Assistant Professor, Special Education, Professional Education Programs

Education Building 204
518-244-3132
mcleot@sage.edu

Education

Ph.D., Teaching and Learning-Special Education, University of Miami

M.S., Curriculum and Instruction K-8. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

B.S., Sociology/Criminal Justice.  University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

DipEd., Elementary Education and Biology. Bethlehem Moravian Teachers College, Jamaica.

Professional Development

Qualitative research methods/techniques

Community based Participatory Research

Action Research: Grounded Theory and 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.

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 ServiceProviders 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 AttendingPredominantly 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 ourNation’s Schools. Panel Presentation at the Wisconsin Council for Children with Behavior Disorders Annual meeting, Madison, WI.

Grants and Awards

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.