CONTACT: Margie Yu Public Affairs Specialist (323) 343-3047
Cal State L.A. Office of Public Affairs (323) 343-3050 Fax: (323) 343-6405
For immediate release:
Cal State L.A. Experts Available
to Speak on Shortage
of Special Education Teachers
California is currently facing shortage of special education teachers, and the state does not have enough programs to produce the special education teachers necessary to alleviate the shortage. Mentioned in President BushÂs State of the Union address yesterday, the ÂFederal No Child Left Behind LawÂ requires that all public school teachers nationwide to be Âhighly qualifiedÂ and certified in their areas of expertise by 2006. Cal State L.A. has faculty experts who are available to address concerns, issues and possible solutions for the current shortage of special education teachers.
If you need a quick directory of experts for other breaking news items, go directly to Guide to the Experts at Cal State L.A., www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/media/jourpage.htm. The online media guide includes 360 experts from Cal State L.A. who are available and willing to speak to the media. For assistance, contact the Cal State L.A. Office of Public Affairs at (323) 343-3050.
Christine Givner Chair and Professor of Special Education; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Givner has extensive experience in the areas of the education of students with emotional/behavior disorders and the use of technology to facilitate the learning of students with disabilities, with gifts and talents, or at-risk for academic failure. In addition, she has particular interest and expertise concerning the following issues: establishing successful learning environments in inclusive, heterogeneous classrooms; formal, informal, and authentic assessment; change and innovation in schools; collaboration and consultation in schools; the instruction of students with mild to moderate disabilities or at-risk for academic failure; and the use of teacher research to facilitate greater teacher reflection.
Nancy Hunt Associate Professor of Education; Ph.D., USC
Dr. Hunt currently teaches both general special education courses (relating to all students with disabilities and those who are gifted) and in early childhood special education. Dr. HuntÂs particular expertise is in the development of high-risk/premature infants and in working with their families. She is also associated with Project Plus, with a particular interest in family literacy. Dr. Hunt is the first author, with Kathleen Marshall as the second author, of the published textbook, Exceptional Children and Youth, 2nd edition (Houghton, Mifflin, 2000).
Mary A. Falvey Professor of Education; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Dr. Falvey is a national authority on inclusive education for students with disabilities, which entails incorporating students with disabilities into the mainstream of academia. Dr. Falvey also stresses community-based education for students with severe disabilities. She has authored three books within her field of expertise, including Community-Based Curriculum: Instructional Strategies for Students with Severe Disabilities, first and second editions, and Inclusive and Heterogeneous Education: Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction. For her excellent contributions as a professor at Cal State L.A., Dr. Falvey received recognition as an Outstanding Professor in 1987-88.
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Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 21,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system.