Dr. Mandi Skerbetz is currently a special education faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as a Faculty Fellow and Advisory Board Member for the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Urban Education. Prior to joining higher education in 2013, she was with Propel Schools for 10 years as a special education teacher, gifted teacher, and Director of Pupil Services. She was a founding member of Propel School, a consortium of ten high-performing urban, public schools, and the architect of the Pupil Services Department and its Initiatives. Under her leadership Propel Schools moved to inclusion of special education services and supports, the initiation of School Wide Positive Behavior Support, and the use of data directed special education flexible grouping and individual planning. Dr. Skerbetz led a partnership between Propel Schools and the Landmark School to address the language, reading, and writing needs of students in poverty. In addition, she coordinated a U.S. Department of Education Improvement and Dissemination grant partnership between Propel Schools and the Detroit YMCA Leadership Academy. Dr. Skerbetz holds an Ed.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in the Education of Students with Mental and Physical Disabilities, an M.Ed. in Special Education and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Duquesne University. Her dissertation and research interests include: Interventions for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, School Wide Positive Behavior Support, Interventions and Supports for Students Exposed to Trauma, Novice Special Education Teachers Support, Urban Special Education, and Special Education Assessment and Use of Assessment Data. She volunteers in her community with the Homeless Children’s Initiative and as a surrogate parent for students with special education needs without parents or guardians.
Skerbetz, M.D. & Kerr, M. M. (2015). Trauma: What Is It and How Can You Help. CUE'd IN, 2, 1. University of Pittsburgh, Center for Urban Education.