GW Calendar
Sign Up

featuring Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher, Assistant Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies (GSEHD)

with a response by Dr. Elisabeth Rice, Associate Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies (GSEHD)

Disability rights are civil rights, yet too often the rights and experiences of people with disabilities are overlooked in conversations about diversity. Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher, Assistant Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies, shares the stories of four disabled teachers, who emphasize the unique contributions and insights they bring to the profession while describing the challenges of working within a system built for those without disabilities.

Adding a new dimension to research on the importance of teacher diversity, and augmenting decades of research on inclusion for students with disabilities, this lecture considers how the identities of disabled teachers are shaped by their experiences within ableist school systems, contributing to a deep commitment to and advocacy for their students and disability rights in education. 

________________________________________________________________________

About Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher, Assistant Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies at GSEHD

Dr. Elisabeth Kutscher's research focuses on cultivating inclusive educational spaces that recognize disability as a dimension of human diversity, using a Critical Disability Studies lens. She values the application of qualitative and mixed methods approaches to understand multifaceted educational experiences.

Dr. Kutscher is currently co-leading a study funded by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation to understand how colleges prepare students with disabilities for employment. Other projects include an investigation of how teachers with disabilities contribute to a diverse teacher workforce and collaborations with researchers in Trinidad and Tobago to understand experiences related to education and disability. She is active within the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) and the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).

Prior to moving to the DC area, Dr. Kutscher was a special education teacher and assistant principal in New York City.

About Dr. Elisabeth Rice, Associate Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies at GSEHD

Dr. Elisabeth Rice has been a member of the GW faculty since 2001. A former classroom teacher of students with a variety of learning and emotional challenges, she has served as a principal investigator on local and federal personnel training grants and coordinates a master’s degree program for special education teachers as well as the doctoral program in special education.

Her current research interests and publications focus on girls with emotional behavioral challenges, school/university partnerships and effective interventions for students with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

Event Details

2 people are interested in this event

User Activity

No recent activity