Faculty and Staff

Dr. William Blackwell

Name: Dr. William Blackwell
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Special Education
Office Location: DL 124D
E-mail: blackwwi@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5361

Educational Background:
2012 Ed.D. Boston University
2003 Ed.M. Harvard University
1998 B.A. Colgate University

Courses taught:
54-303 Development and Characteristics of Learners (undergraduate)
54-331 Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies (undergraduate)
54-357 Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities (undergraduate)
54-484 Special Education/Elementary Education Clinical Experience (undergraduate/graduate)
54-513 Development and Characteristics of Learners (graduate)
54-517 Instructional Strategies and Learning Communities for Exceptional Learners (graduate)
54-530: Special Education Field Experience I (graduate)
54-540: Special Education Field Experience II (graduate)
54-569: Classroom and Behavior Management Strategies for All Learners (graduate)
54-585: Instructional Planning and Performance Based Assessment (graduate)

Research interests:
Impact of federal education policies on children with disabilities and their families
Charter school services for children with disabilities
Special education advocacy and conflict resolution

Recent publication:
Blackwell, W., & Rossetti, Z. (2014). The development of individualized education programs: Where have we been and where should we go now? SAGE Open, 4(2), 1-15. doi: 10.1177/2158244014530411.

Blackwell, W. (2013). An era of charter school expansion: An examination of special education in Massachusetts’ charter schools. Journal of Disability Policy Studies, 24(2), 75-87. DOI: 10.1177/1044207312455061. 

Recent presentations:
Blackwell, W., & Rosetti, Z. (2014). Lessons Learned: Helping Parents and Teachers Understand the Research on IEP Development. Lecture presented at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Philadelphia, PA.

Blackwell, W., Buss, J., Fisher, M., & Pearce, E. (2013). Addressing ableism in the Common Core State Standards. Lecture presented at the annual conference of TASH, Chicago, IL.

Blackwell, W., & Fisher, M. (2013). Images and words: Children and young adults with disabilities on charter and private school websites. Poster presented at the annual conference of TASH, Chicago, IL.

Blackwell, W. Buss, J., Fisher, M., & Pearce, E. (2013). Addressing ableism in the common core state standards. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Chicago, IL.

Blackwell, W. (2013). Making alternate assessment score reports a meaningful tool for parents. Paper presented in a poster session titled Reaching Success Together: Multiple Perspectives on Enhancing School Achievement at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association annual conference, San Francisco, CA.

Blackwell, W. (2012). What does research tell us about IEP development? A review of literature published since the 1997 IDEA reauthorization. Poster presented at the annual conference of TASH, Long Beach, CA.

Blackwell, W. (2012). An examination of special education in Massachusetts’ charter schools. Lecture presented at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.

Blackwell, W. (2012). Alternate assessment score reporting for parents of students with disabilities. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.

Blackwell, W., Lehr, D., & Harayama, N. (2011). Making alternate assessment score reports a meaningful tool for parents. Lecture presented at the annual conference of TASH, Atlanta, GA.

Blackwell, W. (2011). Alternate assessment score reporting: Perceptions of parents and teachers. Lecture presented at the annual conference of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Austin, TX.

Blackwell, W. (2011). Preparing for an era of charter school expansion: An examination of special education in Massachusetts’ charter schools. Paper presented in a roundtable session titled Charter School Legal Issues at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Blackwell, W. (2011). Students with disabilities in Massachusetts’ charter schools: Examining student representation and compliance
issues. Paper presented in a roundtable session at the annual conference of the Sociology of Education Association, Pacific Grove, CA.