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School of Education

Tal Slemrod, PhD

Assistant Professor


BA in Environmental Science & Policy, Clark University

MS in Environmental Science, California State University Fullerton

Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Washington

Secondary Biology Teaching Credential, Rockford College

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Slemrod’s research focuses on identifying effective educational interventions and supports for adolescents and young adults with disabilities.  Specifically, he works with schools to find effective strategies for increasing access to general curriculum in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) for middle and high school students with high-incidence disabilities.  A complementary research interest is encompassing Assistive & Instructional Technology (A/IT) to increase academic success and engagement of students with disabilities.  Dr. Slemrod also enjoys working with schools, non-profit organizations, and families to identify approaches for improving supports as well as successful transitions between school, work, and higher education for youth with disabilities.

In addition to being an active member in the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Dr. Slemrod is currently the Associate Chair of Special Education & Assistive Technology for the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education’s (AACE) Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE).

Recent Publications:

West, E. & Slemrod, T. Assistive Technology (in press).  In E.A. Boutot. (Ed). Autism spectrum disorders: Foundations, characteristics, and effective strategies (2nd ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Cook, C.R., Frye, M., Slemrod, T., Lyon, A., & Renshaw, T. (2015). An integrated approach to universal prevention: Independent and combined effects of PBIS and SEL on youth’s mental health. School Psychology Quarterly.

Cook, C., Holland, E. & Slemrod. T. (2014). Reading decoding. In S. Little & A. Akin-Little (Eds.). Academic Assessment and Intervention. American Psychological Association Publishing.

Cheney, D., Cumming, T., & Slemrod, T. (2013). Secondary education and promising practices for students with Emotional/Behavioral Disability. In Walker, H. & Gresham, F. (Eds.). Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Applications in Schools. (pp. 344-360). New York: Guilford.

Recent Presentations:

Slemrod, T. & Kemper, T. (November, 2015). Equity & Access to Curriculum: Using Technology To Provide Access For All Learners. NNER, Chico, CA.

Seipel, B., Slemrod, T., & Whitford, D. (November, 2015). Perceptions and Utility of SmartPens in Higher Education and K-12 Settings.  CEC – TED, Phoenix, AZ.

Slemrod, T. & Kemper, T. (October, 2015). Going the distance: meeting the needs of distance learners through e-learning.  AACE – E-Learning, Kona, HI.

Slemrod, T. & Whitford, D. (March, 2015).  Strategies In Educational Technology For Teaching In A Hybrid Environment. AACE –SITE, Las Vegas.

Slemrod, T. & Cheney, D. (July, 2014).  Engaging Students in Science: The Inclusion of Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities in the Science Classroom.  Poster Presented at OSEP Project Directors’ Conference, Washington DC, 2014.

West, E., Slemrod, T., & Kemper, T. (April, 2014).  Assistive Technology: Needs of Teachers and Implications for Pre-service Teacher Training Programs.  Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, Philadelphia, PA.

Slemrod, T. (September, 2013).  Closing The Gap Between Students With EBD And STEM. Poster session presented at Council for Children with Behavioral Disabilities Conference, Chicago, IL.

Slemrod, T., Wilson, M., & Hogan, J. (September, 2013). Assessment, Curriculum, and Instruction for Prevention of Academic Failure for Students with Behavioral Challenges.  Presentation at Council for Children with Behavioral Disabilities Conference, Chicago, IL.

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