Faculty and Staff Profiles

Michele Cervetti
Instructor, Instruction Curriculum Leadership
Email: mcervett@memphis.edu
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Education
  • MS Special Education - University of Memphis - 2000
  • BS Ed Instruction & Curriculum Leadership with emphasis in Special Education - Memphis State University - 1993

Work Experience

  • Instructor, ICL / Special Education - University of Memphis - 2010 - 2013
  • Director / Teacher, Sr. Ruth Ann Center - Catholic Diocese of Memphis - 2001 - 2010
  • Adjunct Professor, ICL - University of Memphis - 2001 - 2002
  • Site Consultant, RISE Project - University of Memphis - 1997 - 2001
  • Lead High School Teacher, Brunswick Day School - Charter Lakeside Behavioral Health Systems - 1996 - 1997
  • Facility Administrator, Teen Learning Center - Helicon, Incorporated - 1995 - 1996
  • Lead Teacher , Shelter Education Program - Helicon, Incorporated - 1994 - 1995
  • Teacher - High School, Special Education - Byhalia High School (Mississippi) - 1993 - 1994
Honors/Awards
  • Kappa Delta Pi - University of Memphis - 2000

Teaching Experience

  • Behavior Management - University of Memphis
  • Educational Assessment in Inclusive Settings - University of Memphis
  • Residency 1 Seminar - University of Memphis
  • Urban Learning Environment - University of Memphis
  • Special Education - University of Memphis
  • Psycho-Educational Problems of Children and Adults - University of Memphis
  • Special Education Methods - University of Memphis
  • Langage Communications - University of Memphis
  • Special Education - Introduction - University of Memphis
  • Residency 1 / Elementary Teaching Practices - University of Memphis
  • Practicum / Inclusive Settings - University of Memphis
Service
  • University of Memphis - TEP Interviews - Spring 2013
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Advisor for Student Council of Exceptional Children - Spring 2013
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Advisor for Student Council of Exceptional Children - Fall 2013
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Fall 2013
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Spring 2013
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Fall 2012
  • University of Memphis - Member of PBL Website Development Team for TBR - Fall 2012
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Advisor for the Student Council of Exceptional Children - Fall 2012
  • University of Memphis - TEP Interviews - Fall 2012
  • University of Memphis - U of M representative for TBR Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Core Writing Team - Fall 2012
  • University of Memphis - Retention Hearing Committee - Fall 2012
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Spring 2012
  • University of Memphis - Faculty Advisor for the Student Council of Exceptional Children - Spring 2012
  • University of Memphis - TEP Interviews - Spring 2012
  • University of Memphis - U of M representative for TBR Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Core Writing Team - Spring 2012
  • Memphis - U of M representative for TBR Problem Based Learning (PBL) Core Writing Team - Fall 2011
  • Memphis - Faculty Advisor for the Student Council of Exceptional Children - Fall 2011
  • Memphis - TEP Interviews - Fall 2011
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Fall 2011
  • Memphis - Residency 1 TPA Scorer - Fall 2011
  • Memphis - Residency 2 TPA Scorer - Fall 2011
  • Memphis - TBR / PBL Core Writing Team - Fall 2011
  • Memphis - PanHellinic/ Disability Awareness & Empathy Training - November 21, 2011
  • Memphis - Represented Residency 1 Practicum Coordinators at the Mentor Teachers Reception - Spring 2011
  • Memphis - TEP Interviews - Spring 2011
  • Memphis - Residency 1 TPA Scorer - Spring 2011
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Spring 2011
  • Memphis - Residency 2 TPA Scorer - Spring 2011
  • Memphis - TEP Interviews - Fall 2010
  • Memphis - Residency 1 TPA Scorer - Fall 2010
  • University of Memphis - Reviewer/Scorer for Masters Comps - Fall 2010
  • Memphis - Residency 2 TPA Scorer - Fall 2010
Journal Articles
  • Buggey, T., Toombs, K., Gardner, P., Cervetti, M. Using Videotaped Self-Modeling to Train Response Behaviors in Students with Autism. Journal of Positive Behavior Supports.
  • “What's New in Special Education?” Article regarding Paraprofessionals June 1999
  • Referenced in: Buggey, T. (1999). Videotaped self-modeling: Allowing children to be their own models. Teaching Exceptional Children, 31 (4), 27 – 31.
  • Referenced in Green, G. (2001). Behavior analytic instructions for learners with autism: Advances in stimulus control technology. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 16 (2), 72 – 85.
  • A chapter in a pending textbook by Allyn, Bacon & Longman on the topic of inclusive practices with examples from a West TN county school system.
Presentations
  • Disabilities Awareness and Empathy Training for the Boy Scouts of America Den 3   
  • Disability Awareness and Empathy Training for the PanHellinic council through the Civility Training Program  
  • In-Service presentation for another county on FAPE and Alignment of Standards
  • Break-Out Session at The Martin Institute on differentiation
  • February 1998 Joint Conference on Children and Youth with Disabilities in Nashville, TN
  • TOPIC: Help Overcome Learning Hurdles with Visual Supports
  • May 1998 10th Annual Conference on Developmentally Appropriate Practices at the University of Memphis
  • TOPIC: Mayer Johnson Picture Symbols
  • July 1998 West Tennessee Regional Resource Center's Autism Workshop in Jackson, TN
  • TOPIC: Self-Modeling to Shape Language and Social Behavior
  • August 1998 LRE for LIFE's Kick-Off Conference in Knoxville, TN
  • TOPIC: Helping Students Overcome Learning Hurdles with Visual Supports
  • TOPIC: Videotaped Self-Modeling: Shaping Language and Social Behavior
  • February 1999 Joint Conference On Children and Youth with Disabilities in Nashville, TN
  • TOPIC: Help Overcome Learning Hurdles with Visual Supports
  • TOPIC: Redefining the Role of Today's Paraprofessional
  • April 1999 Beyond Access: The 2nd Annual Inclusion Conference in Memphis, TN
  • TOPIC: Exploring Thematic Units through Whole Language and Multiple Intelligences
  • April 1999 CEC Annual Convention: Creating New Horizons in Charlotte, NC
  • TOPIC: Educating Teachers about Utilizing Technology for Special Needs Students
  • TOPIC: Using Self-Modeling Strategies for Improving Social and Language Skills in Children with Disabilities
  • TOPIC: Using Visual Supports to Help Support Learning Hurdles
  • TOPIC: The Changing Roles of Paraprofessionals in School Reform
  • July 1999 Region V Under Instruction in Lake Charles, LA
  • TOPIC: The Changing Roles of Paraprofessionals
  • August 1999 LRE for LIFE's Kick-Off Conference in Knoxville, TN
  • TOPIC: Exploring Thematic Units through Whole Language and Multiple Intelligence
  • August 1999 LRE for LIFE's Kick-Off Conference in Knoxville, TN
  • TOPIC: Video Taped Self-Modeling and It's Effects on Language
  • March 2000 ASCD Conference in New Orleans, LA
  • TOPIC: Minimizing Teacher Stress and Burnout (taped for purchase by ASCD)
  • April 2000 Keynote Speaker 7th Annual Conference on Literacy with a Paraprofessional Section & Parent Congress Expo 2000 in Alexandria, LA
  • TOPIC: The Changing Roles of Today's Paraprofessional
  • June 2000 Memphis Teaching & Learning Academy Return to School Conference in Memphis, TN
  • TOPIC: Minimizing Teacher Stress & Burnout
  • August 2000 LRE for LIFE's Kick-Off Conference in Knoxville, TN
  • TOPIC: Videotaped Self-Modeling and It's Effects on Language and Reading
  • December 2000 TASH Conference in Miami, FL
  • TOPIC: Overrepresentation of Minority Students in Special Education Programs: Research & Practical Implications
  • February 2001 Joint Conference on Children with Disabilities in Cool Springs, TN
  • TOPIC: Empathy and Awareness Training
  • March 2001 Annual Spring SPED Conference in Nashville, TN
  • TOPIC: Supports and Services in General Curriculum: RISEing to Meet Your Needs
  • October 2001 Catholic Schools: High Touch, High Tech in Memphis, TN
  • TOPIC: What is RISE?
  • November 2001 LRE for LIFE's FAST Conference in Knoxville, TN
  • TOPIC: Supporting Students with Special Needs by Utilizing Personal Schedules
  • February 2002 Joint Conference on Children with Disabilities in Cool Springs, TN
  • TOPIC: Empathy and Awareness Training
  • March 2002 Spring Supervisor's Conference in Nashville, TN
  • TOPIC: Brain-Based Learning and Multiple Intelligences

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • ICL 4020 - Language and Communication in Diverse Classrooms
  • SPED 3802 - Educational Assessments in Inclusive Settings
  • ICL 4021 - Professional & Ethical Practices
  • ICL 4914 - Residency 1 Practicum & Seminar
  • SPED 2000 - Foundations of Exceptional Learners
  • SPED 3804 - Special Education Methods II
  • SPED 3802 - Educational Assessment in Inclusive Settings
  • SPED 3803 - Classroom Behavior Management
  • SPED 2000 - Foundations of Exceptional Learners
  • ICL 4021 - Professional & Ethical Practices
  • SPED 3804 - SPED Methods II Content Area
  • SPED 2000 - Foundations of the Exceptional Learner
  • ICL 4914 - Residency 1 Practicum and Seminar
  • ICL 4020 - Language/Comm/Diverse Classroom
  • SPED 2000 - Foundations of the Exceptional Learner
  • ICL 7709 - Urban Learning Environments
  • 3804 - SPED Methods II Content Area
  • SPED 3802 - Educational Assessment in Inclusive Settings
  • ICL 4914 - Residency 1 Practicum and Seminar
  • ICL 4020 - Language/Communication/Diverse Classroom
  • SPED 3804 - SPED Methods II / Content Area
  • ICL 4914 - Residency 1 Seminar
  • SPED 2000 - Foundation/Exceptional Learn
  • SPED 3801 - Practicum/Inclusive Settings
  • ELED 3281 - Teach Practicum/Elem School
  • ICL 4020 - Language/Comm/Diverse Classroom
  • SPED 3804 - SPED Methods II. Content Area
  • SPED 3801 - Practicum/Inclusive Settings
  • ICL 4020 - Language/Comm/Diverse Classroom
  • ELED 3281 - Teach Practicum/Elem School
Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  • Since the Fall semester of 2010 through the Fall of 2013, Ms. Cervetti has kept in touch with numerous former students that have graduated and become licensed teachers in Tennessee and other states.  She has helped them to create materials, has given them items to enhance lessons and centers, has supported them in their teaching (if they had questions pertaining to her area of expertise), and encouraged them through job changes and returning to school to pursue advanced degrees.
  • During the Fall 2010 semester I collaborated with another special education instructor to create a Role Play of an IEP meeting.  This became the final project for my ICL 4020 course.  Each student was assigned a different role to play for their classmate as well.  The student was given a "student" and all of the pertinent information needed for them to conduct an appropriate meeting with the parent and general education teacher (those roles were played by another instructor and myself).
Appendix E - Outreach
  • Completed assignments (individually and with a team) in regard to rewriting PBL cases in conjunction with the TBR Task Force.
  • Become a member of the PBL website development team for TBR.
  • Participated in TEP Interviews
  • Presented an interactive Disability Awareness & Empathy training for the Boy Scouts of America Den 3
  • Attended PBL Core Writing Team meeting at TBR where the focus was creating a standardized format for creating and submitting case studies for inclusion in the TBR managed database. 
  • In the process of re-writing PBL submitted case studies for inclusion into the database housed and operated by TBR.  Working in conjunction with PBL Core Writing Team members in re-writing their submissions and re-writing those where the author is unavailable.
  • In the process of becoming a National Scorer for Pearson Publishing for the TPA's (high stakes assessments) created by Residency 2 candidates.  This will be for candidates all over the country not just the University of Memphis. 
  •  Participated in full day presentation and training on Problem-Based Learning with Dr. Hosokawa.
  • Participated in full day presentation and training on Problem-Based Learning with Dr. Terry and Glenda Goodin.
  • Participated in full day TBR Core Writing Team for Problem-Based Learning.
  • Participated in "What's Your Major?" day for the College of Education / ICL Department.

  • Participated in Education Department Career Fair.
  • Served as a Juror for Memphis City Schools Think Show.

  • Participated in TEP interviews.
  • Presented an In-Service Training in another county on FAPE and Alignment of Standards.
  • Attended a full day TAIS workshop on Brain-Based Learning.