Dr. Ann Selmi has taught for over 40 years, and most of her career has been spent working with young children with, and without, disabilities and their teachers.
For the past twelve years she has taught at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), where she prepares early childhood teachers to address some of the most challenging situations in the Los Angeles area. Her research focuses on the relationship between the development of language and play.
Dr. Selmi also worked for five years as a researcher on the cochlear implant program for young deaf children at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, and she spent one year as a visiting researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Development in the Child and Family Research Section in Bethesda, Maryland.
Along with a number of published articles, she is the primary author of the 2014 book Early Childhood Curriculum for All Learners: Integrating Play and Literacy Activities published by Sage Publishers.
Dr. Lynn Busia has worked in public and private schools in both urban and suburban settings for over 30 years. She provides services for governing boards, superintendents, senior management teams, school districts, charter school organizations and law firms.
Earning an undergraduate degree in English and a teaching credential from Marymount College, Dr. Busia began her career as an educator in the Pico Union community of Los Angeles. Seeing the need to provide support in schools serving a diverse population of students in inclusive settings, she pursued studies in curriculum and instruction, special education, and administration, earing a Master’s degree in Education from California State University, Los Angeles, as well as a Master’s degree in administration from Pepperdine University. Dr. Busia continued her academic work at Pepperdine University where she was awarded a doctorate in organizational leadership.
Dr. Busia is best known for charting new paths in organizations by bringing a unique perspective to addressing public, procedural and management issues. She has knowledge, skills, and experience in:
Managing rapidly expanding requirements of state and federal programs through knowledge of current law
Analyzing revenue and expenditures to align resources and contain rising program costs
Building leadership capacity in stakeholders through coaching and mentoring
Creating innovative curricular programs
Dr. Busia has been a special education administrator, student services administrator, principal, program specialist, and general education and special education teacher. In addition to her work in public, charter, and private preK-12 schools, Dr. Busia has served as both a university program administrator and faculty member. She has taught in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University as well as in the College of Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Dr. Jenny Chiappe is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Teacher Education's Special Education Program at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Dr. Chiappe holds a doctorate in Special Education and her research interests are the inclusion of students with disabilities and teacher practices to address academic and social needs, specifically the bullying of students with disabilities. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Chiappe worked as a special education teacher for 7 years to support students with a range of abilities in inclusive settings.