Jaci M Urbani

Jaci Urbani
Associate Professor of Education
Education 212

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

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At Mills Since 2019

Biography

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.

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Faculty Office Hours, Fall 2020

Days Times Room
T, R 1:00 pm–2:40 pm Education 212
M,W 12:30 pm-2:00 pm Study Group  

Spring 2021 Schedule

Day Time Course Title Room
T1:00 pm-3:30 pmBehavior Intervention
R4:00 pm-6:30 pmFld Exp: EC Sped Inf Mntl Hlth

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 106: Legal Aspects and Program Design of Special Education
  • EDUC 108: Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention
  • EDUC 155: Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children
  • EDUC 206: Legal Aspects and Program Design of Special Education
  • EDUC 208: Positive Behavior Supports and Intervention
  • EDUC 231: Assessment and Intervention for Children with Special Needs
  • EDUC 255: Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children
  • EDUC 263: Administrative Practicum in Early Childhood Programs
  • EDUC 275A: Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed and Infant Mental Health
  • EDUC 275B: Field Experience in Early Childhood Special Ed and Infant Mental Health
  • EDUC 349: Perspectives on Disability, Inclusion, and Assessment