A teacher of teachers serves as role model
Beverly Rainforth, an expert on educating students with severe disabilities, is also a leader in the field of educational teams, which builds on the concept of professional workplace collaboration.
Rainforth, a distinguished teaching professor in the Graduate School of Education, joined Binghamton’s faculty in 1986. She earned a doctorate in special education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a bachelor’s in physical therapy and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Connecticut.
Rainforth -- a frequent presenter at local, state and national conferences on teamwork in special education -- is a teacher of teachers who exemplifies higher education through her scholarship, her teaching and as a role model to the education community. A former student writes that she “clearly recognizes the importance of quality teacher preparation and ensures that her courses teach students in a way that knowledge and concepts become ingrained in their professional understanding of the field of special education.”
She’s the co-author of Collaborative Teams for Students With Severe Disabilities: Integrating Therapy and Educational Services and the co-editor of Curriculum and Instruction for All Learners: Blending Systematic and Constructivist Approaches in Inclusive Elementary Schools.
Rainforth, who has been published in Research and Practice for Persons With Severe Disabilities, Pediatric Physical Therapy and Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, has also written numerous book chapters related to collaboration, inclusive education and students with severe disabilities.
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