Dr. Heather Wizikowski
Heather Taylor Wizikowski is assistant professor in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona.
Dr. Wizikowski is the Principal Investigator for a $1.1 million dollar 2017 US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Personnel Improvement grant. This grant will provide scholarships, technology, and materials for students wishing to pursue a teaching credential in special education or adaptive physical education as well as a Master’s degree. The purpose of this program is to help alleviate teacher shortages in our region, especially in our high-need districts, as well as mentor high-quality teachers so they have the support needed to persist in the profession.
Dr. Wizikowski is currently co-director of the Integrated Teacher Education Preparation program at Cal Poly Pomona. This program, to be implemented in Fall 2018, will allow students to complete their undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies or Liberal Studies, and earn their Special Education teaching credential in just four years. This program, funded by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, is meant to assist with the dramatic special education teacher shortages in our region.
Her interests in pedagogy revolve around maximizing student potential in K-12 education for a modern, diverse student population. She believes strongly in the practice of co-teaching and has experience both co-teaching and providing professional development on co-teaching partnerships. Dr. Wizikowski’s current research interests include effective teacher preparation and effective new teacher mentoring. In addition, she has a history of researching postsecondary students with disabilities and academic supports at the college level. She also has an interest in reading intervention pedagogy and best practices for students with disabilities.
Dr. Wizikowski presents nationally and internationally on special education teacher preparation and research-based pedagogy. She received the Outstanding Presentation Award at the International Association of Special Education conference in Wroclaw, Poland and is an Association for Institutional Research Data Fellow.
Dr. Wizikowski holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from Claremont Graduate University.