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Valentine Burr

Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning

Interim Coordinator, Office for Students with Disabilities

Academic Interests

Assessment, Collaboration, Disability rights, Early adolescents, Inclusion, Social studies, Special education, Teacher development, Universal design

Some of the Values that Shape My Work

I am committed to supporting the growth of teachers as reflective, collaborative and critical practitioners in the classroom and school community.  I hope to support students at Bank Street as they develop the tools to become effective advocates for the children and families with whom they work, and to be strong voices in the field for equity and access.

Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities

Taught elementary and middle school-aged students in residential and day schools for children with significant emotional and behavioral disabilities. Later was a teacher and curriculum director in a New York City public high school, one of the first with a full inclusion program.

Worked with faculty at the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria on program revision and development for teacher and leadership programs.

Recent Professional Contributions

Working with the Center for Children and Technology on developing a digital curriculum and professional development tool focused on teaching critical literacy skills through social studies. 

Staff development work with the American Social History Project has most recently focused on supporting middle and high school teachers in New York City in differentiating social studies curriculum and strengthening inclusive practices.

Awarded the Niemeyer Chair for 2014-2015.

Educational Background

  • M.S., Special Education, Wheelock College
  • B.A., Art History, Wesleyan University

Selected Publications and Presentations

Contact me:

(212) 875-4791
610 West 112Th Street,
New York, NY 10025