Dr. Cara McDermott-Fasy

Department, Office, or School
Department of Special Education
  • Associate Professor

Education

Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction), Boston College
M.A.T. in Education (Elementary and Special Education), Rhode Island College
B.A. (Psychology), Boston College
 

Professional Associations

Current Certifications
National Board Certified Teacher, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist (2003-2013; Renewed for 2013-2023)
Rhode Island Professional Administrator of Curriculum and Instruction
Rhode Island Professional Administrator of Special Education
Rhode Island Professional Teacher of Elementary Grades, 1-6
Rhode Island Professional Special Educator, Mild to Moderate, Elementary/Middle Level

Selected Publications

​McDermott-Fasy, C. (2017, November). Response to Conditions: Thinking about the integration of High Leverage Practices in special education. Interactive Paper Session presented at the annual meeting of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Savannah, GA.

Dowd-Eagle, S. & McDermott-Fasy, C. (2016, March). Targeted Group Interventions: PALS Data and Systems. Part of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) on Multi-Tiered System of Support via the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

McDermott-Fasy, C., & Arenberg, Deborah. (2016, January). Using Universal Screening Data to Strengthen Core Instruction (Novice). Part of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) on Multi-Tiered System of Support via the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Dowd-Eagle, S. & McDermott-Fasy, C. (2015, November). Using Universal Screening Data to Strengthen Core Instruction (Advanced). Part of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) on Multi-Tiered System of Support via the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Dowd-Eagle, S. & McDermott-Fasy, C. (2015, November). Peer Assisted Learning Strategies: Reading. Part of the State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) on Multi-Tiered System of Support via the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Lynch, M., Capalbo, L., Castagno, K., McDermott-Fasy, C. & Owen, L. (2013, November). Crossing boundaries: Integrating elementary and special education preparation and practice. Conversation Session presented at the annual meeting of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

McDermott-Fasy, C. (2013, November). Creating space in teacher education for candidates to apply key procedures. Interactive Paper Session presented at the annual meeting of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

McDermott-Fasy, C. & Lyons, J. (2013, May). Response to Intervention: Creating space in teacher preparation programs for teacher candidates to apply key principles and procedures. Paper presented at the Third Annual FSEHD Conference, Providence, RI

Bucka, N., Eagle, J., Dowd-Eagle, S., Hauerwas, L., McDermott-Fasy, C., Stoner, G., & Walden-Doppke, M. (2012, May). Building an integrated Response to Intervention for Rhode Island schools: A Panel Discussion. Presented at the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities’ RI Statewide PBIS Symposium, Providence, RI.

Dowd-Eagle, S. & McDermott-Fasy, C. (2011-2012). Data-based decision making within a response to intervention framework. Part 3 in a series of three regional trainings via the Rhode Island Department of Education, Barrington, RI.

McDermott-Fasy, C. (2011, April). 50/50, nothing you can do about it: A narrative on teacher effectiveness. Paper accepted and submitted to the 2011 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from the AERA Online Paper Repository.

McDermott-Fasy, C. (2011, April). Mentoring/Induction programs: One state’s landscape. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, National Harbor, MD.

McDermott-Fasy, C. (2010, April). Family school-partnerships in special education: A narrative study of parental experiences. Paper accepted and submitted to the 2010 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from the AERA Online Paper Repository.

Courses

SPED 312 Assessment Procedures for Students with Special Needs
SPED 390 Independent Study: Honors Project
SPED 412 Intensive Intervention in Literacy
SPED 460 Capstone: Specialized Language Instruction
SPED 471 Student Teaching in Elementary Special ​Education
SPED 501 Assessment in Special Education

Additional Information

Research Interests
Language-Based Learning Differences including Dyslexia
Parental Experiences with the Special Education System
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
Academic Assessment and Interventions
Data Based Individualization​
Mentoring/Induction

Recent Scholarly Activity
McDermott-Fasy, C. (2019, November). A de-siloed approach to supporting students with language-based learning differences. Interactive Paper Session presented at the annual meeting of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, New Orleans, LA.

McDermott-Fasy, C. (2019, April). High leverage practices in special education: The path from "response to conditions" to program reform. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children, Indianapolis, IN.

McDermott-Fasy, C. (2018, November). Responding to the call for intervention research: Sharing a self-study to help establish a warrant. Interactive Paper Session accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Las Vegas, NV