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School of Education at Baylor University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education and educational psychology. As Director of Professional Practice, Dr. Goree is the partnership liaison between Baylor and the public school districts in which Baylor teacher-preparation candidates are placed for field experiences. She oversees both teacher certification and state assessment, works closely with Baylor and public school faculty to support teacher education candidates during their clinical experiences, and facilitates partnership professional development for public school mentor teachers and clinical instructors, teacher-education candidates, and Baylor School of Education faculty.
As the Director of Professional Practice at Baylor, Dr. Goree has been instrumental in establishing nine professional development schools in Waco and Midway ISDs. The professional development school partnership between Baylor and Midway ISD was honored in March 2017 as recipient of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement, an award that recognizes professional development school relationships that create and sustain genuine collaborative partnerships between P-12 and higher education that shape educator leadership and practice. Implementation of the co-teaching model to train preservice teachers is one of the critical components of the Baylor teacher education program and has contributed greatly to the learning and development of preservice and practicing educators in the PDS partnerships.
Dr. Goree is the author of numerous publications and a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. She has served as the primary investigator for several grants, as well as a consultant for many school districts. She is currently managing editor of Tempo, associate editor of Gifted Child Today, immediate past-president of Texas Directors of Field Experience, and a Leadership Team member for the National Association for Professional Development Schools. Her past professional experiences include service as a classroom teacher, gifted and talented district program coordinator, education specialist at Education Service Center Region 12, and principal at two campuses in China Spring Independent School District. Dr. Goree is past president of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented, past chair of the Texas Education Agency Commissioner’s Advisory Council on the Education of Gifted/Talented Students, and has served on the board of directors of the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education and the Council for Exceptional Children – Talented and Gifted.
Dr. Goree’s research interests include preservice teacher education and development, mentoring of beginning teachers, gifted and talented education, and social and emotional needs of exceptional children.
Dr. Wendy Murawski is a tenured full professor in the Department of Special Education and the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at California State University, Northridge. She obtained her M.A. in Special Education and her Ed.S. in Educational Administration from the College of William & Mary and her Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside with an emphasis in Special Education, Collaboration and Research.
Murawski is currently directing two major grants and has been the College of Education faculty president. Her areas of research are on the inclusion of children with special needs, and most specifically on collaboration and co-teaching between educators. She received a national research publication award from the Division of Research in the Council for Exceptional Children, a dissertation award from the Division of Learning Disabilities of CEC, and was identified as the California Teacher Educator of the Year from the California Council of Teacher Educators. She presents nationally & internationally to state departments, districts and schools, is on 4 speaker's bureaus, and is a frequent keynote presenter. She is the Director of Research for the CHIME Institute, an institute committed to inclusive education, and is the immediate Past President for the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
Murawski has published four books as author, two books as editor, four staff development modules, two handbooks, three book chapters, and over 30 peer-reviewed articles. Three of her books are with Corwin Press & have all reached best-seller status: "Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools: Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!" (2009), "Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools: Making the Co-Teaching Marriage Work!" (2010), and "Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate! How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools" (2011) co-authored with Dr. Sally Spencer. Her fourth book, co-authored with Dr. Lisa Dieker is entitled "Leading the Co-Teaching Dance: Leadership strategies to enhance team outcomes." In March 2015, Murawski served as co-editor with Dr. Kathy Scott of 2 books published with Corwin Press: "What really works in elementary education" and "What really works in secondary education."
Murawski is the CEO & President of the educational consulting company, 2 Teach LLC.