Elizabeth is an associate professor of special education at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Hughes’ research evaluates literacy and mathematics interventions for students with disabilities and those considered to be at risk for academic challenges. She is especially interested in the role of language in academic content learning. She has published her research in several peer-reviewed journals, including The Elementary School Journal, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, and Teaching Exceptional Children. She is the chair of the Professional Development, Standards, and Ethics committee for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities. She is also a parent of a child with a reading disability. Prior to her career in higher education, she was an elementary teacher outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is passionate about sharing expertise and knowledge in the area of MTSS /RtI through professional learning workshops and job-embedded and coaching.