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Nancy A. Hinkley

Nancy A. Hinkley

Extension Faculty
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Nancy A. Edminster Hinkley,MSEd, CAS, - is an extension associate on program teaching staff with Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations Extension Division at Cornell University.

Ms. Hinkley is currently Primary Investigator and Program Director for two projects funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. The Partners in Policymaking Training Program, a long-established NYS training program, instructs self advocates and family members of individuals with developmental disabilities in advocacy and systems change strategies. This project is currently testing a new instructional delivery method utilizing the application of blended online / studio and distance learning approaches in pilot cohorts. A NYS Sibling Needs Assessment survey project began November, 2011. This project will assess the service delivery system offerings and the knowledge, care capacity, and needs of adult siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities. Ms. Hinkley also serves as the Services Coordinator for the new NYS Education Department Transition Services Professional Development Support Center (TSPDSC). In this role she is responsible for developing resource toolkits, professional development training and technical assistance to the NYS Regional Transition Specialists. Additionally, Ms. Hinkley is developing, a Federal Employer Online Community of Practice (CoP) on Federal Disability Employment. This effort is part of the Cornell National Employer Technical Assistance Center (NETAC), under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Ms. Hinkley is a member of the OSEP-funded IDEA Partnership and its National CoP on Transition. She has contributed to Dialogue Guides, Video Messages and other technical assistance resources for the Partnership’s National Transition Collections. She has presented nationally and internationally on strategic CoP development and is a member of CoP2, a CoP professional interest organization.

In collaboration with Parent2Parent of NYS, Ms. Hinkley recently developed a collection of health transitions materials to assist individuals with health disabilities transition to work and postsecondary education. She has previously served as a member of the NYS VESID Model Transition Project (MTP) Knowledge Translation and Dissemination Team and was responsible for leading stakeholders in the creation of dialogue guides around the findings of the MTP research. From 2005-2009, Ms Hinkley served as a NYS-funded transition specialist, conducting outreach work within two large regions of NYS. In this role she provided training and technical assistance regarding State Performance Plan requirements and elements of quality transition planning and practices to district secondary special education teachers and other key stakeholders throughout the upstate NY area. Ms. Hinkley also led a VESID Transition Coordination Site Network workgroup creating dropout prevention training materials for statewide use.

Ms. Hinkley joined EDI in 2005 following two decades in NYS professional practice as a special educator, specializing in secondary special education instruction, program development, and school administration. In addition to transition planning, Ms. Hinkley’s interests include cross- systems collaboration, dropout prevention, and rural school issues. She served on the NYS Governor’s Dropout Summit Statewide Organization Group where she led a workgroup on Credit Recovery options, is an elected member of the Bainbridge-Guilford School District Board of Education, and has served on the board of the Catskill Regional Teacher Center.

Ms. Hinkley holds permanent NYS certifications for School District Administrator, Special Education k-12, Elementary Education N-6 and Social Studies 7-12. She is currently in a doctoral program at Binghamton University.


C.A.S. 1996 - SUNY Cortland, Educational Administration
MS.Ed. 1992 - SUNY Oneonta, Elementary Education
B.S. Ed. 1981 - Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Special Education and Elementary Education