College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Enjoy These Videos from "An Evening With Professor Behrmann"

December 4, 2015

Mike Behrmann (center) greets alumni at the special CEHD event "Then & Now: An Evening With Mike Behrmann," which was held over Alumni Weekend 2015. Photo by Risdon Photography.


A full house gathered for a lively, warm-hearted discussion at the special event called "Then & Now: An Evening with Professor Behrmann." Presented by the College of Education and Human Development, the event was held during Mason's Alumni Weekend 2015.

More than a hundred faculty, students, alumni, and colleagues arrived on campus to meet up with old and new friends and to hear Mike Behrmann discuss with Dean Mark R. Ginsberg the changes he's seen — and influenced — over his past 35+ years at George Mason University.

Enjoy the video excerpts from the event below, or click to watch the entire event video, produced by GMU TV.



How assistive technology research was pioneered at Mason.



A poignant, early example of how assistive technology was used with autistic children.



A look at historic shifts in special education, from "separate but equal" to inclusion.



How the Mason LIFE program is a national model and a legacy to Dr. Behrmann's career.
The Mason LIFE program offers education and independent living opportunities for intellectually disabled students. The program is also significantly integrated into the larger university as the biggest employer and volunteer site for undergraduate and graduate students.



How Mason LIFE supports the accessibility mission of the university in multiple ways.
In addition to serving students with intellectual disabilities, Mason LIFE has a self-sustaining business model. Revenue from the program supports tuition assistance, stipends, and an apprenticeship experience for more than 70 undergraduate and graduate students at Mason each year.



A philosophy of wanting best practice to become common practice.
Mike Behrmann notes how a collaborative culture leads to success.



How Mason supports faculty innovation.
"Mason was the place where they didn't say no."



Plans are already underway for next year's special event, which will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016, during Alumni Weekend 2016. If you're an alumnus, please be sure we have an up-to-date email address for you!


This article was written by Pam McKeta.


About CEHD

George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) includes two schools: the Graduate School of Education, one of the most comprehensive education schools in Virginia, and the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism. CEHD offers a full range of courses, certificates, and degree programs on campus, online, and on site to more than 4,000 students each year. CEHD is fully accredited by NCATE, and all licensure programs are approved by the Virginia Department of Education. George Mason University, located just outside of Washington, DC, is Virginia's largest public research university.

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