Dr. Mary Dingle
I have worked in the field of teacher education for the past 14 years. I love all aspects of the job, from working with the student who is just beginning to explore the field of education to graduate students who are completing advanced research in their specific areas of interest and expertise.
I was a special education teacher for twelve years. My love and passion for special education began at the Sonoma Developmental Center. My teaching career also included teaching positions at the Sonoma County Office of Education and the Long Beach Unified School District. One interesting highlight of my teaching career was at Avalon Schools, a K-12 campus on Catalina Island, where I taught students with moderate to severe disabilities and later worked as a resource specialist for students with learning disabilities.
I completed my Ph.D. through the CSULA/UCLA joint doctoral program. My work in East Los Angeles schools defined my research agenda that focuses on intervention programs, professional development and collaboration. My work on major research studies including Literacy Learning Cohorts, The beginning Teacher Study, Project Plus and The English Learners' Observation Study refined my skills at observing, evaluating and analyzing teaching practice and enhanced my understanding of professional development, curriculum-based measurement, progress monitoring, assessment of student outcomes and the role of collaboration in the intervention process.