Andrea Ruppar

Associate Professor

ruppar@wisc.edu

(608) 263-5791

440 Education Building

Ruppar, Andrea

Andrea L. Ruppar is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. Dr. Ruppar’s research focuses on decision making among special education teachers and other professionals, especially related to students with significant disabilities. Recently, she has examined: (a) the development of expertise in teaching students with significant disabilities; (b) the individual and social factors which support access to the general curriculum in general education classes for students with significant disabilities; and (c) decision making about Individualized Education Programs (IEP). She was selected for the Early Career Publication Award from the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division for her research on special education teachers’ expertise, as well as the Early Career Research award from TASH. She also works closely with school districts and teachers in collaborative research to improve the literacy experiences and outcomes for students with significant disabilities.

Education

  • Ph D Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, 2011
  • M Ed Special Education, University of Washington, 2004
  • BS Music and Sociology, Indiana University - Bloomington, 2000

Publications

  • Toews, S. G., Johnston, R., Kurth, J. A., Ruppar, A., McQueston, J. A., & McCabe, K. M. (2020) Alignment of supplementary aids and services with student needs and placement Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Li, L., & Ruppar, A. (In Press) Conceptualizing teacher education for inclusive education: A systematic and international review Teacher Education and Special Education
  • McCabe, K. M., Ruppar, A., Kurth, J. A., McQueston, J. A., Gross, S. M., & Johnston, R. (2020) Cracks in the continuum: A critical analysis of least restrictive environment for students with significant support needs Teachers College Record, 122(5)
  • Kurth, J. A., Burke, K., Ruppar, A., & Lockman-Turner, E. (In Press) Curricular Philosophies Reflected in IEP Goals for Students with Complex Support Needs Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Miller, A., Allcock, H. C., Kurth, J. L., Morningstar, M. E., & Ruppar, A. (In Press) Teacher agency for inclusive education: An international scoping review International Journal of Inclusive Education
  • Kurth, J., McQueston, J., Ruppar, A., Toews, S., McCabe, K., & Johnston, R. (2019) An analysis of parent input in IEP development Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Kurth, J., Ruppar, A., Gross, S. M., McCabe, K., McQueston, J., & Johnston, R. (2019) Considerations in placement decisions for students with extensive support needs: An analysis of LRE statements Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 44, 3-19.
  • Ruppar, A., Roberts, C. A., & Olson, A. J. (2018) Developing expertise in teaching students with extensive support needs: A roadmap Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 56, 412-426.
  • Ruppar, A., Knight, V., McQueston, J., & Jeglum, S. (2018) Involvement and progress in the general curriculum: A grounded theory of the process Remedial and Special Education
  • Kurth, J., Ruppar, A., McCabe, K. M., McQueston, J., Gross, S., & Johnston, R. (2018) Types of supplementary aids and services for students with significant support needs Journal of Special Education

Presentations

  • Ruppar, A., McQueston, J. A., Yang, Y. R., Li, L., Barofsky, K., Bubash, S., Xin, W., Pant, N., & McCabe, K. M., TASH Annual Conference, "Alternate assessment: What purpose is it serving?" (2019), Phoenix, AZ
  • Ruppar, A., & McCabe, K. M., TASH Annual Conference, "Emergency-certified rural special educators: Implications for professional development and inclusion" (2019), Phoenix, AZ
  • Ruppar, A., Kurth, J. A., Bubash, S., & Turner, E. L., TASH Annual Conference, "Functional Skills in the 21st century: A conversation" (2019), Phoenix, AZ
  • Ruppar, A., Kurth, J. A., Toews, S. G., McCabe, K. M., & McQueston, J. A., TASH Annual Conference, "Reporting present levels of performance: Narratives and their consequences for students with significant support needs" (2019), Phoenix, AZ
  • McQueston, J. A., & Ruppar, A., Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Meeting, "Ask Yourself: A comprehension self-questioning strategy at the elementary level" (2019), Chicago, IL
  • Ruppar, A., Snodgrass, M., Corr, C., Roberts, C., & Peck, C., American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, "The complexity of mixing research paradigms: Mixed methods research combining qualitative with single-case designs" (2019), Toronto, ON
  • Kurth, J., Ruppar, A., McCabe, K., Toews, S., & McQueston, J., Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, "An analysis of placement decisions for students with extensive support needs" (2019), Kahului, HI
  • McQueston, J., & Ruppar, A., Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, "Ask yourself: A preliminary study of a self-questioning strategy" (2019), Kahului, HI
  • Kurth, J., Ruppar, A., McCabe, K., Toews, S., & McQueston, J., Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, "Supplementary aids and services: Patterns and implications for inclusive education" (2019), Kahului, HI
  • Burke, K., Shogren, K., Kurth, J., & Ruppar, A., TASH Annual Conference, "Analyzing individualized education program annual goals for students with significant support needs" (2018), Portland, OR

Awards and Honors

  • Early Career Research Award, TASH, 2019
  • Early Career Publication Award, Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division, 2017
  • Outstanding Student Research Award, American Educational Research Association, Special Education Research SIG, 2013
  • Student Research Award (Qualitative), Council for Exceptional Children Division of Research, 2012