B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., University of Virginia
- Literacy Instruction
- Special Education
- reading instruction for struggling students
- parental involvement
- preparing pre-service teachers to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students
A native of northern Virginia, Dr. Douglas Ball earned his degrees at the University of Virginia. For his doctoral degree, he chose to work with two departments at the Curry School of Education: reading and special education. He was a public school special education teacher and taught reading to students with learning disabilities.
Since 1999, he has taught special education courses at the master’s and undergraduate levels. His research interests include reading instruction for struggling students, parental involvement, and preparing pre-service teachers to develop the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to provide equitable educational opportunities for all students.
His most recent publications include Teaching Hope, Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers & Erin Gruwell; he also served on this book’s editing team. He also wrote an article on interdisciplinary co-teaching in the Learning Disabilities, a Multidisciplinary Journal. He has presented research at multiple international conferences including the International Reading Association, Council for Exceptional Students, and Learning Disabilities Association of America. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of Virginia and the Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.