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CYNTHIA M. OKOLO

Professor
College of Education
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI  48824
517.355.1871
okolo@msu.edu

EDUCATION

Indiana University.  Ph.D. in Special Education, 1985.  Minor areas: psychology, educational inquiry methodology.

University of Connecticut.  M.A. in Educational Psychology, 1981.  Major area: special education.  Minor area: psychology.

University of Connecticut.  B.S. summa cum laude, with honors in special education, 1976.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor and Special Education Program Coordinator. College of Education, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education, Michigan State University (member of Special Education; Literacy; and Learning, Technology, and Culture faculties), 2001-present.

Associate Director. School of Education, University of Delaware.  1999 – 2001.

Associate Professor. School of Education, University of Delaware.  1992 – 2001.

Faculty Director, The College School.  Lab school for students with learning problems.  University of Delaware.  1992 – 1995.

Assistant Professor.  Department of Educational Studies, University of Delaware. 1989 - 1992

Assistant Professor and Remediation Clinic Director.  College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago.  1985 – 1989.

Research Associate.  Center for Innovation in Teaching the Handicapped, Bloomington, Indiana. Study Coordinator for Project MICROS (Maximizing Instruction through Computer Resources and Organizational Structures).  1983 -  1985

Associate Instructor and Research Assistant.   Department of Special Education, Indiana University.  1981 – 1985.

Student Teaching Supervisor.   Department of Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut.  1979 - 1981.

Special Education Teacher.  Mansfield Middle School, Mansfield, Connecticut.   1977 -1979.

Special Education Teacher.  Fields Memorial School, Bozrah, Connecticut.   1976 - 1977.

PUBLICATIONS

REFEREED JOURNALS

Okolo, C. M., & Bouck.  E (in press).  Research about assistive technology:  2000-2006:  What have we learned?  Journal of Special Education Technology.

Bouck, E. C., Okolo, C. M., & Courtad, C. A.  (in press).  Technology at home:  Implications for children with disabilities.  Journal of Special Education Technology.  

Okolo, C. M., Englert, C. S., Bouck, E., Heutsche, A.  (in press). Web-based history learning environments:  Helping all students learn and like history. Intervention in School and Clinic

Gersten, R., & Okolo, C. M. (2007).  Teaching history…in all its splendid messiness…to students with LD:  Contemporary research. Introduction to the special issue.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40, 98-99.

Okolo, C. M., Ferretti, R. P., & MacArthur, C. D.  (2007).  Talking about history:  Discussion in a middle-school inclusive classroom.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 40, 154-166.  

Ferretti, R. P., MacArthur, C. D., & Okolo, C. M.  (2007).  Students’ misconceptions about U. S. Westward Migration.  Journal of Learning Disabilities. 145-154.

Ferretti, R. P., MacArthur, C. D., & Okolo, C. M.  (2002).  Teaching effectively about historical things.  Teaching Exceptional Children, 34(6), 66-69.

MacArthur, C. D., Ferretti, R. P., & Okolo, C. M.  (2002).  On defending controversial viewpoints:  Debates of sixth-graders about the desirability of early 20th century American immigration.  Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 17(3), 160-172.

Ferretti, R. P., MacArthur, C. D., & Okolo, C. M.  (2001).  Teaching for historical understanding in inclusive classrooms.  Learning Disability Quarterly, 24, 59-71.

MacArthur, C. D., Ferretti, R. P., Okolo, C. M., & Cavalier, A. R. (2001).  Technology applications for students with literacy problems: A critical review.  Elementary School Journal, 101(3), 273-302.

Okolo, C. M., & Ferretti, R. P.  (1998). Multimedia design projects in an inclusive social studies classroom:  “Sometimes people argue with words instead of fists.”  Teaching Exceptional Children, 31(1), 50-57.  

Okolo, C. M., & Ferretti, R. P. (1996). Knowledge acquisition and multimedia design in the social studies for children with learning disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology, 13(2), 91-103.

Okolo  C. M., & Ferretti, R. P. (1996). The impact of multimedia design projects on the knowledge, attitudes, and collaboration of students in inclusive classrooms. Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 7, 223-252.

Ferretti, R. P., & Okolo, C. M. (1996). Authenticity in learning: Multimedia design projects in social studies for students with disabilities.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29, 450-460. (Reprinted in K. Higgins & R. Boone (Eds.). (1997).  Technology for students with learning disabilities (pp. 131-146).  Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Okolo, C. M., Bahr, C. M., & Gardner, E. J. (1995). Increasing achievement motivation of elementary school students with mild disabilities. Intervention in School and Clinic, 30(5), 279-286, 312.

Cavalier, A. R., Ferretti, R. P., & Okolo, C. M. (1994). Technology and individual differences. Journal of Special Education Technology, 12, 175-181.

Okolo, C. M., Bahr, C. M., & Rieth, H. J. (1993). A retrospective view of computer-based instruction.   Journal of Special Education Technology, 12(2), 1-27.

Okolo, C.  (1992).  Reflections on “The effect of computer-assisted instruction format and initial attitudes on the arithmetic facts proficiency and continuing motivation of students with learning disabilities.” Exceptionality, 3, 255-258.

Okolo, C. (1992). The effect of computer-assisted instruction format and initial attitude on the arithmetic facts proficiency and continuing motivation of students with learning disabilities.  Exceptionality, 3, 195-211.

Okolo, C. (1992). The effects of computer-based attribution retraining on the attributions, persistence, and mathematics computation of students with learning disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 25, 327-334.

Okolo, C. (1991). Learning and behaviorally handicapped students' perceptions of instructional and motivational features of computer-assisted instruction. Journal of Research on Computing in Education, 24, 171-188.

Okolo, C. (1990). Effects of an introductory computer course on special educators’ attitudes and evaluation of instructional software.  Journal of Special Education Technology, 10, 233-240.

Okolo, C., Hinsey, M., & Yousefian, B. (1990). Learning disabled students' acquisition of keyboarding skills and continuing motivation under drill-and-practice and game conditions. Learning Disabilities Research, 5, 100-109.

Okolo, C., Rieth, H.J., & Bahr, C. (1989). Microcomputer implementation in secondary special education programs: A study of special educators', mildly handicapped adolescents', and administrators' perspectives. Journal of Special Education, 23, 107-117.

Rieth, H., Bahr, C., Okolo, C., Polsgrove, L., & Eckert, R. (1988). An analysis of the impact of microcomputers on the secondary special education classroom ecology. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 4(4), 425-441.

Okolo, C., & Sitlington, P.L. (1988). Mildly handicapped learners in vocational education: A statewide study. Journal of Special Education, 22, 220-230.

Okolo, C. (1988). Instructional environments in secondary vocational education programs: Implications for LD adolescents.  Learning Disability Quarterly, 11, 136-148.

Rieth, H. J., Polsgrove, L., Okolo, C., Bahr, C., & Eckert, R. (1987). An analysis of the secondary special education classroom ecology with implications for teacher training.  Teacher Education and Special Education, 10(5), 113-119.

Rieth, H. J., Bahr, C., Polsgrove, L., Okolo, C., & Eckert, R. (1987). The effects of microcomputers on the secondary special education classroom ecology. Journal of Special Education Technology, 3(4), 36-45.

Sitlington, P. L. & Okolo, C. (1987). Statewide survey of vocational educators: Attitudes, training, and involvement with handicapped learners. Journal of Career Development, 14(4), 21-29.

Okolo, C., & Sitlington, P. L. (1986). The role of special education in the transition of learning disabled adolescents from school to work. Learning Disability Quarterly, 9, 141-155. (Reprinted in Learning Disability Quarterly 10th Anniversary Edition 11(3), 292-306.)

Shuster, S. K., Guskin, S. L, Hawkins, B. A., & Okolo, C. (1986).  Views of health and development: Six mothers and their infants. Journal of the Division for Early Childhood, 11, 18-27.

Guskin, S. L., Zimmerman, E., Okolo, C., & Peng, J. (1986).  Being labeled gifted and talented: Meanings and effects perceived by students in special programs.  Gifted Child Quarterly, 30(2), 61-65.

Okolo, C., Bartlett, S., & Shaw, S. (1978).  Communication between professionals concerning medication for the hyperactive child.  Journal of Learning Disabilities, 11, 647-650.

CHAPTERS IN EDITED BOOKS

Englert, C. S., Okolo, C. M., &  Mariage, T. V. (in press). Expository reading and writing across the curriculum. In G. Troia (Ed.), Writing Instruction and Assessment for Struggling Writers: From Theory to Evidence-Based Practices. Guilford Press.
Englert, C. S., Mariage, T. V., Okolo, C., Courtad, C., Shankland, R. K., Moxley, K. D., Billman, A., & Jones, N. (in press).  Accelerating expository literacy in the middle grades. In B. Taylor & J. Ysseldyke (Eds), Educational Interventions for Struggling Readers. NY: Teachers College Press.

Okolo, C. M.  (in press).  Technology-based learning for students with mild disabilities.  In J. D. Lindsey (Ed.) Technology and Exceptional Individuals (4th ed.).  Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Ferretti, R. P., MacArthur, C. D., & Okolo, C. M.  (2005).  Misconceptions about history:  Reflections on teaching for historical understanding in an inclusive fifth-grade classroom.  In T. E Scruggs & M. A. Mastropieri (Eds).  Advances in learning and behavioral disabilities (Vol. 18). Cognition and learning in diverse settings (pp. 261-299). Oxford, UK:  Elsevier Sciences/JAI Press.

Okolo, C. M. (2005). Technology and social studies instruction for students with mild disabilities.  In D. Edyburn, K. Higgins, & R. Boone (Eds)., Handbook of special education technology research and practice.  

Okolo, C. M., Ferretti, R. P., & MacArthur, C. D.  (2002).  Westward expansion and the ten-year old mind:  Teaching for historical understanding in a diverse classroom (pp. 299-331).  In J. E. Brophy, Advances in research on teaching.  Volume 9.  Social constructivist teaching.  Affordance and constraints.  JAI Press.

Okolo, C. M., & Ferretti, R. P.  (2001).  Preparing future citizens: Technology-supported project-based learning in the social studies.  In J. Woodward & L. Cuban  (Eds.).  Technology, curriculum, and professional development: Adapting schools to meet the needs of students with disabilities (pp. 47-60).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Okolo, C. M.  (2000).  Technology for individuals with mild disabilities (pp. 243-301).  In J. D. Lindsey (Ed.).  Technology and Exceptional Individuals.  Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Okolo, C. M., Cavalier, A. R., Ferretti, R. P., & MacArthur, C. A.  (2000).  Technology, literacy, and disabilities: A review of the research (pp. 179-250).  In R. Gersten, E. P. Schiller, & S. Vaughn (Eds.).  Contemporary special education research: Syntheses of the knowledge base on critical instructional issues.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Okolo, C. (1993).  Computers and individuals with mild disabilities.  In J.D. Lindsey (Ed.) Computers and Exceptional Individuals (pp. 111-141).  Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.

Okolo, C., & Guskin, S. L. (1984).  Community attitudes toward the community placement of mentally retarded persons.  In N.E. Ellis & N.W. Bray (Eds.). International review of research in mental retardation (Vol. 12).  New York: Academic Press.

BOOK REVIEWS

Okolo, C. M.  (1998).  Education for an information age: Teaching in a computerized classroom.  Journal of Educational Computing Research, 19(2), 223-226.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND COMMISSIONED PAPERS

Okolo, C.  Acosta, B., & McInerney, M.  (1999, May).  The use of technology to teach reading and writing to students who are disabled.  Report prepared for Division of Research to Practice, Office of Special Education Programs, U. S. Department of Education.

Okolo, C. M., Cavalier, A. R., Ferretti, R. P., & MacArthur, C. A. (1995, January).  Projects funded by the Technology.  Media, And Materials Program, 1986-1994: What have we learned?  Paper prepared for the Chesapeake Institute and the United States Department of Education, Technology, Media, and Materials Program.

Okolo, C. M.  (1994, February).  Multimedia composing: Opportunities and challenges.  Technology-The Equalizer.  Conference Proceedings of the 1994 TAM Annual Conference (p. 5).  St. Paul, MN.  

Cavalier, A. R., Ferretti, R. P., & Okolo, C. M. (1992). Hypermedia and the creation of knowledge that transfers to real-world situations: A review of anchored instruction with special needs learners.  In J. J. Presperin (Ed.), Proceedings of the RESNA International Conference on Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Washington, DC: RESNA Press.

Okolo, C. (1990).  Classroom uses of instructional technology: Recommendations for future research and related activities.  Commissioned paper prepared for the COSMOS Corporation for evaluation of EHA Discretionary Programs, Program Sector Analysis.  Washington, DC.

Cherkes-Julkowski, M., Davis, L., Fimian, M., Gertner, N., McGuire, J., Norlander, K., Okolo, C., & Zoback, M. (1986).  Encouraging flexible strategy usage in handicapped learners. Proceedings of the Seventh Congress of the International Association of the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency (pp. 189-196).  New York: Metheun & Co.

SERVICE PUBLICATIONS



Okolo, C. M. (in press).  Digital books in the content-area classroom.  Journal of Special Education Technology, 21(4).  

Okolo, C. M.  (2007).  Using video to teach content-area information:  How can the web help teachers?  Journal of Special Education Technology, 21(3), 48-51

Okolo, C. M., Englert, C. S., Bouck, E. C., & Heutsche, A. M.  (2006).  The Virtual History Museum:  A web-based environment for improving history instruction.  Journal of Special Education Technology, 21(1), 48-50.

Okolo, C. M., Ferretti, R. P., & MacArthur, C. D.  (2002).  Teaching history in inclusive classrooms:  Technology-based tools and practices.  Technology in Action, 1(1), 1-8.  

Okolo, C. M., & Ferretti, R. P. (1996, September).  "Sometimes people argue with words instead of fists": Multimedia design projects in an inclusive social studies classroom.  Case study prepared for United States Department of Education, Technology, Media, and Materials Program.

Ferretti, R., Okolo, C., & Cavalier, A. (1992).  Interactive technology in social studies education.  TAM Newsletter, 7(3), 8-9.

Okolo, C., Cavalier, A., & Ferretti, R. (1991).  Who's in charge here? Learner control in technology-assisted instruction.  TAM Newsletter, 6(5), 6-7.

Okolo, C., Ferretti, R., & Cavalier, A. (1991).  Electronic networks and instructional activities for students with learning disabilities.  TAM Newsletter, 6(3), 10-11.

Ferretti, R., Cavalier, A., & Okolo, C. (1990).  Anchoring instruction to real-world contents.  TAM Newsletter, 5(5), 8-9.

Cavalier, A., Okolo, C., & Ferretti, R. (1990).  Out of the mouths of machines… TAM Newsletter, 5(3), 8-9.

GRANTS

RESEARCH

Project ACCELerate: Phase Two. United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $900,000 .  2005-2008.  Co Principal Investigator.

The Virtual History Museum:  Phase Two. United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $400,000 .  2004-2006.  Co Principal Investigator.

Project ACCELerate: ACCelerating Expository Literacy in the Support of Students in the Middle School Curriculum. United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $400,000.  2004-2006.  Co Principal Investigator.

Living History:  Interactive History Environments for Students in Inclusive Classrooms. United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $400,000 .  2003-2005.  Co Principal Investigator.

Project ACCEL:  ACCelerating Expository Literacy to Improve School Outcomes.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $700,000.  2003-2007.  Co Principal Investigator

The Virtual History Museum:  Technology Tools and Environments to Support the Historical Understanding of Students with Disabilities. United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $400,000.  2002-2004.  Co Principal Investigator

Research to accelerate content learning through high support for students with disabilities, grades 4-8.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $750,000 subcontracted to University of Delaware.  1997-2002.  Co Principal Investigator

Learning by design: Multimedia projects for students with disabilities.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. $600,000. 1993-97.
Co Principal Investigator.

The effects of CAI formats on LD students' continuing motivation.  University of Delaware General University Research Program $6,000.  1990-91.  Principal Investigator.

A comparison of three computer-based observational procedures.  University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Research Board, $7,770. 1988-89.  Co Principal Investigator

Cultural differences in LD students' perceptions and uses of computer-assisted instruction.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. $215,000. 1987-89.  Principal Investigator.

Utilization and evaluation of computer-managed instruction in a special education teacher preparation program.  Tandy Educational Foundation.  $8,455.  1987-88.  Principal Investigator.   

Instructional environments in vocational education programs.  University of Illinois at Chicago Campus Research Board, $5,770. 1986-87.  Principal Investigator.

Vocational status of young adults identified as behavior disordered.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. $8,788. 1986-87.  Project Director.

An analysis of the effects of three types of computer-assisted instruction in special education classrooms.  Chicago Area Schools Effectiveness Council.  $2,400.  1986-87.  Principal Investigator.

An analysis of teacher activities and student outcomes in resource room programs for mildly handicapped adolescents.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. $7,170. 1982-83.  Principal Investigator.

 
PERSONNEL PREPARATION

RISE:  Resources in Special Education.  Michigan State University Provost’s Office, Diversity Grant.  2005-2006.  $20,000.  Principal Investigator.

SETS:  Special Education Technology Scholars Program. Michigan State University, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Leadership Preparation.  $800,000.  2003-2007.  Co-Principal Investigator.  

Project TELSE: Technology-Enhanced Learning in Special Education.  Michigan State University, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology.  $10, 000.  2002-2003.    Design Team Leader.

Improving clinical experiences in the University of Delaware Elementary Teacher Education Program: The vertical model.  University of Delaware, CHEP Instructional Improvement Grant.  $10,000.  2000-2001.  Principal Investigator.  

Integrating technology with standards-based instruction in social studies and language arts inclusive classrooms.  Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development State Grant (Title II).  $21,500.  1998-99.  Co Principal Investigator.

Improving strategic knowledge in special education.  University of Delaware Center for Teaching Effectiveness.  $2,300. 1996.  Principal Investigator.

Curriculum-based assessment in special education.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.  $245,325. 1990-1993.  Principal Investigator.

The University of Delaware Special Education Technology Program.  United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, $195,000. 1990-1993.  Principal Investigator.

PRESENTATIONS

RESEARCH

Okolo, C. M., Englert, C. S., Bouck, E. C., Heutsche, A., & Courtad, C. A.  (2007). Technology-based history instruction for students with and without disabilities: Is a little enough? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Chicago.  April, 2007.

Okolo, C. M., Englert, C. S., Bouck, E. C., Heutsche, A., & Courtad, C. A.  (2007). History learning in technology-based environment:  The Virtual History Museum.  Paper presented at the American Historical Association Annual Meeting.  Atlanta.  January, 2007.

Living History World:  Potentials and challenges.  Future Play Conference.  East Lansing, MI. (with Carol Sue Englert, Apar Maniar, Emily Bouck, Anne Heutsche).  October, 2005.

Virtual history museum.  (Invited presentation).  Literacy Institute 2005.  Building nonfiction literacy today.  National Geographic School Publishing and the Literacy Achievement Research Center.  July, 2005.  Washington, DC.

History instruction in inclusive classrooms:  What have we learned about teaching and research?  Paper presented at the 2005 Office of Special Education Programs Research Project Director’s Conference.  July, 2005.  Washington, D. C.  (with C. S. Englert, R. Gersten, and C. MacArthur).    

Innovative approaches to teaching history through technology (Invited session).  26th International Conference on Learning Disabilities.  Las Vegas, NV.  October, 2004 (with Carol Sue Englert).

Interactive technologies and history instruction. OSEP Research Project Director’s Conference. Washington, DC.  July, 2004.

An examination of the Steppingstones competition.  (Invited session). 6th Annual Project Director’s Meeting.  Washington, DC.  November, 2003.

Virtual History Museum:  Internet-based history learning application.  Demonstration session at the 6th Annual Project Director’s Meeting.  Washington, DC.  November, 2003  (with Carol Sue Englert).


Teaching for historical understanding in a diverse classroom:  A case study.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  Chicago.  April, 2003 (with R. Ferretti & C. MacArthur).

Talking and writing in inclusive classrooms.  Paper presented at the Pacific Coast Research Conference.  LaJolla, CA.  February, 2003 (with J. Woodward, R. Ferretti, T. Mariage, and C. MacArthur).

Applying the science of learning to technology: A follow-up discussion.  Invited session at the National Center for Technology Innovation Fifth Technology Project Directors’ Meeting. Washington, DC.  September, 2002.

The Science of Learning (Panel presentation).  Invited Panelist at the National Center for Technology Innovation Fifth Technology Project Directors’ Meeting. Washington, DC.  September, 2002.

Electronic books for students with reading and learning disabilities:  Promises and pitfalls.  Paper presented at the 23rd International Conference on Learning Disabilities.  Charlotte, NC.  October 2001.

Cutting –edge research for inclusive classrooms. Paper presented at the 23rd International Conference  on Learning Disabilities.  Charlotte, NC.  October 2001 (with A. Hindin, J. Woodward, R. Ferretti, & C. MacArthur).

Progress and prospect:  The Instructional Research Institutes.  Paper presented at the 2001 OSEP Research Project Directors’ Conference.  Washington DC.  July 2001 (with D. Deshler, S. Graham, & C. Morocco).   

Making rigorous curricula accessible to all students: Research from four subject matter areas.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  April 1999.  Montreal (with C. Morocco, R. Ferretti, C. MacArthur, A. S Palincsar, J. Woodward, and others).

Achieving high standards for all students: Multimedia projects in the social studies.  Delaware CEC State Convention.  March 1999 (with Ralph Ferretti, Charles MacArthur, and Connie Anderton).

Panel presentation on methodology issues.  Technology and Education of Children with Disabilities: Steppingstones to the 21st Century.  November 1998, Washington, DC  (Invited panelist).

Current research in technology for students with learning disabilities. 20th International Conference  of the Council for Learning Disabilities.  November 1998.  Albuquerque (Invited panelist).

How educational technology can be used effectively in schools to support learning for students with disabilities.  A teleconference to promote sharing between the United States and Japan.  July 1998.  Washington DC.  (Invited participant).

Panel discussion: Issues associated with research on technology-based interventions.  July 1998.  OSEP Research Project Director’s Conference, Washington, DC. (Invited participant).

Teacher as problem solver.  May 1998.  Presentation at Launching a New Generation of Educators: The University of Delaware’s Vision, Newark, DE.

Multimedia design projects in the social studies: The process of discussion versus the products of construction.  January 1998. Paper presented at the Pacific Coast Research Conference, La Jolla, CA  (with Ralph Ferretti).

Beyond the textbook: Multimedia design projects in inclusive social studies classrooms.  April 1997.   Invited paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Salt Lake City  (with Ralph Ferretti).

Designing multimedia projects in the social studies: Effects on students' content knowledge and attitudes.  March 1997.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago (with Ralph Ferretti).

Multimedia design projects in inclusive classrooms: Their impact on knowledge, attitudes, and group interaction.  March 1997.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago (with Ralph Ferretti).

Multimedia design projects in the social studies.  January 1997.  Invited paper presented at the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Technology, Media, and Materials Cross-Project Meeting.  Washington, DC. (with Ralph Ferretti).

Past and future of TMM Programs.  January 1997.  Invited paper presented at the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Technology, Media, and Materials Cross-Project Meeting, Washington, DC. (with Al Cavalier, Ralph Ferretti, and Charles MacArthur).

The impact of multimedia design projects on the knowledge, attitudes, and collaboration of students in inclusive classrooms.  July 1996.  Poster session at the Annual Office of Special Education Programs Research Project Directors' Meeting, Washington, DC.   (with Ralph Ferretti).

The impact of animation in CD-ROM books on students’ reading behaviors and comprehension.  April 1996.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York (with Renee Hayes).

CD-ROM books and comprehension among students with learning disabilities.  April 1996.  Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Multimedia project-based learning in social studies classrooms for students with mild disabilities. February 1994.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education and Technology, St. Paul, MN  (with Ralph Ferretti).

Enhancing literacy skills of students with disabilities through technology.  April 1993.  Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Preparing teachers to use curriculum-based assessment.  January 1993.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education Technology, Cromwell, CT.

Children and knowledge construction: Perspectives on multimedia design projects in social studies.  January 1993.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education Technology, Cromwell, CT (with Ralph Ferretti).

Strategies for increasing the achievement motivation of students with mild disabilities.  April 1992.   Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Baltimore (with Chris Bahr and Jim Gardner).

The effect of initial attitude on learning disabled students’ performance and motivation with game versus drill-and-practice software.  January 1992.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education Technology, Albuquerque, NM.

The effects of computer-based attribution retraining on learning disabled students’ mathematics computation and attributions.  August 1991.  Paper presented at the Fourth  European Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction, Turku, Finland.

Computer-assisted instruction and intrinsic motivation.  April 1991.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Atlanta, GA (with Chris Bahr and Jim Gardner).

The effects of computer-based attribution feedback on learning disabled students’ performance and attributions.  January 1991.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education and Technology, Kansas City, MO.

Microcomputer-based language arts instruction for multicultural students with learning disabilities.  April 1990.  Paper presented at the Annual Council for Exceptional Children Convention, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  

Design features of computer-assisted instruction.  February, 1990. Paper presented at the Eighth Annual Advance on Applied Technology in Education, University of Delaware.

Learning disabled and nondisabled students' computer experiences and attitudes.  January 1990.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education and Technology, Lexington, KY.

The effect of behavior frequency and predictability on observer accuracy under two different methods of data collection.  March 1989.  Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco  (with Rick Van Acker, Sharon Bessemer-Grant, and James Getty).

Cultural differences in learning disabled students' uses and perceptions of computer-assisted instruction.  December 1988.  Invited paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children/Technology and Media Division Conference, Reno, NV.

Motivational attributes of computer-assisted instruction.  March 1988.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Washington, DC.

Analyses of microcomputer applications with mildly handicapped secondary school students.  January 1988.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education and Technology, Baltimore  (with Herb Rieth and Chris Bahr).

Microcomputers and handicapped students: How do patterns of use change over time?  April 1988.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Chicago.

Instructional environments in vocational education programs: Implications for secondary special education.  October 1987.  Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference on Career Development and Vocational Special Needs Individuals, Nashville, TN.

Factors influencing the effectiveness of microcomputers in secondary school settings.  January 1987.  Paper presented at the TAM Annual Conference on Special Education and Technology, Alexandria, VA (with Herbert Rieth and Chris Bahr).

Social and instructional environments associated with microcomputer use.  April 1986.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA. (with Herbert Rieth and Lew Polsgrove).

An analysis of feedback and increased computer time on the academic achievement of mildly handicapped adolescents.  November, 1985.  Paper presented at Closing the Gap Annual Microcomputer Conference, Minneapolis (with Chris Bahr and Herbert Rieth).

Facilitating the transition of mildly handicapped learners into vocational education settings.  October 1985.  Paper presented at the International Conference of the Division of Career Development, Las Vegas (with Patricia Sitlington and Debra Moore).

Maternal perceptions of health and developmental problems.  April 1985.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Anaheim  (with Susan Shuster and Sam Guskin).

Instructional environments in vocational education: A preliminary investigation.  September 1984.   Paper presented at the Big Ten Research Consortium for the Career Development of Special Needs Populations, Madison, WI (with Patricia Sitlington and Debra Moore).  

Computerized instruction for special education.  June 1984.  Paper presented at the Sixth Annual National Computing Conference, Dayton, OH  (with Sharon Goh).
 
An analysis of teacher activities in resource room programs for mildly handicapped high school students.  April 1984.  Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Washington, DC.

Gifted and talented students’ perceptions of labeling.  October 1983.  Paper presented at the H.L. Smith Conference on Educational Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (with Sam Guskin).

Being labeled gifted and talented: Meanings and effects perceived by students in special programs.  April 1983.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada (with Sam Guskin, Enid Zimmerman, and Joanne Peng).

Issues in the education of gifted and talented students.  October 1982.  Paper presented at the H.L. Smith Conference on Educational Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (with Sam Guskin, Enid Zimmerman, and Joanne Peng).

A cross-cultural study of cognitive bases for the formation of attitudes toward incompetence.  April 1982.  Paper presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research in Mental Retardation/Developmental Disabilities, Gatlinburg, TN (with Sam Guskin and Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski).

SERVICE ACTIVITIES

SERVICE PRESENTATIONS (LAST FIVE YEARS)

History learning in rich, web-based environments.  Michigan State University Technology Conference.  East Lansing, MI.  February, 2007 (with Christian O’Brien and Laura Ann Oliver).

Web-based learning environments to promote historical understanding. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Michigan Learning Disabilities Association (LDA).  East Lansing, MI.  October, 2005.

Differentiating instruction through technology.  Full day workshop. Annual Conference of the European Council of International Schools.  Nice, France.  November, 2004.  

Technology-enhanced learning in special education.  Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Michigan Learning Disabilities Association (LDA).  East Lansing, MI.  October, 2004

History in the age of electronics.  Presentation at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.  November, 2003.

MSU technology website.  Presentation at the Collaborative Teachers Meeting.  East Lansing, MI.  May, 2003.

Improving history instruction for all learners through technology.  Paper presented at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference, March, 2003 (with C. S. Englert, A. Pass, & L. Wasburn-Moses).

Technology-enhanced learning in special education. Paper presented at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference, March, 2003 (with B. Castiglione)

Enhancing social studies instruction in diverse classrooms.  Workshop presented at West Chester University.  July 2000.

EDITORIAL BOARDS AND REVIEW ACTIVITIES

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Remedial and Special Education. Editorial Board.  September 2004 to present.
Journal of Special Education Technology, Associate Editor, 1996 – 2000; 2005 – present; Editorial Review Board, 2000-2005.
Learning Disability Quarterly.  Consulting Editor.  2002-present.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, Book Review CoEditor, 1999 – 2001.
Information Technology and Childhood Education Annual, Associate Editor, 1998 – 2000.
Child Assessment News, Editorial Board, 1990 – 1992

 
Guest Reviewer

Exceptional Children
Learning Disabilities Research and Practice
Journal of Learning Disabilities
Review of Educational Research
The Journal of Special Education
Journal of Computing in Childhood Education
Urban Education
American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Division C, Sections 5 & 7, Special Education SIG

Reviewer

Office of Special Education Programs, United States Department of Education.  (Reviewed proposals for:  Steppingstones of Technology Innovation, Leadership Preparation, Field Initiated, and various Center competitions).  1989-present.

Institute for Education Studies, United States Department of Education, Small Business Innovation and Research competition, 2005.

Office of Educational Research and Improvement, United States Department of Education,
Small Business Innovation and Research, 2002.

ADVISORY BOARDS AND EXPERT PANELS

Research Coordinator, National Center for the Study of Supported Text (University of Oregon). 2005-present.

Strategic Partner, National Center for Technology Innovation, 2003-present.

Expert Panel Member, Technology to Provide Access to the General Curriculum.  National Center for Technology Innovation.  2003-2004.

Advisor, ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education National Clearinghouse Committee, 1999 – 2003.

Advisory Committee member, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Technology and Disabilities 2000 and 2002 Conferences.

Juror, National Academy Board of Jurors, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas, 1997 – 2000.

Invited participant, Invitational Meeting on Technology and Learning, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, United States Department of Education, February 1999.

Resource consultant, LINK-US. Center to link urban schools with information and support on technology.  Education Development Center.  1997 – 1999.

Member, National Lekotek Advisory Board, Evanston, IL.  1994 – 2000.  

Expert Counselor, Technical Assistance for the Department of Education's Technology.  Educational Media, and Materials Program, 1993 - 1996.

Member, Planning Committee, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research Project Directors’ Meeting, 1996.

Panel Member, Effective Use of Technology to meet educational goals.  Macomb Projects, Western Illinois University.  1991 – 1994.

NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children

Research Chair, 1996-1997
President, 1992-1993
Program Chair, 1992 Annual Conference on Special Education and Technology
Political Action Network Coordinator, 1989 – 1990.
Treasurer, 1987-1989.
Membership Chair, 1985- 1987.

Program Advisory Committee, Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional
Children, 1991 - 1992.

Interagency Liaison Chair, Division on Career Development of the Council for
Exceptional Children, 1987.

Council for Learning Disabilities, Ad Hoc Committee on Training, 1987.

STATE AND REGIONAL SERVICE

Member of Technology Study Committee, IDEA Partnership, Michigan Department of Education, 2004-present.
Member, Delaware Higher Education Consortium, 1999-2001.
Member, Preservice Task Force, Delaware Commission on Reading Success, 1998-1999.
Member, Christina School District Technology Advisory Committee, 1993-1994.
Hearing Officer, State of Delaware, 1993-1995.
Member, Delaware Department of Public Instruction Certification Review Committee, 1992- 1993.
University Representative, Delaware Department of Instruction’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development, 1989-1991.

UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

University and College Service

Michigan State University

All-University Awards Committee, 2003-2004.
Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Accreditation Steering Committee, 2005-present.
Academic Programs and Policy Committee, College of Education, 2005-present.
College Representative to the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE), 2002-present.
College Technology Committee, 2004-present.
Bates/Byer Awards Committee, 2002-2003.
College Faculty Advisory Committee, 2002-2004.
Undergraduate Scholarship Committee 2001-2002, 2004-2005.

University of Delaware

Core Faculty Member, Center for Disabilities Studies, 1990 – 2001.
Member, University Council on Teacher Education and Clinical Studies Subcommittee, 1999-2001.
Member, Task Force on Educational Program s and Curriculum of Middle States Reaccredidation Self-Study, 2000.
Member, Academic Program Review Committee for Individual and Family Studies, 1999.
Member, University Faculty Senate Committee on Committees and Nominations,  1996-2000.
Instructional, Computing, and Research Support Services Committee, 1992 – 1994.
Member, College Council, 1997-1999.
Member, Dean’s Search Committee, 1997.
Faculty Director, The College School, 1992-1995.
Technology Advisory Committee, 1995-1996.

School /Departmental Service

Michigan State University

Area Coordinator for Special Education, 2002-present.
Search Committees (for Special Education:  Member, 2005-2005; Co-Chair, 2003-2004; Chair, 2001-2002.  For Literacy:  Member, 2005-2006).

University of Delaware

Chair, School of Education Clinical Studies Committee, 1999 – 2001.
Chair, Special Education Faculty Search Committee, 1999-2000.
Chair, Search Committees for six different clinical studies positions, 1999-2000.
Member, Elementary Teacher Education Steering Committee, 1997-1998.
Member, Subcommittee on Departmental Merger, 1997.
Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1996-1997.
Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee, 1994-1995.
Area Coordinator, Special Education, 1990-1993.
Faculty Advisor, University of Delaware Council for Exceptional Children, 1990-1991
Chair and member, Secondary Special Education Faculty Search Committees, 1991-1993.
Member, Clinical Studies Coordinator Search Committee, 1990
Member, School Counseling and School Psychology Faculty Search Committees, 1989-1991

 
COURSES TAUGHT (last 10 years)

CEP 991:  Technology and Human Abilities    Michigan State University (MSU)    Doctoral seminar
CEP 842:  Students with mild disabilities in the inclusive classroom    MSU    Online masters course
CEP 949:  Critical issues in special education    MSU    Doctoral seminar
CEP 801A:  Collaboration and consultation    MSU    Post-BA course for teaching interns
CEP 800: Psychology of learning in school and other settings    MSU    Masters of Arts in Educational Technology (Plymouth, England)
CEP 801: Psychological development:  Learning differences and commonalities    MSU    Masters of Arts in Educational Technology (Plymouth, England)
CEP 822: Approaches to educational research    MSU    Masters of Arts in Educational Technology (Plymouth, England)
EDST 432:  Methods of teaching learners with mild disabilities    University of Delaware (UD)    Undergraduate methods course
EDST 989:  Teaching for understanding    UD    Doctoral seminar
EDST 679:  Instruction of learners with mild disabilities    UD    Masters course for special education and school psychology majors
EDST 989:  Technology in educational settings    UD    Doctoral seminar
EDST 642:  Technology in remedial and special education    UD    Masters course
EDST 667:  Authoring software    UD    Masters course
IFS 453:  Software in early childhood education    UD    Course for undergraduate Individual and Family Studies majors
EDST 989:  Seminar in learning disabilities    UD    Doctoral seminar


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