College Professor with in-depth knowledge of and experience as Special Education Administrator, Transition Specialist, and Job Developer for students with intellectual disabilities.
As faulty member and Transition Specialist have combined duties in both Student and Academic Affairs: Student navigation/advisement/counseling; conducted 100+ transition training sessions for 3000 + faculty and employees at state agencies, public schools and higher education institutions; interdisciplinary work with offices of student support, diversity and academic probation; community outreach; standing committee duties for Student Community Government, Academic Standing Committee, RIC Governing Council, Graduate School Committee, Dialogue on Diversity Committee, and Diversity Week Committee; grant writing; research; publications; academic teaching
On loan from the Narragansett School System (RI), served as a change agent to improve transition outcomes for at-risk special education students exiting the secondary education system and entering post-secondary education, independent living, and the adult work world; developed transition-training workshops and conducted trainings with the cohort of schools identified for intervention under the Rhode Island State Improvement Grant (RISIG); coordinated the development of and provided technical assistance for each school's Transition Plan of Improvement targeted under RISIG; provided technical assistance and training in the area of transition for all RI public and private schools; RI Statewide Council membership: RI Transition Council, RI Transition Academies, RI Department of Health in Transition Council, and RI Regional Transition Councils; conference coordinator; college lecturer
During tenure at Narragansett, I served in various capacities: Special Education Director, Transition Specialist and secondary educator, being appointed as the first full-time co-teacher on the secondary level in the district and state; developed the district's first transition program to address school-to-postsecondary education, as well as school-to-career, school-to independent living, and school-to-community participation for at-risk special education students with intellectual disabilities; wrote and received grant to support transition programming as well as a grant to target students identified as high risk for success in employment in the adult world; served as the district's special education director/504 officer, overseeing programming for students identified under IDEA and 504; as Director of Special Education, supervised and evaluated 80 direct reports; created the prototype for the RI Transition Folder adopted for publication by the Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Duties varied and were comprehensive during my tenure at Block Island School, beginning as a K-12 special education teacher and general education English teacher; developed a scope and sequence of curriculum; developed resources and model for student counseling services and for high-risk learners; organized the first Parents Advisory Committee; served as academic assessment coordinator; chaired MDT; as Special Education Director: implemented transition programming for students with intellectual disabilities to increase post-secondary school outcomes; redesigned special education programming to include both elementary and secondary instructors; introduced and implemented portfolio assessment; grant writing; staff evaluations and professional development provider in transition programming, portfolio assessment; metacognitive strategies for instruction; functional and academic literacy strategies
Candidate in Philosophy (ABD): Northwestern University, Evanston/Chicago, IL,
PhD Cognates: Clinical Psychology and Creative Drama
Relevant Therapeutic Study/Practice: Graduate study/internships, and practicum experience in person-centered, phenomenological, life-cycle and behavioral systems, therapeutic assessment and intervention in mental health.
Master of Arts in Learning Disabilities, Northwestern University
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Rhode Island
Principal researcher/data collector: for RI Urban League Providence Public Schools Minority Teacher Hiring Practices: Urban Core Cities Comparative Study, August, 1996
Lead Presenter: Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) 13th
International Conference, Albuquerque, NM, October, 2005: Transition training: An All Teachers Agenda: Success in Providence, RI
Gunning, M. & Rossi-D'entremont, K (2012) Promising and Practical Strategies to Increase Postsecondary Success of Nontraditional Students. US Department of Education
RI College Link, quarterly newsletter, The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 2003-2008
RI Transitions, quarterly newsletter, The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 2003-2008
Guide to Developing Transition-Focused/Standards-based IEPs and Curriculum, The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, June 2007
School-to Career Transition Programming, American Institutes of Research, Washington DC, June 2002
Cap and Gown Convocation Commencement Speaker, Rhode Island College, 2013: Selected by the senior class of 2013 as keynote speaker
Mary Thorp Excellence in Teaching Nominee, Rhode Island College, 2011
Zeta Phi Eta (Winifred Ward) Graduate School Award, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1982
Graduate Fellowship, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1980-1985
Danforth Fellow Representative, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, 1980
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