who complete the study will receive a $10 gift card as a thank you! (Choose from: Roblox, Burger King, Cold Stone Creamery, or Starbucks).

Please refer to the flyer for details.

Interested in enrolling in your child/children? Fill out an intake survey here: https://tinyurl.com/berkeleyspell

Stanford Reading & Dyslexia Research Program

Participate in research about reading & the brain!

Children ages 9 to 11 (current 3rd-5th graders) with reading difficulties are needed for a brain-imaging study at Stanford that includes 8 weeks of free intensive and targeted reading instruction. We are interested in how the brain learns to read and the effects of reading instruction on brain development. If qualified, commitment to this study is extensive and will involve multiple visits to the lab for brain scans (MRI) and behavioral tests. Participants will be compensated for each visit.

Click here (or sign up at dyslexia.stanford.edu) to complete a screening form and have your child be considered for this study!

For more information, visit dyslexia.stanford.edu or contact the research team at [email protected].


Research on Distance Learning for Students in Special Education

We are inviting parents to participate in an anonymous online survey about their experiences with their child’s distance learning as a result of shelter-in-place requirements for Covid-19. This project is led by graduate student researchers at the Schwab Dyslexia & Cognitive Diversity Center at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco: Isabella Brown and Gesean Lewis Woods. The team is particularly interested in learning about the experiences of students who have accommodations or educational supports and how those were managed or maintained through the spring semester. The survey is in English, has 20 questions, and will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Data will be analyzed and presented in aggregate so that parents and educators can make informed choices for best practices in distance learning. Here is the link to the survey.