Julie B. Kessler, PhD

Julie B. Kessler, PhD

Assistant Professor Teaching/Instructional

Teaching & Learning

Ritter Hall Room 364
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Ritter Hall, College of Education 
Philadelphia, PA 19122
phone/fax: (215) 204-6038 / (215) 204-1977

  • Ph.D. Special Education with Emphasis on Inclusive Education, Temple University
  • MSEd. Teaching students with significant disabilities, Temple University
  • BSEd. Elementary and special education, University of Delaware
Areas of Professional Interest

Inclusive Education

  • The Use of Accessible and Assistive Technology
  • Teacher Preparation and Diverse learners
  • Using Multiple pedagogical models in the college classroom
Research Interests
  • Efficacy of inclusive education and the process of organizational change in urban settings
  • Efficacy of university and school partnerships
  • Best practices in inclusive education and related professional development, teacher 
    preparation toward meeting the diverse needs of students
  • Teaching experience as a special educator in various settings with students have various abilities, disabilities and needs both in public and private schools.
  • Ongoing development and implementation of professional development sessions for school personnel on identifying vision, managing change, and positive behavioral supports in school settings.
  • Currently working as the coordinator of the graduate assistant program at the Institute on Disabilities.
  • Currently chairing a committee working toward supporting schools and identifying research opportunities in Philadelphia on inclusive education.
Recent Scholarship
•Teaching special education for ten years in the role of lead special educator prior to teaching at the
University level (from 1983 through 1993). Classrooms were comprised of students ranging from infancy to
adulthood and with multiple disabilities resulting in academic, functional, and behavioral challenges
requiring significant needs for academic, functional, and behavioral supports
• Teaching as part of the special education faculty at Temple University for thirteen years at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels and using multiple learning approaches, formats, platforms based on
learning theory and focused on evidence-based models of teaching and learning
• Currently coordinating practicum experiences for undergraduate students studying in elementary and special
education. Placements occur for duration of semester in AS/ES/LS/MD classrooms throughout Philadelphia
School District. Responsible for consulting with practicum supervisors, providing orientation to supervisors
and students and overseeing practicum supervisors.
• Currently participating in ongoing academic course development and implementation of new courses in our
restructured teacher preparation programs at Temple University provided by our College of Education. The
restructured programs are designed to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements according
to Chapter 49 and special education stipulations in elementary, special education, and middle grades
teacher preparation, post-baccalaureate and graduate programs.