Sharon Jones

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Category: 
Staff, Faculty
Program (What area of CES): 
Professional Development
Position: 
Curriculum and Instructional Specialist in Special Education
Email: 
sjones@collaborative.org

Sharon Jones worked in public school districts for 34 years prior to joining the Collaborative for Educational Services. In June 2016, she concluded nine years of service as Administrator of Special Education in the Pioneer Valley Regional School District. She has worked as both a special education and general education teacher; assistant principal; educational diagnostician/consultant; and inclusion specialist. Sharon has taught courses on inclusion for the University of Massachusetts. Sharon is widely known for her expertise in helping schools and teachers adopt the structures, dispositions and skills for effective co-teaching.

Currently Sharon coaches over 150 co-teachers across the State of Massachusetts. In addition to coaching teachers, she provides mentorship and guidance for educational leaders. She conducts Professional Development for schools and districts on the topics of inclusion, co-teaching, paraprofessional instructional improvement, differentiation, UDL, disability awareness and ableism. Several times a year, Sharon conducts thorough and in depth inclusion studies for individual schools or school districts which include multiple-year improvement plans. Sharon also co-facilitates the Special Education Team Leader Institute which is a year long training program designed to meet the specific needs of Educational Team Leaders.

Sharon is passionate about educating others on the benefits of inclusion, the history of disabilities law and advocacy and current best practices in the field of education today.