Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-6 PM by appointment
- 2014 FALL Syllabus SPCED 2126 Schwartz vers 1-0 .docx
- 2015 Jan 2160 Syllabus - Schwartz vers 1-0.docx
I am a leading faculty member with the programs in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education where I am engaged in teaching, field supervision, professional development, program administration, as well as the development and field based research. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2003 I was Director of the Head Start Disabilities Services Quality Improvement Center for federal region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands) where for 20 years where I supported the implementation of services to support children with disabilities in Early Head Start and Head Start. I have been a Mayoral appointee to the NYC Early Intervention Coordinating Council (1994 - 2013), an advisor to the NYS Education Department and the New York State Early Intervention Program under the Department of Health, a Board Member of New York Zero to Three and an active member of the NYS Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education engaging in activities related to the NYS Regents review of Early Childhood Special Education Certification. I am on the editorial review board of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
I have been actively engaged in providing training, presentations and presentations at international, national, regional and local events for over 30 years and have co-authored chapters on Head Start and early childhood special education. Over recent years I have been engaged with an intensive consultation process with the NYS Early Childhood Direction Center in Manhattan to support training to NYC Early Learn programs on effective inclusion of children with disabilities.
My most recent research initiatives have been focused on an intervention to reduce early childhood behavioral problems through the development of "healthy sleep" in collaborations with Dr. Karen Bonuck of Yeshiva University. This is a research/program development initiative that provides training for young children (preK & K) in schools, their teachers and families. The goal of this initiative is to enable children to develop "healthy sleep patterns" that will lead to a reduction in behavioral manifestations that result from limited night time sleep. Pilot research was conducted in the summer of 2012 and papers are currently under development.
- Ph.D. New York University 1987, Educational Psychology/Special education
- MA NYU 1977, Educational Psychology
- M.S. Bank Street College of Education 1971, Early Childhood Education
- B.A. Case Western Reserve University 1969, Art History
Grants and Awards
- 2013 -2015 Development of Research Partnership, Intervention and Development of Healthy Sleep Training materials for Head Start Children, Parents and Staff with Dr. Karen Bonuck, Yeshiva University, Submitted to NIH –2013 & resubmit in Fall 2014.
- 2013- 2014 McSilver Grant, NYU Silver School of Social Work, To facilitate the development of expertise in implementing groups for families of children with disabilities through training provided by Dr. Judy Grossman of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and Lenox Hill Head Start.
- 2008 -2010 Community Service Grant: Supporting Work in New York Foundling Teen Parent Program – Development of initiative to support supplemental infant field placement in community setting.
- July 1 2009 – June 30 2013 Principle Investigator NYC DOE ASD Nest Project for the inclusion of children with high-functioning autism in NYC schools with an intensive consultation model.
- April 2007 – June 2008 NYC Early Intervention Program, Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene , Families as Partners Support and Conferences
- Sept 1998 – Aug 2003 $1,115,000/yr US Dept of HHS, ACF, Head Start Office. Region II Quality Improvement Center for Disabilities Services
- 2013 Elizabeth Royaton Award for Community Service, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
- 1979 Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship - English Speaking Union of New York.
- Social Skills of Preschool Children with Disabilities
- Head Start Services to Children with Disabilities
- Friendship Development in Inclusive Settings
- SPCED-GE 2126 - Special Needs Child: Child Family Community I
- SPCED-GE 2160 - Education of Students with Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings
- SPCED-GE 2052 - Educating Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities
- SPCED-GE 2512 - Integration Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education II
- ECED-GE 2004 - Integration Seminar in Early Childhood Education III