Marcia Singer

Project Director, Autism Spectrum Annotation

Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor

Academic Interests

Autism spectrum, Collaborative school planning, Differentiation, Documenting the outcomes of the autism annotation grant for a publication, Educational leadership, Instructional supports, Program development, Research, Special education, Teacher training

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

I have been interested in Edna Shapiro’s writings about the many ways of regarding competence in schools. I think about the scope of this work as I try to build a school environment that stresses opportunities to develop the highest competence in all areas of education for students, staff and the participating community who are special and diverse. In direct school instruction and curriculum development this influences my concern to never limit the potential of growth for any student regardless of the seeming challenges as one would never know how much more students can experience and learn if they are not given the supportive opportunity to try. In promoting school leadership it influences building a strong foundation of thought enabling all future leaders to provide support to use their collaborative community to develop the range of abilities for all school stakeholders.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

My work in this area includes families with students aged 3 - 21 and young adults who have completed the traditional school programs. Collaborative work includes neighborhood and community services and a wide variety of public, private and independent school settings. The type of work involves program and resource development, educational services, and collaborative community partnerships. in addition, I was a principal of P226M from 1989-2001. P226M educated students with severe or multiple dissabilities including autism.

Recent Professional Contributions

Autism 3-hour training for Bright Smile Early Childhood Center, Brooklyn, New York. Bank Street training contracted by NYC DOE, Children First Initiative, Early Childhood Assessment in Mathematics.

Fieldwork advisement to current students in dual certification childhood and middle childhood program. Project Director, Autism Spectrum Annotation, sponsored by an OSEPS grant. Serve on advisory board for Project Rise. Serve on Advisory Board for Project SEND.

Co-Chair of Advisement Board for Autism Annotation. Faculty member on Lincoln Center Institute planning. Faculty member selected for Network Team Institute Training, NYSED, Race to the Top. Leadership faculty member on UCEA FIPSE grant, preparing leaders to support diverse learners. Instructor for LEAD 871, 872. Instructor for Autism Annotation Practicum supporting EDUC 813, 814.

Educational Background

  • Ed.D., Educational Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.Ed., Developmental Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Developmental Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.A., Psychology, Northeastern University
  • Cognitive Modifiability Professional Certification, Yeshiva University, New York, New York
  • Consultation Skills Professional Certification, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Singer, M., & Romero, O. (2012). Strengthening professional ability of educators with a focus in autism/ASD:  Outcomes for the field. Young Adult Institute Network, Annual International Conference on Development and Learning Disabilities.

  • Singer, M., & Romero, O. (2012). Autism spectrum disorder: From the child’s perspective. Council for Exceptional Children, Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

  • Thornburg, D., Marcellino, P., Eichenholtz, S., Singer, M., & Sirus, K. (2009). Symposium: Action research within an educational leadership program: Studies in partnership, authenticity, and resistance. The University Council for Educational Administration, UCEA Convention, Anaheim, CA.

  • Singer, M., & Newman, D. (2009). Use of instructional materials in novel ways: A creative opportunity for students on the spectrum. Educational Update, Special Education Conference.

  • Newman, D., & Singer, M. (2008). Using a classroom-based coaching model to foster differentiated instruction. CEC Today. Retrieved June 4, 2011 from

  • Hummel-Rossi, B. & Singer, M. (2001). A model for researcher-teacher collaboration. In R. M. Hasburg (Ed.), Annuals of the joint meeting of the association for the advancement of educational research and the national academy for education research 1989-1999, (pp. 185-190). Lanham, MD: Univeristy Press of America.

  • Singer, M., & Foley-McInerney, M. (1989). The equalizer - Technology for the low incidence child. The FORUM, 12(1), 18-20.

Contact me:

(212) 875-4496
610 West 112Th Street, 802
New York, NY 10025