University Scholar Series: Saili Kulkarni
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Understanding Intersections of Disability and Race: PK-12 Education, Justice Studies and Higher Education
Dr. Saili Kulkarni draws from the experiences of teachers and school professionals who support restorative practices for young children in an effort to create more inclusive, safe school environments for all learners. These practices help educators and professionals become proactive in their approaches to discipline rather than reactive. Kulkarni applies Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory (DisCrit) within teacher education to develop resistance-oriented teachers of color who will disrupt inequities for children of color with disabilities.
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teacher education, teachers of color, critical race theory, disability studies
Disability and Equity in Education | Special Education and Teaching | Teacher Education and Professional Development
Kulkarni, Saili, "University Scholar Series: Saili Kulkarni" (2019). University Scholar Series. 39.
Dr. Saili S. Kulkarni is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at San José State University. Her research highlights the beliefs of Special Education teachers of color using Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory (DisCrit). Dr. Kulkarni was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at California State University-Dominguez Hills from 2015-2018 and received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to her academic work, she was an inclusion specialist in Oakland Unified School District where she worked with students with mild/moderate and moderate/severe disabilities in elementary schools. Dr. Kulkarni is a member of the Edward Alexander Bouchet Honor Society and continues the society's mission of supporting and mentoring students of color.