"What matters most is to get kids in regular class and for them to have regular lives," said Professor Mary Beth Doyle, a teacher of teachers, expert in education for students with disabilities.
At the annual Saint Michael's Academic Convocation on September 27th, Professor Doyle was awarded the 2013 Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award, as selected by her faculty colleagues.
My Saint Michael's College "students have the responsibility of providing direct instruction to one or more students with disabilities for the entire semester. While this may sound like "fun," students learn the huge responsibilities associated with this job. My students are planning instruction, preparing materials, teaching, evaluating and reflecting on their work every week. They constantly receive feedback from students and teachers."
Professor Doyle was described at the convocation as "in the forefront of a global movement to transform the field of education for students with severe disabilities who have historically been ignored, neglected, patronized or, at best, pacified with low expectations and standards."
Expert on inclusive education
A widely recognized authority on inclusive education and programs for students with severe disabilities, Professor Doyle has given over 100 presentations at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is the author or co-author of 20 journal articles and book chapters and ten books, as well as many newsletter articles and reviews, and she serves on the editorial board of three journals.
She has written extensively on the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals in public schools, and authored the widely used book The Paraprofessional's Guide to the Inclusive Classroom: Working as a Team (Brookes Publishing, April 2008). She also wrote the article "Paraprofessionals: The Sous-Chefs of literary instruction" in Teaching Exceptional Children (2007).
Professor Doyle teaches in the graduate education program: Designing Programs for Student with Disabilities, Implementing and Evaluating Programs for Students with Disabilities; and in the undergraduate program: Cognition and Individual Differences.
Professor Doyle has two grown stepchildren. She and her husband Michael Giangreco reside in Richmond.