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Faculty Bios - Tracy Amerman

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    Dr. Tracy Amerman
    E-mail: tamerman@njcu.edu
    Phone: 201-200-2445
    Office: Professional Studies Building 345


    Ed.D. from Rutgers, The State University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2003 (Teaching and Learning)
    M.A.T. from Montclair State College, 1991 (Teacher of the Handicapped)
    B.S. from Montclair State College, 1986 (Food and Nutrition)
    Certifications: New Jersey Supervisor, New Jersey Teacher of the Handicapped, New Jersey Elementary Teacher


    Currently I am a full Professor, in my twelfth year; prior to NJCU, I was a special education teacher for six years in an urban high school where I became involved with transition to secondary placements for students with disabilities. I began working with NJ DOE on transition initiatives including the annual teen leadership conferences, “Dare to Dream.” I continue to co-chair the NJ Transition Coordinator’s Network. I am proud to have been awarded “Distinguished Faculty” at the Excellence in Teacher Preparation Awards, 2012. I continue to work with NJ schools and school districts in varied ways on effectively meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

    Presently I am serving on the scheduling taskforce committee, Title V coordinating committee, and field experience committee for the COE; I was Chair from 2009-2012 of the Special Education Department and served on the COSLA (Committee for Ongoing Student Learning Assessment), Range Adjustment Committee, and as a department representative for the Senate.

    I have two children, a son who is 14 ½ and an 8 year old daughter. I enjoy volunteering for my daughter’s class when my time allows.

    Awards and Honors

    Distinguished Faculty, Excellence in Teacher Preparation Awards, 2012


    • Serves on the New Jersey State Special Education Advisory Council (November 2008- present; Co-Chair 2011-present): Higher Education Representative appointed by NJ State Board of Education
    • NJ Special Education Stakeholder: Provides input to NJ Special Education State Performance Plans and proposed NJ special education regulations (2008 – present)
    • Serves on the special education subcommittee for the New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Taskforce (2012-present)
    • Co-Coordinator of the NJ Transition Coordinators Network (2005-present)
    • Serves on New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education Advisory Board (June 2008-present)
    • Served on Statewide Committee to write English High School Course Descriptions and Sample Assessments for the Revised 2009 NJ Core Curriculum Standards
    • Served on Pearson Publishing Expert Panel for Differentiated HS Text Books (2008)

    Selected Publications and Presentations

    Aitken, J., Amerman, T., & Shamburg, C. (2005) Faculty and freedom machines: Teaching teachers about assistive technology. The Academic Forum 13(2), 42-44.

    Amerman, T. (2009, February 26).  Education is more than academics. The Courier News, p. A10.

    Amerman, T. (2007). A dream realized: The journey to becoming a teacher. In So to Teach: Inspiring Stories That Touch the Heart.  Kappa Delta Pi.

    Amerman, T. (2007). Preparing future teachers: A personal and professional perspective. The Academic Forum 15(1), 33-35.  

    Amerman, T. (2007). Person Centered Planning. In The Praeger Handbook of Special Education. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

    Amerman, T. (2009). Tools for Tomorrow: Differentiating Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students. Manuscript submitted for publication.

    Amerman, T., Aitken, J., Shamburg, C., & Twomey, C. (2004) Assistive technology: A collaborative approach. Academic Exchange Quarterly 8(3), 213-217.

    Amerman, T., Burns, A., & Mecca, J. (2010)  Those who can teach, think, and tweak: Reflections from two urban educators.  The Academic Forum 16(1), 22-26.  

    Amerman, T., & Carr-Jones, J., Eds. (2004) Connections: A guide to maximizing student potential. (training manual) New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.      

    Amerman, T., & Carr-Jones, J. (2006) Dare to dream: Leadership conferences for students with disabilities. TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus 2(6),  Retrieved July 30, 2006 from http://escholarship.bc.edu/education/tecplus/vol2/iss6/art1

    Amerman, T., & Carr-Jones (2007). Self-Advocacy. In The Praeger Handbook of Special Education. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

    Amerman, T., & Fleres, C. (2003).  A winning combination: Collaboration in inclusion. Academic Exchange Quarterly 7( 3),  66-70.

    Amerman, T., & Fleres, C. (2009).  A winning combination: Collaboration in inclusion. In M.R. Pierson, K.K. Stang, & B. Varner (Eds.). Sound instruction-ready to use classroom practice Volume II: Assessment and consultation. Tennessee: Rapid Intellect Group.

    Presentations (limited to 2010-present):

    New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education: The College of NJ, Trenton, NJ. June 27, 2013: NJ CCSS Math Standards:  An Excellent Opportunity to Move from Access to Engagement for All (Amerman, T. & Mejia, A.) : Accepted

    The Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey: St. Peter’s University, NJJanuary 9, 2013: Students with Disabilities and the Common Core Math Standards: Moving from Access to Engagement

    NJTESOL/NJBE: Richard Stockton College, Galloway, NJ. October 20, 2012: Everything You Wanted to Know About   Bilingual and Special Education Laws (but were afraid to ask), (Napoliello, M. & Amerman, T.)

    Bogota Township Schools. August 21 & 23, 2012: Supporting Inclusive Classrooms

    Council for Exceptional Children: Denver, CO. April 12, 2012: Technology and the Inclusive Classroom: A Perfect Fit (Amerman, T. & Shamburg, C.)                                                                                            

    New Jersey Department of Education Summer Leadership Institute. New Jersey City University. July, 2011: Liberation Literacies: Technology for Inclusion. ( Shamburg, C. & Amerman, T.)

    New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education: Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ. June, 2011: Technology and the inclusive classroom: A natural fit (Shamburg, C. & Amerman, T.)

    NJCIE, summer 2011 & 2012, facilitator: Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ

    Boonton Township Public Schools. September 1, 2010: Starting the Year Off Right: Creating Effective Environments to Support All Students (Full-day workshop) (Amerman T. & Lockwood, M.)

    22nd Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI): Saratoga Springs, NY. Center on Postsecondary  Education and Disability, University of Connecticut. June 22, 2010:  Summer LINKS: A College Transition Program (Poster Session) (Amerman, T. & Aitken, J.)

    NJ TESOL-NJBE: Somerset, NJ. May 18, 2010: Co-teaching at its Best: Meeting the Needs of All Students in the Inclusive Classroom  (Amerman, T. & Napoliello, M.)

    Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission (Child Study Team and Teachers): Lebanon, NN. April 16, 2010: Writing Effective Goals and Objective for Success in the General Education Class

    Center for Teaching and Learning at New Jersey City University:  Jersey City, NJ. November 2010 and April 7, 2010: Serving Students with Disabilities at NJCU  (Amerman, T. & Aitken, J.)