Elizabeth Stringer Keefe is a teacher educator and researcher at the Graduate School of Education, and faculty coordinator of Graduate Studies in Autism. Her work and research at the university focuses on special education teacher preparation for educators who work with autistic students; teacher education policy, most recently the Massachusetts autism teacher endorsement; and assistive technology.

She is a researcher with Project TEER, an international multidisciplinary research team of nine teacher education scholars and practitioners who research education reform policy and accountability mechanisms in teacher education. Annually, she is guest curator for 3artists, an art exhibit featuring the work of professional autistic artists. 

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in public and private education settings, as a teacher, consultant and critical friend to various non-profits. Elizabeth is president of Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children and a member of the Autism Center Advisory Board for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Education

BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.Ed., Lesley University

Selected Publications

  • Keefe, E.S. & Steiner, A. (in press). Remixing the Curriculum: The Teacher’s Guide to Classroom and Digital Technology.  Baltimore: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Cochran-Smith, M., Sánchez, J.G., Miller, A., Keefe, E.S*, Fernández, M.B., Chang, W., Carney, M.C., Burton, S., & Baker, M.* (in preparation). Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education. Columbia University, N: Teacher’s College Press. *denotes second co-equal authorship
  • Cochran-Smith, M., Baker, M., Burton, S., Chang, W.C., Fernandez, M.B., Keefe, E.S*., Miller, A., Sanchez, J.G., Stern, R. (2018). Teacher quality and teacher education policy: The U.S. case and its implications, in, Routledge International Handbook of Teacher Quality and Policy, Akiba, M. & LeTendre, G. Eds., New York, NY: Stringer Publications. *denotes second co-equal authorship
  • Malloy, C., Keefe, E.S., & Bottema-Beutel, K. (in press). Social support. In, E.B. Braaten (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of intellectual and developmental disorders. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. *denotes second co-equal authorship
  • Keefe, E.S., Stokes, L.R. & Hughes, N. (2017). Neuro-Equality: Autistic self advocates’ views of education policy. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Cochran-Smith, M., Baker, M., Chang, W-C., Fernández, M. B., & Keefe, E. S.* (2017). Review of ‘Within our grasp: Achieving higher admissions standards in teacher prep.’ Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. *denotes second co-equal authorship
  • Keefe, E.S. (2017). Special education teacher preparation and the arts: Developing teacher expertise to support authentic engagement in the classroom. Invited speaker, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Washington, D.C.
  • Keefe, E.S.* & Carney, M. (2017). Shared values, competing conceptions: The content of accountability in teacher education. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. *denotes co-equal authorship
  • Keefe, E.S. (2017). Celebrating autism: Expressions of neurodiversity in art. Invited Division Showcase address. Division of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Keefe, E.S. (2017). Supporting autistic students in authentic transition experiences. Invited speaker, Current Trends in Autism Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Keefe, E.S. (2016). Autism teacher education: raising educator and self-advocate perspectives. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Division of Autism & Developmental Disabilities Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Cochran-Smith, M., Stern, R., Sánchez, J.G., Miller, A., Keefe, E.S.*, Fernández, M.B., Chang, W., Carney, M.C., Burton, S., & Baker, M. (2016). Holding Teacher Preparation Accountable: A Review of Claims and Evidence. Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. *denotes second co-equal authorship
  • Cochran-Smith, M., Baker, M., Burton, S., Chang, W.C., Fernandez, M.B., Keefe, E.S.*, Miller, A., Sanchez, J.G., Stern, R. (2016). Fixing Teacher Preparation: Analysis and critique of major reform efforts. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. *denotes second co-equal authorship