Professional Interests: Asset-based education & Intersections of learning and community for students with special needs; Family and professional partnerships for Early Childhood; Evidence-based practices for language and literacy development, specifically Dialogic Reading
At Mills Since 2019
Dr. Urbani directs the Early Childhood Special Education program and is the Founding Director of Great Expectations Inclusive preschool, in collaboration with Marin County Office of Education and Lifehouse Agency. She began her career as an educator as a teacher at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, where she taught across grade levels for 12 years. Her research focuses on pre- and in-service teacher development for the academic achievement of students with disabilities. She has presented internationally on topics of teacher education and special education. Her multiple research interests include the following: Lesson Study to facilitate collaboration between general and special educations; the benefits of arts education for students with disabilities; housing options for adults with autism; and evidence-based instructional practices for students with dyslexia.
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