“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”
As a school founder, a civil rights attorney and a former special education teacher, I believe firmly in education as a civil right for all – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability. I have dedicated my career to improving access to education for students from all walks of life: as a teacher of children with disabilities, an attorney for the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education, the leader of the community effort to establish the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS) and most recently as the Director of Diversity Investigations and Training at Brooklyn College.
The civil rights laws offer powerful tools for increasing access to elementary, secondary and higher education for all students — so that no student’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or disability should serve as a barrier.
I offer a wide scope of consulting services for parents and schools alike around using the anti-discrimination laws as powerful tools for success. I provide training, policy development, individual consultations and parent advocacy regarding the rights of students in kindergarten through higher education.
Services for schools and districts include:
- Professional development workshops covering legal standards and methods for diagnosing systematic barriers to equity in schools and across districts
- Equity audits
- Policy and procedure development.
I also offer trainings for institutions of higher education on the provisions of Title IX and related local laws, and provide advising and advocacy for parents of children with disabilities in K-12 and higher education settings.