Tachelle I Banks, PhD
 Title: Chr, Prof & AVP, Instit Div
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 304
 Phone: 216-687-4608
 Email: T.I.BANKS@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 304, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Cognitive Behavior Interventions, Preventative Mental Health Curriculum, Teacher Education Reform, Teacher Quality, Student Success, Diversity & Equity, Quantitative
B.A., African American Studies, Ohio University, 1997
M.Ed., Special Education - Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate, Kent State University, 2003
Ph.D., Special Education, Kent State University, 2006
Brief Bio:
Tachelle Banks, Ph.D., is the Associate Vice President of Institutional Diversity, the Chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education and a Full Professor of Special Education. Her research agenda includes behavior disorders, cognitive behavior interventions, and teacher quality. The majority of her publications and research has focused on the development of emotional competence in children and youth, particularly those with emotional behavior disorders. Other studies have addressed implementing preventative mental health curriculum and instruction in various educational settings and examining initial commitment of teachers of color in special education. Currently, her research focuses on the role that culture and ethnicity play in emotional competency development and instruction and improving student success outcomes for traditionally marginalized student populations.

Dr. Banks has presented at numerous national and international professional conferences and published in top tiered special education research and practitioner oriented journals including Behavior Disorders, Intervention in School and Clinic, and Educational Psychology in Practice. Dr. Banks is also the Executive Managing Editor for Multicultural Learning and Teaching. Dr. Banks has received federal funding that supports her research agenda. As a result, all educator license programs have been transformed to ensure that candidates are immersed in the practice of their profession. Additional funding has supported the development of a dual license program, the implementation of Mild/Moderate Special Education program enhancement and curriculum alignment, online course development, and enhanced student supports  to improve program offerings for prospective special education teacher candidates at CSU. Dr. Banks Teaching in Cleveland keeps her grounded in her work with schools, where she prepares educators for the complexities and demands of the teaching profession. Dr. Banks is dedicated to addressing the opportunity gap to improve educational outcomes for children, youth and adult learners.
Honors and Awards:
2018 - Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio.
2018 - Who's Who in Black Cleveland. Who's Who Publishing.
2016 - Women of Influence Honoree. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio
2013 - CSU COEHS Dean Nomination for Young Scholar. Diverse, Issues in Higher Education.
2013 - CSU Merit Award. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
2012 - CSU Merit Award. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
2011 - Nominated for Early Career Award. American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.
2009 - Technology Award, College of Education and Human Services. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
2009 - Leadership/Service Award, College of Education and Human Services. Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
2005 - Leadership/Service Award, College and Graduate School of Education. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
2003 - Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society, Mu Mu Chapter. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
Creative and Activities:
Director, Community Learning Center (Spring 2014 - present). The CLC is responsible for providing community supports to children, youth and families and partnering with surrounding inner-city schools. The CLC implements grass roots initiatives to support educational outcomes of high need children and youth.

Director of Project CREATE. The Curriculum Reform Effort Advancing Teacher Education (CREATE) is a teacher education reform initiative that involves the development, planning, and implementation of a clinically-based teacher education model for all licensure programs college-wide.

Development of the Cleveland State University Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist Series (MMIS). The series provides the basic knowledge and skills necessary to teach children and adolescents identified as having Mild/Moderate (M/M) disabilities.

Development of the Praxis Preparation Series. The fully web-based sessions are intended to assist students in their preparation for the Principles of Learning and Teaching, the Special Education Content, the Middle Childhood Mathematics, and the Teaching Reading exams.
Research Interests:
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders,
Cognitive Behavior Interventions,
Positive Behavioral Supports,
Special Education in Urban Educational Settings,
Program Development/Enhancement and Evaluation,
Teacher Education Reform,
Teacher Quality,
Recruitment and Retention of Teachers of Color in Special Education,
Student Success
Teaching Areas:
Introduction to Special Education
Introduction to Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Assessment in Mild/Moderate Disabilities
Research in Educational Services
Special Education Law
Classroom & Behavior Management
Cognitive Behavior Interventions
Professional Affiliations:
Council for Exceptional Children
Council for Exceptional Children - Division of Research - Diversity Caucus
Council for Exceptional Children - Division for Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL)
Council for Exceptional Children - Council for Children with Behavior Disorders
Council for Exceptional Children - Teacher Education Division - Diversity Caucus
International Association for Special Education
Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Master Teacher Division
ETS NAC Special Education Praxis Committee
ETS Visiting Scholar
Society for Prevention Research
Society for Research & Child Development - Black Caucus
Test Development Standing Committee for the Praxis Special Education series - Invited Member
Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders
Teaching Exceptional Children with Behavior Disorders Administrative Committee
American Educational Research Association - Division K
Professional Experience:
Present - Georgetown University, Diversity & Strategic Management Certification
Present - Cleveland State University, AVP of Institutional Diversity
Present - Cleveland State University, Chairperson Department of Teacher Education
Present - Cleveland State University, Full Professor
2006 - 2007 Ashland University, Assistant Professor
2005 - 2006 Kent State University, Non-tenure track faculty
1997 - 2003 Positive Education Program
University Service:
Co-Chair, Presidents' Council on Diversity
Retention Roundtable, member
University Steering Committee
Faculty Senate
Graduate Faculty Member
McNair's Mentor - Non Discipline
CREATE, Co-Director
Community Learning Center Committee Member
Remediation Review Board (e-portfolio)
Professional Service:
Multicultural Learning and Teaching, Executive Managing Editor
Educational Psychology, Editorial Board Member
Council for Exceptional Children Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners (DDEL), Webmaster
Council for Exceptional Children Division of Research (CEC-DR), Diversity Committee member
The Urban Review, Special Issue Reviewer
Multiple Voices, Editorial Board, Reviewer
International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, Reviewer
Community Service:
Cleveland Metropolitan School District - Glenville High School
Lawrence Schools, Sagamore Hills, OH
Life Skills Centers, Elyria, OH; Cleveland, OH
Oberlin City Schools, Oberlin, OH
Positive Education Program, Cleveland, OH
Advisory Board Member: Pathways Enrichment Center, Elyria, OH
Research Grants:
2017 - Author and Principal Investigator ($225,000.00): External grant under Ohio Deans Compact on Exceptional Children. $225,000.00 across a two-year funding cycle. Conceptualization and design of Project DREAM. Project DREAM is a collaborative, integrated, dual focused, clinical model for the preparation of early childhood, early childhood intervention specialist educators and TESOL credentials

2014 - Author and Principal Investigator ($26,500.00): External grant under Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. $26,500.00 across a one-year funding cycle. Development and implementation of Project CREATE. Project CREATE is a collaborative, integrated, clinical model for the preparation of teachers.  

2009 - Principal Investigator ($499,995.00): External grant under U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs & Rehabilitative Services, Office of Special Education Programs, Special Education Preservice Training Improvement Grants (CFDA 84.325T).  

2009 - Cleveland State University Faculty Research Development (FRD) ($15,000.00). The purpose of our research will extend the findings of Sanchez Fowler et al. (2009) by looking at a larger sample of youth while applying a longitudinal design. By examining change in behavioral trajectories over time using a Latent Growth Curve model, we will be able to determine key intervention points for youth who exhibit high levels of school age aggression.

2008 - Ohio Consortium Improvement Grant ($100,000.00). State grant under the State of Ohio, Ohio Department of Education.  

2008 - Author and Principal Investigator: ($3,000.00) Faculty Research Mentoring Program. Awarded by CSU CEHS. $3,000.00 across a three-year funding cycle.