Senior Lecturer - Special Education

Prior to joining UVM in 2015, Senior Lecturer of Special Education Jennifer Stratton had over 13 year of experience in a number of public schools teaching special education at the elementary and middle school levels. In addition to her teaching role, she supervises student internships for elementary and special education candidates at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Recently she recently co-developed a travel study course titled Inclusion in the English Countryside in Bristol, England and a new service-learning course titled Relating and Responding to Community Needs for students in special education and education for cultural and linguistic diversity programs.

Jennifer focuses on learning disabilities, assessment and planning related to challenging behaviors, assessment for eligibility and program planning, and utilizing assistive technology to promote success in grade level content. Her areas of special interest include legal practices, ethical principles, inclusion and teacher preparation within the context of Vermont schools. She currently serves as the grant coordinator for Dr. Justin Garwood's project: Exploring Special Educator Burnout, and in Turn, the Impact of Burnout on Special Educators’ Treatment Integrity in Behavior Support Plans: Project Burn and Turn.

Partnering with area schools and Special Olympics Vermont, Jennifer manages volunteer UVM student coaches and coordinators to host the Young Athletes (YA) program. YA is an innovative sports play program for children (ages 2-7) with and without intellectual disabilities, providing opportunities for them to be active, have fun, and learn foundational sports skills.

Jennifer provides professional development for practicing student support professionals in area school districts. She also works on projects to promote induction and retention of practicing special educators across Vermont.


Selected Presentations

Coordinating Transitions within a district. Burlington School District special educators, Burlington, VT (Spring 2019).

Inclusion of All Students in Vermont Schools. Emerson’s Green Primary School, Bristol, UK (February 2018).

FERPA: What’s it got to do with me as a teacher? Presented to ELED student teachers (Spring/Fall 2017, Spring/Fall 2018, Spring/Fall 2019, Spring/Fall 2020).

Students on plans: What to look for and need to know. Co-presented with Glenn Patterson to ELED full time student teachers (Spring/Fall 2018, Spring/Fall 2019, Spring/Fall 2020).

Multi-tiered Systems of Support and Special Education. Presented to Early Childhood full time student teachers (Spring 2016, Fall 2018).

District Staff Training: Functional Behavior Assessment Training Series 7 training sessions and individual consultations (Fall 2013, Spring 2014).

Associations and Affiliations

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Division of Learning Disabilities and Teacher Education Division (TED)

Jennifer Stratton

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Assessment and planning related to challenging behaviors
  • Family/child-centered program design and implementation
  • School age special education


  • M.Ed. in Special Education, University of Virginia
  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education, University of Vermont


Office Location:

449 Waterman

Courses Taught

  • EDSP 224 Meeting the Instructional Needs of All Students
  • EDSP 280 Assessment in Special Education
  • EDSP/ECLD 204 Relating and Responding to Community Needs
  • EDSP 322/323 Graduate Internship in Special Education
  • EDSP 386 Graduate Internship EI/ECSP