Suzanne O'Keffe Faculty Profile
Suzanne O'Keeffe

Contact:

Phone: 707-664-2084

Office: Stevenson 3017

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Suzanne Becker O'Keeffe

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education

Courses Teaching

  • EDSP 430 Special Education for Teachers
  • EDSP 481 Internship Practicum/Seminar

Biography

Dr. Suzanne O’Keeffe is an Assistant Professor at Sonoma State University in the field of special education with a focus on culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional (CLDE) student populations. While obtaining her doctoral degree, she became a recipient of the Leaders in Exceptional-education Addressing Diversity (LEAD) grant at Northern Arizona University and began working as an Associate Clinical Professor in their Special and Elementary Education Dual Certification program. While she has worked in many different capacities within the field of special education over the last 20 years, her interest in working with CLDE populations developed from her time as a self-contained special educator for students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities in a high diversity Title I urban district. Whether she is teaching children or adults, Dr. O’Keeffe strives to create a learning community that promotes collaborative inquiry, cultural responsiveness, academic rigor, critical thinking, and self-reflection.

Education

  • Ed.D, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education for Exceptional (CLDE)Populations, Northern Arizona University, 2012
  • MA, General Education Curriculum and Instruction, K-12, Plymouth State University, 2008
  • PBACC, Special and Elementary Education Teaching Certifications, Rio Salado College, 2007
  • BA, Integrative Studies with a Competence in Human Development, Prescott College, 2004

Certificates and Endorsements

  • Cross Categorical Special Education Teaching Certificate, K-12
  • Elementary Education Teaching Certificate, K-8
  • Structured English Immersion Endorsement, K-12

Research Interests

  • Best practice for instructing and assessing CLDE learners in inclusive settings
  • Best practice for instructing and assessing CLDE learners in English-Only contexts
  • Educational policy reform for CLDE populations
  • Implementation of culturally responsive curriculum in teacher preparation programs
  • School-wide cultural responsiveness training and implementation

Recent Scholarship and Publications (Selected)

  • O’Keeffe, S. B. (2017). Practical and Effective Strategies for Helping Students Overcome the Stigma of “Problem Child” through Self Determination Skills. Paper presented at the meeting of the Pacific Rim Conference Presentation, Hawaii: USA.
  • O’Keeffe, S. B. & Medina, C. M. (2016). Nine strategies for helping middle school students weather the perfect storm of disability, diversity, and adolescence. American Secondary Education44(3), 72-87.
  • O’Keeffe, S. B. & Medina, C. M. (2016). 'Engaging Inclusive Educators: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional (CLDE) Students in Middle School Classrooms', (Brigandi, C.), The High Stakes Game: Improving Student Outcomes In Rural and Urban Schools, American Council on Rural Special Education, Morgantown, West Virginia, pp. 37-43.
  • O’Keeffe, S. B. (2013). Practical strategies for educating culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional populations in middle school general education classrooms. Paper presented at the meeting of the Pacific Rim Conference Presentation, Hawaii: USA.
  • O’Keeffe, S. B. (2013). Examining practice for educating culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional
    populations in middle school inclusive settings. Poster session presented at the meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Texas: USA.