NCATE - The Standard of Excellence in Teacher Preperation Special Education Teacher with students Mckee Hall at the University of Northern Colorado

Paula Wenner Conroy, Ed.D.

Paula ConvoyProfessor of Special Education

School of Special Education
College of Education and Behavioral Science
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, CO 80639
Office: 970-351-1651

Paula.Conroy@unco.edu


Research Interests and Specializations:

  • Teaching English Language Learners with Visual Disabilities
  • Multicultural Educational Issues
  • Orientation and Mobility
  • Physical Education for Individuals with Visual Impairments
  • Visual Impairment and Blindness: Teaching Methods
  • Action Research
  • Instructional Methodology: Braille

Education:

  • Ed.D. University of Northern Colorado 2000 Special Education
  • M.A. University of Northern Colorado 1990 Special Education
  • B.S. Russell Sage College 1988 Special Education

Publications:

Juried Book Chapters:

  • Milian, M. & Conroy, P. (2001). Providing professional services to individuals who speak English as a second language. In M. Milian & J. Erin (Eds.), Multiple Dimensions of Individuals with Visual Impairments (pp.343-382). New York: AFB Press.

Juried Articles:

  • Lieberman, L., Haegele, J., Columna, L., & Conroy, P. (in press). How students with visual impairments can learn the components of the expanded core curriculum through physical education. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
  • Conroy, P. (2014). Promoting Reflective Practices in Special Education through Action Research:  Recommendations from Preservice Teachers. Networks: On-Line Journal for Teacher Research. (cued for publication).
  • Conroy, P. Davis, M. & Witte, R. (2013). Ski Experiences and the Visually Impaired. Division of Visual Impairment Quarterly.
  • Conroy, P. (2013). Post High School Outcomes of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Visual Impairments. Division of Visual Impairment Quarterly
  • Lieberman, L. & Conroy, P. (2013). Paraeducator training for physical education for children with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.107(1), p.17-28.
  • Conroy, P. (2012). Collaborating with culturally and linguistically diverse families of students in rural schools who receive special education services. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 31(3), p. 24-28.
  • Conroy, P. (2012). Supporting students with visual impairments in physical education: Needs of physical educators. Insight: AER Journal of Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness, 5(1), p.3-10.
  • Conroy, P. & Collins, P. (2012). Mnemonic Devices for Learning Braille. Insight: AER Journal of Research and Practice in Visual Impairment and Blindness,5(1), p. 47-55.
  • Conroy, P. (2008). Paraprofessionals and Students with Visual Impairments: Potential Pitfalls   and Solutions.Re:View, 39(2), p.43-55.

Professional Presentations:

  • Conroy, P. (Dec, 2013). Teaching Orientation and Mobility Skills Through Physical Education. AER International Orientation and Mobility Conference, New Oleans, LA
  • Conroy, P. (Dec, 2013).  Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Visual Impairments. Getting in Touch with Literacy, Providence, RI
  • Conroy, P. & Correa-Torres, S. (Jan, 2013). Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Courage to Risk Conference, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Conroy, P. (Nov, 2012). Physical Education for Students with Visual Impairments: Implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Differentiated Instruction WBU/ICEVI Assemblies, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Conroy, P. (Nov, 2012). Thought Processes While Teaching: Implications for O&M and TVI Personnel Preparation Programs. WBU/ICEVI Assemblies, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Conroy, P. (July, 2012). Physical Education for Students with Visual Impairments: Implementing Planning and Teaching Strategies to Address the Expanded Core Curriculum. AER International, Belleview, WA
  • Conroy, P. (July, 2012). Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Visual Impairments: Issues and Interventions. VBS Kongress, 2012, Chemitz, Germany
  • Conroy, P. (July, 2012). Using Peer Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) to Support Students with Visual Impairment in the General Education Classroom. VBS Kongress 2012, Chemitz, Germany
  • Conroy, P (April, 2012). Preparing Teachers to Work with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Visual Impairments. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Denver, CO
  • Conroy, P. (Nov, 2011). Strategies for Supporting the Inclusion of Students with Sensory Disabilities in General Physical Education. TASH, Atlanta, GA.
  • Conroy, P. (April, 2011). Voices of Young Adults from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Visual Impairments. Council for Exceptional Children Convention, Washington D.C.
  • Conroy, P. (April, 2011). Considerations for Assessment of Students with Visual Impairments from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds. MAER Annual Conference, Livonia, MI.
  • Conroy, P. (December, 2010). Peer Mediated Interventions for the Social Development of Students with Visual Impairments. TASH, Denver, CO.
  • Conroy, P. (October, 2010). Science Matters: Making Science Accessible for the Visually Impaired. Colorado State Vision Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Conroy, P. (July, 2010). Post High School Outcomes of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Visual Impairments: Implications for Student Instruction and Teacher Preparation. AER International Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Conroy, P. (November, 2009). Mnemonic Devices for Learning Braille. Getting in Touch With Literacy Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Conroy, P. (November, 2009). Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student with Visual Impairments and the Transition to Adulthood. Getting in Touch With Literacy Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Conroy, P. (October, 2009). Teaching the Nemeth Braille Code. Colorado State Vision Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Conroy, P. (March, 2009). Using PALS to Support Students with Visual Impairment in the General Education Classroom. ACRES National Conference,. Denver, Colorado.
  • Conroy, P. & Correa-Torres, S. (July, 2008). Personal Stories of Educating Second Language Learners with Visual Impairments. AER International Conference, Chicago IL.

Special Projects

  • (2012-2017) Preparation of Teachers to meet the needs of students with Visual Impairments: Current Needs of Current Populations. Office of Special Education Programs and Services (OSEPS)