Profile for Lema Kabashi

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Specialty area(s)

 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Video-Based Instruction
  • Single Subject Research Design

    • Multiple Baseline Design

      • Across Behaviors, Across Participants, Across Settings​

    • A-B- and A-B-A-B Design 

    • Parallel Design

  • Computer Skills  

    • Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint​

  • Learning Management Systems

    • D2L, BlackBoard

  • Technology 

    • Animoto​, VoiceThread, EdPuzzle, Google Drive/Site, Populr, TodaysMeet, Padlet, Wix, Skype, Camtasia, Jing, Screencast, YouTube Channel, PowToon, Pear Deck, Glogster, iMovie

Brief biography

I earned my Bachelors degree in Pedagogy from the University of Pristina, Kosovo, in 1996, my Masters degree in Special Education from Slippery Rock University, PA, in 2007, and my Doctorate degree in Early Intervention-Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, in 2012.

I have over fifteen years of teaching and advising experience and over ten years of research experience in the field of special education, particularly with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Given that I am originally from Kosovo, my teaching and research experiences have been enriched by both Albanian and American cultures.

I have been coordinator of the special education program since Spring 2016. In the last four years, I have also been honored to be the faculty advisor for the Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC); I hope to see many of you at different SCEC events this school year.

It is a privilege to work at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Teaching confers upon me an opportunity to share my enthusiasm for individuals with exceptionalities and the special education field. It is my passion to inspire teacher candidates to support all learners in their classrooms, including students with exceptionalities.

Current courses at UWL

Spring & Fall

SPE 401: Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (Online)

SPE 424 Classroom Management & Positive Behavior Practices 

SPE 446/447: Methods Corss Categorical in Special Education (Flipped Classroom)

SPE 430: Student Teaching Seminar

SPE 483: Student Teaching in Special Education

Education

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
M.Ed., Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA
B.s., University of Prishtina, Prishtinë, Republic of Kosovo

Teaching history

Spring & Fall 

SPE 401/501: Introduction to Exceptional Individuals (Online)

SPE 424 Classroom Management & Positive Behavior Practices 

SPE 446/447: Methods Corss Categorical in Special Education (Flipped Classroom)

SPE 461: Clinical in Special Education

SPE 430: Student Teaching Seminar

SPE 483: Student Teaching in Special Education

Professional history

Presentations

Kabashi, L., Buechel, E., Koepp, M., Handrick, K., Stark. L., & Bauer, A. (February, 2020)             Keeping Students with Challenging Behaviors in the Classroom, Western Wisconsin Education Conference Spring 2020, La Crosse, WI

 Kabashi, L. (October, 2019). Using Practice-Based Coaching with Educators in Kosovo.  Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families, Division for Early Childhood, Dallas, TX

Kabashi, L. (April, 2019). Interactive Activities in Flipped, Blended, and Online Courses. OPID 2019 Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning "The Joys of Teaching & Learning: Intersecting Identities & Pedagogies", Office of Professional And Instructional Development (OPID), Madison, WI

  Kabashi, L. (February, 2019). Using websites for presentations and interactive class discussions, Western Wisconsin Education Conference Spring 2019, La Crosse, WI

Kabashi, L. & Zehner, A. (November, 2018), Coaching vs Training: What is Best for Educators? Special Education Conference, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Kabashi, L. (October, 2018). Preparing Educators to Support Students with Challenging Behaviors, Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children 34th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs & Their Families, Division for Early Childhood, Orlando, FL

April, 2018                  Kabashi, L. Enhancing Social Presence in Online Learning, The Joy of Teaching in Digital Age, Office of Professional And Instructional Development (OPID), Madison, WI

February, 2018            Kabashi, L. Preparing Preservice Teachers to Support Students with Challenging Behaviors, Council for Exceptional Children, CEC, Tampa, FL

October, 2017              Kabashi, L. Using Video Self-Modeling to Support Young Children with Autism in Kosovo, DECs 33rd Annual International Conference Presentation on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families, DEC, Portland, OR

October, 2017              Kabashi, L., & C. Zehms, Using Best Practices in the Teacher Preparation Programs,  Special Education Conference, DPI, Wisconsin Dells, WI

January, 2017              Kabashi, L. & A. Epstein. Supporting Young Children with Challenging Behaviors, Regional Montessori Conference, UW-L

January, 2017              Kabashi, L. Promoting Question-Asking Initiations in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Using Video-Based Instruction, 22nd Annual UWL Faculty Research Day, UW-L

                                    Kabashi, L. Increasing Independent Engagement in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback, 22nd Annual UWL Faculty Research Day, UW-L

October, 2016              Kabashi, L. Video-Based Instruction and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Special Education Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI

April, 2016                  Kabashi, L. Implications of Collaboration Between University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) and Harry Spence Elementary School in Training Teacher Candidates to Support Students with Challenging Behaviors in a General Education Classroom and/or Other Settings, Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID), Green Lake, WI

February, 2016             Kabashi, L. Using Video-Based Intervention on Promoting Inclusion of Children with Autism, Western Wisconsin Education Conference, La Crosse

October, 2015              Kabashi, L. Teaching Independent Transitioning to Young Children with Autism

Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback via iPads, Division of Early Childhood (DEC), Atlanta, Georgia.

                                    Kabashi, L. The Efficacy of Video-Based Instruction for Improving Social Initiation Skills of Children with ASD: Literature Review, Division of Early Childhood (DEC), Atlanta, Georgia.

September, 2015          Kabashi, L. The Effectiveness of Flipped Classroom in Methods course in Special Education, 17th Annual UWL Conference on Teaching and Learning, UW-L

April, 2015                   Kabashi, L. Facilitating Online Teaching and Learning, Office of Professional & Instructional Development (OPID), Green Lake, WI

February, 2015             Kabashi, L. Principles of Human Behavior, Western Wisconsin Education Conference, La Crosse, WI

February, 2015             Kabashi, L. The Use of VoiceThread in Online and Face-to-Face classes, CATL TechBits Showcase, UW-L

March, 2014                Kabashi, L. Blogs in the Classroom, 21st Century Teaching at UW-L, UW-L

January, 2014              Kabashi, L. & Rogers, L.  The Effectiveness of Google Docs on Promoting Student Engagement, 15th Annual UWL Conference on Teaching and Learning, UW-L

October, 2014              Kabashi, L. The Efficacy of Video-Based Instruction for Improving Social Initiation Skills of Children with ASD: Literature Review, Division of Early Childhood (DEC), St. Louis, Missouri.

October, 2013              Kabashi, L. & Kaczmarek, L. The efficacy of video self-modeling on

promoting social initiation skills of children with ASD to peers. Division of Early Childhood (DEC) San Francisco, California.

March, 2012                Kabashi, L. (Spring, 2012). The efficacy of video self-modeling for

promoting social initiation skills for children with autism. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

October, 2010              Kaczmarek, L., Kabashi, L., & Knoll, D. Development of a skills list for

autism practitioners using student practicum objectives. Kansas City,

Missouri.

October, 2009              Kaczmarek, L., Knoll, D., & Kabashi, L. An empirical-based revision of an early intervention autism specialization personnel preparation program. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

October, 2006              Kabashi, L. Special Education in the United States. Prishtinë, Kosovo

April, 2006                  Berman, D., & Kabashi, L. Democratic Teaching and Learning in Post-                                                 Conflict Societies. Canadian International Development Agency,                                                       International Conference on Professional Development in Education.                                                     Becic, Montenegro.

Research and publishing

Publications

Kabashi, L., Kaczmarek, L. A. (2019). Educating a Child with Down Syndrome in an Inclusive Kindergarten Classroom. Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders, 5(2:4), 1-9.

Kabashi, L., Epstein, A. (2017). Promoting Question-Asking Initiations to Peers with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using Video-Based Instruction. Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders, 3(4), 1-7.

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A. (2017). Improving Social Initiations of Children with Autism using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback: A Case Study. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 7(2), 111-122.

Kabashi, L., & Epstein, A., (2017). Teaching Independent Transitioning to Young Children with Autism Using Video Self-Modeling with Video Feedback via iPads. World Journal of Educational Research, 4(3), 367-387.

Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L.A. (2017). The Efficacy of Video Self-Modeling using iPads on Promoting Social Initiation Skills of Children with ASD to Peers with ASD. European Journal of Social Sciences Education and Research, 10(2), 305-321.

Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L.A. (2017). The Efficacy of a Video Self-Modeling Intervention on Peer Social Initiation Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Open Access Autism.

Kabashi, L., & Kaczmarek, L.A. (2016). Evaluating the Efficacy of VBI on Improving Social Initiation Skills of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Review of Literature. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 3(4), 61-81.

Grants

  • April 2019                    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, School of Education Grant

  • May 2019                     University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, School of Education Grant

  • June, 2018                    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, International Development Grant

  • June, 2017                    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, School of Education Small Grant

  • June, 2016                    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, School of Education Grant

  • April, 2016                   University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, International Development Grant

  • April, 2016                   University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, School of Education Small Grant

  • June, 2015                    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Faculty Research Grant

  • March, 2015                University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, School of Education Small Grant

  • November, 2014           University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Faculty Research Grant

  • August, 2014                University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Faculty Development Fund

  • June, 2014                   University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Learning By Design

  • February, 2014             University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Developing Online Course

  • February, 2013             University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Grant for Writing Grants