Elizabeth Bettini

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Bettini is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education program in the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. She previously taught students with EBD in self-contained and inclusive settings in Arizona and Connecticut. Her research examines how working conditions influence special educators’ efforts to effectively serve students with disabilities, especially students with emotional and behavioral disabilities (EBD). Currently, she is working on several research projects investigating the consequences and predictors of novice special educators’ perceptions that their workloads are manageable.

Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Florida

M.A. in Special Education with a focus on Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, University of Arizona

B.S. in Cognitive Science with a focus on Neuroscience, University of California, San Diego

B.A. in English Literature, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Elizabeth Bettini’s research focuses on how working conditions (e.g. school social contexts, material resources, planning time) contribute to special educators’ instruction and retention. She focuses specifically on special educators who are new to teaching, serve students with emotional disabilities, or serve in high-poverty schools.

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A complete list of Dr. Bettini's publications is available here.

Merrill O’Brien, K., Cumming, M., & Bettini, E. (in press). Positive and Corrective Feedback. High leverage practice handbook.

Brownell, M. T., Bettini, E., Pua, D., Peyton, D., & Benedict, A. E. (in press). Special education teacher effectiveness in an era of reduced federal mandates and increasing teacher shortages. In J. B. Crockett & B. S. Billingsley (Eds.) Handbook of leadership and administration for special education.

Billingsley, B., Bettini, E., & Williams, T. O. (online). Teacher diversity in special and general education: Composition and distribution of teachers of color across schools. Remedial and Special Education.

Bettini, E., Gurel, S., Park, Y. P., Leite, W., & McLeskey, J. (online). Principals’ preparation in special education and students with and at risk for disabilities’ reading achievement growth in kindergarten. Exceptionality.

Bettini, E. & Park, Y. (online). Novice teachers’ experiences in high poverty schools: A systematic literature review. Urban Education, 1-29.

Park, Y., Brownell, M. T., Bettini, E., & Benedict, A. (online). Multiple dimensions of instructional effectiveness in reading: A review of classroom observation studies and implications for special education classrooms. Exceptionality.

Bettini, E., Billingsley, B. S., Walraven, C., & Williams, T. O. (2018). Special educators of color are underrepresented across states: A challenge for leaders. Journal of Special Education Leadership.

Billingsley, B. & Bettini, E. (2017). Factors influencing the quality of the special education teacher workforce. In J. Kauffman, D. Hallahan, & P. Pullen (Eds.) Handbook of special education.

Mason-Williams, L., Bettini, E., & Gagnon, J. (2017). Access to qualified special educators across elementary neighborhood and exclusionary schools. Remedial and Special Education, 38, 297 – 307.

Bettini, E., Jones, N. D., Brownell, M. T., Conroy, M., Park, Y., Leite, W., Crockett, J., & Benedict, A. E. (2017). Workload manageability among novice special and general educators: Relationships with emotional exhaustion and career intentions. Remedial and Special Education, 38, 246 – 256.

Bettini, E., Cumming, M., Merrill, K., Brunsting, N., & Liaupsin, C. J. (2017). Working conditions in self-contained settings for students with emotional disorders. Journal of Special Education, 51, 83 – 94.

Dewey, J., Sindelar, P., Bettini, E., Boe, E., Rosenberg, M., & Leko, C. (2017). Declining special education teacher employment, 2005 – 2012. Exceptional Children, 83, 315 –329.                                           

Bettini, E., Benedict, A., Thomas, R., Kimerling, J., Choi, N., & McLeskey, J. (2017). Cultivating a community of effective special educators: Local special education administrators’ roles. Remedial and Special Education, 38, 111-126

Bettini, E., Crockett, J., Brownell, M. T., & Merrill, K. (2016). Relationships between working conditions and special educators’ instruction. Journal of Special Education, 50, 178 - 190.

Bettini, E., Park, Y., Benedict, A., Kimerling, J., & Leite, W. (2016). Situating special educators’ instructional quality and their students’ outcomes within the conditions shaping their work. Exceptionality, 24, 176 – 193.

Park, Y., Seo, D., Park, J., Bettini, E., & Smith, J. (2016). Job satisfaction and predictors among individuals with disabilities: An analysis of the national survey of employment for the disabled in South Korea. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 53, 198 – 212.

Benedict, A. E., Park, Y., Brownell, M. T., & Bettini, E. (2016). When knowing isn’t enough: Understanding teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge for teaching reading fluency to students with specific learning disabilities. Journal of Postdoctoral Research, 4(7), 3-25.

Bettini, E., Kimerling, J., Park, Y., & Murphy, K. (2015). Responsibilities and instructional time: Relationships identified by special educators in self-contained classes for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Preventing School Failure, 59, 121 – 128.

Bettini, E., Cheyney, K., Wang, J., & Leko, C. (2015). Job design: An administrator’s guide to retaining and supporting special educators. Intervention in School and Clinic, 50, 221 – 225.

Park, Y. Gurel, S., Oh, J., Bettini, E., & Leite, W. (2015). Literacy related school readiness skills of English language learners in Head Start: An analysis of the School Readiness Survey. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 13, 280 - 294.

Benedict, A. E., Brownell, M. T., Park, Y., Bettini, E., & Lauterbach, A. (2014).  Taking charge of your professional learning: Tips for cultivating special educator expertise. Teaching Exceptional Children, 46, 147 – 157.

Wang, J., Bettini, E., & Cheyney, K. (2014). Students with emotional and behavioral disorders as peer tutors: A valued role. Beyond Behavior, 23, 17 – 24.

Cheyney, K., Wang, J., & Bettini, E. (2013).  Make every word count: Language as a bridge to self-regulation in early childhood settings.  Dimensions.

A complete list of Dr. Bettini's publications is available here.

Bettini, E., O’Brien, M., & Cumming, M. (February, 2018; Anticipated). Special educators’ working conditions in self-contained settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Poster presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Tampa, FL.

Bettini, E., Billingsley, B.S., Williams, T.O., & Gilmour, A. (February, 2018; Anticipated). Working conditions and special educators’ commitment to teach. Poster presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Tampa, FL.

Mason-Williams, L. & Bettini, E. (February, 2018; Anticipated). Building capacity: What principals need to support achievement of students with disabilities in exclusionary schools. Poster presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Tampa, FL.

Bettini, E., Mason-Williams, L., Mathews, H., & Rodgers, W. (November, 2017; Anticipated).     Comparing novice teachers’ access to supportive social contexts across shortage          versus non-shortage areas. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference,    Savannah, GA.

Bettini, E., Billingsley, B.S., & Williams, T. O. (November, 2017; Anticipated). Working conditions and special educators’ commitment to teach: An analysis of the Schools and Staffing Survey. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Savannah, GA.

Billingsley, B.S. & Bettini, E. (November, 2017; Anticipated). Teacher attrition in special education: Implications for teacher educators. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Savannah, GA.

Green, J. G., Bettini, E., & Oblath, R. (October, 2017; Anticipated). Racial/ethnic inequities in educational placement for youth with emotional/behavioral disorders. Presentation at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Billingsley, B. S., Williams, T. O., & Bettini, E. (November, 2016). Teacher diversity in the SET workforce: Analyses from the Schools and Staffing Survey. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Lexington, KY.

Bettini, E., Billingsley, B. S., & Boveda, M. (November, 2016). Cultivating special educators to serve students with disabilities in high-poverty schools. Panel presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Lexington, KY.

Mason-Williams, L., Bettini, E., & Gagnon, J. (November, 2016). Teacher Sorting Among Elementary Special Educators in Neighborhood and Exclusionary School Settings. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Lexington, KY.

Bettini, E. & Gagnon, J. (October, 2016). Teacher Sorting Among Elementary Special Educators in Neighborhood and Exclusionary School Settings. Presentation at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Gagnon, J., Wilkerson, K., Haydon, T., Van Loan, C., Barber, B., & Bettini, E. (October, 2016). Panel on Juvenile Justice Education. Panel presentation at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Bettini, E., Jones, N. D., Brownell, M. T., Park, Y.P, Crockett, J., & Benedict, A. (April, 2016). How Does the School Social Context Influence Novice Special Education Teachers’ Efforts to Manage Their Workloads?. Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Bettini, E., Jones, N. D., Brownell, M. T., Park, Y.P, Crockett, J., & Benedict, A. (April, 2016). Do Novice Special Educators’ Perceptions of Their Workloads Matter?: Relationships with Career Intentions, Emotional Exhaustion, and Instruction. Presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Bettini, E. & Jones, N. D. (March, 2016). Novice Special Educators’ Perceptions of Workload Manageability: Do They Matter and Are They Influenced by Novices’ Perceptions of Their Social Context?. Presentation at the Association for Education Finance and Policy Conference, Denver, CO.

Bettini, E., Brownell, M., Benedict, A., & Park, Y. P. (November, 2015). How Does the School Social Context Influence Novice Special Education Teachers Efforts to Manage Their Workloads?. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Bettini, E., Brownell, M., Benedict, A., & Park, Y. P. (November, 2015). Do Novice Special Educators’ Perceptions of Their Workloads Matter?: Relationships with Career Intentions, Emotional Exhaustion, and Instruction. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Benedict, A., Bettini, E., Carruth, J., McNaboe, K., & Kent, D. (November, 2015). Cultivating a Continuum of Professional Learning Across Special Educators’ Careers: A Conversation with District Level Administrators. Presentation at the Teacher Education Division of CEC Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Bettini, E., Gurel, S., Park, Y., & Leko, C. (April, 2015). The Relationship between Principal Qualifications in Special Education and Students with Disabilities’ Reading Achievement. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, CA.

Ellis, K.* & Bettini, E. (April, 2015). Teachers’ Perceptions of Strategies that Facilitate Successful Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in General Education Classes. Presentation at Kaleidoscope Session at Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, CA.

Bettini, E., Park, Y. P., Benedict, A., & Kimerling, J. (November, 2014). Situating Special Educators’ Instructional Quality and their Students’ Outcomes within the Conditions Shaping their Work. Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Bettini, E., Gurel, S., Park, Y., & Leko, C. (November, 2014). The Relationship between Principal Qualifications in Special Education and Students with Disabilities’ Reading Achievement. Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Bettini, E., Starr, D., & Hedgepath, L. (October, 2014). Developing a Comprehensive Online Learning System for Special Educators and Paraprofessionals. Presentation for Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

Bettini, E., Cumming, M., Merrill, K., Brunsting, N., & Liaupsin, C. (October, 2014). Special Educators’ Working Conditions in Self-Contained Schools and Classes for Students with EBD: Implications for Evidence Based Practices. Presentation for Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

Liaupsin, C., Bohjanen, S., Zagona, A., & Bettini, E. (October, 2014). Function-Based Teacher Support: Whose Behavior Needs to Change?. Presentation for Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

Bettini, E., Benedict, A. E., Thomas, R., Kimerling, J., & Choi, N. (April, 2014). District Special Education Administrators’ Approaches to Cultivating Quality Special Education Teachers. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Bettini, E., Benedict, A. E., Thomas, R., Kimerling, J., & Choi, N. (November, 2013). District Special Education Administrators’ Approaches to Cultivating Quality Special Education Teachers. Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Jones, N., Brownell, M. T., & Bettini, E. (November, 2013).  Evaluating Teacher Education Programs to Ensure their Effectiveness for Students with Disabilities. Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Sindelar, P. T., Dewey, J., Leko, C., & Bettini, E. (November, 2013). Declines in Identification of Students with Disabilities and Employment of Special Education Teachers. Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Bettini, E., Kimerling, J., Wilson, S.*, & Starr, D. (October, 2013). Special Educators’ Responsibilities in Self-Contained Classes: Implications for Academic Instruction. Presentation at Teacher Educators of Children with Behavior Disorders Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Benedict, A., Lauterbach, A., Bettini, E., Park, Y., & Brownell, M. T. (April, 2013). What Can Students’ Talk about their Learning Teach Us About Teacher Quality?. Roundtable Presentation at American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Bettini, E., Kimerling, J., Park, Y., & Murphy, K. (April, 2013).  Relationships between Task Demands and Instructional Time in Self-Contained Classes for Students with EBD.  Interactive Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, Kaleidoscope Session, San Antonio, TX.

Bettini, E., Benedict, A. E., Kimerling, J., Choi, N., & Thomas, R. (April, 2013). Leaders’ Roles, Values, and Vision in Selecting and Cultivating Quality Special Education Teachers. Interactive Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, Kaleidoscope Session, San Antonio, TX.

Cheyney, K. & Bettini, E. (April, 2013). Making Every Word Count: The Young Child’s Mirroring Development of Language and Self-Regulation. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX.

Bettini, E. (November, 2012). The Ecology of the Workplace for Special Educators: Conceptualizing School-Level Contextual Influences on Special Educators’ Effectiveness. Interactive Poster Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Benedict, A., Lauterbach, A., Bettini, E., Park, Y., King, L., Brownell, M. T. (November, 2012). What Can Students’ Talk about their Learning Teach Us About Teacher Quality?. Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Bettini, E. & Kimerling, J. (November, 2012).  Implications of Ego-Depletion Research for Understanding Novice Teachers’ Emotional Experiences. Interactive Poster Presentation at Teacher Education Division Conference, Kaleidoscope Session, Grand Rapids, MI.

Benedict, A., Bettini, E., & Brownell, M. T. (July, 2012). Conducting Research as a Doctoral Student: Why Participating on Larger Research Projects is so Fruitful. Interactive Poster Presentation at OSEP Director’s Conference, Washington, DC.

Bettini, E., Cheyney, K., & Wang, J. (April, 2012). Applying Job Design Research to Personnel Problems in Special Education. Interactive Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, Kaleidoscope Session, Denver, CO.

Benedict, A., Lauterbach, A., Bettini, E., King, L., Park, Y. (April, 2012). Moving Beyond Standardized Measures as Indicators of Special Education Teacher Effectiveness: What Can Students’ Perspectives of Their Learning Teach Us About Teacher Quality?.  Interactive Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, Kaleidoscope Session, Denver, CO.

Benedict, A., Kiely, M. T., Bettini, E., & Park, Y. (April, 2012). How Do Coaches Use Language to Prompt Teacher Reflexivity?. Interactive Poster Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.

Conroy, M., Alter, P., Boyd, B., & Bettini, E. (April, 2012). Teacher Preparation for Students Who Demonstrate Challenging Behaviors, in TED Showcase: Handbook of Research on Special Education Teacher Preparation: Author Conversations. Presentation at Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO.

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