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Gretchen Butera
Associate professor of Special education
Faculty
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Education 3212
Phone : (812) 856-8153
Fax: (812) 856-8116
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Department:  Curriculum and Instruction
Affiliations:  Special Education
 
 

ABOUT ME

I teach and conduct research in special education. I am especially interested in young children with disabilities and their families in rural schools and communities.  I also am interested in teacher education in special education.




DEGREES

  • Ph.D., Special Education, March, 1993, University of California, Santa Barbara,CA
  • M.A., Special Education (learning disabilities), August, 1972, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
  • B.S., Psychology, December 1969, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

PUBLICATIONS

  • Hanson, M.J., Miller, A. D., Diamond, K., Odom, S., Lieber, J., Butera, G., Horn, E., Palmer, S, Fleming, K. (2011) Neighborhood community risk influences on preschool childrens development and school readiness. Infants Young Children, 24
  • 87-100.
  • Lieber, J., Butera, G., Hanson, M., Palmer, S., Horn, E. Czaja, C. (2010) Sustainability of a preschool curriculum: What encourages continued use among teachers" NHSA Dialog 13:4, 225-242.
  • Hampshire, P.K., Butera, G. Hourcade, J.( 2014) Homework for students with disabilities: A tool for promoting independence. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46, 6. 158-168.
  • NEXT for Young Children- An NAEYC Professional Development Resource, 69, 1. 1-6
  • Friesen, A. Butera, G. (2015) Building meaningful partnerships with families to promote early literacy developmnet: Implications for practice. Dialog 18 (1) 101-105.
  • Butera, G., Friesen, A.. Stone-MacDonald, A. (2013) Helping Head Start teachers support childrens school readiness: Lessons learned. NHSA Dialog 16 (4).
  • Butera, G. Martinez, R. ( 2014) Mutlidisciplinary collaboration to support struggling readers: Special issue introduction. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation.Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 24, 2. 75-80.
  • Friesen, A., Butera, G., Kang, J., Palmer, S., Horn, E. Lieber, J. ( 2014 ) Collaboration in preschool to promote early literacy: Lessons from the CSS currculum. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 24, 2. 149-163.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G. Friesen, A. (2014) Teaching phonological awareness to all children through storybook reading. Young Exceptional Children, 20, 10. 1-16.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G. Friesen, A. (2015) Supporting change in early literacy instruction: A multiple case study of Head Start teachers.
  • Mihai, A., Friesen, A., Butera, G., Horn, E., Lieber, J. Palmer, S. (2015) Teaching phonological awareness to all children through storybook reading. Young Exceptional Children. 18, 4 3-18.
  • Lieber, j., Hanson, M., Butera, G. Palmer, S. Horn, E. Czaja, C. (2010) Do preschool teachers sustain their use of a new curriculum" NHSA DIALOG, 13:4. 248-252
  • Hampshire, P.K., Butera, G. Bellini, S. (in press, 2015) Self-management and parents as interventionists to improve homework independence in students with ASD. Preventing School Failure.
  • Butera, G., Horn, E.M., Palmer, S., Friesen, A. Lieber, J. (in press, 2015) Understanding science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) within early childhood special education. In S. Odom, E. Barton, B. Boyd B. Reichow (Eds.) Handbook of Early Childhood Special Education.
  • Horn, E.M., Palmer, S.B. Butera, G.D. Lieber, J.A.(2016 ) Six Steps to Inclusive Preschool Curriculum: A UDL-Based Framework for Childrens School Success. Baltimore: Brookes.
  • Ayvazoglu, N., Kozub, F.M., Butera, G. Murray, M.J. (2015) Determinanats and challenges with children with high functional autism spectrum disorder from a family systems perspective. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 47, 93-105.
  • Butera, G., Friesen, A., Palmer, S., Horn, E., Lieber, J. Hanson, M. Czaja, C. ( 2014, March ) I can figure this out!:Integrating math problem solving and critical thinking in early childhood curriculum. Young Children. 71-77.
  • Horn, E., Kang, J., Classen, A., Butera, G., Palmer, S. Lieber, J., Friesen, A. Mihai, A. ( submitted, 2015) Role of Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation in Inclusive Preschool Curriculum. DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series, Environment Recommended Practices: Creating Inclusive and Responsive Environments for Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families.
  • Friesen, A. BUtera, G. (2015) Examining families early literacy beliefs and practices within a Head Start program: Building Bridges. NHSA Dialog, 18, 1.
  • Stone-MacDonald, A. Butera, G. (2012) Cultural beliefs and attitudes about disability in East Africa. Review of disability studies: An international journal.8(10) 62-77.
  • Friesen, A.M., Butera, G. Schneider, R. (2012) You introduce all of the alphabet...but I do not think it should be the main focus: Exploring early educators decisions about reading instruction. Early Childhood Education Journal.
  • Butera, G., Friesen, A Stone-MacDonald, A. (2013) What you can accomplish in a year: Head Start teachers instructional decisions. NHSA Dialog: A research-to-practice journal for the early childhood field. NHSA Dialog . 16 (4).

GRANT FUNDING

  • Special Education for Indiana's Schools Today (SPEDFIST)
  • Children's School Success
  • Children's School Success Plus (CSS+) -- Goal 2
  • Special Education for Indiana's Schools Today(SPEDFIST)

PRESENTATIONS

  • Mihai, A., Butera, G. Friesen, A. (April, 2013) A model for building intentional teaching for early literacy. paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Friesen, A. Butera, G. (2013, April) Building families Capacity to promote early literacy development: A multiple case study of three families. paper presented at the Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Butera, G., Friesen, A., Weir, R. Swenson, K. (2010) Letting the evidence guide: Research-based program redesign for special education teacher training. Poster presented at the annual meeting ofthe American Educational Research Association. Denver, CO.
  • Butera, G., Friesen, A., Stone-MacDonald, A. (2011, April) Understanding tecaher instructional decision-making in a rural Appalachian Head Start program:An ethnography. Annual conferecne of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Butera, G. (2010) Teacher preparation and distance education from the American heartland. Talk presented at Trinity University. Dublin, Ireland.
  • Friesen, A. Butera, G. (2012, February) Examining Head Start Families Early Literacy Beliefs and Practices: A mixed method study. Poster presneted at the Conferecne on research in early Intervention. San Diego, CA.
  • Odom, S., Butera, G., Diamond, K., Hanson, M., Horn, E., Lieber, J., Palmer, S., Marquis. J. 7 Fleming, K. (2010) Poster symposium on promoting research on integrated approaches to improving early childhood education: The interagency school readiness consortium (ISRC): Childrens School Success
  • Efficacy study.Head Starts Tenth National Research Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Butera, G., Friesen, A. McEwen, I. (2010) Meeting the challenges of online personnel development programs. Office of Special Education Programs Project DirectorsConference. Washington, DC.
  • Wall-Marencik, W.K. Butera, G. (2013, April) Transitioning into special educators. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Palmer, S., Horn, E., Butera, G., Classen, A. Butler, C. (April, 2013) Transitioning to a more formal early childhood curriculum: Issues of organizational chnage. Annaul conference of the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G. Friesen, A. (Apri, 2014) Effects of a comprehensive curriculum on the early literacy of at-risk preschoolers. Presentation at the Annula Meeting of the Council for Excpetional Children.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G., Clay, J., Vaouli, P. Friesen, A. (2014, April) Supporting childrens early literacy skills in a meaningful context: The effects of a comprehensive curriculum. paper presenetd at the annula meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hampshire, P.K. Butera, G. (2013, April) An intervention for stduents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): Learning to self-mamage during homework routines. paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Friesen, A. Butera, G. (2011, April) Exploring families early literacy acquisition beliefs and bahviors within an Appalachian Head Start program. paper preseneted at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA.
  • Horn, E., Lieber, J., Palmer, S. Butera, G. (November, 2011) Maximizing childrens learning of the general curriculum through universal design and individualization. Annual International Conferecne of the Division of early Childhood, Counceil for Exceptional Children. National Harbor, MD.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G. Friesen, A. (2012, April) The impact of implementing a comprehensive literacy curriculum on teachers understanding of early literacy: A multiple case study of four teachers in a midwestern Head Start program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association
  • Horn, E., Palmer, S., Lieber, J., Butera, G., Classen, A. Mihai, A. (October, 2013) Understanding universally designed currriculum for children with disabilities: Childrens School Success. Annual Conferecne of the Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children
  • Friesen, A., Butera, G. Clay, J., Mihai, A. Vaouli, P. (2014, April) Initiating family literacy projects within a Head Start community: A two-year qualittative study. Paper presneted at the annual meeting of the Amercian Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • Friesen, A., Butera, G., Lieber, J. Vaouli, P. (February, 2014) The challenge of evaluating the impact of family involvement: Examples form the CSS+ project. Conference on Research Innovation in Early Intervention. San Diego, CA
  • Horn, E., Butera, G., Friesen, A. Lieber, J. (April, 2011) Ensuring progress in the early childhood curriculum through a multi-tiered system. Annual conferecne of the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Butera, G., Mihai, A, Friesen, A Horn, E. (2012, October) Initiating and sustaining a meaningful teacher-researcher collaboration in a preschool curriculum design. presentation at the 28th Annual International Conferecne on Young Children with Special Nedds and Their families. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Horn, E., Palmer, S., Lieber, J. Butera, G. (February, 2014) Challenges of research on early childhood curriculum: Examples from the CSS+ project. Conference on Research Innovation in Early Intervention. San Diego, CA.
  • MIhai, A. Butera, G. (2015) Head Start Teachers Use of Literal and Inferential Language During Whole-Class Repeated Book Reading
  • Grimmet, K. Butera, G. (2015) Silent no more: Using photo-essays to reveal the perspectives of adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Grimmet, K., Butera, G. Ruich, L. (2013, April) Examining special education coooperatives: The legacy of a dinosaur. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Intergrating math instruction into preschools: Outcome results for CSS curriculum
  • Stone-MacDonald, A. Butera, G. (2010) From goats to gardens: preparing studetns with developmental disabilities in rural Tanzania. Poster preseneted at the Annual Conferecne of the American educational research Association. Denver, Co.
  • Korzekwa, P., Bellini, S. Butera, G. (2011, April) Improving homework accuracy and completion in students with Auatism Spectrum Disorders through self-management and parent training. paper presneted at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Butera, G., Mathews, K. Friesen, A. (April, 2011) Mudding holes, classroom camping and getting the car started: Ideas to initiate meaningful family involvement. Thirty-eighth Annual head Start Conference. Kansas City, MO.
  • Friesen, A., Butera, G., Mihai, A. Palmer, S. (2012, October) Supporting evidence-based literacy development through home-based projects: A collaborative research study. Paper presented at the Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Winter Summitt, Higher Education Consortium for Special Education.
  • Weir, R., Ruich, L. Butera, G. (2011, July) Online learning communities and the potential to support professional development and teacher agency.Office of Specila education Programs. Annual Project Directors Conference, Washington, D/C.
  • Grimmet, K. Butera, G. (2012) The case of a special education cooperative:The legacy dare. Paper presented at the enthogrpahic and qualitative research conference. Cedarville, OH
  • Horn, E., Calssen, A., Mihai, A., Kang, J., Lieber, J. Butera, G. (October, 2013) Understanding implementation fidleity in the conext of changing early childhood teachers teaching. Annual Conference of the Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Horn, E., Butera, G., Friesen, A., Kang, J., Lieber, J. Palmer, S. (2012, April) Infusing STEM into early childhood curricula. Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.
  • Ruich, L., Butera, G. Grimmet, K. (2013, April) Of course its a relationship: Examing mentor-apprentice relationships within an alternative teacher education program. paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Friesen, A., Butera G. Schneider, R. (2010) Sustaining implementation of evidence-based curriculum in the head Start classroom: the importance of teachers beliefs. Poster preseneted at the Tenth National head Start Research Conference. Washington, DC.
  • Ruich, L.J., Butera, G., Weir, R. Friesen, A. (2011, July) Inservice and preservice teacher perspectives: Enhancing the quality of a teacher education program. Annual Project Directors meeting, Office of Special Education rograms, United States Department of Education. Washington, D.C.
  • Horn, E., Lieber, J., Butera, G., Palmer, S., Friseen, A Kang, J. (2012) What does Universal Design have to do with early education" Poster presneted at the 28th Annual International Conferecne on Young Children with Special needs and Their Families. Minneapolis, MN.
  • Palmer, S., Horn, E., Lieber, J., Butera, G., Friesen, A., Mihai, A. Parks, S. (2012, February) Childrens Scool Success-A Development roject. Panel discussion at the Annual Conference on Research in Early Intervention. San Diego, CA.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G., Friesen, A., Clay, J., Vaouli, P. Kang, J. (October, 2013) Supporting chnage in early literacy instruction: the importance of teacher perspectives. Annual conferecne of the Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Friesen, A., Butera, G., Mihai, A. Clay, J. (April, 2013) Intentioanl early literacy instruction within inclusive preschool classrooms: the CSS+ literacy model. Annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Mihai, A., Butera, G. Vaiouli, P. (February, 2014) The effects of a comprehensive curriculum on the early literacy skills of children in Head Start: Implications for providing balanced early literacy instruction. Opening night poster symposium at the Conferecne on Research Innovation in Early Intervention. San Diego, CA
  • Horn, E., Palmer, S., Lieber, J., Butera, G. Kang, J., Classen, A. Friesen, A. (2015) Childrens school Success: A framework for inclusive early education.
  • Mihai, A. Butera, G. (2015) The impact of repeated book reading on Head Start childrens early literacy.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Indiana University: Chair special education tenure line faculty search (2)
  • Secondary Education Council: This committee meets once a month. I attend as the director of the Community of teachers.
  • Office of Special Education Programs, US Department of Education: 325D Preparation of Leadership Personnel
  • Special education program: I chaired the search committee for a new faculty member in special education. This search is ongoing but we have recently brought in three candidates.
  • United States Department of Education: Grant review -State Vocational Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Community of Teachers: director, Community of Teachers program
  • Higher Education Consortium for Special Education: I am on the board for HECSE as a member-at-large. The organization includes universities with a doctoral-granting degree program in special education. It is an advocacy group and performs an information-dissemination function as well. There is an annual conference and 3-4 board meetings per year.
  • School of education: Secondary Education Council
  • Special education program: I am the special education graduate certification and masters degree program coordinator. This involves ongoing advising of master's students, recruitment and support of adjunct instructors and program planning. During 2015 there was the additional requirement to complete CAEP program review reports for the certification programs which was very time consuming!
  • Community of Teachers Program: I am the director of Community of Teachers an alternative teacher preparation program that includes the preparation of secondary special educators on the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • Departments of Health and Human Services and Educations: I served as a proposal reviewer for state Race-to-the-Top Early Learning Challenges. This involved reviewing proposals both on line and in Washington, D.C.
  • Community of Teachers: I am the program director of Community of teachers, an alternative undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation program that includes prospective general and special education teacher candidates. The responsibilities of the role include attending bi-weekly faculty meetings, supervising recruitment and interviews for potential new students, maintaining cordial relationships with the cooperating schools and providing overall leadership and support to the program faculty and students.
  • program assessment for Hooiser Uplands Head Start: provided expertise for program review.
  • Curriculum and Instruction- IU SoE: I was a member of both special education search committees that selected two new faculty members .
  • U.S. Department of Education: This grant competition is the sequel to the Race-to-the Top Early Learning Challenge Garnts.
  • Special Education program: I am the mentor to a new faculty member in our program Camilla McMahon. We meet monthly and I also have observed her teaching providing feedback and guidance to her as needed.
  • early childhood special education search committee: This search is still in process but began in fall 2011.
  • IU School of Education: Secondary Education Council. meets montthly
  • Higher Education Consortium for Special Education: I am a member-at-large on the Executive Board of this organization which advocates for special education and higher education at the national level.
  • Secondary Education Council: Meets monthly.
  • United State Department of Health and Human Services: Head Start Graduate Student Research Grant Competition
  • Special education faculty search committee: The special education program conducted a search for a new faculty member in 2015. I chaired the committee and we had a successful search!
  • open rank faculty search committee: This search began in 2011.
  • Department of curriculum and instruction: Committee on graduate certification/ masters programs
  • School of Education: Teacher Education Program Coordinators Council meets to advise the Office of Teacher Education.
  • U. S. Departments of Health and Human Services and education: Reviewed state proposals for Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge Grants.
  • Higher Education Consortium for Special Education: I am the member-at-large of HECSE an advocay and policy advising organization with an annual meeting in DC.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: I am faculty mentor for Hannah Schertz.
  • Curriculum and Instruction: I am faculty mentor for Camilla McMahon.
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