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Dr. Jen Newton
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  • Ph.D.  University of Kansas, Special Education
  • MS. Ed.  University of Kansas, Early Childhood Special Education
  • B.S.  University of Kansas, Speech/Language/Hearing Disorders

Program Involvement:

  • Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in both the Inclusive Early Childhood Education (IECE), and the Exceptional Education Department (EXED)

Professional Experience and Interests:

  • Prior early interventionist
  • Former early childhood special education teacher. 
  • Worked as a parent educator on early literacy
  • Interests include: special education teacher education, school/university partnerships, and special education policy

Current Research:

  • Early-Career Faculty Needs in Special Education
  • The role of special educators in the changing and dynamic educational climate
  • Oral language and literacy

Three Pieces of Advice for Future/New Teachers:

  • Presume competence in your students
  • All students can learn; it’s your job and your challenge to teach them
  • Continue to learn everyday; from your students, with your students, and in your life

Resources that you would recommend:

  • Council for Exceptional Children – join this professional organization to receive journals with strategies to assist special educators in their teaching and stay up to date on best practices
  • Special Connections –contains professional development resources and activities 

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