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Colleen A. Thoma, Ph.D.

Colleen A. Thoma, Ph.D. Biography:

Colleen A. Thoma, Ph.D., earned her doctoral degree from Indiana University, where she began her research on self-determination in transition planning. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education and Disability Policy and Director of Doctoral Studies in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond. She teaches courses on disability policy, transition and secondary education, curriculum and instruction, and characteristics of students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Her research interests include preparation of teachers to support selfdetermined transition planning, student-directed individualized education program development, and the impact of student self-determination on transition and academic outcomes. She has mentored doctoral candidates at VCU (including her co-author, Dr. Christina Bartholomew) in their own research on self-determination, teacher preparation, and transition services. Dr. Thoma's scholarship, teaching, and service have focused primarily in the areas of self-determination, transition planning and services, and teacher preparation. She co-authored a book on transition assessment with Dr. Caren Sax, Transition Assessment: Wise Practices for Quality Lives (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 2002), and has authored or co-authored more than 40 peerreviewed journal articles, book chapters, and technical reports. She is a frequent presenter at major national conferences, with more than 100 peerreviewed presentations over the past 10 years. She is the recipient of VCU School of Education's award for Distinguished Scholarship (2007). Her leadership in the field of transition services also included 5 years on the executive board of the Division on Career Development and Transition, a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, including 1 year as President.


Colleen A. Thoma, Ph.D.'s Books

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  • Going to College

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-876-9

    Description

    A successful college education for students with mild disabilities is the goal of this research-based book, which covers everything from college selection and application to classroom supports and accommodations.

    e-Book, 2064KB $34.95 Qty:
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  • Universal Design for Transition

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-910-0

    Description

    Timely and useful resource that guides educators in using UDL in their classrooms while helping students transition to adult life.

    Paperback $36.00 Qty:
  • Getting the Most Out of IEPs

    ISBN: 978-1-55766-944-5

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    With the first how-to guidebook on student-directed IEPs, elementary and high school educators will empower students with a range of special needs to take a lead role in directing their education, advocating for support, and shaping a bright, self-determined future.

    Paperback $34.95 Qty:
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