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Professional Development

About Sarah


Sarah R. Powell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah started her educational career as a kindergarten teacher, and then completed her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University with a specialty in special education and mathematics. Powell was a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014 to 2016 and a Faculty Fellow with the Greater Texas Foundation from 2017 to 2017. Powell is Principal Investigator of an Institute of Education Sciences efficacy grant related to word problems and equation solving for third-grade students with mathematics difficulties. Powell is also PI of a five-year early numeracy and literacy read-alouds project funded by the T.L.L. Temple Foundation, co-PI of a National Science Foundation grant aimed at developing a science intervention for second-grade students with learning difficulties, and co-PI of an Office of Special Education Programs model demonstration grant for middle school algebra readiness. Powell's research interests include developing and testing interventions for students with mathematics difficulties, with a special emphasis on peer tutoring, word-problem solving, mathematics writing, and the symbols and vocabulary within mathematics.

Read about Sarah's research in .edu magazine: "The Equalizer."

Read about the 2018 CEC-DR Early Career Award.

Evidence-based mathematics resources for educators

Sarah has conducted professional development for educators and parents in over 25 states, as well as Canada, England, and Iceland.

Sessions include:

  • Effective word-problem solving
  • Using manipulatives to support mathematics learning
  • Multi-tier support for students with mathematics difficulty
  • Assessment in mathematics
  • Importance of symbol and vocabulary instruction in mathematics
  • Mathematics Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies

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