Primary Developer of HELPS: John Begeny

Although John Begeny is the primary developer and director of early research related to the HELPS Program, the program never could have been developed without the ongoing assistance and effort from approximately 100 educators, university students, and community volunteers. Names of those individuals are listed in the Acknowledgements section of The HELPS One-on-One Program Teacher's Manual. For background information about John Begeny, please read below.

Dr. Begeny's Brief Professional Biography

In August 2005, John Begeny began his role as an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He received his Bachelor's of Science degree at Western Michigan University in 2000, majoring in Psychology and English, with a minor in Philosophy. He completed his M.S. in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2005 in School Psychology at Syracuse University. John completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe Meyer Institute.

Prior to and during his employment at NCSU, John obtained a variety of professional-practice experiences (e.g., school psychologist intern in elementary schools and a medical hospital, classroom teacher for a non-public school, paraprofessional for a public school, school district consultant in academic instruction and assessment, clinician in a psychoeducational clinic). In addition, he obtained these experiences in a variety of different settings (e.g., urban, suburban, and rural schools in the Northeast, Midwest, Northwest, and Southern United States; rural and urban schools in Latin America). John has also worked with hundreds of K-12 teachers and with a wide range of student populations (e.g., English language learners, children with diagnosed learning disabilities, children with autism, and children with severe behavior disorders).

Dr. Begeny's Research and Projects

In addition to research and development with the HELPS Programs, John directs research and projects in other areas. A summary of John's research and professional interests are as follows:

1. Reading interventions, particularly for students with reading difficulties and English Language Learners

2. Methods of academic progress monitoring (e.g., curriculum-based measurement)

3. International education

4. Community engaged scholarship (e.g., partnering with schools and parents to improve students' early literacy skills)

5. Strategies for teacher training/staff development

6. Contemporary approaches for early assessment and remediation of student learning difficulties (e.g., Response to Intervention)

7. The educational achievement gap and related educational inequities

To learn more about the research and projects conducted by John Begeny and his colleagues, please visit their projects website by clicking here.

For additional information about John Begeny, including his contact information, please click here.

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