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LePage, Pamela

Professor and Co-Coordinator, Mild/Moderate Disabilities Program Area

Special Education & Communicative Disorders



Burk Hall 202


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Special Education -- UC Berkeley and SFSU

MA. Educational Technology -- San Diego State University

BA. Liberal Studies -- San Diego State University

AA. San Diego Mesa/Tacoma Community College


Pamela LePage is a Professor of Special Education. She is now the Mild to Moderate Co-Coordinator in SPED and has been in the past the Director of the Combined Credential Program. Before coming to San Francisco State, Dr. LePage worked at Stanford University as the Director for the Committee on Teacher Education, and before working at Stanford, Dr. LePage taught at George Mason University where she helped to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary master’s program for practicing teachers called the Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET).  Before working in higher education Dr. LePage was a special education teacher for 11 years.


Research Interests

Dr. LePage has three main research interests including, 1) the policy and practice of teacher education, 2) the social and emotional development of older children with high-level autism, 2) the resiliency of girls and woman from disadvantaged backgrounds. Her interest in teacher education centers on the moral, and psycho-social development of teachers (such as attitudes toward inclusion). But she has also been involved in research on teachers’ work in content areas such as mathematics.  In autism she is interested in identity development for children, including how families deal with disclosure issues and how children experience their diagnosis. She is also interested in how they are integrated into general education and how they make real connections with friends. And finally, she is interested in how teachers are prepared to work with children with high-level autism as opposed to classic autism and how women and girls from disadvantage back succeed despite barriers.


Recent Grants

National Science Foundation (SRI) Research Grant: Dynabook development and evaluation: Web-based digital tool for teaching middle school teachers math and math pedagogy (2009-2012) (with Susan Courey, $212,000.00)


Program Improvement grant for the Mild to Moderate Program: Focusing on Response to Intervention. Special Education 325T (2007-2012) US Department of Education, (with Susan Courey, $500,000.00)


Personnel Preparation Grant: Dual Program Development between Elementary and Mild to Moderate Special Education (2005-2009) US Department of Education (with Ali Borjian, $800,000.00)


Personnel Preparation Grant: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators to Meet the Unique Needs of Learners on the Autism Spectrum in Diverse Settings (2006-2011) US Department of Education, (with P. Wolfberg, $800,000.00)


Thank you also to Flora Family Foundation, First Five, and Genentech for supporting Autism Social Connection for multiple years.


Community Projects

Pamela LePage has been working with Sue Courey and other staff, students, and faculty from SFSU, as well as other parents and professionals, to develop a new community-based center that serves children with autism and their friends and families. The program is called Autism Social Connectionand provides social programs for children with autism. The Center brings children with autism and their typically developing peers to work and play together in social groups/classes (video, theater, and art) where they socialize, have fun, and learn new skills. The goal is to promote inclusion, not only by helping teach children on the spectrum how to interact with others, but also to teach children without disabilities to appreciate and accept difference. At this time, Dr. LePage is serving as Executive Director of the Center.


Publications: Books

LePage, P. & Courey, S. (2013). Teaching Children with High-Level Autism: Evidence from Families. Routledge NY.


LePage, P. (under review). From Childhood Poverty to Teacher Education: Social justice and morality in teacher education.


Darling-Hammond, & L., Bransford, J., with LePage, P., Hammerness, K., & Duffy, H. (Eds.) (2005). Preparing Teachers for A Changing World: What teachers should learn and be able to do. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers. Winner 2006 Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.


LePage, P. & Sockett, H. (2002). Educational Controversies: Towards a discourse of reconciliation. London: Routledge. Review available from Pedagogy, Culture, and Society, 11(3) (2003).


Sockett, H. Demulder, B., LePage, L. & Wood. D. (Eds.) Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in Professional Development. Westport CT: Bergin and Garvey. Review from: The Teaching Education Journal, 14(2). August 2003


LePage, P. (1997). From Disadvantaged Girls to Successful Women: Education and Women's Resiliency. Westport CT: Praeger Press.

Won the AERA Women Educators Research award, 1996. Reviews available from Lena Ampadu (National Women Studies Association Journal 11(2); and Laurel Parrot (AERA-Educational Review EDREV).


Publications: Selected Articles and Chapters 2008-present

Courey, S.J., Tappe, P., Siker, J., & LePage, P. (2013). Improved Lesson Planning with Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Journal of Teacher Education and Special Education. 36(1) 7-27.


Courey, S. & LePage, P. (2012). Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Human Rights: Identifying Global Values in the Classroom. In A. Pitman & S. Majhanovich, Human Rights and Education VII, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands.


LePage, P., Boudreau, S., Maier, S., Robinson, J, & Cox. H. (2003/2012). Exploring the complexities of K-12 Faculty and College Faculty Relationships in a Nontraditional Professional Development Program. Teaching and Teacher Education, B. Avalos, (Ed.)  (Article chosen to be Reprinted in a Virtual Special Issue on Teacher Professional Development in Teaching and Teacher Education over ten years). Ed.


LePage, P. (2012). Teaching Filmmaking to Children with Autism.  Autism, Bay Area Magazine.  San Francisco, CA


LePage, P., & Courey, S. (2011). Filmmaking: A Video-based Intervention for Developing Social Skills in Children with Autism. Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning, 1(2). 89-103.


LePage, P. Akar, H., Temli, Y., Sen, D., Hasser, N., & Ivens, I., (2011). Comparing teachers’ views on morality and moral education in Turkey and the United States. International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education. 27, 366-375.


LePage, P., Courey, S., Fearn, E. J., Benson, V., Cook, E., Hartmann, L., & Nielsen, S. (2010). Curriculum development for inclusive teacher education. International Journal of Whole Schooling, 6(2), 19-45.


LePage, P. (2009) His Own Best Advocate: A 10 year-old Boy Talks to his 4th Grade Class about Autism. Autism-Asperger’s Digest (January).


Wolfberg, P., LePage, P., & Cook, E. (2009). Innovations in teacher education for inclusive education. International Journal of Whole Schooling, 5(2), 16-22).


Sockett, H., & LePage, P. (2008). Can the Aims of Education be Reconciled? Implications for Teaching and Learning. International Journal of Educational Practice and Theory, 29 (2).


LePage, P., Nielsen, S. & Fearn, E. (2008). Charting the Dispositional Knowledge of Teachers in Special Education. Teacher Education and Special Education, 31. 77-92.

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