2022 SECD Research Roundup - Katie Ericson
Katie Ericson, a Special Education Ph.D. student, discusses what brought her to Nebraska for her doctorate, and how she hopes her research will help Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments (TVIs).
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[00:00:00.000]So, for my master's degree
[00:00:02.402]in visual impairments, I attended
[00:00:04.804]Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
[00:00:08.041]And part of the reason I chose
[00:00:09.943]the University of Nebraska was because I knew
[00:00:12.278]many of the faculty members
[00:00:14.147]here had attended Vanderbilt, and so I knew
[00:00:17.517]that I'd be getting
[00:00:18.752]research training from some of the best in the field.
[00:00:22.956]previous to this
[00:00:23.990]worked as a
[00:00:25.091]teacher of students with visual impairments
[00:00:31.631]I loved what I did. I liked being in the field.
[00:00:34.300]But, I wanted a little bit something more.
[00:00:37.003]I saw questions
[00:00:38.738]in my practice
[00:00:39.873]and I wanted to be able to answer those
[00:00:41.975]and so I knew
[00:00:43.843]it was time to
[00:00:46.980]where I could learn how to answer those
[00:00:49.015]questions and put that into practice
[00:00:52.152]for other TVIs.
[00:00:53.753]So, in a general sense,
[00:00:55.355]I'd like to look at
[00:00:59.993]who is reviewing
[00:01:03.630]and how that performance is reviewed,
[00:01:08.435]how that translates into professional development.
[00:01:12.672]As a TVI, many of us are itinerant.
[00:01:15.208]And so we work
[00:01:17.210]in several schools with a variety of
[00:01:21.181]with a variety of strengths and needs
[00:01:24.451]in different settings.
[00:01:25.985]And for those of us who are itinerant,
[00:01:28.555]sometimes our supervisors
[00:01:30.223]are a school principal.
[00:01:32.092]Sometimes it's a
[00:01:33.359]special education administrator.
[00:01:37.831]don't have as much background in vision.
[00:01:40.967]And don't have
[00:01:43.870]access to our caseloads. They aren't
[00:01:46.539]you know, because of the privacy laws,
[00:01:49.409]able to know everything
[00:01:51.144]that we do. At least that was
[00:01:54.581]in my job previous to this.
[00:01:57.517]How can we help
[00:01:59.953]special education administrators
[00:02:02.655]or principals feel confident in
[00:02:05.091]giving performance feedback to
[00:02:10.363]And how do we help
[00:02:12.699]maybe talk a little bit more about
[00:02:14.033]their job and educate people
[00:02:15.635]on what it is we do?
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