Mark B. Gunning, MA/ABD

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-4733
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Last Updated: June 07, 2010


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Master Teacher, Transition
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
K-12 General Education/Special Education Administration
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Education: 1984 ABD Northwestern University
1981 MA Northwestern University
1977 BA University of Rhode Island
Service: Transition Service, Transition IEP, Work-Based Learning, Universal Design for Learning; Differentiated Instruction, Brain-based Learning



Curriculum Vita

 Mark B. Gunning


ABD. Northwestern University                                                        October, 1984

MA   Northwestern University                                                         August, 1981

BA     University of Rhode Island                                                     May, 1977

 Areas of Educational Certification: 

Administration: Special Education Director, Pre-K-12

Teaching: Elementary/Middle/Secondary Special Educator, Elementary General Educator, Middle/SecondaryGeneral Education: English/Psychology

Position Title:  Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education

Duties: Teaching: Undergraduate/ graduate levels; Supervision:  Secondary student teacher/prcticum placements;Teacher Training: Rhode Island Stare Improvement Grant (RISIG) Professional Development Initiatives

Previous Experience:  Master Teacher/RI Statewide Transition Coordinator  2003-2007The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College

Duties/Accomplishments:Transition Capacity Building/Systemic Change Agent:

  • RISIG Teacher Workshop Development/Teacher Trainer:  Developed a three-hour comprehensive training for the grant-funded, designated RI low-performing high schools; implemented/provided on-site transition training to general/special education personnel at targeted funded-schools
  • RISIG Transition Outcome Data Facilitator: Facilitated the collection/analysis of transition outcome data for special education high school graduates of targeted grant-funded RI low-performing high schools, 2003-Present.
  • RISIG Transition Program Improvement Facilitator: Adapted and piloted a transition self-study instrument to be used at targeted grant-funded low-performing high school to evaluation the quality of transition services and establish specific targets for improvement; facilitated the development of formal Transition Plans of Improvement.

Conference Presentations:

  • Lead Presenter: Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) International Conference, October, 2005: Transition training: An All Teachers Agenda:  Success in Providence, RI

PublicationsRI College Link, RI Transitions, quarterly newsletters, on-going

Online:Guide to Developing Transition-Focused/Standards-based IEPs and Curriculum, June 2007, School-to Career Transition Program, American institutes of Research, Washington DC, June 2002

EXPERIENCE:  Administrative, Teaching, Diagnostic, K-12, general and special education

ACADEMIC HONORS:  Graduate Assistantship, Northwestern University, Zeta Phi Eta (Winifred Ward) Graduate School Award, Northwestern University; Danforth Fellow