Dr. Ann T. Halvorsen received her Ed.D. in Special Education/Educational Psychology from the U.C. Berkeley/San Francisco State University joint doctoral program. Dr. Halvorsen is credentialed in Elementary Education, secondary Social Studies, Special Education and severe disabilities. Her areas of specialization include the inclusion of individuals with severe disabilities throughout the life span, school reform and systems change processes at school sites, districts and state levels, and differentiated curriculum and instruction. Dr. Halvorsen has worked in the field of education for individuals with disabilities for four decades as a classroom teacher, university instructor at San Francisco State University and Associate and full Professor at California State University, East Bay-Hayward, researcher, professional development designer, author and systems change agent. Her work as Coordinator of the California Research Institute on the Integration of Students with Severe Disabilities (CRI), Director of Providing Education for Everyone in Regular Schools (PEERS I & II), and Co-Director of the statewide Confederation on Inclusive Education has been instrumental in the movement of hundreds of California students with severe disabilities from segregated to integrated schools and more recently to inclusive general education classrooms. Dr. Halvorsen instructs curriculum and specialization classes in the Masters degree program, and Education Specialist: Moderate-Severe, Mild- Moderate Disabilities preliminary and Level II programs and the TED/SPED program, and is the Coordinator for both Education Specialist Internship credential programs. She has co-designed and taught coursework with TED faculty. Dr. Halvorsen is the past President of CAL-TASH, and has co-authored numerous funded grants with Dr. Anderson, including personnel training and systems change efforts, as well as articles, manuals, book chapters and, the second edition of Building Inclusive Schools: Tools and Strategies for Success with co-author Tom Neary (Pearson-Allyn & Bacon).
Additional recent achievements include:
Halvorsen,A.T. (Fall,2009). Sabbatical award to study LRE Policies, practices and implementation in a variety of states. Hayward, CA: California State University, East Bay.
Halvorsen,A.T.(2009). LRE Resources Guide: Web-based Tools for Schools. Sacramento, CA: WestEd: LRE Resources Project.
Anderson,J.L. & Halvorsen,A.T. (September, 2008). Personnel Preparation Grant to Support Teachers of Students with Low-Incidence,Severe Disabilities (2008-2012). Washington,DC: USDE, OSEP. $200,000/year.
Robert Gaylord-Ross Memorial Award for Scholarship in the Inclusion of Persons with Severe Disabilities.(February,2008).Awarded at San Francisco, CA: CALTASH Annual Statewide Conference by CALTASH organization.
Collaborative models for inclusive school reform; peer relationships; differentiated instruction
- Ed.D. Special Education, University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco State University joint doctoral program in Special Education (1983)
- M.A. Special Education and Mental Retardation, Columbia University, New York (1978)
- B.A. Sociology and Secondary Education, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana (1971)
- Credentials: Permanent Special Education; Permanent Mental Retardation; Permanent Nursery-Sixth Grades (Pre-Elementary Education); Permanent Social Studies: Grades 7-12
Halvorsen, A.T. (December 2012-January, 2013). Invited Review: Po’okela Project Centers of Excellence for Inclusive Practices: Resources and Materials for the Development of Implementation Sites. Sacramento, CA: WestEd, LRE Resources Project.
Consultant, LRE Resources Project, CPEI, WestEd Sacramento, 2012-13.
Consultant, Expert Panel Member for review of Pennsylvania Department of Education, Meaningful Participation and Learning Inclusive Project, PA Training and Technical Assistance Network, February-March, 2012.
Halvorsen,A.T.,Neary,T. & Willson-Schafer,D. (in press,2013).Curriculum modification, positive behavior support and change. To appear in F. Brown, J.L. Anderson & R.L DePry (Eds.) Individual Positive Behavior Supports: A Standards-Based Guide to Practices in School and Community-Based Settings. Baltimore: Paul Brookes Publishing, in press.
Halvorsen,A.T. & Neary,T. (2009). Building Inclusive Schools: Tools & Strategies for Success (2nd edition). BOOK. Boston,MA:Pearson-Allyn & Bacon.
Halvorsen,A.T. (2008). LRE Resources: Research-Based Practices to Support Inclusive California Classrooms, Schools and School Districts. . Sacramento,CA: WestEd: LRE Resources Project. Manual. (n/a). S.
Halvorsen,A.T., Meinders, D.M. (2005). Training of Trainers Manual: Professional Development Institute for Collaborative, Inclusive School Site Teams. Training of Trainers Manual: Professional Development Institute for Collaborative, Inclusive School Site Teams. Sacramento,CA:WestEd, CA LRE Resources Project and Hayward,CA: CSU EAst Bay: CLEAR Project.
Giangreco, M.F., Halvorsen, A.T., Doyle, M.B., & Broer, S (2004). Alternatives to over-reliance on paraprofessionals in inclusive schools, Journal of Special Education Leadership. 17 (2). ournal of Special Education Leadership. (17,2).
Halvorsen, A., Tweit-Hull, D., Meinders, D., Falvey, M., & Anderson, J. (2002). Inclusive education starter kit. CA Dept of Education and WestEd.
Halvorsen, A. T. & Neary, T. (2001). Building inclusive schools: Tools and strategies for success. Allyn and Bacon.
Halvorsen, A. T., Lee, L.., & Osborne, J. (2001). Listening & learning together (videotape). CLEAR Project and Insight Media Productions(J.Ehrlich,Producer).
Consultant, Expert Panel member for review of Pennsylvania Department of Education, Meaningful Participation and Learning Inclusive Project, PA Training and Technical Assistance Network, February-March, 2012.
Halvorsen,A.T. ( March,2012). Developing needs-based inclusive support teacher ratios. Oakland,CA: Cal-TASH annual statewide conference.
Consultant for inclusive schooling to Dobbs Ferry School District, Dobbs Ferry, New York (2006-2011).
Consultant to California LRE Resources Project, WestEd, and CA Department of Education (2005-present).
Halvorsen,A.T. (March,2011).San Francisco restarts inclusive systems change. Irvine, CA: CAL-TASH Statewide conference.
Dodge,C.,Franklin,K., Halvorsen,A.T. & Villafuerte,A.T. (December,2010). San Francisco's inclusive education history and new directions. Panel Presentation, San Francisco: Inclusive Schools Week. SFUSD and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities.
Halvorsen,A.T. (December,2010). Inclusive schooling contrasts and commonalities: Insights from a sample of states. Denver, CO: International TASH Conference.
Halvorsen,A.T. (March, 2010). Inclusive services: Five states' LRE Data and practices in comparison to California. Burlingame, CA: Statewide CALTASH Conference.
Franklin,K. & Halvorsen,A.T. (December,2009). Inclusive Education and your child: Best practices and how to get there.. San Francisco, CA: Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, Parent Training and Information Center.
Halvorsen,A.T.,Sawchuck,C., Rodriguez,J, & Toobin,L. (November, 2009). Supporting and sustaining inclusive schooling in the absence of district level support. Pittsburgh, PA: International TASH Conference.
Anderson,J.L. Halvorsen,A.T., Sawchuck,C. & Rodriguez,J.(November,2009).A model for inclusive general and special educator dual credential teacher preparation. Pittsburgh,PA: International TASH Conference.
Inclusive Schooling in Hard Times:LRE and Program Improvement Efforts in California, December 5, 2008, Nashville,TN, Annual International TASH Conference
Inclusive service delivery in elementary and secondary schools. Proessional development and technical assistance, April 2, 2008, Dobbs Ferry,NY, DFUSD
Secondary differentiation, adaptation and instructional supports for inclusive middle and high schools, with C.Sawchuck and S. Otto, February 3, 2008, San Francisco, CAL-TASH Annual Statewide Conference
Hunt,P. Ryndak,D, Quirk,C.,Halvorsen,A.T. & & Schwartz,I.(December,2007).Meaningful student outcomes in an era of standards-based reform, December 5, 2007, Seattle,WA, International TASH Annual Conference
Halvorsen,A.T.,Lee,L.,& Wrenn,M.(December,2007). LRE , Response to Intervention and restructuring to include all students within whole school reform., December 5, 2007, Seattle,WA, International TASH Annual Conference
Halvorsen,A.T., Meinders,D., & Sawchuck,C.(February,2007). LRE, and inclusion:The site and district change process., February 3, 2007, Manhattan Beach,CA:, Annual statewide CAL TASH Conference
Halvorsen,A.T. (2008-2013). Education Specialist Internship Grant award (Annual), California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
Training/Technical Assistance for CDE Consultants and Statewide Organizations: Practices for Changing Service Delivery Models for Studens with Disabilities, WestEd, , , Received January 1, 2006, $9,277.00, For January 1, 2006 to June 30, 2006,
Anderson,J.L. & Halvorsen,A.T. (September, 2008). Personnel Preparation Grant to Support Teachers of Students with Low-Incidence,Severe Disabilities (2008-2012). Washington,DC: USDE, OSEP; Model Demonstration Project CLEAR: Coaching, Leadership Education, U.S. Department Education, Office of Special Education Programs, OSEP, Received August 1, 2001, $600,000, For September 2, 2001 to August 31, 2006, Model demonstration & development of inclusive urban leadership school sites from pre school to HS levels
Statewide elected CALTASH Board member,1991-2007;Member California Deaf-Blind Services Advisory Board 1996-present;Member,Superintendent's Advisory Council,Berkeley USD, 2006-present;Member and Co-Facilitator, San Francisco Inclusion Task Force, 1994-pres
See full vita for K-12 and other university teaching and related experience 1971-1995.-
- Invited member, Advisory Committee on SFUSD Plan to Address Significant Disproportionality in Special Education, San Francisco Unified School District, September, 2012-present.
- Invited Member, SFUSD Community Committee to Review Strategic Plan for Special Education, 2013.
2008 Robert Gaylord-Ross Award for Scholarship, CALTASH
2007 CALTASH Award for Dedication and Leadership 1991-2007
2003 Inclusion Award, Supported Life Institute
2000 Phi Delta Kappa, Outstanding Professor
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