Special Children: Special Education

Dr. Cheryl Irish's Bio

Dr. Cheryl Irish has over twenty-five years of experience in special education. With 15 years as a professor in teacher education - special education, she is currently working as Director of Accreditation and Assessment at Miami University in Ohio. She manages assessment and accreditation for programs that prepare education professionals for work in schools and preK-12 classrooms. Her favorite courses relate to special education assessment and assessment for learning. She has taught classes in many types of assessment, classroom and behavior management, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, communication and collaboration, and intervention strategies.  Volunteering in the schools as tutor and teacher's aide is a special blessing, as is traveling overseas to provide assessment services and inservice training for parents and teachers of missionary, business, or military children with special learning needs.She and her husband have three children. Cheryl has experienced special education from the perspectives of mom and teacher. As the mother of a child who had a stroke at birth, Cheryl knows what it's like to work alongside special education teachers and therapists to plan and implement individualized family service plans and individualized education programs. With master's and doctoral degrees in special education, Cheryl's desire is to help teachers and families understand special education and increase student learning. 

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Publications

Irish C. & Scrubb, M. (2012, November). Five competencies for culturally competent teaching and learning. Faculty Focus, Magna Publications.

Irish C. (2012). Review of Dormer, J.E., Teaching English in missions: Effectiveness and integrity & Purgason, K. (ed.), English language teaching in theological contexts. Journal of Education and Christian Belief 16(2), 225-229.

Irish, C.L. (2010, April). Social Competence: The School’s Role. Gyogypedagogiai Szemle (Special Education Review- Hungary). (NOTE: My manuscript has been translated into Hungarian and published in English in the English version of this scholarly journal.)

Irish, C.L., Wynn, S. (2009, April). Does Acceleration Really Work? Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(09).

Irish, C.L., Ager, M. (2009, March). Criticisms of Value-added Assessment. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(08).

Irish, C.L.. Dugle, V.S. (2009, February). Resiliency in Students with Learning Disabilities. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(07).

Irish, C.L., Clark, T.G. (2009, January).  Enhancing Student Learning Through Physical Activity in the Regular Classroom. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(06).

Irish, C.L. (2008, December). Differences Between Traditional and Adult Learners. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(05).

Irish, C.L., MacKay, B. (2008, November). Differentiating Instruction. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(04).

Irish, C.L. (2008, October). Teachers and Hearing Loss. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(03).

Irish, C.L., Sweigard, T.L., Sattler, K. (2008, September). Summer Reading Loss. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappa International, 8(02).

Irish, C.L. (2008, August). The Benefits of Service Learning. Current Topics and Trends; Phi Delta Kappan, 8(01).

Irish, C.L. (2007). Instructor’s Test Bank for Instructor Supplement for Marilyn Friend’s Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals (2007). Pearson Education.

Irish, C.L. (2007). Boosting Student Outcomes: Using Token Economies to Increase Homework Completion. e-Journal for Student Teachers and New Teachers. 1(2).

Irish, C.L. (2006). Reconnecting troubled students. Journal of Christian Education, 49(2).

Irish, C.L.  (2005). CEC, INTASC Standards Alignment, Instructor Supplement for Peterson’s & Hittie’s Inclusive Education: Creating Effective Schools for All Learners.

Irish, C.L. (2005). CEC Standards Alignment, Instructor Supplement for Friend’s Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals, IDEA 2004 Update Edition. Pearson Education.

Irish, C.L. (2005). Instructor’s Manual for Richard Gargiulo’s Special Education in Contemporary Society. Wadsworth/Thomson.

Irish, C.L. (2002, December). Web tour: Understanding disabilities and special education. TechLearning: The Resource for Education Technology Leaders. [Online]. Available: http://techlearning.com/.

Irish, C.L. (2002). Using peg- and keyword mnemonics and computer-assisted instruction to enhance basic multiplication performance in elementary students with learning and cognitive disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology, 17(4).

 

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