Assistant Professor of Special Education
Graduate Program Coordinator for Special Education programs
Office Location: Rounds Hall, 124E
Phone: (603) 535-2993
About Beth Fornauf
Dr. Fornauf’s teaching and research are focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Disability Studies, and inclusive education. Prior to coming to Plymouth State, she worked for a rural teacher residency program focused on recruiting and preparing teachers for rural New Hampshire schools. She has also worked as a project manager for the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), supporting a UDL professional learning network for New Hampshire educators.
Degrees and Education
PhD in Education, Curriculum & Instruction, University of New Hampshire
M Ed, Elementary Education, University of New Hampshire
BA, English, Villanova University
Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory (DisCrit) in teacher education
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and inclusive education
Asset-based/equity-oriented approaches to curriculum in teacher education
Fornauf, B., Higginbotham, T. Mascio, B., McCurdy, K., & Reagan, E.M. (2020). Analyzing Barriers, Innovating Pedagogy: Applying Universal Design for Learning in a Teacher Residency. The Teacher Educator.
Erickson, J.D., Ward, A., Chase, J., & Fornauf, B. (forthcoming) 5 Principles to Nurture Motivation within Early Reading Interventions. The Reading Teacher.
Fornauf, B. & Erickson, J.D. (2020). Toward an Inclusive Pedagogy Through Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.
Graham, S., Evans, C., Fornauf, B. & Erickson, J. D. (2019). Methodological challenges in estimating effects of educational interventions for students with disabilities. Teachers College Record.
Reagan, E.M., Hambacher, E., Schram, T., Higginbotham, T., McCurdy, K., Lord, D., & Fornauf, B. (2019). Place Matters: Review of the literature on rural teacher education. Teaching and Teacher Education.
Erickson, J. D. & Fornauf, B. (2017). Supporting primary students’ reading motivation over the summer: An investigation of teachers’ instructional literacy practices and perceptions in a thematic camp setting. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.
Associations, Boards, and Committees
American Educational Research Association
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE)
New England Educational Research Organization
SE 6040 Curriculum Design in Special Education
SE 5400 Special Education Interventions and Strategies (Graduate)
SE 5765 Working with Families and Children: Legal and Ethical Issues
SE 5960/5961 Special Education Teaching Internship
RL 3070: Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary Classroom