Teaching is more than a passion for Rande Webster. It’s an international passion.
Newly appointed to the Statewide Special Education Task Force by the Commission on Teaching Credentialing in November of 2013, Dr. Webster is dedicated to helping transform education and improve outcomes for students with disabilities. For 12 years, she has directed the special education credential programs in Dominican’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology and, since 2012, served as its Associate Dean.
A three-time nominee for Dominican Teacher of the Year, Webster has dealt with educational issues from San Rafael to South Africa. In 2007, she was named project coordinator for a Dominican partnership which sent DUC teachers to teach math and science to grade 9-12 black South African students living in poverty. In 2011, she was a guest lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth where she also co-taught a seminar for pre-service and in-service teachers. In addition, she served as a consultant to Thoko Nxumalo, head teacher at Khulani Special School in Zuzuland, South Africa where she provided organizational and curricular guidance.
In 2013, Dr. Webster presented “Skills Gap in South Africa: An Integrated Approach to Transformation of Economy and Society” to the Academy of Management Africa Conference in Johannesburg. She also has presented at conferences at Duke University, Washington, DC and San Diego.
In 2012, Dr. Webster was elected as a Board of Trustee’s member for the Life House in Marin County. The agency serves people with developmental disabilities. She also has served as President of the California Association of Professors of Special Education (2009-11) after being its Vice President from 2007-09.
A California Council on Teaching Education member since 2000 and a Phi Delta Kappa International and American Educational Research Association member since 1997, Dr. Webster is an expert in Federal and State Special Education Laws, Special Education Assessment, Special Education and Positive Behavior Management and Differentiated Curriculum and Instruction. She co-authored Positively Fun (Grades 2-8) and Differentiated Instruction Made Easy: Hundreds of Multi-level Activities for All Learners (Grades 2-9) by Jossey-Bass Publications in San Francisco.
Prior to Dominican, Dr. Webster earned her Trainable Mentally Retarded Credential, Severely Handicapped and Learning Handicapped credential, Resource Specialist certificate, Community College Disabled Students Programs/Services Instructor and Service credential, Carte Scolaire-Prive: Educational Specialise in 1993 and CalTPA Lead Assessor certification.
Dr. Webster received her education doctorate from the University of San Francisco where, in 2000, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award. She earned her Master of Science in Educational Psychology degree in Special Education and Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University in Hayward.