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Elizabeth Kozleski

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Elizabeth Bailey Kozleski

Professor (Research)

Assistant: Julie La Gloria

Office: CERAS 417


I engage in systems change and research on equity and justice issues in inclusive education in schools, school systems as well as state and national education organizations and agencies. My research interests include the analysis of systems change in education, how teachers learn in practice in complex, diverse school settings, including how educational practices improve student learning. Awards include the 2023 Luminary Award from the Division of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Children, Council of Exceptional Children; the 2018 Budig Award for Teaching Excellence in Special Education at the University of Kansas; the 2017 Boeing-Allan Visiting Endowed Chair at Seattle University; the University of Kansas 2016 Woman of Distinction award; the 2013 Scholar of the Century award from the University of Northern Colorado; the 2011 TED-Merrill award for leadership in special education teacher education in 2011; and the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive International Research. I co-lead the World Education Research Association International Research Network on Student Voice for Promoting Equity and Inclusion in Schools along with Professor Kyriaki Messiou of the University of South Hampton, UK.

A number of my articles focus on the design and development of teacher education programs that involve extensive clinical practice in general education settings. I have led the development of such programs in three universities, and continue to do research and development work in teacher education. I have also offered technical assistance as well as conducted research on the impact of technical assistance on individuals, as well as local, state, and national systems in the U.S. and abroad.

I have received funding for more than $35 million in federal, state, and local grants. I serve on the Board of Editors for the book series Inclusive Education and Partnerships, an international book series produced by Deep University. Recent books include Ability, Equity, and Culture (with co-author Kathleen King Thorius) published by Teachers College Press in ‘14 and Equity on Five Continents (with Alfredo Artiles and Federico Waitoller) published in ‘11 by Harvard Education Press.

Other Titles

Professor (Research), Graduate School of Education
Member, Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Program Affiliations

Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Equity in Education | Leadership and Organization | Race and Ethnicity | School Reform | Special Education | Teachers and Teaching

See a full list of GSE Faculty research interests >

Recent Publications

Kozleski, E. B. B., Proffitt, W. A. A., & Stepaniuk, I. (2023). Disability Policy in the Context of Intersectionality, Contemporary Oppressions, and Injustices: Toward a Just Future. JOURNAL OF DISABILITY POLICY STUDIES, 34(3), 211–223.

Handy, T., & Kozleski, E. B. (2021). Examining youth agency in post-conflict, Sri-Lankan school settings. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF QUALITATIVE STUDIES IN EDUCATION.

Kozleski, E. B., Stepaniuk, I., & Proffitt, W. (2020). Leading through a critical lens: The application of DisCrit in framing, implementing and improving equity driven, educational systems for all students. JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION.

Elizabeth Kozleski in the News & Media

Professor Elizabeth Kozleski discusses equity in special education and the need to reauthorize the Individuals with Disabilities Act, which was last updated in 2004.
November 20, 2020
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