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Roberta Levitt

Roberta Levitt

Associate Professor of Special Education and Literacy

B.S., University of BridgeportM.A., Hofstra UniversityP.D./Ph.D., Hofstra University

Description

Dr. Roberta Levitt is currently an associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at LIU Post. Dr. Levitt serves as a faculty honors theses adviser, a Campus and Department committee member and a literacy consultant for grade levels K-12.

Her past experience includes time as an NYU supervisor of student teachers, a Hofstra University reading clinician, a building reading specialist for grade levels 1-5, a district literacy staff development leader for grades K-12, a classroom teacher for grade levels 1-5 and a literacy evaluator/tutor for grade levels K-12.

Dr. Levitt has her permanent New York State teaching and reading certifications. She has addressed colleagues, parents and administrators at many professional speaking engagements, including the Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference. Dr. Levitt has had her works on literacy, motivational/instructional strategies and educational policies published not only in peer- refereed journal publications but also in the newsletters of professional organizations like New York State English Council (NYSEC) and Long Island Language Arts Council (LILAC). She also has served as a NERA and a NYSEC peer reviewer. Currently, she is president of the LIU Post chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and an active member in numerous professional organizations.

Specialties

Literacy Assessment, Remediation, Enrichment of Grade Levels K-12, Response to Intervention (RTI), Wilson Instruction, Reading and Writing Workshops, State Standards and Assessments

Publications

Co-author, “Professional development: A skills approach to writing workshop,” accepted for publication in The New Educator (in press, 2014)

Co-author, “Kindergarten is more than ready for the Common Core State Standards,” published in Language Arts (2012)

Co-author, “University/school district collaboration changes a kindergarten program,” published in Kappa Delta Pi Record, (2012)

Co-author, “Effects of early literacy environments on the reading attitudes, behaviors, and values of veteran teachers,” accepted for publication in Learning Environments Research (in press)

Co-author, “Time, space, and culture: Diversifying and globalizing “minds,” published in the Journal of Curriculum and Instruction (2012)

Co-author, “Using scaffolding techniques to teach a social studies lesson about civil war letters,” published in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science (2011)

Co-author, “Equal knowledge is the strong root of democratic egalitarianism,” published in The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies Issues and Ideas (2011)

Co-author, “Teaching artists: Serving special education students in local Schools,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP) (2011)

Co-author, “Special Education and At-Risk Kindergarteners as Authors,” published in the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (2010)

Author, “Freedom and Empowerment: A Transformative Pedagogy of Educational Reform,” published in Educational Studies (Special Issue: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educational Reform within a Foucaultian Framework) (2008)

Co-author, “The Reading Habits and Literacy Attitudes of Inservice and Prospective Teachers: Results of a Questionnaire Survey,” published in the Journal of Teacher Education: The Journal of Policy, Practice, and Research in Teacher Education (2008)

Author, “A Vision Beyond No Child Left Behind,” published in the Forum on Public Policy: Oxford Round Table at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford (2007)

Lectures and Presentations

Presenter, “The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Technology,”Long Island University Chapter 1524 of Phi Delta Kappa International Workshop: SMART Board Technology and Integrated Program Tools (2013)

Presenter, “Using Children’s Literature as a Springboard When Creating a WebQuest,” Reading Specialists Council of Suffolk (RSCS) Workshop: Empowerment Through Literacy (2012)

Presenter, “The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Technology,” Long Island University Chapter 1524 of Phi Delta Kappa International Workshop: SMART Board Technology and Integrated Program Tools (2012)

Presenter, “Rejuvenating Strategies: Transforming Instruction for the Common Core,” New York State English Council (NYSEC) 62nd Annual NYSEC Conference: Teaching and Learning: The Center of the Common Core (2012)

Presenter, “Characterization-Enriching Future Generations Through Literacy,” New York State English Council (NYSEC) 61st Annual NYSEC Conference: Teaching Humanity: The Character Connection (2011)

Presenter, “9/11 Ten Years Later:  Why We Can’t Get Past It,” Long Island University Post, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library Community Conversation: 9/11 The Aftermath (2011)

Presenter, “The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Technology,” Long Island University Chapter 1524 of Phi Delta Kappa International Workshop: SMART Board Technology and Integrated Program Tools (2011) 

Affiliations

  • Member, American Educational Research Association
  • Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Member, International Dyslexia Association
  • Member, International Reading Association
  • Member, Long Island Language Arts Council
  • Member, Nassau Reading Council
  • Member, National Education Association
  • Member, New York State English Council
  • Member, New York State Reading Association
  • Member, Northeastern Education Research Association
  • Member, Phi Delta Kappa International

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