Dr. Sheila Bennett

Faculty of Education

Dr. Sheila Bennett

Professor (EdD)
Department of Teacher Education
Available for Graduate Advisement

Dr. Sheila Bennett is a professor and former chair in the Department of Teacher Education. Professionally, Sheila has worked as a classroom and special education teacher, school board resource person and faculty member. She has been active in the field of special education for many years and has been involved in policy and practical issues in the field. Co-chair of the Special Education Transformation Document as well as co-author of Special Education in Ontario Schools, Sheila has dedicated her career to working with educators and students in her chosen field.   

Research Interests

Inclusion; Special education policy; Acquired brain injury; and Aboriginal education

Selected Publications
Books and Monographs

Bennett, S., & Dworet, D., with Weber K. (2013). Special education in Ontario Schools (7th ed.). Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Highland Press.

Bennett, S., & Gallagher, T. (2012). Community Living Ontario’s Community Inclusion Initiative Report on the Delivery of Education Services for Students Who Have an Intellectual Disability in the Province of Ontario (pp. 1–25).  Ontario Association for Community Living

Bennett, S., & Gallagher, T. (2012). Rapport de l’Integration communautaire d'Indegration communautaire Ontario: La presentation des services d“ éducation pour les eleves ayant une deficience intellectuelle de la province de l”Ontario (pp. 1–24)  Ontario Association for Community Living

Zinga, D., Bomberry, M., Bennett, S., & The Student Success Consortium. (2010). Final report: Student success: A community initiative to support the success of Aboriginal students in education (Six Nations of the Grand River Archive, 65 pp.).

Chapters in books
Bennett, S, Sabin, M & Chadwick, C (in press)  Jake’s Story.  In Calder-Stegemann K. & Aucoin A. Inclusive Education:  Stories of Success and Hope in a Canadian Context. Pearson
Gallagher, T., & Bennett S. (2015). A Canadian Perspective on the Inclusion of Students with Intellectual Disabilities in High Schools. In R. Craven, A. Morin, P. Parker & D. Tracey (Eds.) Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Information Age Publishing.
Bennett, S. & Gallagher, T. L. (2012). Inclusion, education and transition to employment: A work in progress. In D. Griffiths, F. Owen, & S. Watson (Eds.) The Human Rights and Agenda for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.ISBN 978-1-57256-145-8.


Bork, P. M., Harwood, D., & Bennett, S. (2014). Using Play as a Key to Unlocking the Silence for Children with Selective Mutism. Canadian Children, 39(3) 24-

Gallagher, T. & Bennett, S. (2013). School supported workplace transition for students with ID:  Why inclusive principles/principals matter! International Journal for Leadership in Learning. 1(1), 1-25. http://ijll.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/ijll/article/view/213/pdf
Benentt, S & Gallagher T. (2013) High School Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the School and Workplace:  Multiple perspectives on Inclusion.  Canadian Journal of Education.  V(36) 96-124.
Missiuna, C., Pollock, N., Campbell, W., Bennett, S., Hecimovich, C., Gaines, R., DeCola, C., Cairney, J., Russell, D., Molinaio, E. (2012). Use of medical research council framework to develop a complex intervention in pediatric occupational therapy: Assessing feasibility. Research in Development Disabilities. 33(5) 1443-1452 doi: 10.1016/j.ridd2012.03.018
Missiuna, C., Pollock, N., Levac, D., Campbell, W., Sahagian Whalen, S., Bennett, S., … Russell, D. (2012). Partnering for change: An innovative school-based occupational therapy service delivery model for children with developmental coordination disorder. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(1), 41-50.
Styres, S., Zinga, D., Bennett, S., & Bomberry M. (2010). Walking in two worlds: Engaging the space between indigenous community and academia. Canadian Journal of Education, 33(3), 617-648.

Research grants

March 2015                Ontario Ministry of Education

With: Missiuna (PI), C. Hecimovich (Principal Knowledge User), S. Bennett, W. Campbell, N. Pollock, C. Camden, R. Gaines, D. McCauley, J. Cairney. 
Title: Partnering for Change: An innovative service with relevance to the Special Needs Strategy
January 2015             Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture de Québec (FRQSC)
With:  D. Anaby; Co-PI: C. Camden; Co-Invesitigators: S. Shaw, JC. Kalubi, C. Missiuna, W. Campbell, S. Bennett; Collaborators: M. Bonnard, C. Hui, G. Kelso, L. Bonneau & E. Lauzon.
Grant: $59,233
Title: Comment organiser les services pour mieux soutenir les élèves handicapés ou en difficulté d’adaptation ou d’appretissage (HDDA): Principes et stratégies efficaces 
September 2014        CIHR Operating Grant
With: Gibson, B. (PI), McLaren, C., Missiuna, C., Edwards, G., Chau, T. & Bennett, S.
Grant: $180 000
Title: Moving together: Choreographic mappings of children with diverse dis/abilities and their neurological responses to a dance-play event.
June 2014                   Research contribution Avon Maitland District School Board
With:  Bennett, S. (PI), Gallagher, T., Somma, M., Shuttleworth, M.,  & Wlodarczyk, K.
Grant: $10,000
Title: The Avon Maitland District School Board Inclusion Coaching Project
December 2012         Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
With: Missiuna, C. (PI), Pollock, N., Bennett, S., Camden, C., Campbell, W., McCauley, D., Gaines, R., Cairney, J.
Grant: $994,600
Title: Implementation and evaluation of Partnering for Change, an innovative model that will transform health service provision for school-aged children with developmental coordination disorder.
April 2012                  Western University Internal SSHRC
With: Jacqueline Specht (PI) (Western University)
Grant: $4,869
Title: Are New Teachers Ready for the Inclusive Classroom
February 2012           Ontario Association for Community Living (Directed Funding)
With: Bennett, S. (PI) (FOE Brock) Gallagher, T. (FOE Brock)
Grant: $12,000
Title: The Delivery of Education Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the province of Ontario

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Dr. Sheila Bennett
Faculty of Education

Brock University
St. Catharines, On.

WH 374
T 905 688 5550 x4584
E sheila.bennett@brocku.ca


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