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Laurie deBettencourt, PhD

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Laurie U. deBettencourt, professor and program lead for the special education programs at the School of Education, oversees all master’s programs and certificates within the special education programs. In addition, she is principal investigator on a MSDE funded program training paraprofessionals to be special educators. She serves as the coordinator for a preservice training partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools. She is the past Editor of TESE journal. Dr. deBettencourt has co-authored several textbooks and written numerous articles related to instruction of students with mild to moderate disabilities. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the Special Education Institute of Eötvös Loránd University, Atypical Behaviour & Cognition in Budapest, Hungary, during the spring semester of 2018.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1984 Special Education
M.Ed. University of Virginia, 1979 Special Education
B.S. University of Virginia, 1976 Special Education

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

2013-present Johns Hopkins University
Professor, Special Education Program Lead, Coordinator of Set-It Partnerships, School of Education

Jan.-May 2018 Bárczi Gusztáv Faculty, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Fulbright Scholar at Special Education Institute of Atypical Behaviour & Cognition

2012-2013 Johns Hopkins University
Professor, Associate Dean Educator Preparation Programs, Coordinator of Set-It Partnerships, School of Education

2011-2012 Johns Hopkins University
Professor, Interim Chair Department of Teacher Preparation, Chair Special Education Department, Coordinator of MCPS Partnerships, School of Education

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Fraser, D., Marder, T., deBettencourt, L. U., Myers, L, & Kalymon, K. M. (in press). Training special educators working with students with autism spectrum disorder to implement discrete trial teaching. The Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

deBettencourt, L. U., & Nagro, S. (2018). Tracking preservice special educators’ reflective practices. Remedial and Special Education, 3, 1-12. doi/10.1177/0741932518762573

Hoover, J. J., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2018). Educating culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners: The need for continued advocacy. Exceptionality, 26, 176-189. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09362835.2017.1299530

Nagro, S., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2018). Reflection activities within clinical experiences: An important component of field-based teacher education, In T. Hodges (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Field-Based Teacher Education (pp. 565-586). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Nagro, S., & deBettencourt, L. U. (Summer, 2017).  Reviewing special education teacher preparation field experience placements, activities, and research: Do we know the difference maker? Teacher Education Quarterly, 44(3), 7-33.

Nagro, S., deBettencourt, L. U., Rosenberg, M., Carran, D., & Weiss, M. (2017). The effects of guided video analysis on teacher candidates’ reflective ability and instructional skills. Teacher Education and Special Education, 40, 1-19

deBettencourt, L. U., Hoover, J. J., Rude, H. A., & Taylor, S. (2016). Preparing special education higher education faculty: The influences of contemporary education issues and policy recommendations. Teacher Education and Special Education, 39, 121-133.

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2015). Teaching students with ASD using evidence-based practices: Why Is training critical now? Teacher Education and Special Education, 38(1), 5-12.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2014). Preparing the next generation of higher education faculty in area of special education. The Journal of Special Education Apprenticeship, 3(1), 1-14.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

deBettencourt, L. U. (2019, April). Collaborating with Higher Education Faculty in Hungary: Similarities and Differences in Training Special Educators to use HLPs. Paper to be presented at the American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA) 2019 Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2018, November). Collaborating with higher education faculty in Eastern Europe: Similarities and differences in training special educators to use HLPs Paper presented at the CEC Teacher Education Division National Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2018, October). Preparing preservice special educators to be reflective practitioners. Paper presented at the Council for Learning Disabilities 40th International Conference, Portland, OR.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2018, May). Reviewing special education preservice teachers’ reflective practices over two field experiences: Topics and changes in reflection. Paper accepted at the ICSECD 2018 International Conference on Special Education and Child Development. Rome, Italy.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2018, March). Serving Students with Disabilities in the U. S.: Legal Requirements and Policy Changes. Invited Panel Presentation at the America Week Conference sponsored by the American Corner Veszprém and the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2017, November). Using internships to prepare preservice special education teachers: What data do we collect and how do we measure success? Paper presented at the CEC Teacher Education Division National Conference, Savannah, GA.

Nagro, S. A., deBettencourt, L. U., Kennedy, M., Yell, M., & Spooner, F. (2017, November). Publishing in special education: Words of wisdom from current journal editors. Invited Panel Presentation at the CEC Teacher Education Division National Conference, Savannah, GA.

deBettencourt, L. U. (2017, October). Preparing special educators to work with students with LD. Paper presented at the CLD 39th International Conference on Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, MD.

deBettencourt, L. U., Shepherd, K., Spooner, F., & West, J. (2017, April). The nexus of special ed policy, practice and scholarship. Paper presented at the International Council for Exceptional Children conference, Boston, MA.

Mason, L., deBettencourt, L. U., & Mamlin, N. (2017, April). Self-regulated learning for students with disabilities: Adaptations for Cuban teachers. Paper presented at the International Council for Exceptional Children conference, Boston, MA.

Nagro, S., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2017, February). Preparing special educators to be reflective when working with students with LD. Paper presented at the Learning Disabilities Association 54th Annual International Conference, Baltimore, MD.

deBettencourt, L. U., Shepherd, K., Spooner, F., & West, J. (2016, November). The nexus of special ed policy, practice and scholarship. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division National Conference, Lexington, KY.

deBettencourt, L. U., & Nagro, S. (2016, November). Teaching educators to become reflective practitioners. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division National Conference, Lexington, KY.

Mason, L. H., deBettencourt, L. U., Manlin, N. & Faggella-Luby, M. (2016, October). Self-regulated learning for students with disabilities. Paper presented at the DOCENCIA 2016 International Congress on Teacher Training and Education Research, Havana, Cuba.

deBettencourt, L. U., Shepherd, K., Spooner, F., & West, J. (2016, August). The nexus of special ed policy, practice and scholarship. Discussion Panel presentation at the Annual Office of Special Education Project Directors Meeting. Washington, DC.

deBettencourt, L. U., & Nagro, S. (2015, November). Preparing special educators to be reflective practitioners. Paper presentation at the Teacher Education Division National Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Algozzine, R., deBettencourt, L. U., Correa, V., Rosenberg, M. Sindelar, P., & Spooner, F. (2015, November). Research in Special Education Teacher Preparation: TESE Editors’ reflections on current status and future directions. Panel presentation at the Teacher Education Division National Conference, Tempe, AZ.

EDITORIAL AND REVIEW ACTIVITIES
  • Consulting Editor, Exceptionality, 1994-
  • Consulting Editor, Exceptional Children, 2014-
  • Reviewer, Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 2017-
  • Reviewer, SAGE Videos, 2014-
  • Reviewer, Journal of Teacher Education 2018-
  • Editor, Teacher Education and Special Education, 2012–2019
  • Special Issue Editor, Preparing Educators to Use Evidence-Based Practices to Support Students with Autism, Teacher Education and Special Education, 2014
  • Co-Editor, Teacher Education and Special Education, 2009-2012
  • Consulting Editor, Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 2001-2012
  • Text Reviewer, Edward Sabornie (Ed) (2014)
  • Reviewer, Lane, K. L., & Menzies, H. M. (2011). Classroom management for inclusive settings, In Handbook of Classroom Management (2nd ed.).
GRANTS RECEIVED

deBettencourt, L. U. & Marder, T. (2013-2019). Johns Hopkins University School of Education Post-Master’s Certificate in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: Approximately $59,000 – 95,000/per year. (CO-PI)

deBettencourt, L. U. (2015-2019). Johns Hopkins University School of Education “Math Fractions” Using Multimedia Professional Development for Special Educators. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: Approximately $23,000/per year. (PI)

deBettencourt, L. U. & Faber, S. (2015-2016). Johns Hopkins University School of Education Science “BioEYES” Professional Development for Special Educators. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: Approximately $40,000/per year. (Co-PI)

deBettencourt, L. U. & Fischer, S. (2013-2015). Gifted Specialist Certificate Program. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: Approximately $48,000/per year. (Co-PI)

deBettencourt, L. U. (2008-2015). Graduate Certificate in the Education of Students with Autism-Hybrid Delivery Model. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. 2008-2012. Amount: Approximately $154,000/per year. (Principle Investigator after first year and G. Lane’s retirement). (Co-Principal Investigator 2012-14 with T. Marder).

Rosenberg, M. S., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2011-2015). Leadership in Special Education Teacher Preparation: Application and Research. Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. (2011-2015). Amount: 1.2 million (Co-Principle Investigator with M. Rosenberg). (PI 2012-2015 after M. Rosenberg left JHU).

MEMBERSHIPS IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
Division for Children with Learning Disabilities (CEC-DLD)
Teacher Education Division (CEC-TED)
Division for Research (CEC-DR)
International Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)
Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HCESE)
Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD)

SERVICE ACTIVITIES

National and International Service Activities

Fulbright Scholar, Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, Spring Semester 2018

Fulbright Scholar, Alternate, November 2015

Fulbright Specialist Roster, October 2014

Past President, Division For Learning Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, 2016-2017

President, Division For Learning Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, 2015- 2016

Chair, Special Education SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2016-2017

Program Chair, Special Education SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2015-2016

President-Elect, Division For Learning Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, 2014-2015

Secretary/Treasurer, Special Education SIG, American Educational Research Association, 2014-2015

Vice President, Division For Learning Disabilities, Council For Exceptional Children, 2013-2014

Past President of Division For Research, Council For Exceptional Children, 1995-1996

President of Division For Research, Council For Exceptional Children, 1994-1995

President-Elect, Division For Research, Council For Exceptional Children, 1993-1994

Program Chairperson, Division For Research, Council For Exceptional Children, 1994

Conference. Task Force Co-Leader and Advisory Board Member, North Carolina Partnership Training System, Sub-contract from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1992-1996.

Vice-President North Carolina Division of Learning Disabilities, 1993-1996.

State, Local, and University Service Activities

Chair of Scholarship Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2015-

Promotions Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2009-

Chair of Student Academic Affairs Committee, Johns Hopkins University, 2014-2015

DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Diane Bragdon, JHU, “The effects of a career awareness project on the academic performance of eighth grade students”, May, 2010. Rebecca Lindsay, JHU, “Increasing the use of prompting strategies: A multiple baseline study across pairs of paraeducators of students with disabilities”, August, 2013 Terri Savage, JHU, “The effects of subitizing on calculating basic addition and subtraction facts”, December 2014. Dawn Fraser, JHU, Training teachers of students with autism spectrum disorder to use discrete trial teaching using an interactive virtual reality”, May, 2015. Kyena Cornelius, JHU, “The effects of specialized mentor preparation and coaching for general education teacher mentors supporting early career special education teachers”, May, 2015. Sara Hooks, JHU, “The effects of training pre-kindergarten teachers to use self-management strategies to increase at-risk students’ opportunities to respond (OTR) to literacy prompts”, May, 2015. Kristine Larson, JHU, An investigation of the relationship between culturally responsive teaching self- efficacy and teachers’ perceived ability to manage challenging student behaviors”, May, 2015. *Sarah Nagro, JHU, “The effects of guided video analysis on teacher candidates’ reflective ability and instructional skills during field experiences including students with disabilities”, May, 2015 Jaime True Daley, JHU, Do district partnerships with universities support the retention of qualified special educators?”, May, 2016. *Won CEC TED Dissertation Award, AERA Dissertation Award, and AACTE Dissertation Award (16-17)