Sandra Beyda-Lorie
Executive Director for Learning Innovations; Center for Teaching and Learning; Professor
Special Education
College of Education
(773) 442-5525
Emotional/Behavioral disorders; Learning disabilities; Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Instructional planning and methodologies for children/youth with mild and moderate/severe disabilities
Courses Taught
SPED 500: Research I: Critical Writing and Research in Special Education
SPED 502: The Development of Cognition, Learning and Language
SPED 505: Consultation and Collaboration: Special and General Education
SPED 507: Internship I
SPED 509: Specialized Curriculum and Methods in Special Education
SPED 512: Internship II
SPED 514: Student Teaching in Special Education
SPED 373: Teaching Learners with Special Needs I
SPED 376: Teaching Learners with Special Needs II
SPED 323: Consultation and Collaboration in Special Education
SPED 374: Supervised Field Experience I
SPED 377: Supervised Field Experience II
SPED 381: Student Teaching in Special Education
Research Interests
Special education teacher preparation; Supporting positive learning outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders; Linking social/emotional development to academic skill instruction; Administrator practices with students with emotional and behavioral disorders; Use of drama to improve learning and perspective-taking skills of students with special needs

B.A., Secondary Education, English and Speech/Theatre-Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.

M.S., Special Education-Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Ph.D., Special Education-Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.

Selected Publications

Beyda-Lorie, S. D., Kritikos, E., & Messerer, J. (2011). Preparing special educators to infuse real life issues into the K-12 curriculum. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 17 (1), 5-16.

Beyda Lorie, S. D. (2010). Behavior assessment. In E. Papoutsis Kritikos (Eds.), Special education assessment: Issues and strategies affecting today’s classrooms. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

Beyda, S. D., & Lee, D. (2007). Administrator beliefs about students referred for classroom disruption. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 14 (4), 255-264.

Beyda Lorie, S. D., Papoutsis Kritikos, E., Messerer, J., & LeDosquet, P. (2007). Curriculum infusion of real life issues for students with exceptionality. Network for the Dissemination of Curriculum Infusion. Northeastern Illinois University. Chicago, Ill.. Prepared as part of dissemination for the Fund for the    Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) 2003-2006 grant.

Beyda, S. D. (2003) The use of theatre as an instructional strategy in the content areas for students with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 12, 65-74.

Beyda, S. D., Zentall, S. S., & Ferko, D. K. (2002). The relationship between teacher practices and the task-appropriate and social behavior of students with behavioral difficulties. Behavior Disorders, 27, 236-255..

Beyda, S.D. (2002). Dramatic improvisation for students with EBD: A means for addressing individual and classroom goals. Beyond Behavior, 11, 34-38.

Stormont, M., Zentall, S.S., Beyda, S., Javorsky, T., & Belfiore, P. (2000). Playground contexts for aggression for preschoolers with hyperactivity. Journal of Behavioral Education, 10, 37-48.

Beyda, S. D., & Zentall, S. S. (1998). Administrative responses to AD/HD. Reaching Today’s Youth: The Community Circle of Caring Journal, 2, 31-36.


Sandra Beyda-Lorie (Ph.D. Purdue University) is Professor at Northeastern Illinois University’s Department of Special Education in Chicago, Illinois, and has served as Department Chair since 2008. In collaboration with program faculty she has supported the expansion of the department’s high quality program offerings to include an advanced master’s degree in special education (LBS II), the university’s first online program leading to special education (LBS I) endorsement, and a second undergraduate night program at the University’s El Centro location. She considers herself a servant leader dedicated to developing and facilitating undergraduate and graduate learning experiences that position program graduates to transform the lives of individuals with disabilities. Her research focus is special educator and administrative practices that honor the social and emotional development of students with exceptional learning needs and simultaneously facilitate positive academic learning outcomes.

Her motto, “It’s about the kids.”

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