Project Director, EVOLVE Plus

Michael F. Giangreco, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Education (Special Education Program) at the University of Vermont and is also affiliated with the Center on Disability & Community Inclusion. Prior to joining the faculty at UVM in 1988, he served in a variety of capacities (e.g., community residence counselor with adults with developmental disabilities, special education teacher, special education administrator). His professional interests focus on how to plan, adapt, coordinate, implement, and evaluate educational programs and services for students with disabilities who are included in general education classrooms. Dr. Giangreco is the author of numerous professional publications on a variety of special education topics and has published a series of cartoons depicting educational issues and research findings. 

Current Projects

Michael is the Project Coordinator of EVOLVE Plus, which offers school-based research, training, technical assistance, and collaborative consultation on a fee-for-service basis. 

Selected Resources

Michael's recent work has focused on five topics:

  1. The inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms
  2. Paraprofessional Support of Students with Disabilities
  3. Educational curriculum planning for students with disabilities, particularly an approach called "COACH"
  4. Use of Creative Problem-Solving to facilitate inclusive education, and
  5. Coordination and decision-making pertaining to related services and other support services, including VISTA

Selected Publications

To find out more about or to purchase these resources, please follow their links.

Choosing Outcomes and Accommodations for Children (COACH): A Guide to Educational Planning for Students with Disabilities, Third Edition

Quick-Guides to Inclusion: Ideas for Educating Students with Disabilities, Second Edition

Absurdities and Realities of Special Education (CD): The Complete Digital Set

Ants in His Pants: Absurdities and Realities of Special Education

Flying by the Seat of Your Pants: More Absurdities and Realities of Special Education

Teaching Old Logs New Tricks: More Absurdities and Realities of Education

Absurdities and Realities of Special Education: The Best of Ants…, Flying…, and Logs

Selected Presentations

TASH 2013 Chicago Presentation (PDF)

Associations and Affiliations

Editorial Boards for professional journals

  • Exceptional Children
  • Research & Practice in Severe Disabilities
  • Remedial & Special Education
  • Focus on Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Journal of Special Education
  • Teacher Education and Special Education
Photo of Michael F. Giangreco

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Special Education
  • Research


  • Ph.D. in Special Education from Syracuse University (1989)
  • Ed.S. in Special Education & Educational Supervision from University of Virginia (1983)
  • M.Ed. in Special Education (Severe Disabilities) from University of Vermont (1981)
  • B.S.Ed. in Special Education & Elementary Education from Buffalo State College (1977)


  • (802) 656-1144
Office Location:

301A Mann Hall, 208 Colchester Ave., Mann Hall 3rd Floor, Burlington VT 05405