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Elizabeth Jekanowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education,
Director of Education Graduate Studies
563-588-6407
Mary Josita Hall 122
MS 1733 (to send on-campus mail)
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Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership     

Florida Atlantic University   Boca Raton, Florida                      2017

Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership

Florida Atlantic University   Boca Raton, Florida                       2016

Masters of Science in Education

Cambridge College      Cambridge, Massachusetts                       2001

Bachelor of Arts in American Studies

Colby-Sawyer College  New London, New Hampshire              1986

Teaching Philosophy

At 26 months, our son Tom was non-verbal, determined moderate to severely mentally retarded and diagnosed with autism. In 2016, Tom graduated a Phi Betta Kappa scholar, Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University. In 2018, he earned his Master’s degree in History. Tom inspired me into education, leadership, my Ph.D., and higher education where I find great joy supporting adult learners in developing knowledge, skills, and understanding to educate and care for all students.

Teach without seeming to teach. -Mary Frances Clarke

Elizabeth Jekanowski

Profile

Dr. Elizabeth Jekanowski is a distinguished educator, scholar, and presenter with over 20 years of experience in the field of education. At Clarke, Elizabeth serves as the Director of Education Graduate Studies, overseeing the Master of Arts in Education Program and as an Assistant Professor of Education, teaching courses in the Special Education Professional Development School. Dr. Jekanowski has received regional and national awards for her teaching and scholarship. She reviews proposals for AERA, presents research at state and national conferences, and enjoys serving the Clarke community. Elizabeth is also a liturgical musician whose greatest joys are her faith and her family!

  • Research Interests

    Inclusive Education

    Leadership

    Special Education

    Professional Development Schools

  • Courses Taught

    EDSP 400 Special Education Practicum

    EDSP 401 Preventing and Remediating Challenging Behaviors

    EDSP 402 Collaborative Solutions

    EDSP 301 Strategic Academic Learning

  • Certifications and Memberships

    American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 2019-

    American Educational Research Association (AERA), 2014 –

    The Consortium for the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Education (CSLEE), 2017-

    Florida Association of Professors of Educational Leaders (FAPEL), 2018 – 2019

    Florida Education Association (FEA), 2018 – 2019

    University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), 2016 –  2018

    Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA), 2015 – 2019

  • Selected Publications

    Jekanowski, E. C. (2017). District leadership and systemic inclusion: A case study of one     inclusive and effective school district (Doctoral dissertation). Florida Atlantic    University, Boca Raton, FL.

    Jekanowski, E. C. (2016, April). District leadership and systemic inclusion: A case study of         one inclusive and effective school district. Poster presented at the David Clark        Scholarship Seminar, American Education Research Association (AERA),    Washington, D.C.

    Summary of procedural safeguards. (2015). Martin County School District, Stuart, FL.

    Procedural safeguards are parental rights, processes, and procedures ensured through the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (2004). This summary was crafted to assist Intervention/Problem Solving coaches in explaining procedural safeguards to parents and families in order to help satisfy the required review of procedural safeguards at all student IEP meetings.

  • Selected Presentations

    One inclusive and effective district: A case study describing how leaders supported collective capacity. (2019, April). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.

    The successful inclusive education of one child with autism: An inspiring retrospective autoethnography. (2018, November).  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Education, Houston, TX.

    The leadership of one inclusive and effective school district: Caring, collaborative, and   accessible. (2018, April). Roundtable presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

    The leadership of one inclusive and effective school district: Caring, collaborative, and   accessible. (2018, April). Paper presented at the SIG 96 Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.

    District leadership and systemic inclusion: A case study of one inclusive and effective school district. (2017, November). Presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administrators (UCEA), Denver, CO. Panel presentation/discussion of five related case studies of district level leadership.

    Inclusion: Follow the P.A.T.H. (2015, March). Presented at the Autism Avenue Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. This presentation engaged participants by outlining and illustrating PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope), an inclusive school reform planning tool by Pearpoing, O’Brien, and Forest (1993), shared lessons from the field, and generated productive discussions around current challenges to inclusive education in our public schools today.

    Collaborative Teaching: Key to Successful Inclusive Education. (2014, March). Presented at the Autism Avenue Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA. This presentation engaged participants with a personal story of success, as well as shared research identifying and explaining the major components of collaborative teaching (Murawski, 2009). It facilitated discussion on the benefits of collaborative teaching and empowered participants with a variety of strategies to overcome barriers to collaborative teaching.

    Collaborative Teaching: Inclusive Dreams Come True. (2014, January). Presented at the Florida Future Educators of America Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. This presentation provided participants with the basics of collaborative teaching, empowering them to make inclusive dreams come true for all students. Working collaboratively with teams of professionals at both the school and district level, participants were provided strategies and tools to create classrooms that will meet the needs of students with significant disabilities.

    Using Picture Communication Systems for Students with Autism. (2012, January). Presented at the Florida Future Educators of America Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. Picture Communication Systems (PCS) is a research-proven, data-driven strategy that helps students on the autism spectrum communicate and learn in a variety of classroom activities and lessons. PCS are computer-generated icons with or without words that assist students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to understand in pictures what is expected and happening around them. Participants learned how to utilize a free web-based program (boardmaker.com) to generate and sequence images.