To be honest, this is a long overdue episode of Anchored in Education. Inclusion is something that is extremely important to me. My start in education came as a 1:1 special education aide which also included working three summers at a summer Autism camp. As a principal, I transitioned an entire pre-k program in a full inclusion model. Not only did the transition happen, it was a successful one as evidenced by a state monitoring visit in which our program received it’s highest marks.
But must of the success of that inclusion transformation can be credited to Dr. Erin Barton. I attended one of Erin’s workshops on inclusion prior to transitioning our program. I also stayed in touch with her, getting advice along the way. She nows joins us on the podcast to talk about the importance of inclusion and how to do it the correct way.
Erin E. Barton, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education
at Vanderbilt University. She is a former special education teacher and currently teaches
graduate-level courses on evidence-based assessment and intervention practices for young
children with disabilities and single case research design. She is a Board Certified Behavior
Analyst and directs research projects related to evidence-based practices for young children,
policies and practices that support high quality inclusion, and effective professional development
systems. Dr. Barton is an active scholar with over 100 publications in major journals, multiple
chapters, and several textbooks related to evidence-based practices. Dr. Barton serves on several
editorial boards and is the Editor-in-Chief of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and
an Associate Editors for the Journal of Early Intervention and Remedial and Special Education.
She has received many honors and most recently was honored as a Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow
at Vanderbilt University. She also was honored with the 2019 Merle B. Karnes Award for
Service to the Division for Early Childhood and the 2017 Distinguished Early Career Research
Award from the Division for Research of the Council for Exceptional Children.