Wendy W Murawski

Wendy W Murawski
Professor

Professor & Eisner Endowed Chair - Special Education

Dr. Wendy Murawski is the Executive Director and Eisner Endowed Chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning at CSUN, where she is also a full professor in the Department of Special Education and former Faculty President. Dr. Murawski received the 2016 Outstanding Faculty Member Award for CSUN. She is the national Past President of the Teacher Education Division (TED) of CEC, an internationally known speaker, author/editor of 10 books, and was Teacher Educator of the Year in CA.

Website
www.2TeachLLC.com

  • Ph.D. 2001, University of California Riverside
  • Ed. S. 1995, College of William and Mary
  • M. Ed. 1992, College of William and Mary
  • B.A. 1991, College of William and Mary

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Chapters

Murawski, W. W. (2015). Creative co-teaching. In W. W. Murawski and K. L. Scott(Eds.), What really works in elementary education, pp.203-216. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title Creative co-teaching
Collaborators Kathy Scott
Publish Date 2015
Book What really works in elementary education Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W. W. (2015). Creative co-teaching. In W. W. Murawski and K. L. Scott(Eds.), What really works in elementary education, pp.203-216. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract
Murawski, W. W. (2015). Creative co-teaching. In W. W. Murawski and K. L. Scott (Eds.), What really works in secondary education, pp.201-215. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title Creative co-teaching
Collaborators Kathy Scott
Publish Date 2015
Book What really works in secondary education Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W. W. (2015). Creative co-teaching. In W. W. Murawski and K. L. Scott (Eds.), What really works in secondary education, pp.201-215. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract
Paloma-Hare, L., & Murawski, W. W. (2015). Classy classroom management. In W. W. Murawski & K. L. Scott (Eds.), What really works in elementary education, pp. 140-156. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title Classy classroom management
Collaborators Luisa Paloma-Hare
Publish Date 2015
Book What really works in elementary education Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Paloma-Hare, L., & Murawski, W. W. (2015). Classy classroom management. In W. W. Murawski & K. L. Scott (Eds.), What really works in elementary education, pp. 140-156. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract
Murawski, W. W., & Goodwin, V. A. (2014). Effective inclusive schools and the co-teaching conundrum. In J. McLeskey, N. L. Waldron, F. Spooner, & B. Algozzine (Eds.), Handbook of research and practice for inclusive schools (pp. 289-305). New York: Routledge.
Title Effective Inclusive Schools & The Co-Teaching Conundrum
Collaborators Vanessa Goodwin
Publish Date 2014
Book Handbook of Research & Practice for Inclusive Schools Routledge Press
Publisher Routledge Press
Citation Murawski, W. W., & Goodwin, V. A. (2014). Effective inclusive schools and the co-teaching conundrum. In J. McLeskey, N. L. Waldron, F. Spooner, & B. Algozzine (Eds.), Handbook of research and practice for inclusive schools (pp. 289-305). New York: Routledge.
Abstract Although teachers have been working together for decades, research on the actual implementation and outcomes related to co-teaching as a preferred practice remains confusing at best. This chapter provides a brief synopsis of what is known about co-teaching, which can ultimately be viewed as a three c’s conundrum related to research and practice: confusion, contradiction, and cautious optimism.
Murawski, W.W., Carter, N., Sileo, N., & Prater, M.A. (2012). Communicating and Collaborating with Families (Chp 3, pp.59-90). In N. Sileo and M.A. Prater (Eds)., Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Title Communicating and Collaborating with Families
Collaborators Nari Carter, Mary Anne Prater, & Nancy Sileo (UNLV)
Publish Date 2012
Book Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles Pearson
Publisher Pearson
Citation Murawski, W.W., Carter, N., Sileo, N., & Prater, M.A. (2012). Communicating and Collaborating with Families (Chp 3, pp.59-90). In N. Sileo and M.A. Prater (Eds)., Working with Families of Children with Special Needs: Family and Professional Partnerships and Roles. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Abstract This book addresses the issues related to families and schools who work with students with special needs. The chapter focuses on how to establish best practices between family-school collaboration. It provides the research behind communication, problem-solving, conflict management, and collaboration.

Articles

Murawski, W.W. (2012). 10 tips for co-planning more efficiently. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(4), 8-15.
Title 10 tips for co-planning more efficiently
Collaborators
Publish Date 2012
Journal Teaching Exceptional Children Council for Exceptional Children
Publisher Council for Exceptional Children
Citation Murawski, W.W. (2012). 10 tips for co-planning more efficiently. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(4), 8-15.
Abstract Co-teaching is a service delivery option for meeting the needs of students with disabilities in a general education class. Co-teaching involves two or more professionals working collaboratively in the same class. Murawski (2003) clarified that co-teaching requires "co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing". Yet the research shows that co-planning is not occurring and, when time is provided, it is not used efficiently. This article provides co-teachers with clear strategies for using co-planning time efficiently and strategically using a What/How/Who format.
Iland, E., Weiner, I., & Murawski, W.W. (2012). Obstacles Faced by Latina Mothers of Children with Autism. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 10, 25-36.
Title Obstacles Faced by Latina Mothers of Children with Autism
Collaborators Emily Iland, M.A., & Ivor Weiner, Ph.D.
Publish Date 2012
Journal Californian Journal of Health Promotion
Citation Iland, E., Weiner, I., & Murawski, W.W. (2012). Obstacles Faced by Latina Mothers of Children with Autism. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 10, 25-36.
Abstract The CDC’s most recent autism prevalence estimates document the continued trend of higher prevalence among non-Hispanic white children compared to Hispanic children. The disproportionate under- representation of Latino children in the health, education and service systems is measurable, disadvantaging the child and family. This quantitative study identifies support needs and obstacles experienced by 96 Latina mothers of children with autism, active in Spanish-language parent groups in California. Study measures included the Family Needs Survey and the Caring for My Child Survey. To determine the significance of the results on the Family Needs Survey, an item-by-item chi-square analysis compared results to those of to a similar population from a different study that used the same measure. A high proportion of mothers reported substantial levels of unmet needs in their role as primary caregiver using the Family Needs Survey: all 35 survey items were unmet for at least 50% of mothers; 28 items were common needs. The level and number of unmet needs of mothers in the present study in areas such as social support and care services were significantly greater than the comparison group. On the Caring for My Child Survey, mothers identified multiple barriers personally encountered in obtaining assistance for their children including psychosocial, economic, political, and healthcare factors. Findings are relevant to improve access for Latinos in the health, education and service systems, and to establish a baseline for comparison.
Techaviratanakul, D. & Murawski, W.W. (2012). Educational therapists seek to be healers in times of tight budgets. Kappan, 93(5), 48-50.
Title Educational therapists seek to be healers in times of tight budgets
Collaborators Downie Techaviratanakul, M.A.
Publish Date 2012
Journal Kappan magazine Phi Delta Kappan
Publisher Phi Delta Kappan
Citation Techaviratanakul, D. & Murawski, W.W. (2012). Educational therapists seek to be healers in times of tight budgets. Kappan, 93(5), 48-50.
Abstract As funding cuts require schools to do more with less, one main concern is how to continue high-quality learning. That’s an ever-more difficult proposition where students who have any of a variety of learning difficulties are involved. In such situations an educational therapist can be helpful.This article describes what educational therapy is and how educational therapists (ET) can be helpful in collaborating with schools.
Techaviratanakul, D. & Murawski, W.W. (2011, Winter). Collaboration between Educational Therapists and their Potential School Partners. The Educational Therapist, 32(1), 9-10, 16-17.
Title Collaboration between Educational Therapists and their Potential School Partners
Collaborators Downie Techaviratanakul, M.A.
Publish Date 2011
Journal The Educational Therapist journal Association for Educational Therapists
Publisher Association for Educational Therapists
Citation Techaviratanakul, D. & Murawski, W.W. (2011, Winter). Collaboration between Educational Therapists and their Potential School Partners. The Educational Therapist, 32(1), 9-10, 16-17.
Abstract This article describes a study that investigated preK-12 school personnel's (N=135) background knowledge and opinions regarding educational therapists (ETs) and the effect those opinions have on subsequent collaboration between school personnel and ETs. Results showed that school personnel had limited knowledge and experiences with ETs but were amenable to those collaborations.
Murawski, W.W. & Spencer, S.A. (2011, Fall). The importance of collaboration in today's diverse schools. The LAUSD Ladder, 25, 35.
Title The importance of collaboration in today's diverse schools
Collaborators Sally Spencer, Ed.D.
Publish Date 2011
Journal The Ladder Los Angeles Unified School District
Publisher Los Angeles Unified School District
Citation Murawski, W.W. & Spencer, S.A. (2011, Fall). The importance of collaboration in today's diverse schools. The LAUSD Ladder, 25, 35.
Abstract This article highlights work from the book "Collaborate, communicate and differentiate" (2011) by Murawski & Spencer. It emphasizes ways for faculty to collaborate in order to meet the diverse needs of students.
Murawski, W.W., & Lochner, W.W. (2011). Observing co-teaching: What to look for, listen for, and ask for. Intervention in School and Clinic, 46(3), 174-183.
Title Observing co-teaching: What to look for, listen for, and ask for
Collaborators Wendy W. Lochner
Publish Date 2011
Journal Intervention in School and Clinic SAGE
Publisher SAGE
Citation Murawski, W.W., & Lochner, W.W. (2011). Observing co-teaching: What to look for, listen for, and ask for. Intervention in School and Clinic, 46(3), 174-183.
Abstract Schools are becoming more inclusive in nature and many students with disabilities are having their needs met in the general education classrooms. Co-teaching is a service delivery option for meeting those needs. However, many administrators and supervisors do not have the skills or background for knowing how to observe and collect feedback. This article provides supervisors with clear guidelines on what to look for, listen for, and ask for to improve co-teaching outcomes.
Murawski, W. W., Lockwood, L., Khalili, A., & Johnston, A. (2009). A bully-free school. Educational Leadership, 67(4), 75-78
Title A bully-free school
Collaborators J. Lockwood, A. Khalili, A. Johnston
Publish Date 2009
Journal Educational Leadership
Citation Murawski, W. W., Lockwood, L., Khalili, A., & Johnston, A. (2009). A bully-free school. Educational Leadership, 67(4), 75-78
Abstract
Sears, S., Burstein, N., Ashton, T. M., & Murawski, W. W. (2009). Designing a standards-based alternative route to certification program: Describing the process and the products. Journal of National Alternative Certification.
Title Designing a standards-based alternative route to certification program: Describing the process and the products
Collaborators S. Sears, N. Burstein, T.M. Ashton
Publish Date 2009
Journal Journal of National Alternative Certification
Citation Sears, S., Burstein, N., Ashton, T. M., & Murawski, W. W. (2009). Designing a standards-based alternative route to certification program: Describing the process and the products. Journal of National Alternative Certification.
Abstract
Murawski, W. W., & Hughes, C. E. (2009). Response to Intervention, collaboration, and co-teaching: A necessary combination for successful systemic change. Preventing School Failure, 53(4), 67-77.
Title Response to Intervention, collaboration, and co-teaching: A necessary combination for successful systemic change
Collaborators C.E. Hughes
Publish Date 2009
Journal Preventing School Failure
Citation Murawski, W. W., & Hughes, C. E. (2009). Response to Intervention, collaboration, and co-teaching: A necessary combination for successful systemic change. Preventing School Failure, 53(4), 67-77.
Abstract
Murawski, W. W., & Dieker, L. A. (2008). 50 ways to keep your co-teacher. Teaching Exceptional Children
Title 50 ways to keep your co-teacher.
Collaborators Lisa Dieker
Publish Date 2008
Journal Teaching Exceptional Children
Citation Murawski, W. W., & Dieker, L. A. (2008). 50 ways to keep your co-teacher. Teaching Exceptional Children
Abstract
Murawski, W. W. (2008, September). Five keys to co-teaching in inclusive classrooms. School Administrator, 27.
Title Five keys to co-teaching in inclusive classrooms
Collaborators
Publish Date 2008
Journal School Administrator
Citation Murawski, W. W. (2008, September). Five keys to co-teaching in inclusive classrooms. School Administrator, 27.
Abstract
Friedman Narr, R., Murawski, W. W., & Spencer, S. (2007). Fostering independence in students with special needs. The Ladder, p.9-10.
Title Fostering independence in students with special needs
Collaborators Rachel Friedman Narr and Sally Spencer
Publish Date 2007
Journal The Ladder
Citation Friedman Narr, R., Murawski, W. W., & Spencer, S. (2007). Fostering independence in students with special needs. The Ladder, p.9-10.
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Books

Murawski, W.W. & Scott, K. L. (2019). What really works with Universal Design for Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
Title What really works with Universal Design for Learning
Collaborators Kathy L. Scott
Publish Date 2018
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W.W. & Scott, K. L. (2019). What really works with Universal Design for Learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin
Abstract
Murawski, W.W. & Scott, K. L. (2017). What really works with exceptional learners. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. 
Title What Really Works with Exceptional Learners
Collaborators Dr. Kathy L. Scott
Publish Date 2017
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W.W. & Scott, K. L. (2017). What really works with exceptional learners. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. 
Abstract
Murawski, W. W., & Scott, K. L. (Eds.). (2015). What really works in secondary education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title What really works in secondary education
Collaborators Kathy Scott
Publish Date 2015
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W. W., & Scott, K. L. (Eds.). (2015). What really works in secondary education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract
Murawski, W. W., & Scott, K. L. (Eds.). (2015). What really works in elementary education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title What really works in elementary education
Collaborators Kathy Scott
Publish Date 2015
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W. W., & Scott, K. L. (Eds.). (2015). What really works in elementary education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract
Murawski, W.W. & Dieker, L.A. (2013). Leading the co-teaching dance: Leadership strategies to enhance team outcomes. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.
Title Leading the co-teaching dance
Collaborators Lisa Dieker
Publish Date 2013
Council for Exceptional Children
Publisher Council for Exceptional Children
Citation Murawski, W.W. & Dieker, L.A. (2013). Leading the co-teaching dance: Leadership strategies to enhance team outcomes. Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.
Abstract This invaluable resource provides school leaders with the strategies, resources, best practices, techniques, and materials they will need to establish and maintain successful co-teaching teams in their schools. Murawski and Dieker draw on their own extensive experience and research to address the critical key factors: defining what co-teaching is and is not; understanding the menu of options and the benefits of co-teaching, the 5 keys to co-teaching and to leading co-teaching; developing the school culture and necessary structure to support co-teaching; scheduling strategies; planning strategies; implementing co-teaching and understanding co-instruction; observation and feedback; data collection; institutionalizing co-teaching; and disseminating your success.
Murawski, W.W. & Spencer, S. (2011). Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate! How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate! How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools
Collaborators Sally Spencer, Ed.D.
Publish Date 2011
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W.W. & Spencer, S. (2011). Collaborate, Communicate, & Differentiate! How to increase student learning in today's diverse schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract Teachers in both general and special education classrooms are being asked to collaborate to give all students access to the general education curriculum. The challenge is that teachers receive very little training in how to work together to educate students successfully. Do you wonder how to get started, how much time it will take, and what the results will be? Collaborate, Communicate, and Differentiate! addresses those issues and more, taking collaboration out of the abstract and supplying easy-to-use strategies that apply to daily tasks such asPlanning and differentiating instruction Communicating with families Using Universal Design for Learning to form instructionAssessing students with diverse backgrounds and abilitiesCo-teachingCoordinating with all staff membersThis reader-friendly text ties each strategy to the goal of improving student outcomes. Included are vignettes, In a Nutshell and Eye on the Research quick-reference guides, reproducible forms, Principal Points to share with administrators, and a companion website. Educators who have wondered how to make collaboration reasonable, feasible, and time-efficient will find the answers in this book!
Murawski, W.W. (2010). Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools
Collaborators
Publish Date 2010
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W.W. (2010). Collaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract Using the metaphor of marriage, this lighthearted, highly practical, and teacher-friendly resource from the author of Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools provides readers with the tools to successfully set up, conduct, and successfully maintain co-teaching partnerships in any learning environment.Based on the author's extensive experience, this book blends solid educational research and literature with lighthearted humor to help readers nurture co-teaching partnerships through the stages of co-planning, co-instructing, and co-assessing. Divided into four relationship stages, each section offers: Case studies and scenarios of co-teachers in action Field-tested instructional and behavioral strategies with authentic examplesSelf-assessments to determine teachers' readiness to proceed to the next step in the co-teaching relationshipInformation on the role of the administrator and how to communicate with parentsNumerous reproducibles, helpful Web sites, and a list of teacher resourcesCollaborative Teaching in Elementary Schools is an easy-to-access, one-stop guide for schools getting started with co-teaching or looking to refine their existing programs.
Murawski, W.W. (2009). Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Title Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools
Collaborators
Publish Date 2009
Corwin Press
Publisher Corwin Press
Citation Murawski, W.W. (2009). Collaborative Teaching in Secondary Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Abstract Many districts across the nation are incorporating co-teaching into their schools in order to create the best learning environment for all students. This practical, easy-to-use resource offers administrators and teachers a wealth of strategies and tools for setting up, conducting, and maintaining a successful co-teaching relationship that addresses the diverse needs in today's inclusive classrooms. Offered in a lighthearted, humorous manner that compares the co-teaching relationship to a marriage, this comprehensive guide provides substantive, field-tested differentiation and application strategies strongly supported by research and years of expert, hands-on experience. Numerous replicable forms, worksheets, checklists, and examples are included as well as helpful references, Web sites, co-teaching scenarios and case studies, and much more. Each chapter is packed with straightforward ideas for:Dealing with difficult contentMastering scheduling challenges and personality conflictsSetting roles and responsibilities Various approaches for co-instructionCo-planning and co-assessementThis resource is ideal for helping schools improve current programs or as a reference for teachers who have no experience with co-teaching and are ready to initiate a new relationship.

Presentations

Murawski, W.W. (2012, Nov 8). Co-teaching and student teaching: A logical combination. Presentation for the national Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, MI.
Title Co-Teaching and Student Teaching: A logical combination
Collaborators
Presentation Date 2012
Location Grand Rapids, MI
Citation Murawski, W.W. (2012, Nov 8). Co-teaching and student teaching: A logical combination. Presentation for the national Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Grand Rapids, MI.
Abstract The purpose of this research study was to examine the differences between traditional student teaching and student teaching through a co-teaching methodology. A pilot study was conducted at California State University, Northridge with student teachers in Elementary Education. Results showed that both master and student teachers were more positive about the co-teaching experiences over the traditional experiences. A follow-up study is in progress.

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