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I have spent nealy 40 years in the area of Special Education. I have had the pleasure of teaching pre-school, elementary, middle, high school and college levels, as well as, served in school district administration buildings in classroom/legal support positions. I have also spent some time working in a State Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Office and am now currently Division Head and Director of Institutional Research at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. I also teach special education classes on campus. I have also taught full time teacher preparation at Northern Arizona University on the Tucson Campus, Seattle Pacific University, and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. In addition to that I have taught adjunct at Seattle Pacific University, City University in Seattle, Ashford University, and Grand Canyon University.

Experience in the area

I have experienced directly special education legal issues, process and procedure, and have taught at all levels in every special education category except gifted. My major expertise is diagnostic prescriptive teaching, literacy as it relates to disabilities, technology in special education, and Educational Leadership. My greatest passion in the field is building new programs, implementing and doing the research to see how they work. My Dissertation and principle research interest is in the area of inclusive education, primarily co-teaching of students with disabilities in the general education classroom.


Council for Exceptional Children, Association for the Supervision of Curriculum, National Reading Council.


Teaching Exceptional Children, Published computer assisted instruction, titled PAL, Special Education Basics, college Textbook, Teaching with Precision, college Textbook, Various devotionals at the website, Preachitteachit.com.


I have a B.A. in Secondary Education, a Masters in Special Education (cross categorical), administrative certification, and a second B.A. in Elementary Education. I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.

Awards and Honors

Best Summer Program in the Nation (Honorable Mention, when I was Teaching) Multiple local awards

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What do you like about this subject?

I love children. I love teaching. I love watching a students entire being light up when they learn something new...this has been an awesome career! My newest love is working with first time college students, watching them go from that level to becoming a teacher in every aspect. Maybe I will never retire, although the first year I don't have fun I will consider it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I would like to leave a legasy of quality instruction for all students, especially those with disabilities, or those who teach children with disabilities. That includes many things yet to learn, like more how the brain functions, more about the precision of teaching, more about educational reform and on and on...and how about quality of instruction at a higher education level?

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Special education students are more like their peers than they are unlike them.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

We have yet to reach the level of intensity needed to give mildly disabled students a chance to succeed in school. Too large of teaching groups, lack of data based instruction, lack of research supported instruction, inclusion practices only for the sake of including and saving money, among others are huge barriers.

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Recent Answers from Dr. Norm Bishop

2017-02-18 IEE for Adhd/LD diagnosis follow up:

I really appreciate your following up and letting me know the progress you have made.  You have gotten the process back on a forward path.  The main reason that they are starting over by having you sign

2017-02-15 IEE for cost of Adhd diagnosis:

They may not know exactly what they are looking for (they being the school team).  Unfortunately the school team doesn't always remember that you don't necessarily understand their language, but parents

2017-02-15 IEE for cost of Adhd diagnosis:

There definitely will be overlapping symptoms between SLD and ADHD, SLD is simply a significant difficulty in one or more academic areas that are defined in IDEA.  However, the spirit of the law is to

2017-02-15 IEE for cost of Adhd diagnosis:

There is no real reason to have to qualify your daughter in both categories, either one opens the door to individualized instruction that meets your unique child's needs.  That's my first thought, if your

2017-01-08 Is it time to move from an IEP to a 504?:

If he has met the goals of his IEP with little prompting, then I believe he is ready to change to a 504 plan.  Actually the goals and accommodations are things that could be included in the plan.  You


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