Sarah Wilkinson

  • Assistant Professor
  • Institute of Professional Educator Development Department
  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2020
  • EMAIL: wilkinss@uwp.edu


  • Teacher education
  • Special education
  • Positive behavioral interventions and supports
  • Classroom management
Dr. Sarah Wilkinson taught high school history in traditional and alternative settings for 11 years in Massachusetts. She completed her B.A. in History and M.A. in Education (with a focus on urban education and teacher research) at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and also earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education at Assumption College in Worcester. She most recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (with a focus on special education) at the University of Connecticut.

Teaching Interests

As a teacher educator, Dr. Wilkinson believes it is her responsibility to provide students with educational experiences that not only support their own learning, but those that also prepare them to support the learning of their future students. She works to model in her classes the same evidence-based and inclusive strategies she teachers her students to use in their own classrooms.

Research Interests

Dr. Wilkinson's research interests include preparing all teachers to work effectively with students with disabilities, identifying instructional strategies that support both academic and behavioral needs of students with disabilities, adapting the positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) framework for high school and alternative school settings, and evaluating interventions for students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders.

Consulting Interests

Selected Publications

2021: Educator knowledge and implementation of assistive technology to support challenging behavior: An exploratory inquiry, Journal of Special Education Technology (162–174 pp.)

2021: Professional development for classroom management: A review of the Literature, Educational Research and Evaluation (182–212 pp.)

EDU 300 - Creating Effctv Lrng Envrnmnts
EDU 312 - Designing Learning Curriculum
EDU 322 - Teaching Exceptional Learners
EDU 324 - Indiv Learning Dsgn/Technology
EDU 326 - Behavioral/Psychosocial Models
EDU 343 - Classroom Management
EDU 399 - Independent Study:
EDU 425 - Residency (Student Teaching)
EDU 437 - Academic/Behavioral Assessment
EDU 439 - Transition/Self-Determination
EDU 447 - Case Mgt/Devlpg Indvdlzd Plans
EDU 499 - Independent Study:
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