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Green Mountain College Professor Named Fulbright Scholar

POULTNEY, VT (May 7, 2008)–Dr. Joel Shapiro, chairman of the education department and associate professor of education at Green Mountain College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship grant to share his expertise in teaching children with special needs at the University of Presov in the Slovak Republic.

This is the second Fulbright grant awarded to a Green Mountain College faculty member this year. Dr. Steven Fesmire, an associate professor of philosophy and chair of the environmental studies department, received a Fulbright this February to lecture and conduct research at Kyoto University in Japan.

Dr. Shapiro will develop and teach a suite of courses to help education students identify behaviors of children with various disabilities, develop relevant curricula and effective teaching methods, and use effective, humane methods of classroom management.

The emphasis from custodial care of children with disabilities that was prevalent under Soviet rule has shifted to one in which such students are increasingly being seen as potentially fully functioning citizens. The new view parallels the one which has emerged in the U.S. in recent decades. The University of Presov has been in the forefront of Slovak institutions of higher education that recognize this view. Dr. Shapiro will travel to Slovakia this summer to take part in a university-sponsored Slovak intensive language program.

Dr. Shapiro's special interests include the education of children with attention disorders and traumatic brain injury. He is interested in maximizing the social and adaptive functioning of all students in order to allow them to participate meaningfully in their environments.

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.


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