Cheryl M. Jorgensen Inclusive Education Consulting is growing!
Meet Susan Shapiro, our Newest Senior Associate
am a teacher. I began as a self-contained special education teacher, who
learned in one year that "mainstreaming" is a toxic model that
teaches children that belonging is conditional, and something that must be
earned. So I became a classroom teacher for first and second graders, and fully
included students with disabilities in my class. I made huge errors that year, but
I realized that at least kids with disabilities were in the right place----the
general education classroom with their peers. Then I became one of New
Hampshire's first Inclusion Facilitators, back in the late 1980's. Later I
worked at the Institute on Disability doing teacher training, technical
assistance, professional writing and lots of thinking: How do we build
schools so that all children are valued and have full access to all social and
academic learning? I still think about this everyday. I don't know the
complete answer, but I think part of the answer is increasing the capacity of
general education teachers to teach children with disabilities. So, now my job
is coordinating a graduate-level elementary teacher preparation program at
Plymouth State University. I consult with school teams interested in learning designs that
provide all children access to learning in both New Hampshire for the National
Center for Inclusive Education (NCIE), as well as for the I-team at the Center
for Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont. I am available
- student-specific consultations - will travel anywhere!
professional development for in-service educators on the topics of inclusive
education, differentiating learning, the roles and responsibilities in an
inclusive school, and the facilitation of friendships for all children.
Announcing a new inclusive education Senior Associate!
Katherine Vroman has joined me to provide inclusive education consulting and training and will work primarily through distance technology - e-mail, phone, SKYPE, and Facetime - to support parents and educators. Ms. Vroman is currently pursuing doctoral work at Syracuse University
focused on Disability Studies, Ms. Vroman provides training and technical
assistance to professionals and families of individuals with complex
communication needs including autism and other intellectual and developmental
disabilities. In collaboration with faculty and colleagues in the fields of
inclusive urban education, inclusive higher education, and disability studies,
Ms. Vroman engages in naturalistic research initiatives with the broad
objective of disseminating scholarship that looks to change the environment,
not the person. In addition to presenting at dozens of regional and national
conferences including TASH, The Society for Disability Studies, Disability
Studies in Education, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA),
Ms. Vroman has co-coordinated five national conferences with The Taishoff
Center for Higher Education and The Institute on Communication and Inclusion.
She also has experience advising youth-run, disability advocacy organizations,
and is fluent in American Sign Language. You can reach Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Cheryl: From 1985 until the spring of 2011, I was a faculty-researcher at the University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability focusing on inclusive education for students with autism, intellectual, and other developmental disabilities. I'm now in semi-retirement and able to focus on the work about which I am most passionate. That includes student-specific consultation, team professional development, school-wide systems change, policy advocacy, and writing. I particularly like working with students with Down syndrome and their educational teams.
We hope that this website will serve as a resource for engaging us to work with you -- families, educators, and others who are interested in supporting students with significant disabilities so that they may enjoy satisfying social relationships, be welcomed members and full participants in general education classrooms, and be college and career ready by the time they graduate. Don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions.
About Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Jorgensen is an inclusive education consultant in private practice, after being a Project Director with the Institute on Disability
(IOD) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), and assistant research professor in UNH’s Education Department from 1985 until 2011. Read more...