Elizabeth Zagata M.A.
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Doctoral student and researcher
University of Connecticut
Elizabeth is currently pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She is a fellow with the National Center for Leadership in Intensive Intervention and an affiliate of the Center for Education Policy Analysis, Research and Evaluation. She has worked on federal policy issues as an OSEP intern for the MSIP division, and she is an adjunct faculty member for graduate level courses on diagnostic assessment and special education law, policy, and ethics. Her research focuses on the intersection of literacy and assessment with policy and special education law, and she has been published on a variety of topics include due process disputes, multilingual learners, literacy instruction and intervention, and educational leadership.
Elizabeth completed her undergraduate degree in elementary and special education at SUNY Geneseo and her master’s degree in curriculum and teaching with a focus on giftedness at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Over her 15-year teaching career in both general and special education, Elizabeth has taught in large and small districts in urban, suburban, and rural settings, covering every grade from preschool to high school. In her most recent teaching role, she provided district-wide training in the areas of dyslexia assessment, intervention, and awareness.