Elizabeth Stringer Keefe's work focuses on the preparation of teachers who work with students with autism spectrum disorder.
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Professional Title: Assistant Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Autism spectrum disorders; teacher education policy; assistive technology improving the accessibility of curriculum
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Teacher education/special education; research focus: preparation of autism teachers
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Autism Spectrum Disorder courses: Physiology and Foundations; Understanding Complex Behavior; Socialization and Communication Supports; Collaboration, Advocacy, and Ethics; Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Seminar and Field Experience
Education: BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; MEd, Lesley University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Keefe, E.S. & Steiner, A. (in press). Remixing the Curriculum: A Guide to Digital & Assistive Technology, Rowman & Littlefield: Baltimore. Keefe, E. S. (2015). Autism educators’ perceptions of preparedness: A mixed methods study. Presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Keefe, E. S. & Miller, A. (2015). Critiquing the effort to professionalize teacher education through accreditation and accountability: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Paper presented at the New England Educational Research Organization Conference, Portsmouth, NH. Cochran-Smith, M., Baker, M., Burton, S., Chang, W.C., Fernandez, M.B., Keefe, E.S., Miller, A., Sanchez, J.G., Stern, R.. (in preparation). 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. Keefe E.S. & Steiner A. (2015). A guide to digital and assistive technology. Presented at FETC, Orlando, Florida. Keefe, E. S. (2015). @Networking: Building a professional learning network using social media. Invited Special Session, 8th Annual New Teacher Academy, Boston, MA. Keefe, E.S. (2015). Autism and Democratic Education. Annual invited speaker, Wheelock College Democracy & Education Symposium. June 2013-2015. Keefe, E.S. (2014). Autism teacher education: A review of the literature. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Keefe, E.S. , Scanlon, D. & Baker, D. (2014). How teachers provide accommodations in the inclusive classroom. Poster presented at Council for Exceptional Children National Convention & Expo, Philadelphia, PA. Keefe, E. S. (2013). @Networking: Building a professional learning network using social media. Special Plenary Session, 7th Annual New Teacher Academy, Boston College, Boston, MA. Scanlon, D., Baker, D., Keefe, E.S. (2013). Student self-accommodation practices. Poster presented at the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities Conference, Boston, MA. Scanlon, D., Baker, D., Keefe, E.S. (2013). Student self-accommodation practices. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Keefe, E.S. & Spadorcia, S. (2012). Using assistive technology to support independence with silent reading comprehension. New England Reading Association, Portsmouth, NH. Keefe, E.S. (2012) Improving curricular access for students with disabilities. 6th Annual New Teacher Academy, Boston College, Boston, MA. Bruce, S., Keefe, E.S. & Brum, C. (2012) Assessing students with severe disabilities. Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention and Expo, San Antonio, TX. Spadorcia, S. & Keefe, E.S. (2011). Improving literacy outcomes for students with Down Syndrome. Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Educator’s Forum, Worcester, MA. Keefe, E.S. (2011). Using assistive technology to support students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). CEC Annual Convention and Expo, Washington, DC.
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe's work has focused on the preparation and training of teachers who work with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and severe disabilities. She began her career as a special educator in public and private settings and continues to consult to Massachusetts public school districts and community agencies that support students with ASD. Her work has informed the development and revision of several academic programs as well as professional development offerings at Lesley, which include an annual conference and speaker series. These offerings provide training beyond the standard teacher licensure for educators, professional development for specialists, and training for parents. Elizabeth is a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Autism Society of America and the Massachusetts Autism Commission School-Age subcommittee. In 2006 she was honored by The Arc of Greater Boston with their Outstanding Educator Award.Keefe is co-president-elect of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Her term begins in 2017, which is also the year the national CEC will hold its convention in Boston.Special Education Programs
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