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Welcome, Special Education alumni and friends!

Special Education Jayhawks! Welcome to our alumni page. We hope you will take a few minutes to browse this page as well as the Department of Special Education’s webpages to discover the newest program changes, faculty additions and more!

Dear Alumni, Friends, and Colleagues,

Healthy, strong, vibrant, active, that’s the vibe here at KU. Our faculty and staff work in a place where the human capital just keeps growing. Our students amaze us with their energy, creativity, and commitment. Our graduates make us proud of their aspirations and accomplishments. Our colleagues inspire us through their example, their scholarship and their caring.

We welcome two new faculty members: Drs. Michael Orosco and Subini Annamma to our faculty this Fall. We have admitted our third cohort of doctoral students who represent eleven nations. The atmosphere in JRP is charged with the energy of 39 students buzzing around the fifth floor of JRP. We have seven doctoral specializations and each one has a set of faculty leading the charge. Our online masters programs have taken off with students enrolled across the nation!

But, the deep roots remain, we know the path that has been forged by our alumni and we’re eager to move forward. I encourage you to stay connected as we continue this journey, knowing that there remains so much to be done. We are celebrate what has come before and, as the Turnbulls remind us, to the Future say Yes!


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Jen Ryan Newton
Jen Ryan Newton

Jen Ryan Newton has accepted a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Education Studies in the College of Education and Public Service at Saint Louis University. She will be teaching in the early childhood/early childhood special education programs and engaging in research related to teacher preparation, urban education, and early childhood.

Raschelle Neild Theoharis
Raschelle Neild Theoharis

Raschelle Neild Theoharis KU SPED alum and Associate Professor at Gallaudet University is a Fulbright Fellow! She is working with Dr. Elizabeth Mathews, at St. Patrick's College in Dublin, on the development of academic curricula and educational materials for new modules on deaf education to be delivered at the undergraduate level and at the postgraduate level to qualified teachers. These modules will be used to create a new specialist stream in sensory disabilities. They will also be used with the first pilot cohort of Deaf student-teachers, expected to commence their studies in 2016. Some possible module titles include: Perspectives on Deafness, Fundamentals of Audiology; Language Acquisition; Cognitive Development and Deafness; Curriculum Planning and Methods of Assessment in D/HH children; Teaching Mathematics to Deaf Children; Teaching English to Deaf Children. Most materials developed will be for classroom instruction. However, at least one module will be prepared for online delivery, and for use as an Open Educational Resource. Second, I am also preparing and delivering a number of short seminars for existing academic staff on Deaf Awareness and working with Deaf students. Finally, I will present one public seminar hosted by the Deaf Education Centre. This seminar will be open to members of the Deaf Community and parents of deaf children.




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By Dr. Michael J Orosco

The Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework has garnered much attention as a means of improving the education of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. CLD students are part of a large and increasing U.S. student population that may come from homes in which their native language is not English and from varied cultural/racial backgrounds. As...

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