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Special Education at University of Maryland
Dr. Margaret J. McLaughlin is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children and Youth at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. McLaughlin has been involved in special education all of her professional career, beginning as a teacher of students with serious emotional and behavior disorders. Dr. McLaughlin has co-chaired and/or served on several National Academy of Sciences committees related to students with disabilities and national educational reform policies and has consulted widely with local school districts on the implementation of standards and assessment with students with disabilities.
Dr. McLaughlin has published extensively in areas of special education policy. During her career she has directed several national projects investigating Part D personnel preparation programs. She co-authored the first national studies of special education teacher supply and demand and also conducted a series of studies that have analyzed the Part D personnel program. Dr. McLaughlin has also conducted a number of studies of educational reform and students with disabilities, specifically related to standards, large-scale assessments and accountability. These research projects have studied how new accountability reforms, including the requirements of NCLB are being interpreted and implemented with students with disabilities within schools and how that is changing how special education teachers must function.