B.A., Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea, 1987
M.A., University of Northern Colorado; Cognitive Needs, 1991
Ph.D., University of Iowa; Special Education, 1998
Ph.D. Thesis Title: “Social Interactions Between Supported Employees and their Non-Disabled Co-Workers in Integrated Work Settings: Perceptions of Supported Employment Professionals”
Publications & Editorships
Fitzpatrick, P., Vander Hart, N., & Cortesa, C. (2013). The influence of instructional variables and task constraints on handwriting development, Journal of Educational Research, 106 (3), 216-234.
Vander Hart, N., Fitzpatrick, P., & Cortesa, C. (2010). In-depth analysis of handwriting curriculum and instruction in four kindergarten classrooms. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 23 (6), 673-699.
Vander Hart, N. “The Type and Frequency of Social Relationships of Supported Employees: Implications for Supported Employment Practice.” Manuscript in preparation, Worcester, MA.(1999).
“Reflective Pre-service Teachers: Impacts of Service Learning Experience on Inclusion” Poster presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children 2017 Convention and Expo, Boston, MA, April 22, 2017.
“Disability Awareness Workshop: Understanding Your Students’ Needs” Professional development workshop, Whitinsville, MA, January 25, 2017.
“Co-teaching: Supporting ALL Students in Inclusive Settings” Professional development workshop, Whitinsville Christian School, Whitinsville, MA, November 11, 2016.
“Class-wide peer tutoring (CWPT)/classroom learning assistant (CLA) in a high school setting: A triangular perspective” Poster presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children 2016 Convention and Expo, St. Louis, Missouri, April 16, 2016.
“Successful transition through IEP awareness” Poster presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children 2016 Convention and Expo, St. Louis, Missouri, April 14, 2016 (Co-presenters: J. Peterson*, MA’14 & J. LaFlash).
“How To: Implementing an effective class-wide peer tutoring program” Paper presentation at the Council for Exceptional Children 2015 Convention and Expo, San Diego, California, April 10, 2014 (Co-presenters: K. Paquette & D. Myers).
Grants and Awards
“The EPIC Partnership Innovation Grant” (West Boylston Public Schools & Assumption College), Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 2016-2018.
“Transition from School to Work for Youth with Disabilities” AC Faculty Development Grant, Summer 2016.