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.
Inclusion; Special education policy; Acquired brain injury; and Aboriginal education
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-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Title: The Delivery of Education Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the province of Ontario
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