An award-winning teacher, Laura Sokal has published over 50 peer-reviewed research articles and 3 edited books on the psycho-social needs of today’s students. Her SSHRC-funded research program includes studies ranging from adjustment in pre-school children to mental health issues in post-secondary students. Laura’s extensive community service includes service on boards and committees concerned with social justice and creating meaningful and fair opportunities for vulnerable children, youth, and adults. Laura also currently serves as a co-editor on the Oxford Encyclopedia of Inclusive and Special Education, to be released in 2019. Aside from working in schools in Canada and teaching in Australia, Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua, Laura has served as the University of Winnipeg’s Associate Dean of Education, and as a Child Life Therapist at Children’s hospital. In her current roles as Director of Developmental Studies and Professor of Education at the University of Winnipeg, she enjoys learning with and from her students.