Dr. John Platt


Dr. John Platt, a Professor in the School of Education, has an Ed.D. in Special Education/Learning Disabilities from the University of Kansas.

He has authored or co-authored numerous grants (several millions dollars total) for training and research involving delinquents, migrant farm workers, and other groups. He served for several years as a project director for Blackwater Career Development Center, a Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Santa Rosa County, and he taught emotionally disturbed children before he earned his doctorate.

Among the topics Platt has researched: teacher education for alternative schooling, juvenile correction education, at-risk youth, effectiveness of a program designed to reduce recidivism, and services for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Platt has made presentations on programming for delinquent youth with disabilities, training for teachers of alternative education classes, and effective curriculum as a behavior tool.

He earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University and a M.S. in Special Education from the University of Kansas.

Degrees & Institutions:

Platt received a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University. He went on to earn a master's degree and a doctoral degree Special Education from the University of Kansas.


  • Programming for At Risk Youth
  • Career development
  • Reentry of Female Offenders
  • Career mentoring of At Risk Youth
  • Teacher training of Correctional Educators

Current Courses:

  • Transition Planning
  • Behavior Management
  • Teaching Youth with Challenging Behaviors

Classes Taught:

    • Transition Planning for students with disabilities

Keywords: alternative schooling for at-risk youth, juvenile correction education, reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders, youths with emotional and behavioral disorders, alternative education for migrant workers, teaching emotionally disturbed children