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Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, researcher, professor, administrator, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and she is Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Dr. Friend has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (more than 3000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to create classroom partnerships through co-teaching, to form productive and efficient work teams, and to foster inclusive practices. She is the author or co-author of three widely used college textbooks on special education; a variety of co-teaching materials for teachers and administrators; more than 50 articles about collaboration, inclusive practices, and co-teaching; and a highly popular video series on co-teaching and other inclusive practices. Lynne Cook, Ph.D., was professor and former dean of the College of Education at California State University Dominguez Hills. She began her career as a special educator working with students with emotional disabilities and intellectual disabilities, earned her doctoral degree from University of Michigan and held faculty positions at University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge. She served as the President of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, and she also worked extensively at the federal and state (CA) level to help shape policy related to the preparation of special education teachers. She was also Director of the National Clearinghouse for Special Education Professions, and she worked in Washington, DC as the expert in matters related to disabilities for Sen. Tom Harkin. Dr. Cook consulted nationally and internationally, most recently work with educators in Italy to foster effective special education teacher education. She wrote and conducted research in the areas of teacher retention and career paths, professional collaboration, co-teaching, and inclusive practices. Dr. Cook passed away in July, 2015.

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