M.Ed., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Educating for Diversity, 2005,
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, Studio Art, 1999
Dr. Tara Mason is an Assistant Professor of Inclusive Education with 20 years of special education and assistive technology teaching experience. She teaches and advises students in the special education licensure program here at Western Colorado University. Dr. Mason’s special education public school background encompasses self-contained and resource classrooms across K-12 special education, especially working with students with Visual Impairments (TVI). Her research focuses on learning, accessibility, and student empowerment; technology and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); trauma-informed teaching practices; and equitable assessment practices used to diagnose student learning needs from a neuroplasticity, strength-model framework. Dr. Mason believes we need to celebrate student strengths, identities and cultural backgrounds. One way we can achieve this is by having tough conversations with teacher candidates about diversity and inequity in our schools, thereby empowering future educators to be student advocates and teacher leaders in their buildings.