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Rhonda Vander Laan Kraai

Associate Professor

128H Porter


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  • Ed.D., Ball State University
  • M.S., Marquette University
  • B.S., Western Michigan University
Rhonda Kraai

Professional Summary

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Kraai is a professor in the Learning Disabilities area of the Special Education program. She has acquired many years of experience working in both the speech-language pathology field as well as the field of special education. Working in different environments in four different states in various setting such as: public schools, hospital, home healthcare, hospice, charter school and university settings has been a highlight of her professional career. Dr. Kraai has served as an Honors College Faculty Fellow and has recently received the College of Education Innovative Teaching Award.

Selected Publications

Kraai, R.V. (March, 2015) Special Education and Writing. Presentation at the

            EMU National Writing Project, Ypsilanti, MI

 Kraai, R. V. (March, 2015) Disabilities and Faith Communities in the State of

            Michigan. ) Presentation at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children,

            Grand Rapids, MI 

Kraai, R.V. (November, 2014). Serving Students with Disabilities: Lessons from

            Service Learning Experiences. Presentation at the TED Conference of

            Council for Exceptional Children, Indianapolis, IN

Kraai, R.V., (November, 2014). Faith Communities and Disability in the State of

            Michigan. Presentation at the Brehm Conference: Connecting the Dots,

            Ypsilanti, MI.

Kraai, R.V., Desiderio, J., and Stiefel, G. (May, 2014). From Feeblemindedness to   Exceptionality. Presentation at the EMU Department of Special Education 100th Anniversary Research Symposium, Ypsilanti, MI.

 Kraai, R.V., (May, 2014). Speech and Language Development. Professional development for workshop for the visiting Korean teachers. EMU Department of Special Education,

            Ypsilanti, MI.


Kraai, R.V., (2014) (February, 2014). Writing and Learning Disabilities. Presentation

            at the EMU Writing Center, Ypsilanti, MI. 

Kraai, R.V. (2013). Faith Communities and Disabilities. In P. Smith (Ed.).

Disability and Diversity: An Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall

Hunt Publishers.

Kraai, R.V. and Stevens, L.C. (2013). Speech and Language Disorders. In P. Smith (Ed.) Disability

and Diversity: An Introduction. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers

Kraai, R. V. (April, 2013). The Church's Role in Serving People with

Disabilities. Poster Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children

Conference (CEC), San Antonio, TX.

The Work Sampling System. (2013) Meisels, S.J., Marsden, D.R., Jablon, J.R.,

Dorfman, A.B. & Dichtelmiller, M.K., (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson

(Special Education Content Area Expert).

Kraai, R.V. (April, 2012). Metacognitive Strategy Use in Spelling. Poster

presented at the Council for Exceptional Children's Conference

(CEC), Denver, CO.

Kraai, R.V. & Yssel, H. (2012). Metacognitive Strategy Use in Second Grade

Students with Learning Disabilities During Written Spelling Tasks.

Issues in education: Preschool through graduate school, 3 (1). Online

Journal, Michigan Association of Teacher Educators,  http://www   .

Selected Presentations


  • SPGN 251 Introduction to Inclusion and Disability Studies in a Diverse Society
  • SPGN 271 Speech and Language Development for Exceptional Learners
  • SPCI 350L Introduction to Cognitive Impairment
  • SPCI 5557 Cognitive Impairment Theory
  • SPCI 429 Curriculum Design and Educational Programming for Students with Mild Cognitive Impairment


Dr. Kraai is involved in a number of different projects. She has received a Provost's New Faculty Research Award which focuses on researching people with disabilities and faith communities in the State of Michigan. Another interest where research has been conducted and disseminated is with special education preservice teachers and Academic Service Learning which the office of Academic Service Learning on campus helped to fund. A third area of interest is with Metacognitive strategy use during spelling tasks which she conducted with second grade students with learning disabilities.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) – Teacher Education Division (TED) and Developmental Disabilities
  • Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (MCEC)
  • American Speech-Language -Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MASHA)

Licensures and Certifications

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