As a teacher in special education, share how you and/or the administration at your organization (or desired professional role upon completing your doctorate) use research to inform your decision-making process. Are evidence-based practices encouraged? If so, how? Do you think this is effective? Why or why not? What are the challenges teachers and administrators face with ensuring they are utilizing evidence-based best practices in the classroom? What recommendations do you have (based on research or observation in your professional setting) for educators to help close the perennial research-to-practice gap in the field of education?