Dr. Susan Rae Banks-Joseph is an enrolled member of the Arapahoe Tribe, a graduate of PennState’s American Indian Leadership in Special Education program. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Washington State University where she has published on American Indian special education, Native teacher education, and Native people in higher education. Within her, is a love for research, teaching, mentoring, and educating to empower Native families/communities which she shares by volunteering to aid and assist Native children with and without special needs and their families navigate through the maze of educational systems and support services in pursuit of quality service provision. In addition, Dr. Banks-Joseph presents on special education processes and laws in tribal communities, conferences, and gatherings.
Dr. Banks teaches Early Childhood Special Education, Assessment and Curriculum for Students with Disabilities, Multicultural Issues in Special Education, Inclusion Strategies for Special Education Teachers, Teaching Students with Intense Needs, and Special Education Law and Professionalism. Banks also has varied experience in the pre-K through high school realm of education, teaching birth-to-three programs, an integrated pre-school program, an elementary resource and inclusion program, and high school community-based transition programs as well as initial experience within an institutional setting for children and adults who were medically fragile. Banks is a member of the National Indian Education Association, and the Washington State Indian Education Association.
- Ti’tooq’an Cuukweneewit: Native Teaching and Learning Community Project (2016-2020). Grant writer and providing ongoing mentorship of PI: Dr. Holt (399,163 over four years), Funded.
- Barrio, B., Miller, D., Hsaio, J., Dunn, M., Hollingshead, A., Peterson, S., & Banks, S. (Accepted 2016, Scheduled for Publication, November, 2017). Designing Culturally Responsive and Relevant IEPs: A Tool to Guide IEP Teams. Intervention in School and Clinic, 53 (2)
- Inglebret, E., Banks, S., CHiXapkaid (Pavel, D. M.), & Pavel, K. (2016). Differentiated Instruction: A Culturally-Congruent Practice. The ASHA Leader, 1 (2), 43-55.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2016). Culturally Relevant Transition Planning for Indigenous Students with Disabilities, Washington State Indian Education Association, Ocean Shores, WA
- Inglebret, E., Banks-Joseph, S. R., & CHiXapkaid (Pavel, D. M.). (2015). Differentiated instruction. In CHiXapkaid (D. Pavel), E. Inglebret, & S. Wood (Eds.), Volume II – Guide to Designing Curriculum, Honoring Tribal Legacies: An Epic Journey of Healing. Eugene, OR: College of Education, University of Oregon.
- Barrio, B., Hsaio, J., Dunn, M., Peterson, S., Miller, D., Hollingshead, A., & Banks, S. (2015). Cultural considerations in the IEP process. Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention and Expo, San Diego.
- Banks, S. R. (2015). Closing the Achievement/Employment opportunity Gap for Native Youth/Young Adults with Disabilities. 46th Annual NIEA Convention & Trade Show, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
- Barrio, B., Miller, D., Dunn, M., & Banks, S.R. (2015). International perspectives of inclusion. Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, WA.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2015). Culturally Relevant Transition Planning, Washington State Indian Education Association, Yakima, WA
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2014). Using Assistive Technology: Increasing Students with Disabilities’ Participation in Language/Culture Curriculum and Successful Academic/Social Development, Washington State Indian Education Association, Spokane, WA
- Inglebret, E., Banks-Joseph, S. R., & Matson, S. (2014). Connecting the Northwest Native American Reading Curriculum to the Common Core State Standards. Presentation for the Annual Conference of the Washington State Indian Education Association, Spokane, WA.
- Banks, S., Miller, D., Dunn, M., & Barrio, B. (2014, February). Examining elements of special education: The intersect of culture, disability, and social justice. Panel presentation at the 10th Annual International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, Spokane, Washington
- Co-Reciprocate of the Berry Faculty Fellowship, (2011/2012 & 2012/2013) 10,000.00 per year.
- Banks-Joseph, S. R. (2012). Using adaptive technology to increase Indigenous people’s access to language and culture classes, activities, and events. National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Annual Conference, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- McNeill, B.W., Delgadillo,S., & Banks, S.R. (2012). El Temascal: Mother of All Medicines. Society of Indian Psychologists, Logan, UT
- Antony. P. J. & Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2011). Understanding Families from India Residing in the United States: Implications for Culturally Responsive Services. Multiple Voices: Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners,
- Inglebret, E., CHiXapkaid (Pavel, D. M.), McCubbin, L., & Banks-Joseph, S. R. (2010). Making tribal culture visible in schools: A key to Native student success. The ASHA Leader, 15 (1), 24-25.
- CHiXapkaid Pavel, M., Banks-Joseph, S. R., Inglebret, E., McCubbin, L., Sievers, J., Bruna, L., Galaviz, S., Anderson, A., Egan, A., Brownfield, S., Lockhart, M., Grogan, G., & Sanyal, N. (2008). From Where the Sun Rises: Addressing the Educational Achievement of Native Americans in Washington State. Software CD-Rom. Clearinghouse on Native Teaching and Learning
- Shawer S.F., Gilmore, D., & Banks-Joseph, S. R. (2007). Student cognitive and affective development in the context of classroom-level curriculum development. Journal of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning.
- Inglebret, E., Banks, S.R., Pavel, M., Friedlander, R. & Stone, M.L. (2007). Case Study VII:Multimedia curriculum development based on the oral tradition. Information Technology and Indigenous People, pp. 23-25. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Inc.
- Hughes, C., Prairie Flower Reuben Banks-Joseph, S.R., (2007). Educating your Representatives across Local, State, and National levels. Native American Training and Information Network Conference, Washington DC., facilitator.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2007). Educating Every Child: Legal Issues and Children with Behavioral Support Needs Strand (Invited, Day 1). National Native American Families Together Community Friends Conference. San Diego, CA.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2006). Educating Every Child: Early Childhood Special Education Strand (Invited, Day 1). National Native American Families Together Community Friends Conference. San Diego, CA.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2006). Educating Every Child: Secondary Education and Transition Strand (Invited, Day 2). National Native American Families Together Community Friends Conference. San Diego, CA.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R., & McCubbin, L. D. (2006). American Indian and Alaska Native early childhood family involvement: A review of the literature. In Thompson, N. L., Faircloth, S., & Schafft, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Rural Early Childhood Forum on American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning (pp. 132-154). Mississippi State, MS: National Center for Rural Early Childhood Learning Initiatives, Mississippi State University Early Childhood Institute.
- Banks-Joseph, S.R. (2006). In Online Video, An Historic Ingathering: The Rural Early Childhood Forum on American Indian and Alaska Native Early Learning. http://ruralec.msstate.edu/initiatives/native.htm
- Banks, S.R., & Miller, D. (2005). Empowering Indigenous families who havechildren with disabilities: An innovative outreach model. Disability Studies Quarterly, 25(2).
- Banks, S.R. (2004). Voices of tribal parents/caregivers who have children with special needs. Multiple Voices: Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, 7(1), 33-47.
- Indigenous Honoring, Pah-Loots-Pu, 2005
- Mortor Board, Distinguished Professor, 2005
- Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Faculty Service Award, 2003
- Faculty Excellence Award for Service, 2002
- American Indian Special Education Leadership and Teacher Training
Fellowship, Penn State
- Spencer Travel Fellowship, Penn State
- Ph.D. Special Education, Pennsylvania State University, 1997
- M.Ed. Special Education/Early Childhood, Gonzaga University, 1992
- B.A. Special Education, Elementary Education; Minor, Reading, Eastern Washington University, 1982