Toby J. Karten is an experienced educator who has worked in the field of special education since 1976. An accomplished author and researcher, she has presented successful staff development to local, national and international audiences. Toby is a lecturer at Drew University and an adjunct professor and graduate instructor at the Regional Training Center, which is affiliated with Gratz College, College of New Jersey, and Washington College. She has been a resource teacher, staff developer, adult educator, and inclusion consultant in New York and New Jersey schools and in many districts nationally and globally for students and educators in grades P–12 and beyond.
In addition to her roles as mentor and resource teacher, Toby designed a graduate course titled Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and Disability Awareness and has trained other instructors in three states to teach her course. She has been recognised by both the Council for Exceptional Children and the New Jersey Department of Education as an exemplary educator, receiving two Teacher of the Year awards.
Toby has authored several books and resources about inclusion practices, which are currently used for instruction on many college and university campuses and schools throughout the world. She earned an undergraduate degree in special education from Brooklyn College, a master of science in special education from the College of Staten Island and a supervisory degree from Georgian Court University.