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Joel Shapiro Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Education

Dunton Hall 228
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email Address:
802-287-8298; Fax: 802-287-8080

Dr. Shapiro began his professional life as a school psychologist, working with school-age children. He began his teaching life several years later when, after delivering a 45 minute lecture to a class of college students, he realized that he enjoyed that teaching/learning environment immensely. Eventually, he was named Outstanding Adjunct Teacher of the Year at Marymount College of Fordham University. Deciding to aim toward becoming a full time teacher at the college level, he returned to graduate school and earned his doctorate in education.

Dr. Shapiro's special interests include the education of children having attention disorders and/or traumatic brain injury. He has worked with children having virtually every type of challenge. He is interested in maximizing the social and adaptive functioning of all students in order to allow them to participate as meaningfully as possible in their environments and in making those environments more congenial.

In 2006, Shapiro received a Freeman Foundation grant to attend the East West Institute at the University of Hawaii. The purpose of the grant was to learn how to infuse Asian themes into GMC's undergraduate curriculum. Subsequently, Shapiro traveled to China and Tibet to visit educational and cultural institutions there.

In 2008, Shapiro received a Fulbright Scholarship to lecture on special education in the Slovak Republic at the University of Presov. He will teach there in the spring 2009 semester. Shapiro is traveling to Comenius University in Bratislava in July 2008 to attend a Slovak language immersion course.

Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University. 1993. Child and Adolescent Development.
M.A. Temple University. 1968. Psychology.
B.A. Colgate University. 1966. Psychology.

Courses Taught
Education: Introduction to Education, Introduction to Special Education (graduate and undergraduate levels), Applying Educational Theory to the Classroom (graduate), Exceptional Children, Tests and Measurements, Theories of Learning, Learning Disabilities.

Psychology: Introduction to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, Theories of Counseling, Theories of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Testing, Theories of Motivation, Psychology of Adolescence, Independent Studies Mentor.

Awards and Recognitions
Fulbright Scholar at the University of Presov in the Slovak Republic, 2009
GMC Education Department Program Director, 2008
Chair, GMC Education Department, 2005-2008
Green Mountain College Parent Conference, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT- Delivered keynote address to parents of GMC students on "Liberal Arts Education," 2007
United Methodist Church Exemplary Higher Education Teaching Award, 2005-2006
Grant Recipient, Asian Studies Development Program of the Freeman Foundation, 2006
Finalist, GMC Leonard Teaching Prize, 2004 and 2005
Outstanding Adjunct Teacher of the Year, Marymount College of Fordham University, 1994-1995
Graduate Assistantship, Temple University

Publications and Book Reviews
D'Onofrio, A. (2007). Adolescent self-injury: A comprehensive guide for counselors and health care professionals. Reviewed by Joel F. Shapiro, Ed.D. in National Association of School Psychologists Communique, 36, 8, 2008.

Bambara, L.M., & Kern, L. (2005). Individualized supports for children with behavior problems: Designing positive behavior plans. New York: The Guilford Press. Reviewed by Joel F. Shapiro, Ed.D. in National Association for School Psychologists Communique, 34, 7, 2006.

Murakami, Y., Kawamura, N., & Chiba, S., editors. 2005. Toward a peacable future: Redefining peace, security and Kyosei from a multidisciplinary perspective. Pullman, WA. The Thomas A. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service. Reviewed by Joel F. Shapiro, Ed.D. in Education Review, October 2005: and

Shapiro, J. (1993). Developing a social skills training program to assist special education middle school students entering the mainstream. ERIC: ED 365 041.

Selected Presentations
Hudson River Teacher Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. Invited to lecture to teachers on modifying behaviors in school children (April 2008).

Hudson River Teacher Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. Invited to lecture to teachers on teaching high school students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (April 2007).

Greater Rutland Asian Studies Program (GRASP), Rutland, VT. Invited to teach high school teachers about methods of integrating Asian studies into public school curricula (January 2007).

Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. Invited to present colloquium to faculty and students on education in Tibet (November 2006).

Fifth Annual disABILITY Conference, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA (Refereed). Presented research findings to guidance and rehabilitation personnel on developing self-advocacy skills in learning-disabled high school students entering college (October 2006).

Early Childhood Education Network, Yorktown Heights, NY. Invited to present workshop on understanding and modifying behaviors in young children (October 2005.

Hudson River Teacher Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. Presented workshop on effective classroom management techniques for teachers (March 2004).

Hudson River Teacher Center, Yorktown Heights, NY. Invited to present workshop on working with diverse learning/teaching styles in the classroom (March 2004).

New York State Special Education Administrators' Annual Invitational Conference, Yonkers, NY, April 2003, 2002. Educational Approaches to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and associated disorders.

Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, Yorktown Heights, NY, October, 2001.
Using Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom.

New York University Medical College, New York City, December, 2001, 2000. Behavioral/emotional Sequelae of Brain Injury in Adults and Children.

Columbia University Neurological Institute, New York City, July 2000, 1999. Emerging Methodologies Used with Children Having Traumatic Brain Injury.

Lakeland Parent Teacher Association, Lakeland, NY, January, 2000. Humane and Effective Methods of Discipline for Children Having Disabilities.

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