Safe & Healthy Schools Coordinator at the Oregon Department of Education.
Michael is the data owner of the annual discipline incidents collection throughout the State of Oregon. His roles and responsibilities with the department further include providing consultation, guidance and assistance for bullying prevention, best practices for the use of physical restraint and seclusion, substance abuse prevention, and the promotion of positive school climates and healthy learning environments for all students. Michael also assists with the monitoring of special education compliance in the State of Oregon. He conducts research and analysis, and provides guidance regarding ‘disproportionality’ in reference to the use of exclusionary discipline (suspensions and expulsions) with students with special needs and with students from different races and ethnic backgrounds.
Michael has been with the Oregon Department of Education for one year at present. He currently holds licenses as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a licensed School Psychologist in Oregon, and as an Educational Administrator. He comes with twenty-four years’ experience in public education, including working as a School Psychologist and as a Special Education Coordinator for public school districts, including working in Oregon the past fourteen years.
· Bachelor of Science Degree: Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA; June 1980; Criminology.
· Master of Science: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; January, 1984; Counseling Psychology.
· Education Specialist Degree: Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ; June 1991; School Psychology.
· Initial Education Administrator Licensure Program: University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; June 2005; Educational Administration.