Tracy McLeod, Ph.D.

Department:  Professional Education Programs
Rank:
Assistant Professor
Program:
Special Education

Contact Info:

Email: mcleot@sage.edu
Phone:
518.244.3132
Office:
Education 204

Degree Information:

  • Ph.D., Teaching and Learning-Special Education, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
  • M.S., Curriculum and Instruction K-8. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Whitewater, WI.
  • B.S., Sociology/Criminal Justice.  University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. Whitewater, WI.
  • DipEd., Elementary Education and Biology. Bethlehem Moravian Teachers College. Jamaica.

Professional Development:

Qualitative research methods/techniques

  • Community based Participatory Research
  • Action Research
    - Grounded Theory
    - Content Analysis

Courses Taught:

  • EDU 507  Responsive Classrooms
  • EDU 594  Teacher-Researcher Portfolio
  • SED 531  High/Low Incidence Disabilities
  • SED 532  Severe and Multiple Disabilities
  • SED 554  Diagnosis and Assessment
  • SED 555  Inclusive Behavior Approaches
  • SED  670/671 Student Teaching
  • SED 595  Student Teaching in Special Education

Research:

  • Professionals, Family, and Community Collaboration
  • Diversity and Equity in public schools
  • Culturally responsive classrooms

Personal: 

Enjoys spending time with family and friends; cooking; decorating; traveling; and going to sporting events.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS 

Publications:

  • McLeod, T.A. (2015) Stolen!: A community’s identity, (November 2015). The Jamaica Observer. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/STOLEN---A-community-s-identity
  • McLeod, T. A. (2012). First-generation English-speaking West Indian families: Understanding of disability and special education. Multiple Voices for Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, 13(1), 1-16.

Presentations:

  • McLeod, T.A. (July, 2015). Keynote speaker, “Empowered with skills: Stepping out to be counted” Balaclava High School, Jamaica 
  • McLeod, T.A. & Cox, N (2015, May). Documenting Local Educators’ Perspectives on the Process of Collaboration. The Sage Graduate School Symposium. Troy, NY. (Poster)
  • McLeod, T.A & French, K. (2015, April). Utilizing an Action Research Approach to Explore and Implement Behavior Management in Inclusive Classrooms. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. (Paper)
  • McLeod, T.A. (2015, April). Immigrant Caregivers: Experiences and Interactions with Service Providers and the Special Education System. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA. (Paper)
  • McLeod, T.A. (2014, October). Forging Ahead: A Professional Partnership between The Sage Colleges and Questar III BOCES. New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE) and New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE) Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. (Roundtable)
  • McLeod, T.A., & Powell-Lambright, T. (2014, October). Responsive Classrooms: Valuing all Learners. New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE) and New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE) Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. (Panel)
  • McLeod, T.A. (2014, March). Transplanting US constructs of Disability and Special Education with Culturally Diverse Families of children with Disabilities. American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ. (Paper)
  • McLeod, T.A. (2013, October). The Impact of Special Education Law on CLD Families. New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE) and New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE) Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY. (Roundtable)
  • McLeod, T.A. (2013, April). Exploring the Role of Culturally-Based Concepts of Disability and Special Education. Panel Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
  • McLeod, T.A. (2012, April). First-generation English-speaking West Indian families: Understanding the concepts of disability and special education. Poster presentation at the 95th Annual Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Denver, Co. 
  • McLeod, T.A., Malhotra, K., Puccinelli, M., Gutman, L., Kesten, S., Zwerling, H., & Aldarondo, E. (2012, August). Invited Lecture: Understanding Fathers’ Involvement in Children’s Lives.  American Psychological Association (APA) Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Avalos, M., Zisselsberger, M., Bengochea, A., Doorn, K., Iuhasz, N., McLeod, T.A., Pontier, R., Puccinelli, M., Sembiante, S., & Thorrington, V. (April, 2012). Operationalizing a Linguistic Framework for Math Texts to Inform and Improve Instruction for English Learners. Panel Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • McLeod, T.A.  (2011, April). Engaging African Identity: Exploring the Personal Narratives of a Graduate student Attending Predominantly White Institutions. Round Table Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • McLeod, T.A. (2011, April). Exploring how my African Identity was shaped by Attending Predominantly White Institutions. Poster Presentation at the Research and Creative Forum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL.
  • Cavendish, W., McLeod, T.A., Espinosa, A., Mahotiere, M., & Menda-Marshall, A. (2010, October). Response to Intervention: Challenges and Successes in Large Scale Implementation Process. Panel Presentation at the Great City Schools Conference, Tampa FL.
  • McLeod, T.A. (2010, October). The Challenges of Involving Immigrant Parents of Students with Disabilities in the Educational Process. Panel Presentation at the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • McLeod, T.A., & Ward, S. (2008, May). Is there room for Critical Race Theory (CRT) in Special Education? Round Table Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Manhattan, NY.
  • McLeod, T.A. (2008, October). Addressing Challenging Behaviors in a Cultural Context in our Nation’s Schools. Panel Presentation at the Wisconsin Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Annual meeting, Madison, WI.

Grants and Awards:

Internal Proposals (Funded)

  • McLeod, T.A., (2014). The Sage Colleges Schacht Faculty Research Grant $5,000. Small scale study to explore educators’ perspectives on models of collaboration in light of standard-based curriculum and stronger accountability.