Miami, April 11, 2016 – Miami Dade College (MDC) associate professor Dr. Raul Escarpio will be honored Thursday, April 14, by the National Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) with the 2016 CEC Susan Phillips Gorin Award.
Escarpio is an associate professor at MDC’s InterAmerican Campus School of Education and also teaches at the North Campus. He will be recognized in St. Louis, Missouri at the annual conference for the CEC, an international advocacy organization that seeks to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities or special talents.
“This award is a special honor and true testament to Prof. Escarpio’s knowledge, skill, and passion for teaching. He cares deeply about his students and the important work they will do as teachers,” said InterAmerican Campus President Dr. Joanne Bashford.
The award recognizes a CEC professional member, especially CEC student chapter advisors, who demonstrate exemplary personal and professional qualities and make outstanding contributions to CEC and to children with exceptionalities.
“This is the first time that a faculty member from MDC has been honored with an award at the national level by the Council for Exceptional Children,” said Escarpio, who is also the co-advisor for MDC’s CEC Student Chapter #1210 and a member of the Florida CEC Board.
Escarpio was also selected to present his research at the 2015 CEC convention in San Diego, California. His research examined whether repetitive reading of texts improves comprehension in students whose disability can make focusing difficult. His method eliminated potential variables, and the findings indicated that not only was comprehension and retention improved, but also the fluency of the reading was better and the students made fewer errors.