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Dr. Michael Couvillon


Michael.Couvillon@drake.edu
515-271-4690

B.A.:  University of Nebraska-Kearney
M.Ed.:  University of North Texas
Ph.D.:  University of North Texas

Research Interests:

Emotional and behavioral disorders (E/BD), functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans, policy and standards on the use of time out seclusion, and juvenile justice. 

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Special Education, Introduction to Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, Methods and Strategies for Exceptional Learners, Evidence Based Interventions for Students with Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities,  Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavioral Supports and Interventions, Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities, Consultation and In-Service Training, Professional Seminar in Special Education

Professional Experience:

  • Drake University – Des Moines, IA (Associate Professor of Education)
  • Richardson Independent School District – Richardson, TX (Behavior Specialist)
  • Region 10 Education Service Center – Dallas, TX (Behavior Specialist)
  • Father Flanagan’s Boys Home – Omaha, NE (Teacher and Consultant)
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Dr. Laura Kieran

Laura.Kieran@drake.edu
515-271-2168

B.S.:  State University of New York College at Oswego
M.S., M.Ed.:  Moorhead State University, Lesley College
Ph.D.:  Walden University 

Research Interests:

Overall I am interested in increasing the fidelity of teachers’ use of research-based interventions to support at-risk learners.  Specifically I have researched the impacts of assistive and instructional technologies to support at-risk learners, differentiated literacy instruction with at-risk learners, and the preparation of teacher candidates to teach exceptional learners.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Special Education, Assessment, Methods and Strategies for Exceptional Learners 

Professional Experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
  • Special Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Coordinator: Duluth Public Schools
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September 30, 2016
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