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Chelsea T. Morris

Lifelong Learner | Educator | Advocate

  • Miami, FL
  • 305.401.5803


Ph.D. Teaching & Learning 

University of Miami

Specialization in Special Education

Tentative graduation year: 2018

M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education

James Madison University
Jan 2006May 2007

Graduate Inquiry: Statewide focus project, Infant and Toddler Connections

“Availability and accessibility of transition resources and services to families of preschool-aged children with special needs”

B.S. Studio Arts

James Madison University
Aug 2002Apr 2006

Painting & Drawing


Adjunct Faculty

James Madison University
Spring 2013Fall 2014

Coursework in Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities as well as Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Courses Taught: Medical and Technological Aspects of Early Childhood (G); Teacher As Professional (G, online)

Adjunct Faculty, Curry School of Education

University of Virginia
Aug 2014

Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education

EDIS 5058 (G): Positioning, Handling & Self-Care

ECSE Educator

V L Murray Elementary
Aug 20132015

Creating a safe environments for students of varying abilities within an early childhood classroom that includes sensory components, learning foundation blocks, and social integration support. 

Contributed value:

·  Lead special education teacher

·  Individualized Education Program planning and development

·  Advocating for and training parents to self-advocate for student rights and needs

·  Coordinating transdisciplinary team to best meet individual needs

- Mobilization of Autism Homebase program

·  Data collection and progress monitoring

·  County representative for the Virginia Education Association

Hospital Education Program Infant Educator

University of Virginia Children's Hospital
Apr 2007Jun 2013

Providing unique learning opportunities for infants and toddlers in inpatient acute and intensive care pediatric units rich in curriculum supporting caregiver involvement, language and literacy, and motor development while adapting to each student’s medical and health abilities.

Contributed value:

·Expertly creating safe, predictable routines in institutional settings

·Providing complete developmental evaluations and progress reports to medical care team

·Supporting transitions between inpatient, outpatient, and home-based programs

·Continuing learning and engagement with students in intensive care units


Virginia Teaching License

Department of Education


Early Intervention Practitioner

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services




Cavendish, W., Morris, C.T., Chapman, L., Watson, K., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L. (2016) Special educators’

perceptions of LD and ID and recommendations for teacher preparation and professional development. [Accepted roundtable, International Council for Learning Disabilities 38th Annual Conference]


Morris, C. & Chidester, R. (2016). Common purpose, uncommon results: A collaborative approach to early

literacy in children with Down syndrome. [Planned submission October 2016]


Cavendish, W., Chapman, L., Morris, C. T., Watson, K., Ocasio-Stoutenburg, L. (2016) Special educators’

perceptions of professional learning opportunities: A call for greater access, relevance, and collaboration [Proposed paper, 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association]


Cavendish, W., Samson, J., Morris, C.T. (Eds.) (2016). Transforming special education policy in the 21st century:

Intersections of race and class. [Report of the Colloquium]


Elbaum, B., Sanchez-Sarno, A. & Morris, C. T. (2016). Florida ESE parent survey: 10 Years of measuring schools’

facilitation of parental involvement. [Longitudinal technical report to the Florida Department of Education]


Elbaum, B., Sanchez-Sarno, A. & Morris, C.T. (2015). Analysis of responses to the 2014-2015 ESE parent survey

additional online questions. [Technical Report to the Florida Department of Education]


Morris, C. T. (2015). Through the lens of the learning sciences: New design principals for media use

of children under two. [Paper submitted for presentation at the annual International Conference of the Learning Sciences, Singapore.]


Morris, C. T. (2015). Parent perceptions of the effects of dispute resolution in special education. [Unpublished

white paper]


Virginia Association of Infant Mental Health

American Educational Research Association

            Volunteer Reviewer (2017) Division K: Multicultural, Inclusive, and Social Justice

            Frameworks for Teaching and Teacher Education in PK-16

Council for Learning Disabilities




2014                Blue Ridge Community College, Online, Virginia, A to Z Grantwriting

2013                University of the West Indies, Barbados, Managing & Facilitating Online Instruction

2012                Response to Intervention, Vanderbilt Peabody College | Online

2011                Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA, Early Childhood Program Planning

2010                National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Intermediate SBS/AHT

2008                Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders, DIR/Floortime model




2014-15           V.L. Murray Elementary, Staff supervision, Lead special education teacher

2015                Liberty University, On-site supervisor, student teacher

2014                UVA Curry School of Education, student teachers

2012-15           James Madison University, Student practicums

2013-15           University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, student volunteers




2014                Mobilization of new program, Autism Homebase Services, Albemarle County Public Schools

2014-15           VEA State Convention, selected as representative, Albemarle County

2009                National Center for Physical Development, Head Start Body Start, Grant proposal reviewer




2014                Grant approved: Herma’s Readers

2014                Grant approved: Pets in the Classroom

2015                Grant proposed: Kids in Need Foundation

2014                Grant proposed: VEA Mini-Grant, Increasing Social Reciprocity through sensory Interventions

2014-15           We Notice Recognition, Albemarle County Public Schools





2012                Virginia’s Collaborative Birth to Five Conference Proposal | 2012

                                 “It’s more than reading! Making time for books in an infant’s life”

2012                James Madison University Exceptional Education| 2012

                                 “Training the Nervous System”

2012                “Keeping Sleeping Safe: UVA Children’s Hospital”, brochure publication, internal use

2008, 2011      Presentation: Hospital Education Program Infant Rounds

                                 “Supporting infant mental health: Bryan”

                                 “Fernando: a look at VACTERL association”


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Complete Curriculum Vitae available upon request.