Saili S. Kulkarni, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Special Education
Areas of Expertise
Education, Education Reform, Globalization, Multiculturalism, Race, Special Education, Teacher Education, Disability Studies in Education, Critical Special Education.
Dr. Kulkarni’s research examines teacher beliefs and intersections of race and ability. She was previously a special education teacher in Oakland, Calif., working towards the inclusion of elementary-aged students with disabilities in general education classes. As a special education teacher, Kulkarni helped create the district’s first Inclusive Teacher Network, which enabled special education teachers to share resources and build partnerships with universities to increase inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities.
For her dissertation, Kulkarni looked at how beliefs about disability, race and culture inform special education teachers’ retention in urban school districts. She finished her dissertation with the support of the Arvil S. Barr Teacher Education Fellowship through the School of Education and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in May of 2015.
English, French, Marathi (beginning, spoken).
M.S./Ph.D., Special Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
100 Scholars Program Peace and Conflict Studies, University of California-Berkeley
Special Education Level I Credential (Moderate/Severe), San Francisco State University
B.A., Psychology, Boston University
Has worked with individuals with disabilities in Rabat, Morocco and Bankok, Thailand
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