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Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Associate Professor Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993 - present

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Excellence in Online and Distance Education University of Illinois, 2016 - 2016

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Publications

Dymond, S., & Bentz, J. (2006) Using digital videos to enhance teacher preparation. Teacher Education and Special Education 29 (2), 98-112

Pavri, S., Bentz, J., Bradley, J., & Corso, L. (2005) Me amo leer [I love to read]: Reading experiences in a central Illinois summer migrant education program Language Culture, and Curriculum 18 (2), 154-163

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Grants

Senior Personnel I-LLINI Partnerships: Lifelong Learning IN Illinois for 21st Century Teachers, Illinois Board of Higher Education, 2007 - 2011

Fellow AT&T Technology, AT&T Foundation (College of Education), 1999 - 2003

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Service

Community Choices Cooperative, 2013 - present

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Courses

The Culture of Disability The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the culture of disability across the lifespan. The impact of disabilities on an individual across the lifespan will be explored, and the unique culture that is created by having a disability will be addressed. The historical basis for the disability movement and special education will be addressed, including legislation and litigation that has had a significant impact on the field. Students also will learn about the characteristics of individuals with diverse abilities as well as current trends in educational services.

Introduction to Special Needs Topics include the history of services for students with special needs, the legal bases for special education, the characteristics of students with special needs, the referral process for students who may be eligible for special services, and the nature of learning disabilities. Class Schedule Information: This course will meet the first eight weeks only. Must be enrolled in teacher certification program.

Gen Educator's Role in SPED Examination of issues in educating students with special needs: service delivery models, roles of teachers and related service providers, student assessment, curriculum individualization, instructional strategies, management of problem behaviors, and program evaluation. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Must be registered in teacher licensure program.: service delivery models, roles of teachers and related service providers, student assessment, curriculum individualization, instructional strategies, management of problem behaviors, and program evaluation.

Equity Issues in Spec Educatio A graduate-level overview of issues in equity and access for students with disabilities. Historical and legal foundations are reviewed, but the course focus is issues related to characteristics of individuals with disabilities, challenges in instructional service delivery, including of students with special needs in the general curriculum, and transition of students with disabilities to independent living. Participants reflect on issues in light of their own experiences. Course Information: Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Master of Education with an emphasis on Diversity and Equity in Education Program or instructor approval.

Supervised Prac in SPED Supervised practice in one or more settings in which students with mild to severe disabilities are served; practicum settings may include day, residential, special, and regular schools which serve students with disabilities. Course Information: Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Approved for S/U grading only. May be repeated in same or subsequent terms to a maximum of 8 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate program in special education; consent of supervising faculty member. Class Schedule Information: Student teaching fee required. A per hour fee will be charged. The fee is determined by the yearly total rate approved by the Board of Trustees.

Johnell Bentz

Assistant Head, Clinical Associate Professor, Special Education

Contact

Office

260B Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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