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Wendy W. Murawski, Ph.D., is one of the nation’s top experts in co-teaching. Her research, publications, and presentations have been used nationally and internationally to help schools become more inclusive through the use of collaborative teaching. Dr. Murawski is a former general education high school German teacher, as well as a former special education teacher with credentials in Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities. She received her B.A. in German & Comparative Literature, her M.Ed. in Special Education, her Ed.S. in Educational Administration, all at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Her Ph.D. was in Special Education and completed at the University of California, Riverside. She completed her MBA through Western Governors University. Dr. Murawski is the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair of the Center for Teaching & Learning (www.csun.edu/ctl) at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). At CSUN, Dr. Murawski is also a full professor in the Department of Special Education and the Director of SIMPACT, an immersive learning simulation experience (www.csunsimulation.com). Dr. Murawski is the national Past President of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (www.tedcec.org) and received the TED Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Murawski is an internationally known speaker and author. She has presented in Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada and in 42 of the 50 United States. She was requested to participate at an educational Think Tank symposium in China, as well as to keynote presentations to teachers, administrators, and psychologists in Denmark and Sweden. She is a frequently requested keynote speaker at events. Her high-energy, humorous presentations present substantive, research-based content in a practical, accessible manner. Dr. Murawski offers in-person and on-line professional development sessions of various lengths on topics such as co-teaching, collaboration, communication, differentiation, Universal Design for Learning, and inclusion. She enjoys guest speaking for universities, schools, and book study groups who are reading her texts. Dr. Murawski has won many awards for her teaching, to include Teacher Educator of the Year in California, Outstanding Faculty Member for CSUN, and Outstanding Educator from the California Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Murawski has written and edited 14 books on best practices in education & co-teaching. Published with Corwin Press are: Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools; Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools; Collaborate, Communicate and Differentiate (with Sally Spencer); and the 4 What Really Works books with Kathy Scott (What Really Works in Elementary Education; What Really Works in Secondary Education; What Really Works with Exceptional Learners; and What Really Works with Universal Design for Learning). With ASCD, Dr. Murawski published Beyond Co-Teaching Basics (with Wendy Lochner) and Co-Teaching Dos, Don’ts, and Do Betters (with Toby Karten). With the Council for Exceptional
Children, Dr. Murawski published Leading the Co-Teaching Dance (with Lisa Dieker). With Roman and Littlefield, Dr. Murawski published So You Think You Can Teach (with Bill Cockrum). With Plural Publishing, Dr. Murawski published Special Education Law and Policy: From Foundation to Application (with Jackie Rodriguez). With IGI Global, Dr. Murawski published Learning Challenges for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities (with Soraya Fallah and Bronte Reynolds). With 2 Teach, Dr. Murawski published the Co-Teaching for Success handbook. In addition to these books, Dr. Murawski has numerous peer-reviewed research and journal publications in journals such as Teaching Exceptional Children, Remedial and Special Education, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, Preventing School Failure, Intervention in School & Clinic, and more. Dr. Murawski has won many awards for her research and publications, to include the Outstanding Dissertation award from CEC’s Division on Learning Disabilities, the Early Careers Publication Award from CEC’s Division of Research. She has been the principal investigators on multiple grants at her university and with state departments.