Heather Haynes Smith, Ph.D. is a native Texan and Associate Professor at Trinity University in the Department of Education. She teaches foundational courses on special education and advanced coursework on reading, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral supports.
Prior to academic Dr. Smith worked as an elementary teacher, K-12 literacy coach, state level reading technical assistance specialist, reading and teacher preparation program coordinator on research and dissemination grants at The University of Texas, Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, and was a doctoral fellow at The University of Kansas, Beach Center on Disabilities.
Research interests include: high incidence disabilities and the integration of academic and behavioral supports including response to intervention (RTI) and multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS), social and emotional learning, disability studies, inclusive education, general education and special education collaboration, school reform, social justice, experiential learning, feedback, service-learning, and teacher preparation.
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