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Northwest Missouri State University


Dr. Shantel Farnan

Dr. Shantel Farnan

Email

Office

205 Brown Hall

Phone

660.562.1450
660.562.1561 (fax)

Joined Northwest in 2011

Assistant Professor


Education

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis; University of Missouri
  • Ed.S. Superintendency; Northwest Missouri State University
  • M.S. Educational Leadership/Elementary; Northwest Missouri State University
  • B.S. Elementary Education/Special Education; Northwest Missouri State University

Courses Taught

  • Inclusive Classrooms and Positive Learning Environments
  • Professional Learning Community I
  • Leadership in Special Education
  • Seminar: Selected Topics in Special Education
  • Practicum: Special Education
  • Transition/Career Education for Students with Disabilities: Process and Resources
  • Introduction to Teaching Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Introduction to Cross Categorical Special Education
  • Teaching Cross Categorical Special Education: Academic/Behavioral
  • Teaching Cross Categorical Special Education: Functional/Physical
  • Teaching Math to Students with Disabilities
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Internship: Special Education Administration
  • Practicum: Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Academic Interests

  • Collaboration between Special Education and Regular Education
  • Transition
  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support/Response to Intervention
  • Quality Educator Preparation Programs
  • Diverse Field Experiences for Teacher Candidates
  • PreK-12 and Higher Education Educator Preparation Program Partnerships
  • Dyslexia
  • Responding to the Needs of Early Career Regular Education and Special Education Teachers

Scholarly Activity

Research and Publications

  • Wall, T. & Farnan, S. (2017, March). Be the change [Review of the book Be the change: Reinventing school for student success]. Teachers College Record.
  • Farnan, S. & Christensen, S. (2017, June).  Balancing and structuring the needs of all learners. The Director (Special Edition), 35(5), 16-19.
  • Smith, L., Farnan, S., Seeger, V., Wall, T., & Kiene, D. (2017). Teacher candidate perceptions of urban field experiences.  Educational Renaissance, 6(1), 1-16.

Presentations

  • Presenter (2018, March). “The Top Ten Things a Principal Should Know or Do Regarding Special Education.”  Presented at the Northwest Elementary Principals, St. Joseph, Missouri. 
  • Co-Presenter (2018, March).  “Relevant Clinical Experiences at a Rural University in Partnership with an Urban School District:  Perceptions of Education Teacher Candidates Regarding Serving in Racially Diverse, High Poverty Schools.”  Presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) National Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.  
  • Lead Presenter (2018, February).  “Perceptions of Preservice Teachers Regarding Serving in Racially Diverse, High Poverty Schools Through Field Experiences.”  Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference, Convention, and Expo, Tampa, Florida. 
  • Co-Presenter (2017, November).  “TED 2017 Small Special Education Programs Caucus (SSEPC) Shares.”  Presented at the Teacher Education Division 2017 National Conference, Savannah, Georgia.  
  • Co-Presenter (2017, October).  “Teacher Candidate Collaboration: Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Learners.”  Presented at the Midwest Educational Research Association Conference (Midwest ERA), Evanston, Illinois.  
  • Lead Presenter (2017, September).  “How to Embed Employment and Transition Skills in a Functional Academic Setting.” Presented at the Missouri Council for Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE) Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO. 
  • Co-Presenter (2017, September).  “Supporting At-Risk Students (and their Teachers) through Effective Problem Solving Teams.”  Invited Presenter at the 275 Conference, Maryville, Missouri. 
  • Co-Presenter (2016, December).  “Writing Academic and Behavioral Goals for Students with Disabilities.”  Presented at the Northwest Local Administrators of Special Education (LASE), Maryville, Missouri. 
  • Presenter (2016, November).  “Professional Collaboration Experiences Provided for Teacher Candidates: Perceptions of Novice Teachers” Presented at the Teacher Education Division 2016 National Conference, Lexington, Kentucky.
  • Presenter (2016, November).  “Professional Education Redesign- Our Journey.” Presented to the AACTE team, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2016, October). “Providing Meaningful Opportunities for Rural Teacher Candidates to Embrace Diversity” Presented at the Missouri Chapter of National Association for Multicultural Education Fall Conference, Kansas City, MO.
  • Presenter, (2016, September). “Refreshing and New Ideas to Address Behaviors in Young Children.” Presented for faculty, staff, and administration of Head Start of northwest Missouri, Maryville, MO. 
  • Co-Presenter (2015, November). “Transition: Begin with the End in Mind” Presented at the Education Tango for Council for Exceptional Children Student Organization Conference, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2015, January). “High Engagement Strategies” Presented at the Creating Connections: Teaching for Learning sessions at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO.
  • Symposium (2014, November). “Preparation and Partnerships: How Small
  • Programs Strive for ‘Clinically Rich’ Experiences” Presented at the Teacher Education Division/Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Presenter, (2014, September). “Ages and Stages of Children: We All ‘Grow’ Through It” Presented for parents of the Maryville R-II School District for the Growing Opportunities and Parents as Teachers programs, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2013, November). “Collaboration Between Preservice Teachers:  Faculty Research and Student Views” Presented at the Education Tango for Council for Exceptional Children Student Organization Conference, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2013, October). “Collaboration Between Preservice Teachers:  Faculty Research and Student Views” Presented at the Critical Questions in Education Annual Conference (International), San Antonio, TX.
  • Co-Presenter (2013, March). “A Collaborative Environment:  Views from Faculty and Preservice Teachers” Presented at the Missouri Council for Exceptional children Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2013, March). “Teacher Evaluation”. Presented at the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Panel Presentation (2013, March and 2012, March). “Interviewing”. Presented at the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2013, January). “Modeling Collaboration:  A Project Between Special Education and Literacy Preservice Teachers” Presented at the Department of Professional Education Teaching Circle, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2012, November). “Engagement Strategies”. Presented at the AVID Roundtable, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2012, November). “Model Engagement Strategies in Your Education Courses and Have Some Fun Along the Way!”  Presented at the Department of Professional Education Teaching Circle, Maryville, MO.
  • Co-Presenter (2012, March). “Intervention Systems (RtI) at the Middle and High School Level.” Presented at the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Osage Beach, MO.
  • Presenter  (2012, March-2016, September; presented each semester). “Working with ALL Children in your Classrooms.”  Presented at the Student Teacher Seminars, Maryville, MO. 
  • Co-Presenter (2011, November). “A Vision for Course Redesign: Introduction to Special Education.”  Presented at the Teacher Education Division/Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Co-Presenter (2011, September). “RtI at the Secondary Level.”  Presented at the Missouri Council for Administrators of Special Education Fall Conference, Osage Beach, MO.  

Student Group Advisement

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Kind Individuals Dedicated to Students (KIDS)

Other Professional Experiences

National

  • Teacher Education Division (TED)- Small Special Education Programs Caucus (SSEPC) appointed Communications Director- November 2016; Re-elected for full term April 2017

State

  • MO-CASE subcommittee- ReInvent Special Education invited member- April 2017
  • Higher Education Representative, Executive Board, Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)- 2016-Present
  • Professional Development Chair, Executive Board, Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education (MO-CASE)- 2010-2012
  • Reviewer of Missouri Content Assessment Special Education- August 2014
  • Administrator Mentoring Program (AMP) Mentor for a total of six Special Education Administrators/Coordinators from Fall 2011- Present

Regional

  • Lettuce Dream Board Member- 2016 to 2018
    • Education Committee Co-Chair-Spring 2018
    • Panel participant to train Lettuce Dream volunteers- June 2017
    • Committee Organization Chair- Fall 2016
  • Collaborative Work (CW) Facilitator and Committee member with RPDC- 2014-Present
    • Presentation for Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)- September 2, 2016
  • Co-Chair of Local Administrators of Special Education (LASE)- 2011-2012 and 2012-2013
  • President, Nodaway County  Education/Recreation for Adults with Disabilities- 2018; Treasurer- 2011-2018
  • Higher Education representative on Tomorrow’s Citizens Today (TCT) Focus Team- 2011-2012
  • Higher Education representative on Regional/Community Transition Team (RTT/CTT)- 2011 to 2017

Local

  • Planning team for EPIC- 2016-2017
  • Parents as Teachers (PAT) Advisory Council- 2014 to 2016
  • Growing Opportunities (GO) Before/After School Advisory Council- 2012

Previous Professional Experience

  • Maryville R-II School District, Maryville, Missouri
    • Special Education Director, 1999-2011
    • Special Education Director and Coordinator Northwest Missouri Special Education Cooperative, 1999-2005
  • Maryville R-II, Eugene Field Elementary School, Maryville, Missouri                   
    • Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher, 1997-99
  • Northeast Nodaway R-V, Elementary School, Parnell, Missouri   
    • Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher, 1996-97
  • Northeast Nodaway R-V, Parnell, Missouri                                           
    • Special Education Coordinator K-12, 1997
  • Northeast Nodaway R-V, Parnell, Missouri                                           
    • Section 504 Coordinator, 1996-97
  • Northeast Nodaway R-V, Elementary School, Parnell, Missouri              
    • Behavior Disorder Teacher, 1996

Other

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