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Communications Program Manager, Center for Learning and Development
Elaine Mulligan has expertise in designing and developing effective dissemination plans and activities for federally funded technical assistance projects. A career educator with 20 years of experience in special education, Mulligan has taught in classrooms from preschool through high school and provided technical assistance on leadership for inclusive education and effective practices for serving students with disabilities. Her achievements range from classroom teaching to designing and delivering professional learning for school principals. In addition, as project director of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), she developed evidence-based resources and supports for effective dissemination planning, social media, and website management.
At SRI, Mulligan leads dissemination work for the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center) and supports the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) – Appalachia. She guides the development of dissemination vehicles, supports product development, and provides leadership in website and social media management.
Formerly, Mulligan worked on the Center for Parent Information and Resources, the Center on Technology and Disability, National Center on Innovation in Career and Technical Education, and the Let’s Participate! projects with FHI 360. Her primary responsibilities were in the development of project websites, dissemination planning, social media management, and general project management.
Her publications include “Creating Classrooms for All Learners,” a chapter in Ability, Equity and Culture: Sustaining Inclusive Urban Education Reform; “The Facts on Charter Schools and Students with Disabilities”; Effect of Race on Disproportionate Representation of Non-white Students in Special Education in Chicago (Master’s thesis); and the Create a Great TA Website series of guides for technical assistance projects.
Mulligan received both her B.A. and M.A. in special education from Arizona State University.