Dr. Sheila Bennett

Professor (EdD), Associate Dean, Professional Undergraduate & Student Services

Department of Teacher Education

Available for Graduate Advisement

Dr. Sheila Bennett, Faculty of Education, Brock University

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 105
905 688 5550 x4584
sbennett@brocku.ca

Dr. Sheila Bennett is a professor and Associate Dean, Professional Undergraduate & Student Services. Professionally, Sheila has worked as a classroom and special education teacher, school board resource person and faculty member.

She has been active in the field of special education for many years and has been involved in policy and practical issues in the field. Co-chair of the Special Education Transformation Document as well as co-author of Special Education in Ontario Schools, Sheila has dedicated her career to working with educators and students in her chosen field.

  • Inclusion
  • Special education policy
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Service integration for students in diverse classrooms

Books and Monographs

Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Project (ONF): School reintegration for children and youth with acquired brain injury. Research Report. (2015). Good, D., Rumney, P., McDougall, J., DeMatteo, C., McKeever, P., Guerriere, D., Bennett, S., Martinussen, R., DeCourville, N., McCormick, A., Loyst, S., Wilcock, R., Kumpf, J. Report submitted to ONF.

Missiuna, C., Hecimovich, C., Dix, L., Campbell, W., Pollock, N., Bennett, S., Camden, C., DeCola, C., McCauley, D. Gaines, R., Cairney, J., & Stewart D. (2015). Partnering for Change: Implementation and Evaluation Final Report, 2013 – 2015:  Final Report for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Ministry of Education. Hamilton, ON: CanChild, McMaster University.

Bennett, S., & Dworet, D., with Weber K. (2013). Special education in Ontario Schools (7th ed.). Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON: Highland Press.

Bennett, S., & Gallagher, T. (2012). Community Living Ontario’s Community Inclusion Initiative Report on the Delivery of Education Services for Students Who Have an Intellectual Disability in the Province of Ontario (pp. 1–25).  Ontario Association for Community Living.

Bennett, S., & Gallagher, T. (2012). Rapport de l’Integration communautaire d’Indegration communautaire Ontario: La presentation des services d’ éducation pour les eleves ayant une deficience intellectuelle de la province de l’Ontario(pp. 1–24)  Ontario Association for Community Living

Zinga, D., Bomberry, M., Bennett, S., & The Student Success Consortium. (2010). Final report: Student success: A community initiative to support the success of Aboriginal students in education (Six Nations of the Grand River Archive, 65 pp.).

Chapters in books

Bennett, S, Sabin, M & Chadwick, C (in press)  Jake’s Story.  In Calder-Stegemann K. & Aucoin A. Inclusive Education:  Stories of Success and Hope in a Canadian Context. Pearson.

Gallagher, T., & Bennett S. (2015). A Canadian Perspective on the Inclusion of Students with Intellectual Disabilities in High Schools. In R. Craven, A. Morin, P. Parker & D. Tracey (Eds.) Inclusive Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities. Information Age Publishing.

Bennett, S. & Gallagher, T. L. (2012). Inclusion, education and transition to employment: A work in progress. In D. Griffiths, F. Owen, & S. Watson (Eds.) The Human Rights and Agenda for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Kingston, NY: NADD Press.ISBN 978-1-57256-145-8.

Articles

Bennett, S. (2016).  Coaching: a school boards transition into inclusion.  Journal of Research in Special Education Needs (in press) doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12347_001_050

Wlodarczyk, K., Somma, M., Bennett, S. & Gallagher, T.L. (2015).  Moving toward inclusion – Inclusion Coaches’ Reflections and Discussions in Supporting Educators in Practice. Exceptionality Education International. 25 (3), 55-73. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/eei/vol25/iss3/4.

Specht, J., McGhie-Richmond, D., Loreman, T., Mirenda, P., Bennett, S., Gallagher, T., Young, G., Metsala, J., Aylward, L., Katz, J., Lyons, W., Thompson, S., & Cloutier, S. (2015). Teaching in Inclusive Classrooms: Efficacy and Beliefs of Canadian Preservice Teachers. International Journal of Inclusive Education 20(1). 1-15.(DOI) 10.1080/13603116.2015.1059501.

Bork, P. M., Harwood, D., & Bennett, S. (2014). Using Play as a Key to Unlocking the Silence for Children with Selective Mutism. Canadian Children, 39(3) 24-
Gallagher, T. & Bennett, S. (2013). School supported workplace transition for students with ID:  Why inclusive principles/principals matter! International Journal for Leadership in Learning. 1(1), 1-25. http://ijll.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/ijll/article/view/213/pdf

Benentt, S & Gallagher T. (2013) High School Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the School and Workplace:  Multiple perspectives on Inclusion.  Canadian Journal of Education.  V(36) 96-124.

Missiuna, C., Pollock, N., Campbell, W., Bennett, S., Hecimovich, C., Gaines, R., DeCola, C., Cairney, J., Russell, D., Molinaio, E. (2012). Use of medical research council framework to develop a complex intervention in pediatric occupational therapy: Assessing feasibility. Research in Development Disabilities. 33(5) 1443-1452 doi: 10.1016/j.ridd2012.03.018

Missiuna, C., Pollock, N., Levac, D., Campbell, W., Sahagian Whalen, S., Bennett, S., … Russell, D. (2012). Partnering for change: An innovative school-based occupational therapy service delivery model for children with developmental coordination disorder. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(1), 41-50.

June 2016 Research contribution Avon Maitland District School Board (Directed Funding)
With: Bennett, S. (PI), Gallagher, T.
Grant: $15,000
Title: The Avon Maitland District School Board Inclusion Coaching Project

April 2016 Ontario Ministry of Education and Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
With: Missiuna, C., Levinson, A.(Co-PIs), Campbell, W., Pollock, N., Gaines, R., & Hecimovich, C.
Grant: $299,931
Title: Health Professional Online Training: Development of Educational Materials to Facilitate Provision of Integrated
Rehabilitation Services.

February 2016 Central West Community Care Access Centres
With: Missiuna, C. (PI), Campbell, W., Pollock, N., Camden, C., Bennett, S., Gaines, R., & Cairney, J.
Grant: $59, 913.52
Title: Development of Proposals and Dissemination of Results of Partnering for Change.

October 2015 Central West and Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant Community Care Access Centres
With: Missiuna, C. (PI), Campbell, W., Pollock, N., Bennett, S., Camden, C., Gaines, R., McCauley, D., & Cairney, J.
Grant: $56,139
Title: Dissemination of Results of Partnering for Change

June 2015 Research contribution Avon Maitland District School Board (Directed Funding)
With: Bennett, S. (PI), Gallagher, T., Somma, M., Shuttleworth, M., & Wlodarczyk, K.
Grant: $15,000
Title: The Avon Maitland District School Board Inclusion Coaching Project

April 2015 SSHRC Insight Grant
With: Specht, J. (PI), Alyward, L., Bennett, S., Gallagher, T., Maich, K., Loreman, T., Thomson, R., Penney, S., Flanagan, T., Hutchinson, N., Freeman, J., Nowocki, E., Calder Stegeman, K. & Aucoin, A.
Grant: $488,800
Title: The Development of Inclusive Practices for Beginning Teachers

March 2015 Ontario Ministry of Education
With: Missiuna (PI), C. Hecimovich (Principal Knowledge User), S. Bennett, W. Campbell, N. Pollock, C. Camden, R. Gaines, D. McCauley, J. Cairney.
Grant:$199,810
Title: Partnering for Change: An innovative service with relevance to the Special Needs Strategy

January 2015 Fonds de Recherche Société et Culture de Québec (FRQSC)
With: D. Anaby; Co-PI: C. Camden; Co-Invesitigators: S. Shaw, JC. Kalubi, C. Missiuna, W. Campbell, S. Bennett; Collaborators: M. Bonnard, C. Hui, G. Kelso, L. Bonneau & E. Lauzon.
Grant: $59,233
Title: Comment organiser les services pour mieux soutenir les élèves handicapés ou en difficulté d’adaptation ou d’appretissage (HDDA): Principes et stratégies efficaces

September 2014CIHR Operating Grant
With: Gibson, B. (PI), McLaren, C., Missiuna, C., Edwards, G., Chau, T. & Bennett, S.
Grant: $180 000
Title: Moving together: Choreographic mappings of children with diverse dis/abilities and their neurological responses to a dance-play event.

June 2014 Research contribution Avon Maitland District School Board
With: Bennett, S. (PI), Gallagher, T., Somma, M., Shuttleworth, M., & Wlodarczyk, K.
Grant: $10,000
Title: The Avon Maitland District School Board Inclusion Coaching Project

December 2012 Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
With: Missiuna, C. (PI), Pollock, N., Bennett, S., Camden, C., Campbell, W., McCauley, D., Gaines, R., Cairney, J.
Grant: $994,600
Title:Implementation and evaluation of Partnering for Change, an innovative model that will transform health service provision for school-aged children with developmental coordination disorder.

April 2012Western University Internal SSHRC
With: Jacqueline Specht (PI) (Western University)
Grant: $4,869
Title: Are New Teachers Ready for the Inclusive Classroom

February 2012 Ontario Association for Community Living (Directed Funding)
With: Bennett, S. (PI) Gallagher, T.
Grant: $12,000
Title: The Delivery of Education Services for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in the province of Ontario