Dr. Mary Brownell is a Professor of Special Education at the University of Florida. She has spent much of her research specializing in issues relating to teachers who work with students with disabilities. Recently, she has studied how school districts can prepare, develop, and retain high quality special education teachers. Her recent research efforts focus on improving the reading instruction of both general and special education teachers and improving the induction of beginning special education teachers into the classroom. In collaboration with her colleagues from UF, she has received over $11,000,000 in funding from OSEP and IES.