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Darren Minarik

Room A027, Peters Hall

Darren Minarik is an instructor in special education in the general curriculum, K-12 program area.  He currently serves as graduate advisor for students in the 5-year special education in the general curriculum program.  Darren teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Course topics include introduction to special education for secondary educators, collaboration for diverse learners, teaching exceptional learners in the secondary general education curriculum, and adaptive strategies in mathematics for elementary school educators.  He also works in collaboration with the secondary social science teacher education program, supervising pre-service secondary social studies teachers who are co-placed with pre-service special education teachers.
Darren has been an educator since 1993 in both social studies and special education.  He is actively involved in the community, holding a position as Director of Curriculum and Professional Development for the American Civics Center, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to preparing young people and adults for active and responsible participation in democracy. He also serves on the State Special Education Advisory Committee (SSEAC) and frequently works with the Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined state-directed project focusing on self-determination for youth with disabilities.  His research interests include citizenship education and self-determination foryouth with disabilities, instructional strategies in the social studies classroom, postsecondary transition, collaboration, inclusive practices, and the perceptual and pedagogical intersections between social studies, disability studies, and special education.