Tabetha Bernstein-Danis

Tabetha Bernstein-Danis Tabetha Bernstein-Danis is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and an associate leadership/English language arts fellow for the Institute for Learning. She was a Fellow with the IFL from 2011 – 2013. Dr. Bernstein-Danis holds a B.S. in Elementary Education/Special Education and an M.Ed. in Special Education from Rhode Island College (1999; 2002) and a Ph.D. in English Education from the University of Pittsburgh (2012). Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Bernstein-Danis held positions with the Providence Public School Department in Providence, RI as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher, Literacy Coach, and English Learner Specialist. Her foundation as a practitioner working with often marginalized populations has driven her research interests in the areas of culturally responsive curriculum, multicultural education, English learner education, and the education of students with learning difficulties and disabilities, with a focus on literacy development for these student groups. She believes that developing pre-service and in-service teachers who are ready to meet the needs of diverse learners is paramount for ensuring an equitable education to traditionally underserved groups of students. Most recently this work has taken the form of developing a study abroad opportunity for pre-service teachers at Kutztown in Cape Town, South Africa. Through a partnership with the non-profit organization One Heart Source, pre-service teachers provide literacy intervention to primary students in Hout Bay while being immersed in the community and learning about the culture, language, and history of the student populations served by the program. Dr. Bernstein-Danis resides in Kutztown, Pennsylvania with her husband Michael, daughter Chloe, and dog Piper.