Mary E. Morningstar

Associate Professor
Primary office:
546 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Dr. Mary E. Morningstar is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas and Director of the Transition Coalition, which offers online transition professional development and resources for secondary special educators and practitioners. Her research agenda includes evaluating secondary teacher quality and professional development, culturally diverse family involvement in transition planning, and interagency collaboration. She is also examining the impact of inclusive secondary experiences for students with significant disabilities on postschool outcomes. Currently, she is developing a multi-dimensional model of adult life engagement for transition.

Dr. Morningstar coordinates an online masters program, focusing on preparing secondary educators across the country to provide transition education and services to youth with disabilities. She has designed and teaches several of the online classes and is currently coordinating the online masters in transition program. She also coordinates the teacher education program for teachers of students with significant disabilities, and in this role, is working with colleagues to transform special education endorsement coursework to support inclusive practices in schools and the community.

Dr. Morningstar has been involved in training, professional development and research regarding transition from school to adult life for over 25 years. Prior to moving to Kansas, she worked as a teacher for students with significant intellectual disabilities. Mary has been an active advocate for all persons with disabilities based on her experiences as a sibling of a brother with disabilities.

Publications

Kim, K., & Morningstar, M. E. (in press). Preliminary study: Special education doctoral students perceptions of self-determination. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education.

Madaus, J. W, Dukes, L. L, Martin, J. E, & Morningstar, M. E (2013). Postsecondary education assessment: Practices to document student progress, preferences, and interests related to postsecondary education and learning. In C. A Thoma & R. Tamura (Eds.), Demystifying Transition Assessment. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Company.

Morningstar, M. E., & Clavenna-Deane, E. (2013). Preparing secondary special educators and transition specialists. In P. T Sindelar, E. D McCray, M. T Brownell, & B. Lignugaris-Kraft (Eds.), Handbook of research on special education teacher preparation. Florence, KY: Routledge Press.

Mazzotti, V. L., Rowe, D. A., Cameto, E., Test, D. W., & Morningstar, M. E. (2013). Identifying and promoting transition evidence-based practices and predictors of success: A position paper of the Division on Career Development and Transition. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 36(3), 140-151.

Kim, K., Kim, J., & Morningstar, M. E. (2013). Secondary special education teachers’ perceptions of preparation for and satisfaction with transition education and services. Disability & Employment, 23(1), 209-234.

Trainor, A. A, Morningstar, M. E, Murray, A., & Kim, H. (2013). Social capital during the postsecondary transition for young adults with high incidence disabilities. Prevention Researcher, 20(2), 7-10.

Morningstar, M. E., & Benitez, D. (2013). Teacher training matters: The results of a multi-state survey of secondary special educators regarding transition from school to adulthood. Teacher Education and Special Education, 36(1), 51-64.

Blagg-Thornton, H., & Morningstar, M. E (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA & secondary transition, goal attainment scaling [Online instructional video]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA & secondary transition, how to develop an action plan [Online instructional video]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA & secondary transition, how to facilitate the IEP review activity [Online instructional video]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Ray-Oyler, S., & Morningstar, M. E (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA & secondary transition, how to write a SMART 6-week goal [Online instructional video]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA & secondary transition, indicator 13 IEP review [Online instructional video]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E, Lattin, D., & Grillot, J. (2013). Georgia CCaRS Seminar Series. Seminar V: Interagency collaboration in transition planning [Online seminar and training resource]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E, Lattin, D., & Grillot, J. (2013). Georgia CCaRS Seminar Series. Seminar IV: Preparing for employment and postsecondary education [Online seminar and training resource]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Lattin, D., Morningstar, M. E, Ray-Oyler, S., Blagg-Thornton, H., Gaumer Erickson, A., Grillot, J., & Paradise, J. (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA and secondary transition facilitator guide, Georgia edition. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition.

Lattin, D., Morningstar, M. E, Ray-Oyler, S., Blagg-Thornton, H., Gaumer Erickson, A., Grillot, J., & Paradise, J. (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA and secondary transition facilitator guide, Kansas edition. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition.

Lattin, D., Morningstar, M. E, Ray-Oyler, S., Blagg-Thornton, H., Gaumer Erickson, A., Grillot, J., & Paradise, J. (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA and secondary transition facilitator guide, Missouri edition. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition.

Lattin, D., Morningstar, M. E, Ray-Oyler, S., Blagg-Thornton, H., Gaumer Erickson, A., Grillot, J., & Paradise, J. (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA and secondary transition team guide, Georgia edition. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition.

Lattin, D., Morningstar, M. E, Ray-Oyler, S., Blagg-Thornton, H., Gaumer Erickson, A., Grillot, J., & Paradise, J. (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA and secondary transition team guide, Kansas edition. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition.

Lattin, D., Morningstar, M. E, Ray-Oyler, S., Blagg-Thornton, H., Gaumer Erickson, A., Grillot, J., & Paradise, J. (2013). Transition Coalition self-study: IDEA and secondary transition team guide, Missouri edition. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition.

Morningstar, M. E, Lattin, D., & Grillot, J. (2013). Georgia CCaRS Seminar Series. Seminar III: Family involvement and student involvement [Online seminar and training resource]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E, Lattin, D., & Grillot, J. (2013). Georgia CCaRS Seminar Series. Transition assessment [Online seminar and training resource]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Morningstar, M. E, Lattin, D., & Grillot, J. (2013). Georgia CCaRS Seminar Series. Seminar I: Introduction to transition education & services [Online seminar and training resource]. . Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning, Transition Coalition. www.transitioncoalition.org

Kellems, R. O, & Morningstar, M. E. (2012). Using video modeling delivered through iPods to teach vocational tasks to young adults with autism spectrum disorders. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 35(3), 155-167.

Morningstar, M. E., Gaumer Erickson, A., Lattin, D. L., & Lee, H. (2012). Quality indicators of exemplary transition programs needs assessment instrument. [Online assessment]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning. doi:http://www.transitioncoalition.org/transition/section.php?pageId=74

Morningstar, M. E., Knollman, G., Semon, S., & Kleinhammer-Tramill, J. (2012). Accountability for what matters: Using postschool outcomes to build school and community renewal. In L. C. Burrello, W. Sailor, & J. Kleinhammer-Tramill (Eds.), Unifying Educational Systems: Leadership and Policy Perspectives (pp. 158-167). FLorence, KY: Routledge, Taylor & Frances Group.

Morningstar, M. E., Bassett, D. S., Kochhar-Bryant, C., Cashman, J., & Wehmeyer, M. L. (2012). Aligning transition services with secondary education reform: A position statement of the Division on Career Development and Transition. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 35(3), 132-142.

Morningstar, M. E., Gaumer Erickson, A., Lattin, D. L, & Wilkerson, D. (2012). Enhancing employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. [Online training module]. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning. doi:www.transitioncoalition.org

Kang, M. Ju, Petr, C. G., & Morningstar, M. E. (2012). Improving the transition-to-adulthood outcomes of youths with emotional and behavioral disabilities. School Social Work Journal, 37(1), 54-74.

Noonan, P. M, Gaumer Erickson, A., & Morningstar, M. E (2012). Effects of community transition teams on interagency collaboration for school and adult agency staff. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. doi:doi: 10.1177/2165143412451119

Noonan, P. M., & Morningstar, M. E. (2011). Effective strategies for interagency collaboration. In M. L. Wehmeyer & K. W. Webb (Eds.), Handbook of adolescent transition education for youth with disabilities. Routledge, Taylor & Frances Group.

Kim, K., Morningstar, M. E, & Gaumer-Erickson, A. (2011). Strategies for successfully completing online professional development. International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology. , 1(2), 45-51..

Morningstar, M. E., Frey, B. B., Noonan, P., Ng, J., Clavenna-Deane, B., Graves, P., Kellems, R., McCall, Z., Pearson, M., Bjorkman Wade, D., & Williams-Diehm, W. (2010). A preliminary investigation of the relationship of transition preparation and self-determination for students with disabilities in postsecondary educational settings. Career Development for Exceptional Individuals, 33(3), 80-94.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1995
  • M. Ed., Severe Handicaps, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1989
  • B.S. Ed, Special Education, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 1982

Specializations

Secondary special education and transition to adulthood, online instruction and professional development, and education of students with significant disabilities.


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