SUZANNE THOUVENELLE, Ed.D.
1983 - Present
Director of Training and Development, MOBIUS Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia
As Director of Training and Development and co-founder of MOBIUS Corporation, Dr. Thouvenelle has a variety of research, development, management, financial and administrative responsibilities. Since the inception of MOBIUS Corporation in 1983, she has directed a number of educational research projects. Additionally, she has worked directly with major business partners including Childcraft Education Corporation and the IBM Corporation in efforts to integrate computer technology in the field of early childhood education. Specifically, she has consulted with IBM on software development and marketing projects focused on using classroom computers with special needs learners in the schools.
Research and Analytic Methods
• For the City of Rockville, Dr. Thouvenelle managed the survey of "Citizen Satisfaction with City Services". She was responsible for formative field testing of the survey questionnaire, development of the interviewers' manual, selection of staff, data collection, and report writing.
• Project Director for a national Follow-Up Study of Mainstreaming Handicapped Children in Head Start. This 18-month study identified the current placement of handicapped children who were served in Head Start or other preschool programs during the 1977-78 program year. The project included a historical analysis of the past six years' school experiences as reflected in the cumulative file of the student. Interviews with the students's parent, current teacher and principal were conducted in the Spring of 1984.
1976 - 1983
Senior Research Scientist, Applied Management Sciences, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland
As a Senior Research Scientist with Applied Management Sciences, Inc., directed and managed a variety of research, evaluation, training and curriculum validation projects for a number of Federal agencies and private organization. Specific projects and responsibilities include the following:
• Managed an 18-month national "Study of Children with Speech Impairments in Head Start." This research employed Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) as the primary data collection methodology and data analysis using the North Star microcomputer.
• Designed study instrumentation, data collection methodology, interviewer training for a three-year national survey of procedures used by local school districts to identity and assess handicapped children. The survey required extensive field data collection and management of a logistically complex set of tasks within a compress time schedule.
• Managed a case study of 15 local education agencies involved in implementation of the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) provision P.L. 94-142. This 18-month research required the development and validation of an observation system used to record group decision-making relative to placing individual students. It also incorporated a legal analysis of current hearings and court cases related to LRE placement of students.
• Managed a three-year curriculum validation effort for the Hospital for Sick Children which required a time series design and the selection and adaptation of individualized assessment instruments for young children.
• Managed the training and data collection component for a two-year national evaluation of mainstreaming handicapped children into Project Head Start. This research employed a quasi-experimental design in which over 500 child-specific data elements were collected on each of 900 children stamped.
1970 - 1976Previous Experience
• As a consultant to XEROX Corporation, designed, developed, and implemented a field tracking system to identify variables (including demographic) that could be relevant to training Associate Sales Representatives; established a framework and procedures for longitudinal field tracking studies; designed a database management system for Sales Evaluation; and developed a system for Quarterly Report for several sales and technical training schools.
• As a Research Associate with Nero and Associates, designed a model for pupil planning which met criteria stipulated in P.L. 94-142; tested and validated forms and instructional materials for use by teachers and principals at the local education agency level.
• As an Associate with Educational Projects, Inc., provided technical assistance and training to 18 specially funded grantees; deployed personnel and material resources to meet individually assessed needs of grantees; evaluated performance of contractors; developed strategies and materials for training regional level Federal personnel.
• As a Program Evaluator for The George Washington University, designed, developed, and implemented process and product evaluation of the Special Education/Early Childhood Master's Program; selected, administered, and scored criterion-referenced and standardized assessments of students; analyzed screening and interview data; and initiated the development of a model for "product" evaluation of graduates of the Master's program>
• As a teacher with Arlington County Public Schools, taught elementary level students; designed and developed a curriculum with minimal objectives for Reading; chaired school-based committees involved in accreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Universities.
Faculty Associate, School of Continuing Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (1998).
Visiting Professorial Lecturer in Special Education, The George Washington University, Washington, DC (1976 to 1978).
Faculty Associate, Wheelock College, Boston, MA (1993 to 1994).
Thouvenelle, S. "Technology Can Support All Learners" (1998) IBM Corporation Web Page, Early Childhood Education Forum, Guest Author.
Thouvenelle, S., Borunda, M. and McDowell, C. (1994). Replicating Inequities: Are we doing it again? Chapter in Young Children in a Technological Age. June L. Wright and Daniel D. Shade (Eds.). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Thouvenelle, S. (1994). Do computers belong in early childhood? Early Childhood Today, 8 (5) 48-49.
Ainsa, P.A., Murphy, D., Thouvenelle, S. and Wright, J.L. (1994). Family Choice at Home and School. Chapter in Young Children in a Technological Age. June L. Wright and Daniel D. Shade (Eds.). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Deloria, D.J. and Thouvenelle, S. (1992). Head Start Children: A national demographic, health and developmental profile (1976-1988). Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Washington, D.C.
Wright, J.L. and Thouvenelle, S. (1992). A developmental approach to teacher training. Education and Computing 7(1) Special Issue: The Teacher and Computing. North Holland, Elsevier Press.
Wright, J.L. and Thouvenelle, S. (1990). Computer Learning Center: Curriculum Guide for Teachers of Young Children. Alexandria, VA: MOBIUS Corporation.
Wright, J.L., Rader, J.R., and Thouvenelle, S. (1990). Computer Learning Center: Guide to Equipment and Program. Alexandria, VA: MOBIUS Corporation.
Tsantis, L.A., Wright, J.L., and Thouvenelle, S. (1989). Computers and preschoolers: The Head Start/IBM partnership. Children Today, 18 (1) 21-23.
Wright, J.L., Shade, D.D., Thouvenelle, S., and Davidson, Jane I. (1989). New directions in software development for young children. Journal of Computing in Childhood Education, 1 (1) 45-57.
Thouvenelle, S., Deloria, D., and Blaschke, C., An Investigation of the Dispersion Among West Virginia County School Districts in the Percentage of Exceptional Children Receiving a Free Appropriate Public Education. Final report presented to the West Virginia State Board of Education, 1984.
A Study of Speech Impaired Children in Head Start, under contract to the Department of Health and Human Services, Contract No. 105-81-C-016, October 1983.
Training of Local Educators in the Assessment and Education of Handicapped Students, under contract to Special Education Programs, Department of Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Status of Parent Participation with Respect to Identifying, Assessing, and Serving Handicapped Students, under contract to Special Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Systems Capacity: The Capability of Local Organizations to Serve Children in Need, under contract to Special Education Programs, Department of Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Children Who Are Not Served, under contract to Special Education Programs, Department of Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Instrumentation: A Description of Assessment Techniques Used to Identify and Serve Handicapped Students, under contract to Special Education Programs, Department of Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Non-Discriminatory Assessment: A Description of Practices Used to Identify, Classify and Serve Minority Students, under contract to Special Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Ethnic Characteristics of Students Who Are Identified, Assessed, and Served, under contract to Special Education Programs, Department of Education, Contract No. 300-79-0669, September 1982.
Study for Determining the Least Restrictive Environment Placement (LRE) of Handicapped Children: Final Activity 2 Report on Local Education Agency Policies and Procedures under contract to the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, DHEW/OE, No. 300-78-0427.
Study for Determining the Least Restrictive Environment Placement (LRE) of Handicapped Children: Final Activity 4 Report on Exemplary Practices for Placement Determination under contract to the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, DHEW/OE, No. 300-78-0427.
Footsteps, A Teachers Manual Part I. (Contributing Author). Baltimore: University Park Press 1979.
Footsteps; The Handicapped Child - A Child First. (Contributing Author). Baltimore: University Park Press, 1979.
Program Effort to Ensure Post-Enrollment Service Continuity for Handicapped Children Project Head Start. Report for the Administration for Children, Youth, and Families Contract HEW 105-76-1113, 1978.
Product Evaluation of The George Washington University Special Education/Early Childhood Program. Doctoral Dissertation, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., September 1975.
Minimal Objectives for Reading Education (MORE), Arlington County Public Schools, 1974.
Thouvenelle, S. "Workshop: Using Technology to Support the National Council of Teachers Mathematics Standards" in Helsinki Finland, Guest Presenter (March 1997).
Thouvenelle, S. and C. Bewick, "Integrating Technology into the Early Childhood Learning Environment" at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference Annual Conference in Washington, DC, November 1995.
Thouvenelle, S. and C. Bewick, "Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century" at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Conference Annual Conference in Annaheim, California, November 13--16, 1993.
Thouvenelle, S. and S. Dunn, "Selection of Software to Meet the Multicultural Needs of Head Start" accepted for presentation at the Eighteenth Annual National Head Start Association Training Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia, April 24-27, 1991.
Thouvenelle, S. "The Computer Learning Center and How It Fits Into the Early Childhood Curriculum" at the Region VI Head Start Administrators' Conference in Dallas, Texas, January 16, 1991.
Thouvenelle, S. "Computers in the Classroom" at the Eighth Annual ADAPT Training Conference in Mesa, Arizona, January 10, 1991.
Thouvenelle, S. "Findings from the Study of Computers in Head Start Classrooms" at the Region V Head Start Conference in Chicago, Illinois, December 15, 1990.
Thouvenelle, S. and J.R. Rader, "The Classroom Computer as a Catalyst for Family Literacy" at the Seventh Annual Head Start Parent Training Conference in Washington, D.C., November 29-30, 1990.
Thouvenelle, S. and J.L. Wright, "Training in the Use of an Innovation: Using a Microcomputer" at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children in Washington, D.C., November 17, 1990.
"Review of Federal Initiatives Related to Erroneous Classification of Handicapped Students," Symposium Presentation at the National Conference of the American Educational Research Association; Los Angeles, California; April 1981.
"Review of Research Design and Methodology for a National Survey of Assessment Procedures Used to Identify Handicapped Children." Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, 88th Annual Convention; Montreal, Canada; September 1980.
"Placement Procedures for Determining the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Placement for Handicapped Children." Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Educational Research Association; Boston, Massachusetts; April 1980.
"Development Assessment of the Profoundly Handicapped." Workshop Presentation; South Carolina State Department of Education Conference for School Psychologists and Educational Diagnosticians; Columbia, South Carolina; November 1979.
"Evaluation of the Process of Mainstreaming Handicapped Children into Project Head Start-Results of a Two-Year Study." Workshop Presentation; International Convention of the Council of Exceptional Children; Dallas, Texas; April 1979.
"Overview of Screening, Professional Diagnosis, and Prescriptive Programming for Head Start Grantees" Workshop Presentation; Indiana State Head Start Conference; Mohican State Park; June 1976.
"National, Federal, State, and Local Resources Available to Handicapped Children and the Personnel Serving Them in Head Start" Workshop Presentation; Indiana State Head Start Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana; April 1976; Ohio State Head Start Conference; Mohican State Park; June 1976.
"Is the University Meeting the Needs of the Educational System?" Workshop Presentation; International Convention of the Council of Exceptional Children; Chicago, Illinois, April 1976.
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