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Schwarz, Vanessa S



Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • I am engaged an a university-district partnership focused on supporting teachers of bilingual learners in writing instruction. Dr. Mileidis Gort is the PI in this project.


  • Bilingual / Special Education, Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies


courses taught

  • EDUC 3350 - Dis/Ability in Contemporary Classrooms
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Examines major issues in special education focusing on a) developing an inclusive stance to teaching all students; b) understanding laws, responsibilities and RTI/MTSS; c) planning for and delivering differentiated instruction in a universally designed classroom environment; e) the social construction and identification of dis/abilities; f) understanding potential variations across federal disabilities categories; g) teaching students with gifts and talents and; h) collaborating with families and professionals.
  • EDUC 4035 - Family and Community Engagement
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Supports teachers to develop, improve and maintain positive relationships between families, communities, and schools. Discusses theories of family/community engagement with focus on embracing an assets-orientation. Explores the impacts families and communities can have in education, policies that impact family/community engagement in schools, and other potential bridges and barriers to meaningful partnerships. Challenges students to understand and embrace community-driven systemic education reform.
  • EDUC 4435 - Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies for Bilingual Learners
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores multicultural education, critical pedagogy, and culturally sustaining pedagogies, including their underlying theories, curriculum design, and curriculum examples. Students will analyze curriculum with a focus on its representation of different socio-cultural groups, identities, points of view, relationship to different communities, and ideology. Students will also begin planning, teaching, and evaluating instruction anchored in critical, culturally sustaining pedagogies.
  • EDUC 5435 - Materials and Methods in Bilingual/ Multicultural Education
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Provides an in-depth study of the curriculum options available for bilingual and ESL programs. Presents, reviews, and critiques specific methods and strategies for teaching language to minority students. Gives the opportunity to develop and present teaching units in Spanish or in ESL methodology, as appropriate.
  • EDUC 5625 - Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Exposes students to strategies used to teach English as a second or foreign language. Covers both theoretical and applied aspects of language learning and teaching. Exposes students to techniques, activities, strategies and resources to plan instruction for students learning English as a second language. Emphasizes oral language development, literacy and content-area instruction for teaching K-12 students. Recommended prerequisite: EDUC 5615.
  • GRTE 5010 - Graduate Humanities for Teachers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Summer 2020
    Addresses special topics in arts and humanities with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding of content and enhancing teacher's practice in teaching this content.