"As schools become more diverse and standards become increasingly rigorous, school leaders must acquire the knowledge and skills needed to implement evidence-based inclusive practices designed to ensure all students are provided with the supports necessary to achieve."

"I learned about NUSELI and was accepted into the program while still an Assistant Principal. My experience as an Assistant Principal along with my participation in NUSELI as I sought my doctorate degree helped me greatly prepare for my first Principalship at Westridge Middle School. "

"NUSELI brings together leaders who have a desire to increase their knowledge and ability to have an impact on the lives of all students, especially students with disabilities. The scholars’ research, which spans for over a decade, continues to influence leaders, educators, and students."

2015 Participants & Mentors

PARTICIPANT

Sara Bigalke Open Bio Pop-up

The mentoring relationship has been invaluable. During doctoral studies, it is essential to collaborate and receive specific, individualized feedback. My mentor has been a fabulous sounding board throughout this journey!

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Lorrie Butler

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Fredrick Brooks Open Bio Pop-up

My mentor has been invaluable. She has helped to motivate me and has been a resource when I was in need of someone to just help me process through challenges. My mentor has guided and directed me in narrowing my research focus.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Kimberly Steinke

PARTICIPANT

Zerek Mayes Open Bio Pop-up

The mentor relationship is integral to my growth and development as a scholar. My mentor has been a source of guidance and influence, and a template for leadership. My mentor relationship has served to guarantee light at the end of the tunnel.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Gabriel Berrio

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Erin Vacchio Open Bio Pop-up

The mentorship piece of this program has been instrumental to my success. The ability to choose my mentor was helpful because I have a personal relationship with my mentor and I'm not afraid to ask her any question or have her review my work. I don't know that I would have gotten through this program without the support and encouragement of my mentor.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Julie Helton

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Tracy Webley Open Bio Pop-up

My mentor has been a teacher, a friend, an advocate, and a coach to me. She has empowered me to persevere, and throughout the program she has encouraged and coached me on. My mentor’s confidence and trust in me has guided me along the way.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Elizabeth Theis

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Tricia Bridges Open Bio Pop-up

The relationship I have with my mentor, Dr. Michelle Walsh has been amazing. The support and encouragement that Dr. Walsh has provided has kept me motivated and inspired. I look forward to my discussions and meetings with my mentor as she helps me to continue developing in the program.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Michelle Walsh

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Ann Hembrook Open Bio Pop-up

The mentor relationship has stretched my thinking as I process new information. Having a mentor allows me reflection time and the opportunity to receive feedback on ideas and plans created. The mentorship experience has added to my understanding of how all the content I am learning fits together in the best system to make improvements for all students.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Diane Gullett

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Stephanie Jackson Open Bio Pop-up

My mentor that I selected for this program has been phenomenal in keeping me focused, providing resources in my area of interest, and helping me to align my writing for the teview of literature and proposal components of my dissertation.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Wesley (Todd) Trimble

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Bernadette Jaster Open Bio Pop-up

The mentorship relationship has helped provide perspective and guidance with navigating the doctoral process. My mentor helps provide guidance and advice about what is critical to my success. The relationship helps provide stability and growth opportunities.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Patricia Fritzler

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Elaine Martinez Open Bio Pop-up

The opportunity to have a mentor has been instrumental to my success as a doctoral student. My mentor has been great about sharing her own experiences, giving advice, providing guidance, and moral support.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Anna Diaz

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DeSheila Rumph-Wallace Open Bio Pop-up

My mentor is my cheerleader. She is supportive, and encourages me when I feel overwhelmed and supports me when I need additional guidance.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Jennifer Porter Smith

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Maureen I. Scanlan Open Bio Pop-up

Having a mentor through this rigorous academic experience has been a blessing! There are many times when I have doubted myself. Having someone to candidly confide in truly helps prevent me from giving up. Talking to someone who has already gone through this experience and who can provide advice and calming words of wisdom is very powerful and reassuring.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Paul Wilhite

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Carrie Woods Open Bio Pop-up

The mentor relationship I have received has provided a sense of security as I progress through this program. The encouragement and feedback I receive from my mentor serves as a source of personal and professional satisfaction and leaves me feeling more empowered in the work I am doing.

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Open Bio Pop-up Dr. Linda Rosa-Lugo

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