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Gwendolyn Benson

Clinical Associate Professor    Associate Dean for School, Community and International Partnerships    
Education
University of Kansas - Juniper Gardens Children’s Project - Kansas City, Kansas.
Post-doctoral Fellowship - September, 1985—May, 1986. Research regarding Minority Children with Disabilities.

Ph.D. in Severe Disabilities, University of Kansas,1983
University of Alabama at Birmingham. Certification received September, 1977.
Department of Special Education; Area: Multiple Disabilities and/or Hospital and Homebound.
M.Ed. in Mental Retardation, Auburn University, 1976
B.S. in English, Alabama State University,1973

Specializations
P-12 Schools Partnership Development
International Partnership Development
Grant Writing
Special Education Teacher Preparation
Leadership and Program Implementation in Public Schools
Urban Education/High Need Schools
Biography

Gwen Benson serves as the associate dean for school, community and international partnerships in the College of Education at Georgia State University. She previously served as coordinator of the Low Incidence Disabilities Unit of the Division for Exceptional Students in the Georgia Department of Education; director of educator preparation for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission; and director of the Program for Exceptional Children with the Atlanta Public Schools. She was an associate professor at Southern University at Baton Rouge, La., assistant professor at Louisiana State University and has taught graduate courses at Clark-Atlanta University as an adjunct professor.
Benson earned her bachelor’s degree at Alabama State University, her M.Ed. at Auburn University and her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. She currently serves as the principal investigator for the Network for Enhancing Teacher Quality (NET-Q), a collection of projects funded by a $13.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education designed to prepare teachers for the demands of teaching high-need subjects in high-need schools. She also works to sustain the COE’s professional development school network, facilitates international outreach and partnerships and works closely with the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence.

Publications

Benson, G. & O’Connor, J. (2013). The response to intervention, referral and placement process. In R. Colarusso, C. O’Rourke, & Melissa Leontovich (Eds.) Special Education for All Teachers, 6th ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Ogletree, S.L., Benson, G.T., Williams, G., Fields, K. & Dawkins-Jackson, P. (2013). Development of Professional Learning Communities to Strengthen Professional Collaboration for Student Learning, PDS Partners, 9 (1).
Many, J. E., Benson, G., Curlette, W. L., Ogletree, S., Deming, M. P., & Bohan, C. (2011). “Clinical teacher education in professional development schools: Dealing with the complexities inherent in large scale implementation” in C. Bohan, & J. E. Many, (Eds.), Clinical teacher education: Reflections from an urban professional development school network (pp. 1-14). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Many, J. E., Fisher, T., Taylor, D., & Benson, G. (2011). “Valuing the voices of boundary spanners in clinical teacher education” in C. Bohan, & J. E. Many, (Eds.), Clinical teacher education: Reflections from an urban professional development school network (pp. 33-54). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Many, J. E., Benson, G., Curlette, W. L., Ogletree, S., Deming, M. P., & Bohan, C. (2011). “Clinical teacher education in professional development schools: Dealing with the complexities inherent in large scale implementation” in C. Bohan, & J. E. Many, (Eds.), Clinical teacher education: Reflections from an urban professional development school network. Information Age Publishing.
Benson, G. & Ogletree, S. (2011). Help Schools by Partnering with Teacher Education Programs. Our Children: The National PTA Magazine 37: 3, 12-13.
Benson, G. & Dunbar, R. (2009). The referral and placement process. In R. Colarusso & C. O’Rourke. (Eds.) Special Education for All Teachers, 5th ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt Publishing.
Benson, G. & Dangel, H. (2007). The referral and placement process. In R. Colarusso & C. O’Rourke, Eds.) Special Education for All Teachers, 4th ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt Publishing.
Benson, G. (2003).Methods of making the connections between teacher education and student learning. In E. Guyton & J. Dangel, (Eds). Teacher Education Yearbook XII: Research linking teacher preparation and student performance. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal Hunt Publishing.
Benson, G. & Dangel, H. (2002). The referral and placement process. In R. Colarusso & C. O’Rourke, (Eds.) Special Education for All Teachers, 3rd Ed. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishing.
Benson, G. (1996). Issues in the Education of African-American Students with Disabilities. In E. Duran (Ed.) Teaching Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities, Including Autism, 2nd ed. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Stewart, D., Benson, G. (1988). The Education of Black Deaf Children: Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 16, 98-109.
Benson, G., Hamilton, M. (1987). Procedures manual for use of volunteers at Very Special Arts Festival. Louisiana Arts for Exceptional Children, Baton Rouge, LA
Stewart, D., Benson, G. & Lindsey, J. (1987). A unit plan for siblings of handicapped children. Teaching Exceptional Children 19, 24-28.
Benson, G. (1987). Eco-behavioral variables affecting severely handicapped children in institutions and community settings: A Comparative Analysis. In C. Mayer, J. Carta, & C. Greenwood (Eds.) An Eco-behavioral Approach to Research in Special Education. Monograph Series, 2, 57-88.
Benson, G. & Balthazar, M. (1984). Working with Siblings of Handicapped Children: The Role of the School Social Worker. International Association of Pupil Personnel Worker, Inc.; Fall issue.
Benson, G. & Lindsey, J. (1984). Supporting Handicapped Children’s Non-exceptional siblings: A New and Urgent Role for Professionals. Techniques Journal for Counseling and Remedial Education 1, 134-138.

 
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