Smith, Barbara J., Ph.D.


Research Professor

Positive Early Learning Experiences Center
Research Professor

Barbara.Smith466@du.edu

303-871-4244, KRH 307

Barbara J. Smith, PhD is a Research Professor in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Dr. Smith’s areas of interest include policies and systems in early intervention, early childhood special education and early care and education, as well as leadership, professional development, and collaboration. She has been an early childhood teacher; Executive Director of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC); Policy Specialist, CEC; and Program Specialist, US Office of Special Education Programs. Barbara has worked with NAEYC and other early childhood leadership organizations to help shape quality inclusive early childhood environments and the policies and guidelines that support them. She has published widely on the topic of EC policy and systems including The Preschool Inclusion Toolbox: How to Build and Lead a High Quality Program published by Brookes that has been used by local inclusion teams in several states to systematically increase inclusive opportunities for children with disabilities.  Dr. Smith has presented testimony to state legislative and US Congressional committees, provided consultation to states on state policy and mentored doctoral and post doctoral scholars in early childhood policy and practices. She serves as faculty on the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (NCPMI) and the national Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pyramid Model Consortium. In her work on the Pyramid Model national TA centers, and most recently with the ECTA center, she has focused on developing a state approach to implementation and scale-up of evidence-based practices. This approach has been used by over 20 states in initiatives to implement the Pyramid Model, the DEC Recommended Practices, and high quality inclusive services.

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