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Espin and Bright elected to DLD Executive Board

Professors Christine Espin of the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities and Kimberly Bright of Shippensburg State University (PA) have been elected to the executive board of the Division for Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children. Professor Espin, who will serve as vice president, will follow Rollanda O'Connor (University of California at Riverside) through the presidential succession. Professor Bright was re-elected to the position of treasurer for DLD.

Chris EpsinCommenting on the elections, John Lloyd, past president of DLD, said, "Chris Espin's election to the vice-presidency is an excellent outcome. With Chris and Paige Pullen as candidates, we had a strong slate for vice president and DLD could not lose. Chris will be a very valuable member of the board. Having Kim continue as treasurer gives DLD important continuity in that office. DLD really needs to focus on sustaining services to teachers and the field of LD, but doing so within the fiscal constraints that comes with current changes in membership. Kim brings an important focus on sensible fiscal management."

Professor Espin has taught and conducted research about Learning Disabilities since the 1980s. She is particularly well known for her contributions to the use of curriculum-based measurement (CBM) procedures in assessing the progress of students. Recently, she wrote a special feature for TeachingLD.org about use of CBM to examine students' progress through content area curricula.

Professor BrightIn addition to her previous service for DLD, Professor Bright has led the Pennsylvania Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children. During her current term as treasurer, she and president Karen Rooney successfully secured access to funds that DLD had but could not control.

In addition to electing Professors Espin and Bright, DLD members ratified amendments to the constitution and by-laws. Based on a careful review by Kathleen Marshall (current president-elect) of the rules that govern the organization, DLD asked that members agree to changes in the wording used to identify the responsibilities of committees. The changes were overwhelming approved.

The DLD executive board appreciates the participation of the members in this election. There will be elections for a new vice-president and a secretary in the coming year. Please feel free to nominate candidates by sending a note via the TeachingLd.org's contact form.

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