Ph.D. Educational Psychology
University of Connecticut 2001
Areas of concentration: Gifted Education, Quantitative and Qualitative Research

M.A., Education
University of Connecticut, 1999

Bachelor of Arts
University of New Mexico – 1977
Theater Arts/Dance

Professional Experience

Director of New York City Professional Development in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Adjunct Faculty — Graduate School of Education, Long Island University, Brooklyn
(Using the Arts in the Classroom), International Learning Styles Center, State University of New York at Buffalo (Curriculum and Assessment, Creativity, Reflective Teacher, Learning Styles), University of Connecticut (Differentiating Instruction)
Researcher — Bank Street College of Education, Shakespeare Theater Association of America, Young Playwrights Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Consultant/Professional Developer — ArtEZ, Arnhem, The Netherlands, Theater Academy, Turku, Finland, Theater Academy Helsinki, Finland, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Young Audiences, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Lincoln Center Theater, Metropolitan Opera Guild, Folger Shakespeare Library, National Endowment for the Arts

Project Coordinator and Professional Developer — Ohio Department of Education, Project START ID (Statewide Arts Talent Identification and Development)
Consultant — Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Cleveland Municipal School District, Mississippi Department of Education, Cherry Creek Colorado Public Schools, Playhouse Square Foundation
Adjunct Faculty – College of New Rochelle (Cognition and Instruction), University of Connecticut (Arts in the Curriculum)

ArtsConnection, New York
Program Director, Director of In-School Programs, Director of Special Initiatives
Designed and directed arts in education programs in 120 New York City public schools
Developed the Talent Assessment Process (D/M/T TAP) in dance, music and theater
Selected, trained and evaluated teaching artists and performing groups
Directed professional development programs for classroom teachers and teaching artists
Planned and directed parent and family programs
Designed and directed research studies involving students and teachers
Developed and wrote curriculum in the arts and other academic areas
Designed and supervised student assessment
Directed two US Dept. of Education Jacob Javits Gifted and Talented Students Grants 1995-2001
Guest Lecturer, College of New Rochelle (Research Methods), Fordham University (Arts Administration), New York University (Arts Administration), Columbia University Teachers College (Arts Administration)
Staff Developer — Fort Pierce Magnet School of the Arts, Fort Pierce, FL, Osceola FL County Public Schools, Prince Georges County, MD, NYC Board of Education Office of Multi-cultural Education, Community School Districts 17 and 15, Brooklyn, NY,
Consultant — University of Arizona, Department of Special Education, Council of Chief States School Officers, Educational Testing Service
Dance Assessment Chairman National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Managing Director — New Mexico DanceWorks
Founded and organized nonprofit corporation
Directed development and fundraising
Created publicity design for print, radio and television
Taught modern dance, relaxation, alignment and kinesiology to adults and children.


Artistic choices: A study of teachers who use the arts in the classroom. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 7(8). 2006
Validity, reliability and equity issues in an observational talent assessment process in the performing arts. Journal for the Education of the Gifted. 27 (1), 62-94, Fall 2003.
To see and to share: Evaluating the dance experience in education. In L. Bresler (Ed.) International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, Part 2. 2007. Springer.
Through the eyes of an artist: A study of teaching artists engaged in educational assessment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego.
Assessment of Potential Theater Arts Talent in Young People: The development of a new research-based assessment process, Youth Theater Journal, 18, 146-163, Spring 2004.
The arts in teaching: An investigation of factors influencing teachers’ use of the arts in the classroom. Doctoral dissertation. University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2001. ProQuest catalogue # 9999695, Ann Arbor, MI.
The Artistic and professional development of teachers: A study of teachers’ attitudes toward and use of the arts in teaching. Journal of Teacher Education, 55 (1), 55-69. Fall 2004.
Artistic talent development for urban youth: The promise and the challenge. Research Monograph for the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, 2000.
Artistic choices: How and why teachers use the arts in the classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, 2000. ERIC document ED441786.
Artistic talent development for urban youth: The promise and the challenge. Champions of Change: The impact of the arts on learning. The Arts Education Partnership, Washington, D.C. 1999.
A powerful conversation: Teachers & artists colaborate in performance-based assessment. Teaching Artist Journal, 3 (4), 220-227. 2005.
A better way to assess talent. Dance Teacher. March 1999
Transferring individual self-regulation processes from arts to academics, Arts Education Policy Review, 98 (4), 1997.
Talent beyond words: Identification of potential talent in dance and music in elementary students, Gifted Child Quarterly, Fall 1995
Contributing Author, Beyond enrichment: Building effective arts partnerships with schools and your community, Jane Remer, 1996
Talent beyond words: Identifying and developing potential through music and dance in economically disadvantaged, bilingual and handicapped children, Contexts for Promise: Noteworthy Practices and Innovations in the Identification of Gifted Students, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, University of Virginia, 1993
Talent beyond words. Programs and Practices in Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1992
Talent beyond words: Identifying potentially talented dancers in inner city schools, Dance and the Child International, 1991
Diamond in the desert, Village Voice, 1987

Workshops and Presentations (partial list)

American Educational Research Association, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004
Associates for Gifted and Talented Education (AEGUS), 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
Byck School, Louisville, KY, 1998
Center for Talent Development, College of New Rochelle, 1997-98
Charlotte/Mecklunberg N.C Public Schools, 1996
Cherry Creek Twice Exceptional Conference, 2003-04
Community School Districts 2, 4, 6, 9, 15, 19, 27, 30, New York City, 1991-98
Consortium of Ohio Coordinators of the Gifted, 2001
DC Arts and Humanities Education Summer Forum, 2004
DeWitt Wallace Readers Digest Program, 1990-91
Ellis School, Pittsburgh, PA., 1995
Jackson Public Schools, Jackson, MS., 1998
Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, 1995
National Arts and Learning Collaborative, 2002
National Association for Gifted Children, 1991-2001
National Endowment for the Arts, Arts 21 Conference, 1994
New York Foundation for the Arts — Face to Face Conference, 1995-96
NYC Board of Education Office of Enrichment, 1992-94
Ohio Arts Council, 2000-02
Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1995
Project Zero Summer Institute — Harvard University, 1996
Project ABC, Wright State University — Dayton, Ohio, 1995
US Department of Education Jacob Javits Gifted & Talented Conference, 1991-96, 2002
Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland, 2004

Awards and Honors

Best Research Brief, National Association for Gifted Children, 2001
Graduate Student of the Year – National Association for Gifted Children, 2001
Best Research Paper, National Association for Gifted Children, 1999