Tabetha Bernstein-Danis

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). Before arriving at Kutztown University, Dr. Bernstein-Danis was a fellow for the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh, providing English language arts professional development for teachers in school districts across the country. She continues to consult for the IFL and engage in scholarship related this consulting position. 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. In recent years, 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 also had recent opportunities to provide in-person professional development to K-12 teachers at the Ryan Schools on-site in Mumbai, India and virtual training to professors in Dharwad, Karnataka, India through the Government of Karnataka Higher Education Academy (Ministry of Higher Education). She believes in the importance of international collaboration in education in our increasingly connected world. Dr. Bernstein-Danis resides in Kutztown, Pennsylvania with her husband Michael, daughter Chloe, and dog Piper.