Pete Kopriva, Ed.D.

Peter Kopriva, Ed.D., professor of special education and early childhood development, will present results of a year-long study during the 2012-2013 academic year. He was awarded Provost Research Grant in academic year to conduct “Children Living With Social Skills Deficits: Strategies for Identification, Instruction and Improvement.” Eleven elementary school children with orthopedic, health and intellectual impairments received instruction in social development and strengthening to increase their academic and social engagement with classmates and adults. Video self-monitoring allowed students to see and review elements of instruction. Kopriva also plans to showcase the study at conferences and meetings in the spring of 2013, and continue the research.

In October, Kopriva served as a volunteer Initial Program Review member with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. IPR members were assigned newly submitted Special Education Credential Program Documents from various California colleges/universities to review and verify that select content was present within each Credential Program Document as required by Commission Credential Standards. Kopriva has served as a select volunteer for institutional reviews and accreditation for more than 20 years. 

Kopriva’s article, “Centers for Independent Living,” was accepted for publication for spring 2012 in the Encyclopedia of Special Education: A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals, Fourth Edition, published by Wiley & Sons, Inc. 

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