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Featured Profile: Erica Lembke

Erica Lembke

University of Missouri researcher Dr. Erica Lembke provides guidance for teachers whose students struggle academically.

For almost 25 years, Lembke has served as a researcher, teacher, consultant and faculty member. She began her career as an elementary special education teacher, working with students with learning and intellectual disabilities before launching her career in higher education.

Lembke’s research focuses on data-based decision making for teachers. Among other projects, she was awarded a $1.5 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop data-based materials for teachers working with struggling writers in grades 1-3. The materials provide methods to monitor student progress and offer intervention ideas to help get students on the right track. Additionally, Lembke helped develop a framework for mathematics interventions for the national Evidence Based Intervention Network.

Lembke has served as a trainer for the National Center on Intensive Intervention, is a past President of the national board of the Division for Learning Disabilities and is currently the editor of the journal Assessment for Effective Intervention. She has published numerous articles about curriculum-based measurement and response to intervention and has given more than 150 presentations on these topics across the nation and internationally. She co-authored the book “Academic and Behavior Supports for At-Risk Students.”

Dr. Erica Lembke is a professor of special education in the College of Education.

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