Dr. Julie Causton - 2015 Speaker

Dr. Julie Causton is an Associate Professor in the Inclusive and Special Education Program in the Department of Teaching and Leadership at Syracuse University. Her teaching, research and consulting are guided by a passion for inclusive education. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focused on including students with disabilities, supporting behavior, differentiation, special education law, lesson design and adaption. A former elementary, middle and high school special education teacher herself, Julie knows firsthand how inclusion leads to better outcomes for students.

Julieís research and writing focus on best practices in inclusive education that promote belonging in schools. Particular areas of expertise are: school reform, inclusive teacher training, collaboration, humanistic behavioral supports, lesson planning, and providing invisible adult supports.

Her published works have appeared in over thirty journals, such as Exceptional Children, Teaching Exceptional Children, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Behavioral Disorders, Studies in Art Education, Camping Magazine, Remedial and Special Education, and Equity and Excellence in Education. She has written several books, The Paraprofessionalís Handbook for Effective Support in Inclusive Classrooms, The Principals Handbook for Leading Inclusive Schools, The Speech-Language Pathologistís Handbook for Inclusive School Practices and, The Occupational Therapistís Handbook for Inclusive School Practices. Her newest book, The Educators Handbook for Inclusive Education will be out later this year.

As an educational consultant, Julie works with administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals to help promote and improve inclusive practices. Her dynamic presentations focus on responsive, and engaging ways to educate children with autism, challenging behavior, or any disability label within the context of general education. She has provided independent educational evaluations in several due process hearings and is currently writing a book entitled 30 Days to Effective Co-Teaching.