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Sara Luke

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Sara Luke

Education

B.S., Clearwater Christian College, 2003; M.Ed., Georgia State University, 2008; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2014.

Biography

Dr. Sara Luke is an assistant professor of Special Education at the Tift College of Education. Prior to joining the Tift faculty, Dr. Luke taught young children with disabilities in an elementary school for 14 years. Currently, she teaches special education courses for undergraduates and her research areas are family-centered practices, positive behavior support and qualitative research methods.

Teaching

Assessment in Special Education, Characteristics of Typical/Atypical Development, Introduction to Special Education, Inclusion for Students with Disabilities, Methods in Early Childhood Special Education

Publications

Luke, S., Vail, C. O., Roulston, K., & Clees, T. (2018). Parents’ expectations of teachers in the early years of special education. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Luke, S. (2018). Teaming with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families of Children with Disabilities. Manuscript submitted for publication.

McCorkle, L., Luke, S. & Cook, K. (2018). Analysis for single-case design research for coaching in early childhood special education: A review of the literature. Manuscript in process.

Luke, S. (2014). Parents and teachers in early childhood special education: What do the parents have to say? Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

Luke, S., Vail, C. O., & Ayres, K. M. (2014). Using antecedent physical activity to increase on-task behavior in young children. Exceptional Children, 80(4), 489-503. (Refereed)


Presentations/ Conferences

Luke, S. & Gitonga, L. (2018, November). Teaming with Families Who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse: Strategies for Preservice Teachers. Research presented at The Teacher Education Division (TED) of The Council for Exceptional Children 32nd  Annual National Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (Refereed)

Luke, S. (2018, September). Teaming with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families During the Early Years. Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC) 52nd  Annual Conference, Alpharetta, GA.

Luke, S., Gitonga, L., & Vail, C. (2017, November). Connecting the voices of teachers and families of young children with disabilities for preservice programs. Research study presented at The Teacher Education Division (TED) of The Council for Exceptional Children 31st Annual National Conference, Savannah, GA. (Refereed)

McCorkle, L., Vail, C., & Luke, S. (2017, October). Analysis for single-case design research for coaching in early childhood special education.  Research poster presented at The Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) 33rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, Portland, OR. (Refereed)

Luke, S. (2016, November). Parents, teachers, and relationships in the early years: What do the parents have to say? Research study presented at The Teacher Education Division (TED) of The Council for Exceptional Children 30th Annual National Conference, Lexington, KY. (Refereed)

Luke, S. (2016, September). Practical suggestions for building relationships with families: What do the families have to say? Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) 50th Annual Conference, Duluth, GA.

Luke, S. & Vail, C.O. (2016, April). Parent-Teacher Relationships in Early Childhood: The parents’ side of the story. Research study presented at The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference, St. Louis, MO. (Refereed)

Gitonga, L., Luke, S., & Vail, C.O. (2015, September). Parents, teachers, and relationships: The early years. Research study presentation and poster presented at The Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) 31st Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, Atlanta, GA. (Refereed)

Luke, S. & Vail, C. O. (2014, April). Using antecedent physical activity to increase on-task behavior in young children. Research poster presented at The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference, Philadelphia, PA. (Refereed)

Luke, S. & Vail, C. O. (2013, April). Using antecedent physical activity to increase on-task behavior in young children. Research poster presented at The 2013 COE Graduate Student Research Conference at University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Luke, S. & Vail, C. O. (2012, October). Exercise in Preschool: What Should We Know?. Research poster presented at The Division for Early Childhood’s (DEC) 28th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, Minneapolis, MN. (Refereed)