Marilyn Friend, Ph.D., has spent her entire career as a general education teacher, special education teacher, researcher, teacher educator, and staff developer. She is Professor Emerita of Education in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Past-President of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. Dr. Friend has consulted with school professionals nationally and internationally (giving more than 3000 presentations and projects in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia) as they collaborate to educate their students, assisting them to create classroom partnerships, to form productive and efficient work teams, and to foster inclusive practices.
In addition to Special Education: Contemporary Perspectives for School Professionals (4th edition, 2014), she is the co-author with Dr. Lynne Cook of Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals (7th edition, 2013), co-author with Dr. William Bursuck on Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers (6th edition, 2012), and the author of Co-Teach! A Manual for Creating and Sustaining Classroom Partnerships (2nd edition, 2013). In addition, she is the co-producer on a series of videotapes about collaboration, co-teaching, and inclusion, including The Power of Two (2nd edition, 2005) and More Power: Instruction in Co-Taught Classes (2010). Dr. Friend is the author of more than 50 articles on collaboration, inclusive practices, and related topics.