Phone: (703) 993-1747
Fax: (703) 993-3681
Email: snagro (@gmu.edu)
George Mason University
Finley Building 222
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Dr. Sarah A. Nagro earned her doctorate in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University and is currently an assistant professor at George Mason University in the School of Education Division of Special Education and Disability Research. Her research focuses on determining best practices for teacher education in special education. Specifically, she focuses on understanding effective approaches to preparing profession-ready teachers through experiential learning that emphasize reflective practice. Sarah is interested in understanding how to help teacher candidates and novice teachers find success when educating students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms with the goal of retaining high quality professionals. Sarah explores how to lead change in education through polcy initatives at the federal, state, and local level.
Grant Funding. Dr. Nagro has secured $9,980,661 in external funding and $70,000 in internal funding as either principal or co-principal investigator since joining the Mason faculty.
Most recently Michael Kennedy, Sarah, and University of Virginia colleugues were awarded a Stepping-up grant through the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education titled Project VERIFY: Value Added Through E-Coaching, Reflection, Instructional Technology, Feedback, and You. The ultimate goal of this project is to prepare coaches, administrators, teachers, and other school leaders who serve students with disabilities and others who may be at risk to use the COACHED professional development suite of tools – ultimately without direct support from the project team – to improve implementation of key evidence-based and high-leverage practices, and subsequently improve learning and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities.
Also, Sarah and her colleagues Dr. Michael Kennedy at University of Virginia and Dr. Shanna Hersch at Clemson University were awarded a National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) Professional Development for Educators and School-Based Service Providers Grant funded through the Institute for Education Sciences (IES). In the 2020 competition, they proposed to iteratively develop and experimentally test a multimedia, multicomponent approach to support general and special education teacher candidates’ knowledge and implementation of evidence-based classroom management practices called Feedback, Reflection, and Multimedia to Teach Evidence-Based Practices (FRaME). Project FRaME will bring together 35 collaborators from 35 different universities teaching a combined 760 teacher candidates per year on average. These teacher candidates will teach thousands of K-12 students with and without disabilities upon entering the workforce. This four-year project has the potential for a major impact in the field of special education and teacher education.
Additionally, Dr. Nagro was awarded a 2019 Doctoral Preparation Grant through OSEP in collaboration with Dr. Colleen Thoma and Dr. LaRon Scott at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) titled Policy and Research Intensive Special Education Cohort (PRISE). Dr. Nagro recruited and enrolled six full-time doctoral students at Mason as part of a 13 person collaborative cohort who will focus on tackling the national teacher shortage through research and policy initiatives. Please visit https://kihd.gmu.edu/leadership-grants/prise to learn more.
Leadership and Honors. Dr. Nagro is an Executive Board Member for the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (HECSE). She received the Quantitative Research Award (2015) from Kaleidoscope at the CEC Annual Conference, TED’s Dissertation Award (2015), the Outstanding Student Research Award (2016) from the Special Education Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Outstanding Dissertation Award (2017) from the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). Most recently, Sarah received the TED Early Career Publication Award (2019).
- Special Education Teacher Education
- Special Education Policy and Political Advocacy
- Teacher Education Policy and Political Advocacy
- Field Experiences
- Reflective Practice
- Technology Enhanced Teacher Preparation Activities
- Video-Based Teacher Preparation Activities
- Preparing Teacher Candidates for Inclusive Settings
- Preparing Teacher Candidates to Teach Reading and Math to Students with High Incidence Disabilities
- Mixed Methods Research
- Experimental and Quasi-experimental Group Design Research
- Language Development and Reading (EDSE 403)
- Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum (EDSE 428)
- Introduction to Special Education (EDSE 501)
- Language Development and Reading (EDSE 503)
- Special Education Research (EDSE 590)
- Elementary Reading, Curriculum, Strategies for Students Who Access the General Education Curriculum (EDSE 628)
- Internship: Special Education in General Curriculum (EDSE 783)
- Leading Change in Special Education and Disability Policy (EDSE 843)
- Current Issues in Special Education (EDSE 844)
- Education Policy: Process, Context, and Politics (EDUC 870)
- Independent Study for the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (EDUC 897)
- Doctoral Dissertation Proposal (EDUC 998)