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James Bickford, Ed.D.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

James O. Bickford

Portland State University

Portland Oregon

July 2008

 

Education

 

Ed.D.              1994               Educational Leadership:  Portland State University

M.S.                1975               Special Education:  Florida State University

B.A                  1972               History:  University of Maine

 

Employment

 

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Portland State University.  2001 - present

Coordinator, Licensure Program: Visually Impaired Learners. 

Project Director:  Teachers for children with Visual Impairments in Under Served Areas (OSEP).

Project Director:  Project BRAILLE - USA (OSEP)

Principle Investigator:  Technology for Early Childhood - Braille Literacy.  Research to Practice (OSEP)

Manager:  Grace Hobbs Endowment, Portland State University Foundation

Director, Educational Programs

Washington State School for the Blind.  1990- 2001

 

Assistant Professor, (fixed term) Licensure Program Visually Impaired Learner

Portland State University.  1987 - 1990

Principal

Arizona School for the Blind, 1977-1987

Teacher

Arizona School for the Blind, 1976-1977

Teacher

Alabama School for the Blind, 1975-1976

Deaf-Blind Interpreter

Florida Services for the Blind, 1974-1975

Teacher

Oak Hill School, 1973-1974

Dissertation

 

An investigation of the prevalence of severe visual impairment among handicapped children: implications for educators. 1994.

Advisor:  Dr. Joel Arick

 

Refereed Publications

 

Bickford, J.O. (2006).  Assessing attainment of competency and program characteristics of a distance preparation program for teacher of students with visual impairments:  One university's experience.  RE:View, 38(3), 99-113.

 

Bickford, J.O. (2006).  Preferencia de las personas con ceguera o deficiencia visual por el uso del lenguaje que entepone la palabra persona.  Entre dos Mundos, 30, 51-58. (translation and reprint)

 

Bickford, J. O. (2004).  Preferences of individuals with vision impairments for use of person-first language. RE:view, 36(3), 120-126

 

Non Refereed Publications

 

Bickford, J.O. (2006).  Discovering the Joys of Reading: Family Partnerships that Matter.  United States Department of Education State Improvement Grant:  Author.  (Invited monograph)

 

Bickford, J. O. (2001). Cultivate new teachers for children who are blind or visually impaired. Counterpoint. NASDE, Fall, 2001

 

Bickford, J. O. (1998).  The Inclusionary Express. Future Reflections. 17(4), 41-47

 

Bickford, J. O. (1996)   Braille Literary Usage Examination. State of Washington.

 

Bickford, J. O. & Maron, S. (1988).  Breaking the traditional model:  A preservice program to serve visually handicapped learners in rural Oregon and Washington. Proceedings: American Council of Rural Special Education.

            Proceedings: American Council of Rural Special Education.

 

Presentations at Professional Meetings

(* peer reviewed)

 

2008*              Project BRAILLE- Hawai'i:  Promising Practices in Distance Education to Prepare Teachers of Children with Visual Impairments and Blindness.  Pacific Rim Conference on Special Education, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

2007*              "Preparing Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments via Web Based Instruction:  Competency Attainment and Program Characteristics."  Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

2006               The Case of the Missing Children with Visual Impairments:  Uncounted and Miscounted.  Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Board meeting and Training.  Princeton, New Jersey.

 

2006               "Effective Teacher Recruitment in States without Teacher Preparation Programs:  DON'T ADVERTISE! "  Low Incidence Disabilities Workshop, Idaho Department of Education, Boise, Idaho.

 

2006*              "Responding to the Critical Shortage of Teachers for Children with                               Blindness and Visual Impairments:  Using the Internet to Prepare                           New Teachers with Specialized Competencies "  Pacific Rim                                  Conference on Disabilities.   Honolulu, Hawaii

 

2005*              "Competency Attainment of Teachers of Children with Visual Impairments by Completion of a Teacher Preparation Program via Distance Learning"  Vision 2005, International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation, London, U.K.

 

2004*              "Mentor Teacher Perceptions of Skill Mastery by TVI Students Completing a Distance Learning Program"  AER 2004 Biennial International Conference, Orlando, Florida.

 

2004*              "Teachers for Children with Visual Impairments in Under Served Areas - A Distance Learning Program.  Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, New Orlean, Louisiana.

 

2003*              "Teaching Braille Literacy via Distance Learning" International Literacy Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

2001               "'It's the process.  Staying out of harms way in IDEA", State Department of Education, Salem, Oregon

 

2001               "Distance Learning and Teacher Licensure.  Making it all work.", Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, AERBVI, Boise, Idaho.

 

1998*              "The Residential School and Braille Literacy"  National Federation of the Blind, Annual Convention, Dallas Texas.

 

1996*              "But we've never done it that way before", International AER Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

 

1995               "The Inclusionary Express, Watch Out!",  Keynote Speech, Northwest Regional Conference for Sensory Impaired Preschool Children,  Seattle, Washington.

 

 

1993*              "New Directions and Roles for Schools for the Blind" I.D.E.A. Conference, Spokane, Washington. 

 

1992               "Assessment of Visual Impaired Students:  The Informal Observation"  Washington State Vision Conference, Tacoma, Washington.

 

1990*              "Implications for Teachers of the Visually Impaired in Rural Areas."  CEC International Conference, Toronto. 

 

1990*              "The Portland Project:  A Response to the Crisis in Recruitment and Retention."  AERBVI International Conference, Washington, D.C.

 

1988*              "Breaking the Traditional Model:  A Preservice Program for Rural Visually Impaired Learners in Oregon and Washington",  ACRES National Convention, Monterey, California.

 

1988*              "Appropriate services for the visually impaired child in rural and isolated areas".  Washington State Council for Exceptional Children.  Seattle, Washington.

 

1985*              "Outreach services for the visually impaired in rural states",  Southwest Regional Conference, AERBVI. San Diego, California.

 

1979               "What is an appropriate education for a visually impaired child?",  Arizona Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children.  Flagstaff, Arizona.

 

1979               "Concept development in normal and visually impaired infants and preschool children",  Arizona Early Childhood Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

 

Honors, Grants and Fellowships

 

Office of Special Education Program (OSEP)  (2007-2011) $800,000.

Project BRAILLE-USA: Braille, Reading, Assessment, Independent living, Low vision, Learning media, and Educational services for children and youth in Under Served Areas

 

Office of Special Education Programs, Research into Practice  (2007-2009) $400,000.  Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities TECHNOLOGY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD -  BRAILLE LITERACY (TEC-BL). 

 

Office of Special Education Programs, Research into Practice  (2005) Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Children with Disabilities TECHNOLOGY FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAILLE LITERACY (TEC-BL).  Recommended for funding; Unfunded

Oregon Textbook and Materials Center/ American Printing House for the Blind (2003)  $15,000 (value) permanent equipment loan program

 

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center (2002-2003) $1000 for curricular support.

 

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)  (2002-2008) $1.5 million.  Teacher preparation for low incidence disabilities.  Teachers for children with Visual Impairments in Under Served Areas. [TVIs-USA]

 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001-2002) $1000.  Innovation in Early Intervention for Visually Impaired Learners

Distinguished Educator of the Blind, National Federation of the Blind, 1998

Outstanding Achievement, Pacific Northwest AERBVI, 2001

 

Outstanding Achievement, AERBVI, 1998

 

Other Achievements

 

Collaborative agreement with the University of Hawaii at Manoa to provide coursework for Hawaiian students preparing to become teachers of children with blindness and visual impairments. (2007)

 

Developed collaborative agreement with Idaho Department of Education to prepare teachers of children with blindness and visual impairments for the state of Idaho.  $100,000 of IDE funding.  (2006)

 

Other Research

 

The Oregon State School for the Blind:  A case study in ideology, politics and fiscal management.  Unpublished paper, 1990.

 

The relationship of student success variables and self esteem in disabled community college students.  Unpublished paper, 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

Teaching, Mentoring and Curricular Achievements

 

Courses Taught/ Workload

 

Summer 2008

            SPED 545     Orientation and Mobility  [8 students]

            SPED 546     Braille  [7 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

            Principle Investigator  Technology for Early Childhood - Braille Literacy

 

Spring 2008

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [5 students]

            Cohort Leader Release

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

            Master's Project Advisor   [1 students]

 

Winter 2008

            SPED 542     Assessment of the Visually Impaired Learner  [23 students]      

            SPED 576     Visually Impaired Learner with Additional Disabilities [23 students]

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

            Project Director  TVIs-USA

            Principle Investigator  Technology for Early Childhood - Braille Literacy

 

Fall 2007

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [2 students]

            SPED 519     Principles of Special Education  [20 students]

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

            Project Director  TVIs-USA

            Principle Investigator  Technology for Early Childhood - Braille Literacy

 

Summer 2007

            SPED 545     Orientation and Mobility/ Daily Living Skills  [24 students]

            SPED 546     Braille I [22 students]

            SPED 505     R&C:  Abacus [2 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

 

Spring 2007

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [5 students]

            Cohort Leader Release

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

            Master's Project Advisor   [6 students]

 

Winter 2007

            SPED 542     Assessment of the Visually Impaired Learner  [12 students]

            SPED 575     Braille III/ Technology  [14 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Project Director  Project BRAILLE

            Master's Project Advisor  [6 students]

 

Fall 2006

            SPED 509 I   Supervised Teaching Experience [8 students]

            SPED 509 II   Supervised Teaching Experience [4 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Junior Faculty Release

 

Summer 2006

            SPED 519     Principles of Special Education [38 students]

            SPED 545     Orientation and Mobility [12 students]

            SPED 546     Braille  [13 students]

            SPED 525     Student Teaching [1 student]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

 

Spring 2006

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [4 students]

            SPED 507     Seminar  [9 students]

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [1 student]

            Master's Project Advisor [2 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Cohort Leader Release

 

Winter 2006

            SPED 542     Assessment of the Visually Impaired Learner [11 students]

            SPED 575     Braille III / Technology  [6 students]

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [1 student]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Master's Project Advisor [2 students]

 

Fall 2005

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [2 students]

            SPED 509  I  Supervised Teaching Experience [4 students]

            SPED 509 II   Supervised Teaching Experience [2 students]

            SPED 507     Seminar [2 students]

            Master's Project Advisor

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Junior Faculty Release

 

 

Summer 2005

            SPED 545     Orientation and Mobility  [8 students]

            SPED 546     Braille I  [8 students]

            SPED 519     Principles of Special Education  [23 students]

            Master's Project Advisor [4 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

 

Spring 2005

            SPED 525     Student Teaching [5 students]

            SPED 507     Seminar  [9 students]

            Junior Faculty Release

            Project Director TVI-USA

            Master's Project Advisor  [4 students]

 

Winter 2005

            SPED 575     Braille Technology  [5 students]

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [2 students]

            SPED 505     R&C:  Issues in Special Education [1 student]

            Cohort Leader Release

            Project Director TVI-USA

            Master's Project Advisor  [2 students]

 

Fall 2004

            SPED 507     Student Teaching Seminar [2 students]

SPED 509 I   Supervised Teaching Experience [5 students]

SPED 509 II   Supervised Teaching Experience [2 students]

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [2students]

SPED 576     VIL with Additional Disabilities [7 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Master's Project Advisor [2 students]

Summer 2004

            SPED 519     Principles of Special Education [25 students]

            SPED 546     Braille  [8 students]

            SPED 591     Issues in Special Education [16 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Master's Project Advisor [2 students]

 

Spring 2004

            SPED 507     Student Teaching Seminar [11 students]

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [2 students]

            SPED 525     Student Teaching [6 students]

            SPED 575     Braille Technology  [13 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Master's Project Advisor [2 students]

            Master's Project Advisor [1 student]

            Junior Faculty Release

Winter 2004

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [6 students]

            Cohort Leader Release

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Master's Project Advisor  [1 student]

 

Fall 2003

            SPED 507     Student Teaching Seminar [1 student]

SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [6 students]

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [1 student]

            SPED 541     Implication of Vision Problems [14 students]

SPED 576     VIL with Additional Disabilities [13 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

 

Summer 2003

            SPED 505     R & C: Braille Music [1 student] 

SPED 545     Orientation & Mobility [17 students]

SPED 546     Braille  [17 students]

Project Director TVIs-USA

 

Spring 2003

            SPED 525     Student Teaching  [5 students]

            SPED 507     Seminar  [11 students]

            SPED 591     Issues in Special Education [ 31 students]

            SPED 810     Coordinator, 2-day conference:   Cortical Vision Impiarments

            Junior Faculty Release

            Project Director TVI-USA

            Master's Project Advisor  [4 students]

 

Winter 2003

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience  [5 students]

            SPED 542     Assessment of the Visually Impaired  [12 students]

            Project Director TVIs-USA

            Cohort Leader Release

            Master's Project Advisor [4 students]

 

Fall 2002

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience [5 students]

SPED 541     Implication of Vision Problems [10 students]

SPED 546     Braille [10 students]

Project Director TVIs-USA

Master's Project Advisor [4 students]

 

Summer 2002

            SPED 519 -1 Principles of Special Education  [36 students]

            SPED 519-2  Principles of Special Education  [15 students]

            SPED 545     Orientation and Mobility [11 students]

            SPED 591     Issues in Special Education [25 students]

 

Spring 2002

            SPED 507     Student Teaching Seminar [4 students]

SPED 525     Student Teaching [4 students]

SPED 591     Issues in Special Education [21 students]

SPED 810     Coordinator: 2 day Regional Vision Conference

Cohort Leader Release

Master's Project Advisor [4 students]

 

Winter 2002

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience

SPED 542     Assessment of the Visually Impaired 

            SPED 547     Advanced Braille

            Master's Project Advisor [4 students]

 

Fall 2001

            SPED 509     Supervised Teaching Experience  [5 students]

            SPED 541     Implications of Vision Problems in Children [4 students]

SPED 546     Braille I  [5 students]

 

Summer 2001

            SPED 519-1  Principles of Special Education  [15 students]

            SPED 519-2  Principles of Special Education  [25 students]

SPED 540     Education of the Visually Impaired Learner [4 students]

            SPED 545     Orientation and Mobility  [4 students]

 

Spring 2001  

            SPED 519     Principles of Special Education [22 students]

SPED 525     Student Teaching [6 students]

SPED 591     Issues in Special Education  [15 students]

SPED 507     Student Teaching Seminar  [3 students]

Cohort Leader Release

 

New courses written and approved

WebCt  workshop:  "Discrimination and The Oregon Educator"

            SPED 543     Reading and Literacy k-12 for Visually Impaired Learners

            SPED 576     Visually Impaired Learners with Additional Disabilities

            SPED 593     Foundations of Orientation and Mobility I

            SPED 594     Foundations of Orientation and Mobility II

            SPED 595     Orientation and Mobility Instructional Techniques I

            SPED 596     Orientation and Mobility Instructional Techniques II

            SPED 597     Orientation and Mobility Instructional Strategies

 

 

Experimental course written

SPED 510     Family Centered Practices in EI: Visually Impaired Learners

 

Guest Lectures

            SPED 518     Survey of Exceptional Learners (10)

            SPED 536     Specialized Techniques (3)

            C & I   581      Issues in Education (4)

            SPED 410     Careers in Special Education (2)

 

Community Outreach Achievements

 

2004-2005     Advisory Council, Blindskills, Inc.  Salem Oregon

 

2004               Oregon State University, Rural Links Program:  Presenter

 

2004               Portland State University Umbrella Tour Presentation

 

2003-2005     Co-chair:  Western Consortium of University Programs to Prepare Teachers of Visually Impaired Learners

 

2003-2005     Consultant: Juneau, Alaska School District.  Program for Visually Impaired.

 

2002-2007     Joint Action Coalition of programs and agencies serving the blind and visually impaired of Oregon

 

2001-2007     Oregon Vision Working Group, Regional Management Teams, Oregon Department of Education

 

2001-2006     University Advisory Board:  Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments

 

1998               Reader/Consultant, United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration

 

1986               Developed and established the first Reading is Fundamental program in the nation to serve blind and visually impaired children.

 

1985               Research Associate for the book, EPIDEMIC CONTAGIOUS TRACHOMA, by Carl Ferdinand Von Graefe; translated from the German by M.E. Frampton, Ph.D.

 

 

Scholarly Works in Progress

 

Bickford, J.O.,  Voices from the Heart:  Families Speak Out.

 

Significant Professional Development Activities

 

2008               OSEP Annual Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

2008               Josephine Taylor Leadership Institute, San Francisco, California

 

2007               OSEP Annual Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

2006               OSEP Annual Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

2006               Biennual International Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Salt Lake City

 

2006               Annual Meeting and Training, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY

 

2006               Josephine Taylor Leadership Institute, Atlanta, Georgia

 

2005               Josephine Taylor Leadership Insititute, Boston, Mass

 

2005               OSEP Annual Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

2004               Annual Meeting and Training, American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY.

 

2004               International Biennial Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Orlando, Florida.

2004               Josephine Taylor Leadership Insititute, Washington DC

 

2004               OSEP Annual Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

2004               Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

2003               OSEP Annual Project Directors Meeting, Washington, D.C.

 

2002               International Biennial Conference of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  Toronto, Canada

 

2002               Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, New York

 

2001               Annual Conference of the Division of Early Childhood Education, Boston, MA

 

2001               American Printing House for the Blind Product development training, Louisville, Kentucky.

 

2001 - 2003  Revised curriculum for the licensure program for Visually                                                Impaired Learners, transitioned program from traditional                                        classroom model to a national program, delivery via internet.                                 Re-wrote all coursework to be appropriate for distance                                     learning delivery.  Increased program enrollment from 4 in                                              2000 to 28 in 2007.

 

Governance and Other Professionally Related Service for the University, College, Department

 

2008-2010                 Doctoral Program Committee (GSE)

 

2008-2009                 Master's Committee (SPED)

 

2007-2009                 Teacher Education Committee (PSU)

 

2007-2008                 Fixed Term faculty review committee (SPED)

 

2007-2008                 Search Committee (SPED)

 

2006-2007                 Work Sample Task Force (GSE)

 

2006-2008                 Technology Committee (GSE)

 

2006-2008                 Teacher Education Committee (University)

 

2006-2007                 Search Committee (SPED)

 

2005-2007                 Curriculum Committee (SPED)

 

2006-2007                 Chair, Student Affairs Committee (SPED)

 

2004-2007                 Student Affairs Committee (SPED)

 

2004-2007                 Ballot/Nominations Committee (SPED)

 

2005-2006                 Beautification Committee (SPED)

2005                           Promotion and Tenure Committee -alternate (GSE)

 

2004-2007                 Chair, Master's Program Committee (SPED)

 

2003-2005                 Chair, Program and Policy Committee (GSE)

 

2003-2005                 Fixed Term Faculty Review Committee  (SPED)

 

2003-2004                 Chair, Search Committee, Special Education Faculty (SPED)

 

2001-2007                 Cohort Leadership Council (SPED)

 

2001-2007                 Manager, Hobbs Endowment Fund, Portland State University Foundation (GSE)

 

Professionally Related Service

 

2007 -                         Peer reviewer.  Journal of Blindness and Visual Impairments

 

2005-2006                 Peer Reviewer:  Frank Porter Graham Early Childhood Development Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Assesment of Infants and Toddlers With Visual Impairments, (Legal Basis and Recommended Practices, Multimethod Assessment, Areas of Assessment, Writing Reports and Planning Interventions)

 

2005-2006                 Appointed to Oregon Legislative Oversight Committee:  Special Schools Study.

 

2004-2005                 Peer/ site reviewer, National Accreditation Council for agencies serving persons who are blind or visually impaired

 

2004-2006                 Chair:  Division for Personnel Preparation (AERBVI).  Past Chair (2006-2008)

 

2002- 2004                Member:  Board of Directors, Association for Education and                                         Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  (AERBVI)

 

2000-2002                 Chair: Division for Administration (AERBVI).  Past Chair (2002-2004)

 

1999- 2007                Member:  National Advisory Board, Recording for the Blind                                           and Dyslexic

1995-2000                 Member:  Board of Directors, Association for Education and                                         Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.  (AERBVI)

 

1990-2001                 Member:  Board of Directors, Pacific Northwest Chapter                                               AERBVI

 

1996-1998                 President: Pacific Northwest Chapter AERBVI

Memberships in Professional Societies

 

Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired

 

Council for Exceptional Children

 

California Transcribers and Educators of the Visually Handicapped

 

National Braille Association

 

International Council for Education of Children with Visual Impairments