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Chelsea T. Morris

 Researcher | Educator | Lifelong Learner 

Summary

Education scholar with expertise in hospital and inclusive settings (environments). Establishing productive research, teaching and service career in early childhood and early childhood special education. Focus on disability policies of inclusion and family-school partnerships. Committed to the preparation of culturally responsive educators and change through contextualized educational decision making.

Education

2015Present

Ph.D. Teaching and Learning, Specialization in Special Education

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida

Dissertation: “Parent-teacher alliance in kindergarten: Congruence of behavior ratings and expectations, IEP goals, and children’s outcomes”

Committee: B. Elbaum, C. Zopluoglu, W. Cavendish, B. Harry, C. Beverly

2007

M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Master’s Thesis: “Availability and accessibility of transition resources and services to families of preschool-aged children with special needs: A statewide focus project of the Infant and Toddler Connection”

2006

B.S. Studio Art, Painting & Drawing

James Madison University

Teaching & Teacher Preparation

University

 University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Adjunct Faculty | Charlottesville, VA

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education | Fall 2014

EDIS 5058 (G): Positioning, Handling & Self-Care in Early Childhood Settings

James Madison University, Adjunct Faculty | Harrisonburg, VA

Early, Elementary, and Reading Education | Spring 2014

IECE 620 (G): Teacher as Professional

Exceptional Education, Inclusive ECE | Summer 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

EXED 625 (G): Medical Aspects of Infants & Toddlers with Special Healthcare Needs

 

Certification

Postgraduate Professional Teaching License, Commonwealth of Virginia

Early Childhood Special Education (PGP-0623208, exp. 06/2022)

Virginia Early Intervention Practitioner (TR-954, exp. 08/2020)

 

Early Childhood

Albemarle County Public Schools | Charlottesville, VA | 2013 – 2015

                        Preschool Teacher, Early Childhood Special Education       

                        Lead Special Education Teacher, K-5 Western Feeder Pattern

Charlottesville City Public Schools | Charlottesville, VA | 2007 – 2013

                        Teacher, University of Virginia Children’s Hospital Education Program

 

Supervision

Liberty University | Spring 2015

Field supervisor of student teacher in self-contained K-5 elementary classroom

UVA Curry School of Education | Spring 2014 – Fall 2014

Pre-service mentor teacher of student teachers in reverse inclusion preschool classroom

James Madison University | Fall 2012 – Spring 2015

Field supervisor of two practicum students and volunteers in hospital and early childhood special education settings

University of Virginia Children’s Hospital | Fall 2011 – Spring 2013

Field supervisor of volunteers and two practicum students in acute/intensive care settings

Publications & Presentations

Journal Articles

Morris, C. T. (2017). Preventing the preschool-to-prison pipeline: Examining preschool discipline policy recommendations. Roosevelt House Faculty Journal, Available at http://www.roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/?forum-post=preventing-preschool-prison-pipeline-recommendations-policy-practice.

Morris, C. T. & Chidester, R. (in press). Common purpose, uncommon results: A collaborative approach to early literacy in children with Down syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals.

Morris, C. T., Cavendish, W., Chapman, L. A., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L., & Kibler, K. (2017). Teachers’ voices: Perceptions of disability and the call for contextualized research and policy decisions in special education. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Morris, C. T., & Kesten, S. M. (2017). A practical guide to promoting shared decision making in IEP meetings. Manuscript submitted for publication.

 

Book Chapters and Editorial Contributions

Chapman, L. A., & Morris, C. T. (forthcoming). From caring to cared for: Prioritizing an ethic of care for special educators. In K. N. Daniels & K. Billingsley (Eds.), Creating Caring and Supportive Educational Environments for Meaningful Learning. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Cavendish, W., Samson, J., & Morris, C. T. (Eds.). (2016). Intersections of race and class in special education policy: Colloquium recommendations. New York, NY: Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute.

 

Manuscripts in Preparation

Chapman, L. A., Cavendish, W., & Morris, C. T. (2017). Teachers supporting teachers: A case study of special educators’ self-initiated collaboration and learning. Manuscript in preparation.

Kesten, S. M., Morris, C. T., & Elbaum, B. (2017) Power in play: Qualitative analysis of parents’ comments in special education. Manuscript in preparation.

Elbaum, B., Morris, C. T., Celimli-Aksoy, S. (2017). Overall improvement of children served in state Part B prekindergarten programs. Manuscript in preparation.

Morris, C. T., & Beverly, C. L. (2017). Status quo structures: Implications of interdisciplinary teaming in early childhood developmental contexts. Manuscript in preparation.

 

Technical Reports

 

Elbaum, B., Celimli-Aksoy, S., & Morris, C. T. (2017). BDI-2 vs. BDI-2 Normative Update: Comparison of scores and impact on child outcomes reporting. Unpublished technical report, Florida Department of Education, Miami, FL.

Elbaum, B., Sanchez-Sarno, A., Morris, C. T., & Celimli-Aksoy, S. (2016). Florida ESE parent survey: Ten Years of measuring schools’ facilitation of parental involvement. Unpublished technical report, Florida Department of Education, Miami, FL.

Elbaum, B., Morris, C. T., & Celimli-Aksoy, S. (2016). Analysis of responses to the 2015-16 ESE parent survey additional online questions. Unpublished technical report, Florida Department of Education, Miami, FL.

Elbaum, B., & Morris, C. T. (2016). Analysis of responses to the 2015-16 ESE parent survey additional online questions – Compliance Related Concerns. Unpublished technical report, Florida Department of Education, Miami, FL.

Elbaum, B., Sanchez-Sarno, A., & Morris, C. T. (2015). Analysis of responses to the 2014-2015 ESE parent survey additional online questions. Unpublished technical report, Florida Department of Education, Miami, FL.

 

Conference Presentations

Morris, C. T., Kesten, S. M., & Elbaum, B. (2018, April). Power in play: Exploring the sources of power imbalance in IEP meetings. Paper submitted to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Morris, C. T., & Chapman, L. A. (2018, April). From caring to cared for: Prioritizing an ethic of care for special educators. Paper submitted to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

Elbaum, B., Morris, C. T., & Celimli-Aksoy, S. (2017, October). Overall improvement of children served in a state Part B prekindergarten program. Poster accepted to the DEC Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families, Portland, OR.

Cavendish, W., Chapman, L. A., Morris, C. T., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L., & Kibler, K. (2017, April). Special educators’ perceptions of professional learning opportunities: A call for greater access, relevance, and collaboration. Roundtable presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Cavendish, W., Morris, C. T., Chapman, L. A., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L., & Kibler, K. (2017, April). Special educators’ perceptions of LD and ID and recommendations for teacher preparation and professional development: A three-stage research project. Poster presented at the 1st Annual School of Education and Human Development Faculty/Student Poster Research Showcase, Miami, FL.

Cavendish, W., Morris, C. T., Chapman, L. A., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L., & Kibler, K. (2016, October). Special educators’ perceptions of LD and ID and recommendations for teacher preparation and professional development. Roundtable presented at the International Council for Learning Disabilities 38th Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.

 

Invited Presentations

Morris, C. T. (2017, October). Culturally responsive classroom management approaches to partnering with parents. TAL 305: Classroom and Behavior Management, guest lecture, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Morris, C. T. (2017, March). Understanding and supporting students with hearing and visual impairments, Assistive technology in the inclusive classroom. TAL 434: Specialized Instructional Strategies/Transition, guest lecture series, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Morris, C. T. (2017, February). Challenges & opportunities in accessing large-scale education databases. School of Education and Human Development Brownbag Research, colloquium, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

Morris, C. T. (2016, November). Health/Mental health disparities & equity: Childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and mental health. Faculty Seminar Series on Equity and Justice in Education Policy, panel, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, New York, NY.

Morris, C. T. (2011, September). Supporting infant mental health through parents of children with special health care needs (2011). Hospital Education Infant Rounds, guest lecture, Charlottesville, VA.

Morris, C. T. (2008, March). A look at VACTERL Association through a culturally responsive family lens (2008). Hospital Education Infant Rounds, guest lecture, Charlottesville, VA.

Professional Membership & Service

American Educational Research Association

Volunteer Reviewer for AERA 2017 Annual Meeting – Division K: Multicultural, Inclusive, and Social Justice Frameworks for Teaching and Teacher Education in PK-16

Volunteer Reviewer for AERA 2018 Annual Meeting – Division L: Educational Policies and Politics, SIG: Family, School, Community Partnerships, & SIG: Early Education and Child Development

Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood

Volunteer Reviewer for the 2017 DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series

Council for Learning Disabilities

Virginia Association of Infant Mental Health

Virginia Education Association (2008-2015)

State Convention Representative, Albemarle County Public Schools

National Center for Physical Development, Head Start Body Start (2009)

Grant proposal reviewer

Awards & Honors

Barbara Marks Scholarship Award Recipient ($12,000) | University of Miami (2015-18)

UCT Scholarship Recipient ($1,200) | United Commercial Travelers of America (2015-2016)

Herma’s Readers Grant Recipient ($400.00) | First Book (2014)

Pets in the Classroom Grant Recipient ($250.00) | The Pet Care Trust (2014)