Rebekka Jez

Rebekka Jez
Phone: (619) 260-4292
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 251

Assistant Professor

  • Ed.D. University of San Francisco
  • M.A. University of San Francisco
  • B.A. University of Washington, Seattle

Dr. Rebekka Jez is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) in the Department of Learning and Teaching where she researches and supports educators working with diverse students around the world using culturally responsive inclusive practices. Dr. Jez is also the Director of the Academy of Catholic Teaching (ACT) program, which is part of the University Consortium of Catholic Education (UCCE). In this role she works in partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego in training and supporting candidates in service through teaching, living in community, and spirituality while working as K-12 Catholic school educators.

Professional Experience

Dr. Jez has taught in urban special education classrooms for over 14 years, given professional development seminars around the globe, and taught classes at various universities. Furthermore, Rebekka completed a Distinguished Fulbright in Teaching in Johannesburg, South Africa where she trained professors, faculty, preservice teachers, and educators in township schools how to implement culturally responsive inclusive practices to support all learners within their classes. Additionally, she has authored chapters on culturally responsive postsecondary transition for culturally and linguistically diverse students with exceptional needs and culturally responsive supports for literacy development.

Dr. Jez’s research and support is focused on training and supporting educators working with diverse students around the world using culturally responsive inclusive practices. Rebekka continues to speak at national and international conferences about collaborative processes, positive behavior interventions and supports, postsecondary transition, literacy supports, and effective teacher training and support practices.

Honors and Affiliations

Jez, R. J. (2013). Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Application of Inclusive Practices for Educators in Township Schools, Faculty at Universities, and Preservice Teachers in Teacher Preparation Programs. Distinguished Fulbright in Teaching and Research, South Africa.

Scholarly Work

Jez, R. J. (2017). Inspiring Literacy from a Global Perspective: How to Use Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Instruction to Increase Literacy for All Learners. In Makalela, L. (Ed.), Multilanguaging, Decolonization and Education in the global South: Shifting lenses. Cape Town, South Africa:  The Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society (CASAS)

Jez, R. J. (2017). Five things we can all do to maximize the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Local Happenings, April/May 36-37.

Jez, R. J. (2014). Empowering postsecondary transition planning for culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities by giving a voice to the family. In Michael, D. & Lo, L. (Eds.), Promising practices to empower culturally and linguistically diverse families of children with disabilities. Charlotte, NC:  Information Age Publishing Inc.

Jez, R. J. (2012). Evaluation of a culturally responsive postsecondary transition training for educators of marginalized students with disabilities. American Educational Research Association Conference Paper, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jez, R. J. (2012). Culturally responsive postsecondary transition: Effectively using a summary of performance. Council for Exceptional Children Conference Paper, Denver, Colorado.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Empowering equity in postsecondary transition for marginalized culturally and linguistically diverse students with disabilities by implementing a culturally responsive summary of performance teacher training and support program (doctoral dissertation). University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Reid, T. S. & Jez, R. J. (2009). Supporting students with special needs through inclusive and collaborative service learning pedagogy. International Association of Special Education Conference Paper, Alicante, Spain.

Vogt, K., Gatlin, S. J., & Jez, R. J. (2008). Data report for Benjamin Holt College Prep Academy. The Woodrow Wilson Early College Network. San Francisco, CA:  WestEd.

Jez, R. J. & Salazer, L. (2008). TEAMS/Americorps family leader handbook. Teacher Education for the Advancement of a Multicultural Society, San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. & DeWitt, N. (2008). Using narrative identity to enhance culturally responsive classrooms. Hawaii International Conference on Education Paper, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jez, R. J. (2005). The effects of service learning projects on high school students with emotional/behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. (Unpublished masters’ thesis). University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Conferences and Presentations

Jez, R. J., Muir, C. S., & Jerabek, A. N. (2017). Out of Isolation:  Supporting K-12 Educators Using Professional Growth Opportunities. California Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, California.

Jez, R. J. (2017). Empowering Students of All Ages in Transition Using a Culturally Responsive Student Self-Determination Presentation (Elementary, Secondary, or Functional Versions). Division Career Development and Transition International Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Kalyanpur, M., Hansen, C. B., Mandell, H., McConnell, M., Stolz, S., & Jez, R. J. (2017). Co-teaching Problems of Practice Session. Co-Teaching Symposium, Monterey, California.

Jez, R. J. (2017). Empowering educator capacity using an educational collaborative to address inclusive practices in underserved communities. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Madigan, J. & Jez, R. J. (2016). Moving Special Education Forward in Lagos, Nigeria: Collaboration and Discourse. Division for International Special Education Roundtable Conference, Managua, Nicaragua.

Jez, R. J. (2015). (Keynote) Inspiring Literacy from a Global Perspective: How to Use Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Instruction to Increase Literacy for All Learners. Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jez, R. J. (2015). (Keynote) Supporting Teachers in Supporting Diverse Learners: Strategies and Supports that Really Work. Kingscourt Educational Conference, Lagos, Nigeria.

Jez, R. J. (2015). All Students Can Learn:  Using Global Education That Works to Inform Inclusive Practices. Kingscourt Educational Conference, Lagos, Nigeria.

Jez, R. J. (2015). Showcase (DISES) - Becoming International: Benefits of Reaching Out Around the World. Council for Exceptional Children Conference, San Diego, California.

Jez, R. J. (2014). Special Education in the United States- Using Global Research to Guide Our Practice. Centro Universitário Fieo, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Jez, R. J. (2014). Empowering Paraprofessionals: Creating a Manual Based on Job Experience, Research-based Theory to Practices, Meaningful Scheduling, and Helpful Accommodations. San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. (2014). Supporting Equity Using Inclusive Practices: Social Justice for Educators and Students in a Developing Country. American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rhodes, V., Ferrebouef, M., & Jez, R. J. (2014). Triggers, de-escalation techniques, and reflection for educators working in high stress environments. San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco, California.

Jez R. J. (2014). Culturally Responsive Teacher Professional Development:  From Assessment to Research to Practice in an Inclusive Environment. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jez R. J. (2013). Teacher Education for Social Justice, Inclusion and Diversity. Southern African Association for Learning and Educational Differences Inclusion Conference, Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Jez, R. J. (2012). Evaluation of a Culturally Responsive Postsecondary Transition Training for Educators of Marginalized Students with Disabilities. American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jez, R. J. (2012). Culturally Responsive Postsecondary Transition: Effectively Using a Summary of Performance. Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Denver, Colorado.

Jez, R. J. (2012). Equitable Transition for Youth with Disabilities. San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Access and Equity in Urban Schools: Implementing a Culturally Responsive Summary of Performance. Division of Career Development and Transition Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Equity for the Marginalized Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students with Disabilities: How to Encourage a Culturally Responsive Postsecondary Transition. 11th Annual Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference, San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Behavior Management Skills and De-escalation Techniques: Creating Empowering Environments for Students with Special Needs. San Francisco State University, California.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Inclusion and Co-teaching: A Collaborative Effort When Working With Students with Special Needs. San Francisco State University, California.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Inclusive Practice in Special Education. San Francisco Unified School District. San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. (2011). Culturally Responsive Practices in Special Education: Working with Students, Teachers, Administrators, Paraprofessionals, and Families. Presentation at TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. & Stephens, D. (2011). Culturally Responsive Practices Working with English Language Learners Receiving Special Education Services. Presentation at TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. (2010). Service Learning in Urban Special Education Classrooms. Presentation at TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Reid, T. S. & Jez, R. J. (2009). Supporting Students with Special Needs Through Inclusive and Collaborative Service Learning Pedagogy. Presentation at International Association of Special Education Conference, Alicante, Spain.

Jez, R. J. (2009). Behavior Management Skills and De-escalation Techniques: Creating Empowering Environments for Students with Special Needs. University of San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. (2009). Raising the Bar: Integrating History and English in Special Education Classrooms. University of San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. (2009). Examining our minds and hearts: how race plays a role in urban classrooms II. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. & Jeffries, J. (2009). Examining our minds and hearts: how race plays a role in urban classrooms I. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Fox, S. & Jez, R. J. (2008). Sojourn to the Past: Empowering Youth Using Personal Experience and Content Standards. National Association for Multicultural Education Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jez, R. J. (2007, 2008). Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-Second Edition: Assessment, Scoring, and Reporting. San Jose State University.

Jez, R. J. (2007, 2008). Beyond High School: Resources, contacts, and checklists for transitioning the student with special needs into postsecondary placements. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. (2008). The Effects of Service Learning Projects on High School Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities. Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Boston.

Jez, R. J. (2008). Assessment and Integration of Culturally Responsive Teaching Into Service Learning Projects for Students with Disabilities. American Educational Research Association Conference, New York.

Jez, R. J. & DeWitt, N. (2008). Using Narrative Identity to Enhance Culturally Responsive Classrooms. Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Jez, R. J. & Pierce, J. (2007). Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Pedagogy in Urban Schools. Ida B. Well High School Professional Development, San Francisco, California.

Jez, R. J. (2007). Teaching Philosophy and Intellectual Development. Project Pipeline, Alameda, California.

Madigan, J., Salazar, L. & Jez, R. J. (2007). Intern Institute: San Jose State University Introduction to Assessment. San Jose State University.

Jez, R. J. (2007). Culturally Responsive Teaching. San Francisco Unified Secondary School Principals’ Meeting, San Francisco.

Salazar, L. & Jez, R. J. (2007). Response to Intervention, Multiple Intelligences and Culturally Responsive Teaching. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. (2007). Service Learning Projects. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Salazar, L. & Jez, R. J. (2007). Working with Para-educators in Special Education. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. (2006). Writing Across the Curriculum. Ida B. Wells High School Staff Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Salazar, L. & Jez, R. J. (2006). Best Practices with Mainstreaming and Inclusion. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Stephens, D. & Jez, R. J. (2006). Service Learning Projects in Special Education. TEAMS Pedagogical Seminar, University of San Francisco.

Jez, R. J. (2005). The Effects of Service Learning Projects on Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities. University of San Francisco 1st Annual Graduate Students Association Research Symposium, San Francisco, California.

Areas of Interest

EDSP 371/571:  Positive Behavior and Instruction Management in Special Education
EDSP 573:  Collaboration with Families and Professionals
EDSP 589i:  Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society
EDSP 370/570: Assessment Identification to Transition Special Education

Syllabi