College of Education and Human Development, August 17, 2004
Maynard C. Reynolds, Emeritus Professor, received a M.A. (1947) and Ph.D. (1950) in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota. After receiving his doctorate, he remained at the University working first as a school psychologist in the campus-reading clinic and then as the first faculty member and chair of the Department of Special Education. Throughout his career, he was very involved with special educators and classroom teachers in the schools. He devoted himself to the cause of increasing the inclusion of students labeled disabled into the mainstream of education. Not only was he instrumental in the formation of the Minnesota Council on Special Education, a group that oversaw the first state appropriations for special education public policy, but played a significant role at the national level both in the federal government as it moved to develop policies and procedures, and in advocacy organizations such as the Council on Exceptional Children (CEC). He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He has also been published in national, refereed journals and educational books and encyclopedias on mentally handicapped children and adults, and on gifted and talented children.
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