Emotionally and Behaviorally Disordered Students
Canonical Correlation Analysis
Positive Behavior Interventions and Support
Supporting English Language Learners
Michael Wright currently holds the position of Elementary School Assistant Principal in the Fort Worth Independent School District at Westcreek Elementary. He has been an educator for thirteen years, with experience in the classroom teaching special education students, as well as teaching in the general education classroom in grades second through fourth. Mr. Wright holds certification in Special Education (Grades PK-12), Elementary Self-Contained (Grades 1-8), English as a Second Language (Grades PK-12), and Principal (Grades EC-12).
As an administrator, Mr. Wright was tasked with many responsibilities. Some of which included, but were not limited to, the supervision of more than 60 employees and over 800 students (current assignment); coordinator of all state and local testing including faculty training, and organization and supervision of the testing process; analysis of all resulting assessment data and using that data to assist in structuring or restructuring instruction and intervention programs to reflect a focused effort to address deficiencies in student performance; as well as evaluation of the instructional process ensuring alignment with campus and district curriculum programs and initiatives aimed at eliminating the achievement gap.
Mr. Wright is married with two wonderful children and is currently a doctoral student at Texas Wesleyan University seeking an Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. As a result of his doctoral studies, he has kept up to date on cutting-edge research in the field of education and has worked with different programs to analyze data, such as SPSS with extensive experience in interpreting General Linear Model (GLM) outputs. Additionally, Mr. Wright has had the privilege of publishing several articles as well as speaking at many conferences. Independent research has led to the development of the Birdwell and Wright Language Acquisition Proficiency Scale (LAPS) designed to assess students’ level of acquisition of the English language. This scale is in its validation stage and Mr. Wright is hopeful that resulting data will lead to a teacher-friendly instrument used to lower the rate of unnecessary special education referrals for English Language Learners.
Mr. Wright has also had the pleasure of teaching as an adjunct professor in the College of Education at Texas Wesleyan University. While the position was only accepted for one semester, Mr. Wright enjoyed the experience and would consider further professoriate work in the future.
Co-Author, article, “Can Children Escape the Crushing Gravitational Fields of their Schooling?”, Wesleyan Graduate Review, Fall 2005.
Co-Author, article, “School-Based Behavioral Support for Students Exhibiting Disruptive Behavior Disorders”, Wesleyan Graduate Review, Spring, 2011.
Co-Author, Textbook Chapter, “Assessment Concerns: Best Practice in Supporting English Language Learners in Elementary and Middle Schools”, Spring, 2011.
Co-Developer of the Gifted and Talented Evaluation Tool districts around the state use to assess the successful implementation of the revised Texas State Plan for the Education of the Gifted and Talented Student.
Developed a Language Acquisition Proficiency Scale for use in determining the proficiency level of English acquired by English Language Learners.