Sandi came to the Indiana Institute to help develop, design, and ultimately establish the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning (CELL). Prior to becoming the Director of CELL, Sandi spent 22 years as a public school teacher and administrator at both the elementary and secondary levels. She is a faculty member in the Research and University Graduate School, teaches undergraduate courses, and directs the Special Education Leadership Program in the School of Education. Additionally, she consults extensively with school districts across the country on designing schools that welcome, include, educate and support all learners.

Dr. Cole has conducted numerous program evaluations for schools and districts. Her research includes a large-scale study of student achievement and post secondary outcomes for students in inclusive settings.