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Steve Tonelson

  • Steve Tonelson
  • Professor
  • Communication Disorders & Special Education
  • 210 Lions Child Study Ctr
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-6295
  • stonelso@odu.edu
  • Stephen W. Tonelson is a Professor of Special Education and Early Childhood Education at Old Dominion University. He graduated from Maury High School as did his parents and his two children, Claire and Rachel. His wife Lona is the Media Specialist at Sewells Point Elementary School. Steve earned an AB degree from the College of William and Mary, a MS degree in Education from Old Dominion University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Virginia. He began his career in education as a third grade teacher and has taught both general education and students with special needs. He has been a member of a PTA since 1986 and has held a number of offices in that organization. Steve also has served as a board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia since 1980 and has served as President and secretary of that organization. Dr. Tonelson has published numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters addressing the education of children at risk and children with mild disabilities and their families. He has received over $25,000,000.00 in grants from the Virginia Department of Education, the United States Department of Education, other government agencies, and private foundations. One of these grants, The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program: A Distance Learning Approach (CSEEP) has been recognized nationally and has received: the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2005) and the Exemplary Program Award from the American Council for Rural Special Education (2006). In addition, the CSEEP grant was named a Finalist in the Distinguished Program Award in Teacher Education from the Association of Teacher Educators (2007).
  • Education

    University of Virginia, 1980
    Major: Curriculum, Research and Evaluation
    Degree: Ed.D.
    Old Dominion University, 1976
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Degree: M.S.Ed.
    College of William and Mary, 1972
    Major: Elementary Education
    Degree: B.A.
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Certification Kindergarten-Grade 7
    Virginia Collegiate Professional Certificate
  • 2010: Charles Clear Research Award , Virginia Educational Research Association
  • 2007: Most Collaborative Grant Award, Old Dominion University: Darden College of Education
  • 2007: Finalist, Distinguished Program in Teacher Education, Association of Teacher Educators
  • 2006: Exemplary Program Award , American on Rural Special Education
  • 2005: Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education , American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • 2005: Most Collaborative Grand Award, Old Dominion University, College of Education
  • 2003: Most Collaborative Grant Award, Old Dominion University: College of Education
  • 2000: Tonelson Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research, and Service, ODU
  • 1995: Elected President of the Epilepsy Association of VA
  • 1993: Governor's Award for Substance Abuse Prevention Programs , Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1992: Chair of Jan Elich Monroe's dissertation committee
  • 1991: Committee member for Mary Carolyn France’s dissertation
  • 1990: Chair of Flora Robert's dissertation committee
  • 1987: Darden College of Education Scholarship Award, ODU
  • 1981: Darden College of Education STAR Award, ODU
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Promoting Academic Engagement and Self-Regulatory Behavior in Special Education Student
    Sponsoring Organization: the US Public Health Service
    Date: December 1, 2012 - November 30, 2014
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Preeschool Services- Special Education Traingin adn Technical Assistance Center for Regions 2 and 3, 23011-2013
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2013
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    T-TAC and ESD for FY3023
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Ecuation
    Date: October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2013
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    The Commonwealth Special Ecucation Endorsement Programs: Traineeships for Education of Special Education personell (State) 2012-2013 Continuation Proposal
    Date: July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Deparment of Education through subcontract with George Mason University
    Date: October 1, 2011 - March 31, 2013
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Baker, C.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2011 - September 30, 2012
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Preparing Academic Leaders to Meet Critical Challenges in Special Education
    Sponsoring Organization: the US Department of Education
    Date: August 26, 2008 - August 15, 2012
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    CSEEP (Continuation)
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department od Education
    Date: July 1, 2011 - May 15, 2012
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Mentoring and Clinical FAculty Training- Traditional and New Virtual Approaches
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Ecuation
    Date: July 1, 2010 - September 30, 2011
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    The Commonwealth Special Endorsement Programs
    Sponsoring Organization: the virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2010 - September 25, 2011
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education through subcontract with George Mason University
    Date: October 1, 2010 - May 10, 2011
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Baker, C.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2010 - May 10, 2011
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    ODU/VDOE CSEEP 2009-2010
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virgina Department of Education
    Date: 2009 - 2010
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education (GMU)
    Date: October 2, 2009 - September 30, 2010
    Investigators:Baker, C.; Tonelson, S. W.
    Mentopring and Clincial Faculty Taining IV
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2009 - September 25, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Baker, C.; Hager, J.; Tonelson, S. W.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Programs
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2009 - September 25, 2010
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2008 - September 25, 2010
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Mentoring and Clinical Faculty Training IV
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Dept of Education
    Date: September, 2009 - August, 2010
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Lucking, R.; Butler, L. L.; Tonelson, S. W.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2009 - May 10, 2010
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2009 - May 10, 2010
    Investigators:Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.; Hager, J.; Tonelson, S. W.
    Visual Impairment Consortium Licensure (GMU)
    Sponsoring Organization: George Mason University
    Date: October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Baker, C.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2009
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    Instructional Coaching Project for Clinical Faculty III
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2008 - May 15, 2009
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2007 - October 31, 2008
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Visual Impairment Consortium Licensure (GMU)
    Sponsoring Organization: George Mason University
    Date: October 1, 2007 - September 30, 2008
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Baker, C.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2007 - May 15, 2008
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching/A Commonwealth Collaborative Endorsement for Special Education Studies
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2006 - December 1, 2007
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2006 - September 30, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2005 - September 30, 2007
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching/A Commonwealth Collaborative Endorsement for Special Education Studies
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2006 - May 15, 2007
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 5, 2005 - September 30, 2006
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program/Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2005 - May 31, 2006
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2005
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2004 - September 30, 2005
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 1, 2003 - September 30, 2005
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Virginias Schoolwide Effective Discipline Project: Changing Perspectives on School Discipline
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: October 10, 2004 - June 30, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Local
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: February 15, 2004 - December 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Paraprofessional Preparation for Extraordinary Teaching
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: February 15, 2003 - December 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Professional Development in Autism Coordination
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: March 31, 2004 - September 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: August 1, 2002 - September 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2002 - September 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: November 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Informal Instructional Coaching Project for Clinical Faculty
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    2002-2003 Statewide Functional Behavior Assesment and Behaviorial Intervention
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virgina Department of Education
    Date: October 11, 2002 - June 30, 2003
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Functional Assessment Training Project: Institute of Positive Academic and Behavioral Supports
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Bailey, T.; Tonelson, S. W.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: September 1, 2001 - June 30, 2003
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2002
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2000 - September 30, 2001
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2000 - September 30, 2001
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Training and Technical Assistance Center (ODU)
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2001
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Lambert, K.
    Pathways to Teaching Careers Project: Dewitt-Wallace Readers Digest
    Sponsoring Organization: Southern Education Foundation
    Date: 1997 - 2000
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Heine, P.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 1999 - June 30, 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 1998 - June 30, 2000
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Faculty Innovator Grant: Special Education Program Innovation: Instructional Thematic Strands Across Curriculum
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University
    Date: July, 1998 - June, 1999
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Butler, C. M.; Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.; Baker, C.; Hager, J.
    The Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: the Virginia Department of Education
    Date: July 1, 1997 - June 30, 1999
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Hager, J.; Baker, C.; Gable, R. A.
    Severe Disabilities Endorsement Program
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Superintendent Region 2
    Date: 1996 - 1997
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.
    Disability and Society
    Sponsoring Organization: VA Board for People with Disabilities
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Charlton-Traverse, P.
    HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Training
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education Centers for Disease Control
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Dowling, L.; Tow, P.; Redondo, D.
    HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Training
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education Centers for Disease Control
    Date: 1994 - 1995
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Dowling, L.; Tow, P.; Redondo, D.
    Drug Education for Youth Evaluation
    Sponsoring Organization: US Department of Defense; Sec. of Navy, Drug Demand Reduction Taskforce
    Date: 1993 - 1994
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Robinson, J. E.; Eigenburg, H.
    HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
    Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education
    Date: April, 1994 - October, 1994
    Investigators:Dowling, E. A.; Tow, P.; Tonelson, S. W.
    Preparation in Personnel/Careers in Special Education: Early/Special Education Preparation
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Special Education, US Department of Education
    Date: 1990 - 1993
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Tonelson, S. W.
    HIV/AIDS Prevention Education
    Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Education
    Date: January, 1992 - December, 1992
    Investigators:Dowling, E. A.; Tow, P.; Tonelson, S. W.
    Tonelson Teaching and Learning Center
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University and Norfolk Public Schools
    Date: 1988 - 1990
    Investigators:Gable, R. A.; Meeks, J.; Tonelson, S. W.
    A Feasibility Study for Special Education
    Sponsoring Organization: Virginia Department of Education
    Date: 1981 - 1982
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Schapiro, J.
    Screening for Seizures
    Sponsoring Organization: Maternal and Child Health, Education, and Welfare
    Date: 1981 - 1982
    Investigators:Tonelson, S. W.; Dreifuss, F.; Santilli, N.