Dr. Shawnee Wakeman has worked on several federally funded projects related to alternate assessments. Most notably, she was the principal investigator for UNCC for the National Center and State Collaborative GSEG and was the co-principal investigator for an enhanced assessment grant, Project LEAAP. Additionally, Dr. Wakeman served as the research associate for the National Alternate Assessment Center at UNCC and serves as a national expert on several panels related to AAs and content priorities for this population of students. Dr. Wakeman is the second author of the Links for Academic Learning (LAL) alignment methodology and has coordinated the implementation of that model in more than 20 different studies for more than 18 different states. Dr. Wakeman is coauthor of more than 50 publications and presentations on alternate assessments and access to the general curriculum. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the adapted curriculum designed for low incidence disabilities in both online and face to face formats and supervises student teachers. Dr. Wakeman is the special education department representative to the college for edTPA.
Area(s) of Interest and Research:
Alternate Assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities Content area instruction (reading, math, science) for students with an intellectual disability Alignment within the educational system for students with significant cognitive disabilities edTPA: special education candidate summative performance and formative candidate supports
PhD in Special Education 2005, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.Ed in School Administration/Curriculum and Instruction, 2001, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
M.Ed. in Special Education, 1997, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Attended the University of Hertfordshire, Aldenham, England on a Rotary International Scholarship, 1993
B.A. in Psychology: Special Education (magna cum laude), 1992, Catawba College, Salisbury, N.C.