Areas of Expertise

  • Cognitive science of teaching and learning
  • Deconstructing learning skills and studying strategies
  • School-wide evaluation and improvement
  • Empowering students to be self-directed learners
  • Parents as co-partners in student performance
  • Avoiding legal conflicts in special education
 
Popular topics for workshop include the following: 
  • How to reach students who are struggling emotionally, academically, and socially
  • Bridging reading and writing through spelling
  • What happens when math is not taught the right way
  • Should we encourage students to multitask
  • Are there such things as left/right brain learners or learning styles
  • Difference between studying strategies and learning skills
  • How do we pay attention
  • Why do students think they understand when they don’t
  • Has technology changed the way students learn
  • How to overcome addictions to technology and social media
  • Why classroom management fail
  • How to measure effective learning
  • Responding to “Response to Intervention”
  • What is the whole purpose of reading
  • Direct instruction vs whole language: Does balanced learning really work
  • When is the ideal age to learn another language
  • How young is too young to learn to read, write, and do math
  • Assessing curriculum effectiveness 
  • Assessing student learning outcome
  • Developing authentic methods of universally designed learning
  • Why do most college students struggle in their first two years

Sample courses taught at graduate and undergraduate levels

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral level courses leading to licensure in School Administration, Special Education, and Early Childhood/Elementary Education 

  • Legal Foundation of Special Education
  • Inclusive Special Education Foundations
  • Psycho-Educational Assessment
  • Adapting Curriculum for Students with Special Needs (Universal Designed Learning)
  • Working with Families and Professionals in Special Education
  • Evidence-Based Instruction for Elementary Students with Disabilities in Reading, Math, Writing, Spelling, and Handwriting
  • Foundations of Special Education, Etiologies, Law, and Implications for Practice
  • Inclusive Education and Assessment
  • Adapting Instruction for Diverse Classrooms
  • Collaboration in Special Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues & Concerns
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Critical Issues in Education
  • Organization and Evaluation of Curriculum
  • Practicum in School Supervision
  • Leadership in Technology for School Administrators (+ developed online course)
  • History and Philosophy of Education
  • Educational Theory and Philosophy Disability Issues
  • Management of Students with Behavioral Problems
  • Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues and Concerns
  • Master Thesis
  • Research Design
  • Individualized Education Program and Assessment