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Maria Timberlake - Lurie Doctoral Fellow

Curriculum Vitae

Maria Timberlake, Lurie Doctoral Fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Lurie Institute Doctoral Fellow Maria Timberlake, PhD'13, MEd, successfully defended her dissertation, "Academic Content and Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities: How Teacher Interpretation and Choice Impact Access to the General Education Curriculum" and earned her doctoral degree in 2013. She is presently an Assistant Professor at SUNY Cortland. Maria earned her MEd in Special Education from the University of Maine and earned a second MA in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Northeastern University. Maria entered the PhD program at Heller after a career working with K-12 schools, families, and state agencies on education reform initiatives, assessment policy, positive behavioral supports, and inclusive education. She has taught at the elementary, high school and university levels, in both special and general education. Maria's research interests include the intersection of education policy and disability studies, the nature and impact of participant-directed services, and defining and evaluating high-quality instruction for students with complex or low-incidence disabilities. She is also interested in disability theory and socio-political definitions of disability, justice and fairness.

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