Rhonda Nese, College of Education
Rhonda Nese is an academic expert in alternatives to exclusionary discipline and other strategies for disrupting the school to prison pipeline. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical and a principal investigator within Educational and Community Supports, a research unit housed in the College of Education. Nese currently serves as the director of an IES grant to refine and test an intervention to reduce exclusionary discipline practices, improve student behavior and student-teacher relationships, and increase instructional time for students in secondary settings, and co-principal investigator on three additional IES grants to identify factors that predict implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices, to develop technology to improve online learning for educators, and to develop and validate an automated scoring system for oral reading fluency. Nese also provides technical assistance to state, district, and school level teams across the nation on preventative practices, including addressing implicit bias in school discipline, effective classroom behavior management strategies, bullying prevention, and alternatives to exclusionary discipline practices through the OSEP-funded National TA-Center on PBIS. Nese’s research involves equitable intervention delivery within a multi-tiered behavior support framework focused on preventative strategies for improving student outcomes. She brings a great deal of expertise as it relates to training teachers and administrators on equitable and feasible instructional practices, systems change, and policy implementation to support their community of learners.
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