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Ph.D., Teaching & Learning - Special Education

University of Miami

Expected Graduation: Spring 2018

Expected Dissertation: Toward a typology of curricular adaptation: Uncovering the what, why, and how in intensive reading settings


M.S.Ed., Exceptional Student Education

Nova Southeastern University

B.S.Ed., Elementary Education; B.S. International Studies

University of Miami

Minor: Spanish

Papers & Publications

Manuscripts Submitted for Publication:

Calhoon, M.B., Chapman, L.A., Dennis-Shih, M., Lipsky, M., Chovanes, J., & Helman, A. (2017). Using curriculum-based measurement reading passages for error-pattern analysis. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Morris, C.T., Cavendish, W., Chapman, L.A., Ocasio, L., & Kibler, K. (2017). A call for teacher voice: Special educators' perceptions of identifying and supporting students with disabilities. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Manuscripts in Preparation:

Chapman, L.A., Calhoon, M.B., & Krawec, J. (2017). Using cluster analysis to explore differences in the reading self-perceptions of adolescent struggling readers. Manuscript in preparation.

Chapman, L.A., Cavendish, W., & Morris, C.T. (2017). Teachers supporting teachers: A case study of self-initiated collaboration and learning among secondary special educators. Manuscript in preparation.

Berkeley, S., Scanlon, D., Calhoon, M.B., &  Chapman, L.A. (2017). Has the appropriateness of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with learning disabilities been undermined?. Manuscript in preparation.

Conference Presentations

Chapman, L.A., Cavendish, W., Morris, C.T., Ocasio, L., & Kibler, K. (2017, April). Special educators’ perceptions of professional learning opportunities: A call for greater access, relevance, and collaboration. Rountable to be presented at the annual conference of the American Education Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Chapman, L.A., Calhoon, M.B., & Krawec, J. (2017, April). Profiling the reading self-perceptions of the adolescent struggling reader. Poster presented at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development Research Showcase, Coral Gables, FL.

Cavendish, W., Morris, C.T.,  Chapman, L.A., Ocasio, L., & Kibler, K. (April, 2017). Perceptions of secondary special educators: Findings from the teachers' voices research project. Poster presented at the University of Miami School of Education and Human Development Research Showcase, Coral Gables, FL.

Cavendish, W.,  Chapman, L.A., Morris, C.T., Kibler, K. & Ocasio, L. (October, 2016).Special educators’ perceptions of LD and ID: Recommendations for teacher preparation and professional development. Roundtable presented at the annual conference of the Council for Learning Disabilities, San Antonio, TX.

Lipsky, M. &  Chapman, L.A. (July, 2014). Using data to differentiate instruction: Development of a professional learning community for student teachers. Poster presented at the Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors' Conference, Washington, D.C.

Research Experience


Graduate Research Assistant

Reaching Achievement Multi-Component (RAMP-UP) Program

Coordinate IES Goal 3 grant investigating the effectiveness of a multi-component reading intervention program for 6th grade students with disabilities. Supervise study team, maintain confidentiality and accuracy in collection of data and creation of databases, conduct ongoing assessment of fidelity of implementation for all study teachers, and frequently collaborate with Principal Investigator to determine areas of need. Maintain and update IRB approval for study as needed for project modifications.

Principal Investigator: Mary Beth Calhoon


Graduate Research Assistant

Teachers' Voices Research Project 

Study team member for a qualitative research study investigating secondary special educators' perceptions of disability, professional learning opportunities, and supports desired to meet the needs of their students with disabilities. Conduct, transcribe, and analyze semi-structured interview data using a grounded theory approach. Collaborate frequently with study team members. Assist with submitting conference proposals, writing, and presenting study findings.

Principal Investigator: Wendy Cavendish

University Teaching Experience

Courses Taught as Instructor of Record:

TAL305: Classroom and Behavior Management, Expected Fall 2017

University of Miami Department of Teaching and Learning

The principles of behavior analysis and classroom management strategies, both preventative and problem solving. Special emphasis includes effective communication with students, parents and other stakeholders; meeting the needs of all learners based on individual differences, cultural and linguistic diversity; knowledge of research-based strategies that support intellectual, personal and social well-being and development of all students; planing and conducting lessons in a safe, efficient and supportive learning environment. Field experience required.

Courses Co-Taught:

TAL480: Student Teacher Seminar, Spring 2015

University of Miami Department of Teaching and Learning

The seminar is designed to support teacher candidates during the associate teaching experience. Students receive support and assistance in completing Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP) electronic portfolios. Students share, reflect, and discuss their daily experiences in class during culminating experience in the field.

Invited Guest Lectures:

Aligning Data to Improve Reading Instruction for STARS Tutoring, Spring 2016

TAL426: University of Miami, Department of Teaching and Learning

Data-Driven Math Instruction: The i-Ready Diagnostic as a Tool, Fall 2016

TAL322: University of Miami, Department of Teaching and Learning

Cracking the Code: Using Data to Drive Reading Instruction, Fall 2016 & Fall 2015

TAL480: University of Miami, Department of Teaching and Learning

Understanding the IEP Process: A MDCPS Perspective,  Fall 2016

TAL330: University of Miami, Department of Teaching and Learning

The Teaching Toolkit: Developing Data-Driven Lessons, Spring 2015

TAL420: University of Miami, Department of Teaching and Learning

Work Experience in Education


Lead Teacher/Student Teacher Supervisor

University of Miami

Supervised and evaluated student teachers placed in the University of Miami professional development school. Created and maintained a school-based professional learning community for student teachers, provided feedback on lesson observations, coordinated student placements, and mentored student teachers during and after placement in the school. Maintained ongoing collaboration and communication with University of Miami Professor in Residence at the school.


Reading Coach

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Provided ongoing literacy support to teachers in grades K-5. Monitored school data and student progress, maintained ongoing collaboration with school administration and district support personnel, led common planning sessions, coordinated and led professional development sessions, and conducted coaching cycles to model and support teachers' implementation of best practices.


Model Writing Teacher

Education Transformation Office, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Served as the model writing teacher to aid in professional development of teachers in the South Region of the Education Transformation Office. Modeled innovative and engaging writing lessons for groups of teachers from low-performing schools. Led debriefing of modeled lessons in partnership with district and school level personnel.


Elementary Teacher

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Taught intermediate literacy in an urban, low-income public elementary school. Supervised and mentored student teachers. Utilized best practices in reading instruction to motivate and engage students, fostered a supportive learning environment, and frequently collaborated with peers within and across grade levels.

Editorial Experience


Ad-hoc Reviewer

Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR)

Professional Memberships

American Education Research Association (AERA), Division K

Council for Learning Disabilities

Area of Expertise

Adolescent Struggling Readers
Teacher Education and Professional Learning
High-Incidence Disabilities

Certifications & Endorsements

Florida Teaching Certification:

Elementary Education (K-6)

Exceptional Student Education (K-12)

ESOL Endorsement

Clinical Teacher Education Certification

Computer Skills

SPSS, MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)


Professional references available upon request.