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Accreditation Report 2002
Core Campuses: Bloomington and Indianapolis

for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
and the Indiana Professional Standards Board

Faculty Vita

Gretchen Butera, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant professor, Special education
Office: W. W. Wright Education Building, room 3211
Campus: Bloomington
Year of appointment: 2002

Academic Degrees

B.S. University of Illinois 1970 Psychology
M.A. Northeastern Illinois University 1973 Special Education
Ph.D. University of California at Santa Barbara 1992 Special Education, Early Childhood


California, Multiple Subject:

California, Specialist, Learning Handicapped

California, Specialist, Severely Handicapped

California, Resource Specialist Credential Certificate of Competence

Instructor, Certified, Early Intervention for School Success, California State Department of Education

Instructor, Certified, Cognitive Curriculum for Young Children, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

West Virginia, Multiple Subject: Learning Disabilities, Mentally Impaired, Severe Handicaps, Preschool Handicaps, Behavior Disorders

Professional Experience

2002-present Assistant Professor in Special Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
2000-2001 Congressional Fellow, Office of Senator Jeff Bingaman, Washington, D.C.
1998-2001 Associate Professor, Early Intervention in Special Education, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
1992-1997 Assistant Professor, Early Intervention in Special Education, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
1989-1992 Field Coordinator, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Training Project, University of California, Santa Barbara, California
1985-1989 Teacher, Early Intervention, Severe Disabilities, Conejo Unified School District, Thousand Oaks, California
1983-1984 Teacher, Students with Learning Disabilities, Redwood Intermediate School, Thousand Oaks, California
1978-1983 Resource Specialist, Conejo Unified School District, Thousand Oaks, California

Faculty load

50% teaching, 25% service, 25% research

Selected Publications

    Butera, G. & Dempsey, V. (1998) Kiwis and kids, communities and connections: How Energy Express bridges discourses for intervention and policy. Paper presented at the Frontiers of Research on Children, Youth and Families Symposium, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.

    Butera, G., McMullen, L., Dempsey, V., Phillips, R. & Webb-Dempsey, J. (1998) Building community on behalf of West Virginian schoolchildren and their families: Energy Express. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, California.

    Butera, G., Klein, H., McMullen, L.& Wilson, B. (1998). A statewide study of FAPE and school discipline. The Journal of Special Education 32, 2. 108-114.

    Butera, G. & Maughan, G. (1998) A Place in the mountains: Rural homeless families in West Virginia. Zero to Three, 19. 1. 24-30 Washington, D.C.

    Butera, G., McMullen, L., & Henderson, J. (1997). IEPs, students with behavior problems and school discipline policies: A collision course. In Conference proceedings American Council on Rural Special Education.

    Butera, G., Deasy, G., Miller, K., Reissner, L., Stein, C. & Zeppuhar, M. E. (1997). Classroom behaviors of students with disabilities in rural inclusive classrooms: An observational study. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 16, 1 19-29.

    Pyle, E. J., & Butera, G. (1997). Perspectives on inclusion by design: Science curriculum reform and special education. Information Technology and Disabilities. Http://

    Butera, G. (1997). Family focused rural early intervention personnel preparation: Family stories and student development.(in press) Research in Rural Education.

    Lombardi, T. P. & Butera, G. (1997). Mnemonics: Strengthening thinking skills of students with special needs. Clearing House, 71. 5. 284-286.

    Dempsey, V.O., Butera, G. and others (1997). Energy Express evaluation final report 1996, Submitted to Dr. Ruthellen Phillips, WVU Extension and Governor's Office, State of West Virginia.

    Butera, G. (1997). Head Start Collaboration Project, State of West Virginia Formative Evaluation 1996-97, Submitted to the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families, State of West Virginia.

Funded Projects

    Submitted and Funded ACYF, 1998 Head Start: Early Head Start, Northern Panhandle. Co-Author. Principal Investigator. $400,000.00

    Submitted and Funded ACYF, 1996 Head Start: A Proposal for Partnership, Early Head Start in Monongalia County, West Virginia. Co-Author, Principal Investigator. $ 647,000.00

    Submitted and Funded Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families, State of West Virginia, 1996-1998: Head Start State Collaboration Project Evaluation, Principal Investigator $7,000.00

    Submitted and Funded Eisenhower Professional Development Program, 1996 and 1997: Effective Inclusion in Elementary and Middle School Science, Co-author and principal investigator $14,994.00/year

Current Professional and Academic Association Memberships

    Council for Exceptional Children
    Division of Early Childhood, CEC
    International Association for Mediated Learning
    Council for Learning Disabilities
    National Education Association
    Delta Kappa Gamma
    Phi Delta Kappa
    American Educational Research Association: special education research SIG, treasurer 1996-97; program chair(1997-98)

Conference Presentations

    1998: Building Community on Behalf of West Virginian Schoolchildren and their Families: Energy Express, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference. San Diego, California.

    1997: Invited Speaker, Meeting of Minds in the Mountains: Case Studies of Collaboration in West Virginia Head Start Programs, Ripley, West Virginia.

    1997: IEPs Students with Behavior problems and School Discipline Policies: A Collision Course American Council on Rural Special Education, San Antonio, TX.

Service/Outreach Projects

    1998: Eastern Panhandle Head Start, Strategies for young children with autism Keyser, West Virginia: consulted and provided training regarding needs of young children with autism.

    1998: Jackson County Schools, Integrated therapies, Ripley, West Virginia: consulted and provided training regarding integrated service delivery.

    1997: Monongalia County Schools, Kindergarten Screening, Morgantown, West Virginia: consulted and provided training regarding kindergarten screening procedures.

    1997: Calhoun County Schools, West Virginia: consultant regarding the needs of young children with autism included in general education settings.

    1997: Grant Reviewer, OSERS: Student-initiated research, Field-initiated research

    1997: Task Force, Chair, Best practice for young children with autism, state of West Virginia: practitioners and policy-makers group to develop policy and recommendations for Part H and Part B service providers

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