Overview

  • Stephen W. Tonelson is a Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood Education at Old Dominion University. He graduated from Maury High School as did his parents and his two children, Claire and Rachel. His wife Lona is the Media Specialist at Sewells Point Elementary School. Steve earned an AB degree from the College of William and Mary, a MS degree in Education from Old Dominion University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia. He began his career in education as a third grade teacher and has taught both general education and students with special needs. He has been a member of a PTA since 1986 and has held a number of offices in that organization. Steve also has served as a board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia since 1980 and has served as President and secretary of that organization. Dr. Tonelson has published numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters addressing the education of children at risk and children with mild disabilities and their families. He has received over $25,000,000.00 in grants from the Virginia Department of Education, the United States Department of Education, other government agencies, and private foundations. One of these grants, The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program: A Distance Learning Approach (CSEEP) has been recognized nationally and has received: the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2005) and the Exemplary Program Award from the American Council for Rural Special Education (2006). In addition, the CSEEP grant was named a Finalist in the Distinguished Program Award in Teacher Education from the Association of Teacher Educators (2007).
  • Selected Publications

    Articles In Academic Journals

    Year Title
    2009 Teaching Social and Emotional Competence in Early ChildhoodInternational Journal of Special Education. 143-149.
    2008 Preservice and inservice teachers’ perceptions of appropriateness of teacher self-disclosureTeaching and Teacher Education. 1117-1124.
    2006 An examination of school climate in effective alternative schoolsPreventing School Failure. 11-18.
    2005 Research on early intervention for children at risk for behavior problemsSailing a sea of knowledge: A symposium of Global ideas. : International Association of Special Education.
    2004 Assessing professional collaboration in the schoolsPreventing School Failure. 4-8.
    2004 Lessons learned from research on early intervention: What teachers can do to prevent children’s behavior problemsPreventing School Failure. 1-10.
    2003 A statewide program to put the disciplinary provisions of IDEA into practicePreventing School Failure. 74-78.
    2003 Early intervention with children at risk for emotional/behavioral disorders: A critical examination of research and methodologyEducation and Treatment of Children. 362-381.
    2003 Intervention with children at risk of emotional/behavioral disorders: A critical examination of research methodology and practicesEducation and Treatment of Children. 362-381.
    2002 Integrating academic and non-academic instruction for students with emotional/behavioral disordersEducation and Treatment of Children. 66-73.
    2000 Making way for changing disciplinary and instructional practices in middle schoolsThe Clearing House. 205-208.
    2000 Quality special educators in every classroom: A university and public school challengeTeacher Educators Journal. 24-48.
    1994 Family characteristics congruent with success in young urban childrenJournal of Research in Education. 16-21.
    1993 "Where does the time go?" Task/time demands of teachers of preschool childrenTeachers Educators Journal. 39-49.
    1993 Where does the time go? Task/time demands of teachers of preschool children with disabilitiesTeacher Educators Journal. 39-49.
    1987 Virginia's science education program assessment model resource guideScope..
    1982 Screening for seizures.The Journal of Pediatric Nursing.
    1982 The importance of teacher self concept in creating a healthy environment for learningEducation.
    1981 Screening for seizuresPediatric Nursing.

    Books

    Year Title
    1992 The psychology of human development.  Washington: Kendall/Hunt.

    Grants

  • Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs  awarded by Virginia Department of Education (U.S. Department of Education - Prime) 2018 - 2019
  • The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Supporting Students wiht Severe Disabilities and Autism (ACSD Consortium)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education (U.S. Department of Education - Prime) 2018 - 2019
  • Preschool-Special Education Training and Technical Assistance Center Regions 2 & 3 (2017-2019)  awarded by VA Department of Education 2017 - 2019
  • Special Education Training and Technical Assistance Center Regions 2 & 3 (17-19 PBIS)  awarded by VA Department of Education 2017 - 2019
  • Special Education Training and Technical Assistance Center Regions 2 & 3 (17-19TTAC)  awarded by VA Department of Education 2017 - 2019
  • Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by VA Department of Education 2017 - 2018
  • Consortium of Institution of Higher Education in Virginia in Visual Impairments  awarded by George Mason University 2017 - 2018
  • School Climate Transformation Grant SCTG Evaluation Year 4  awarded by VA Department of Education 2017 - 2018
  • VA Cons for Teacher Prep in Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Support Students with Disabilities and Autism  awarded by George Mason University 2017 - 2018
  • VDOE Special Education Traineeship Regions 1-8  awarded by VA Department of Education 2017 - 2018
  • Preschool- Special Education Training TTAC And Tech Assist Regions 2and3  awarded by VA Department of Education 2016 - 2018
  • State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG)  awarded by VA Department of Education 2016 - 2018
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center  awarded by VA Department of Education 2016 - 2018
  • Virginia School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG) Evaluation  awarded by VA Department of Education 2015 - 2018
  • Consortium of Institution of Higher Education in Virginia in Severe Disabilities  awarded by George Mason University 2016 - 2017
  • Consortium of Institution of Higher Education in Virginia in Visual Impairments  awarded by George Mason University 2016 - 2017
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program: Traineeships For The Education of Special Education Personnel (State)  awarded by VA Department of Education 2016 - 2017
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs: Traineeships For Education of Special Education Personnel  awarded by VA Department of Education 2016 - 2017
  • ODU TTAC 15-831  awarded by VA Department of Education 2015 - 2017
  • Summer Training Institute In Unified English Braille  awarded by George Mason University 2016
  • Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium FY16  awarded by George Mason University 2015 - 2016
  • Virginia Consortium For Teacher Preparation In Visual Impairments (Vi Grant) FY16  awarded by George Mason University 2015 - 2016
  • Severe Disabilities Consortium FY15  awarded by George Mason University 2014 - 2016
  • Virginia Impairments Consortium 2015 (VI Grant)  awarded by George Mason University 2014 - 2016
  • Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2014 - 2015
  • Promoting Academic Engagement and Self-Regulatory Behavior in Special Education Student  awarded by the US Public Health Service 2012 - 2014
  • The Commonwealth Special Ecucation Endorsement Programs: Traineeships for Education of Special Education personell (State) 2012-2013 Continuation Proposal 2012 - 2013
  • Preeschool Services- Special Education Traingin adn Technical Assistance Center for Regions 2 and 3, 23011-2013  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2011 - 2013
  • T-TAC and ESD for FY3023  awarded by the Virginia Department of Ecuation 2011 - 2013
  • Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment  awarded by the Virginia Deparment of Education through subcontract with George Mason University 2011 - 2013
  • CSEEP (Continuation)  awarded by the Virginia Department od Education 2011 - 2012
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2011 - 2012
  • Preparing Academic Leaders to Meet Critical Challenges in Special Education  awarded by the US Department of Education 2008 - 2012
  • Mentoring and Clinical FAculty Training- Traditional and New Virtual Approaches  awarded by the Virginia Department of Ecuation 2010 - 2011
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2010 - 2011
  • The Commonwealth Special Endorsement Programs  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2010 - 2011
  • Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education through subcontract with George Mason University 2010 - 2011
  • Mentopring and Clincial Faculty Taining IV  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2009 - 2010
  • Mentoring and Clinical Faculty Training IV  awarded by Virginia Dept of Education 2009 - 2010
  • ODU/VDOE CSEEP 2009-2010  awarded by the Virgina Department of Education 2009 - 2010
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2009 - 2010
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Programs  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2009 - 2010
  • Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education (GMU) 2009 - 2010
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2008 - 2010
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2008 - 2010
  • Instructional Coaching Project for Clinical Faculty III  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2008 - 2009
  • Visual Impairment Consortium Licensure (GMU)  awarded by George Mason University 2008 - 2009
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2007 - 2009
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2007 - 2008
  • Visual Impairment Consortium Licensure (GMU)  awarded by George Mason University 2007 - 2008
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching/A Commonwealth Collaborative Endorsement for Special Education Studies  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2006 - 2007
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2006 - 2007
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2005 - 2007
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2005 - 2006
  • Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2005
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2004 - 2005
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2004 - 2005
  • Virginias Schoolwide Effective Discipline Project: Changing Perspectives on School Discipline  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2004 - 2005
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2003 - 2005
  • Autism Project of Virginia  awarded by Department of Education Commonwealth of Virginia 2004
  • Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2004
  • Professional Development in Autism Coordination  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2004
  • Informal Instructional Coaching Project for Clinical Faculty  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2003 - 2004
  • Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2003 - 2004
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2003 - 2004
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2002 - 2004
  • Autism Project of Virginia  awarded by Department of Education Commonwealth of Virginia - 2004
  • 2002-2003 Statewide Functional Behavior Assesment and Behaviorial Intervention  awarded by the Virgina Department of Education 2002 - 2003
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2002 - 2003
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2001 - 2003
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2001 - 2002
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 2000 - 2001
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2000 - 2001
  • Special Education Teacher Preparation Project  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 2000
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 1999 - 2000
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 1998 - 2000
  • Pathways to Teaching Careers Project: Dewitt-Wallace Readers Digest  awarded by Southern Education Foundation 1997 - 2000
  • Special Education Teacher Preparation Project  awarded by Virginia Department of Education - 2000
  • Faculty Innovator Grant: Special Education Program Innovation: Instructional Thematic Strands Across Curriculum  awarded by Old Dominion University 1998 - 1999
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 1998 - 1999
  • The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program  awarded by the Virginia Department of Education 1997 - 1999
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education - 1999
  • Project ACCESS  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 1997 - 1998
  • Special Education Training and Technical Assistance Center  awarded by Department of Education Commonwealth of Virginia 1997 - 1998
  • Project ACCESS  awarded by Virginia Department of Education - 1998
  • Special Education Training and Technical Assistance Center  awarded by Department of Education Commonwealth of Virginia - 1998
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 1997
  • Severe Disabilities Endorsement Program  awarded by Virginia Superintendent Region 2 1996 - 1997
  • Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 1996
  • Young Marine's Evaluation Study  awarded by U.S. Department of Defense: Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps 1996
  • Project Choice  awarded by Virginia State Council of Higher Education 1996 - 1995
  • Disability and Society  awarded by VA Board for People with Disabilities 1994 - 1995
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Education  awarded by Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education 1994 - 1995
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Training  awarded by Virginia Department of Education Centers for Disease Control 1994 - 1995
  • Project Choice  awarded by Virginia State Council of Higher Education - 1995
  • Drug Education for Youth Evaluation  awarded by US Department of Defense; Sec. of Navy, Drug Demand Reduction Taskforce 1993 - 1994
  • Preparation in Personnel/Careers in Special Education: Early/Special Education Preparation  awarded by Office of Special Education, US Department of Education 1990 - 1993
  • A Feasibility Study for Special Education  awarded by Virginia Department of Education - 1993
  • Project If: Investing in the Future: Early Intervention for Youth At-Risk of Substance Abuse in Chesapeake, VA  awarded by US Department of Education - 1993
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Education  awarded by Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education 1992
  • Tonelson Teaching and Learning Center  awarded by Old Dominion University and Norfolk Public Schools 1988 - 1990
  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavioral Correlates of Pre-service Teachers Toward Low Income Elementary Students  awarded by Appalachia Educational Laboratory 1988 - 1989
  • Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavioral Correlates of Pre-service Teachers Toward Low Income Elementary Students  awarded by Appalachia Educational Laboratory - 1989
  • A Feasibility Study for Special Education  awarded by Virginia Department of Education 1981 - 1982
  • Screening for Seizures  awarded by Maternal and Child Health, Education, and Welfare 1981 - 1982
  • Traditional Instrument Making Techniques and Music  awarded by The Ohrstrom Foundation and the Dan River Foundation - 1982
  • Expertise Keywords

  • Family Support
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Teacher Preparation
  • Education And Training

  • Ed.D. in Curriculum, Research and Evaluation, University of Virginia 1980
  • M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, Old Dominion University 1976
  • B.A. in Elementary Education, College of William & Mary 1972
  • Full Name

  • Stephen Tonelson