Marilyn Spalla

Assistant Professor of Special Education

Education

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 2015
M.ED., DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 2007
B.A., DePaul University, Chicago, IL, 1996

“Respecting all human life means accepting others not only for their strengths but also for their weaknesses. In special education, capitalizing on a student’s strengths to address the weaknesses, improves the quality of life and learning, and the outcomes tend to soar with the additional help of God.”

Prof. Marilyn Spalla strives to practice and embed Christian values in her work with teachers and children in education as well as in her personal life. “Children with significant diverse learning needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities require a curriculum tailored to their unique learner profiles. Teaching methodologies necessary to educate diverse learners encompass evidence-based strategies such as Applied Behavior Analysis and task analysis. Adult learners also require a curriculum tailored to their unique learner profiles as well as opportunities to engage in applying their knowledge and diversity. A one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning while disregarding the learners’ diverse backgrounds reaches only a portion of learners and excludes the rest.”

Along with teaching at Trinity, Spalla serves as an Inclusion Behavior Specialist with a Chicago Public Schools elementary school.

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+ Expertise

Prof. Marilyn Spalla strives to practice and embed Christian values in her work with teachers and children in education as well as in her personal life. “Children with significant diverse learning needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities require a curriculum tailored to their unique learner profiles. Teaching methodologies necessary to educate diverse learners encompass evidence-based strategies such as Applied Behavior Analysis and task analysis. Adult learners also require a curriculum tailored to their unique learner profiles as well as opportunities to engage in applying their knowledge and diversity. A one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning while disregarding the learners’ diverse backgrounds reaches only a portion of learners and excludes the rest.”

Along with teaching at Trinity, Spalla serves as an Inclusion Behavior Specialist with a Chicago Public Schools elementary school.

+ Courses, Publications & Research

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