Transition Into Success

By Ellen OKeefe and Dawn Behan.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

In our session we hope to provide real world experience in terms of what special education teachers in middle school and high school do to help their students make a successful transition to the next level. We will also present suggested strategies for the elementary level teacher. Suggestions will be made for students with various disabilities. Interactive discussion will take place as well as participants will be asked to complete activities in small groups.

Keywords: Special Education, Transition

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.85-94. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 590.925KB).

Ellen OKeefe

Associate Professor, Education, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

I have been teaching at Mount Mercy College since 1998, after teaching special education in the public schools for twenty years. My teaching career included teaching in both resource and self-contained programs for grades K-12. Here at Mount Mercy College I teach the following courses: Classroom Management, Introduction to Multicategorical Resource Room, Collaboration with Parents & Professionals, Teaching the LD Student,Teaching the BD Student, Methods of Teaching Multicategorical Resource Room K-6, Methods of Teaching Multicategorical Resource Room 7-12, Special Education Post School Years, Tests, Measures, & Assessment. Areas that have received my undivided attention during my teaching career include Attention Deficit Disorder & Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, Self-advocacy, Self-determination, and Social Skills. In addition, I have pursued keeping current with research and information on adults with disabilities. Professionally I am pursuing my doctorate at the University of Iowa in Special Education. I also provide in-service training for local schools in accommodations for special needs and for dealing with those identified with ADD/ADHD. I enjoy working with both students and teachers in our local schools, especially as I work to prepare future teachers. In my own time, when I am not studying for my courses, I enjoy cooking, reading, needlepoint, watching movies, and traveling. My favorite location for traveling currently is the Boston area, as much of my family is there.

Dr. Dawn Behan

Associate Professor, Education, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

Associate Professor of Education Dawn Behan is the newest member of Mount Mercy’s education department, joining the faculty in 2008. She also serves as the director of graduate programs in education. Before coming to Mount Mercy she served as a professor at Upper Iowa University, where she taught special education. For 16 years she served students in grades 5-12 at the Mental Health Institute in Independence. Behan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, with emphasis in Special Education - Behavior Disorders. Behan belongs to the international service sorority Beta Sigma Phi, as well as the honor society in higher education Phi Beta Lambda, a community service organization. She is also a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and Behavior Disorders. She attends St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, where she serves as a lector, participates in the Rosary Society, and volunteers with fundraises throughout the year. She has presented at national and international conferences over the past 12 years, highlighting such topics as educating students with emotional or behavioral disorders. In her spare time Behan enjoys spending time with her husband Jerry and their two children, Andrew and Erin. Behan is available to discuss with the media topics on special education and Mount Mercy’s graduate studies.

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