Dr. David Schwarzer

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Secondary and Special Education

Dr. David Schwarzer

Office: University Hall 2127
Phone: 973-655-5187
Fax: (973) 655-7084
Email: schwarzerd@mail.montclair.edu
Office hours by appointment

         

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Dr. Schwarzer was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He immigrated to Israel in 1982 and to the USA in 1999. David married his wife Taly in 1986. Together they have three multilingual children: Noa, Ariel and Tamar. David is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and English. 

Dr. Schwarzer is intrigued by the possibility of dissolving artificial boundaries between related fields (such as early childhood, emergent literacy development, ESL, bilingual and foreign language education) in the learning, teaching and researching of emergent literacy development in bilingual and multilingual settings using a holistic and socio-cultural philosophical perspective that emphasizes the importance of the learning and teaching contexts as well as the creation of a community of learners is crucial to my scholarship.

 

Degrees

  • PhD University of Arizona (1996)
  • MA Tel-Aviv University (1990)
  • Teaching Certificate - Philosophy. Tel-Aviv University (1987)
  • BA Tel-Aviv University (1986)

 

Career Appointments

 Academic Appointments:

  • Chairperson, (2009-Present) Curriculum and Teaching, The College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.
  • Associate Professor, (2006-2009) The Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Assistant Professor, (2000-2006) Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas - Austin.
  • Lecturer, (1999-2000) Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas - Austin.
  • Director, (1997-1999) Center for Multiliteracy Development, Kaye College - Beer Sheva, Israel.
  • Assistant Professor, (1995-1997) Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, The University of Missouri - Kansas City, MO.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, (1992-1995) Judaic Studies, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • Lecturer, (1988-1992) Bet Berl Teachers College - Kfar Saba, Israel.
  • Lecturer, (1987-1989) Levinsky Teachers College - Tel-Aviv, Israel.

Administrative Appointments:

  • National Superintendent (1997-1999) Literacy Development, Basic Skills Department, Ministry of Education - Jerusalem, Israel
  • Principal, (1991-1992) Bialik Elementary School - Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • Educational Counselor, (1986-1989) Miftan Junior High School - Hertzlyia, Israel

Military Specialization:

  • Director, (1989-1991) Literacy Education Unit - Israeli Defense Force - Ramat Gan, Israel

 

Publications

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Resume/CV

Dr. Schwarzer is intrigued by the possibility of dissolving artificial boundaries between related fields (such as early childhood, emergent literacy development, ESL, bilingual and foreign language education) in the learning, teaching and researching of emergent literacy development in bilingual and multilingual settings using a holistic and socio-cultural philosophical perspective that emphasizes the importance of the learning and teaching contexts as well as the creation of a community of learners is crucial to my scholarship.

Read Dr. Schwarzer's Resume/CV


Books:

  • Schwarzer, D. (1996). Parallel Development of Writing in Hebrew, Spanish and English in a Multilingual Child. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona, Tucson: Arizona.

Articles Published:

  • Schwarzer, D. & Ferguson, D. (2007). DIBELS and English Language Learners: An analysis of the ‘Scientifically Based Research’ behind the test. Bilingual Basics, 7 (2), 77-79.

Book Chapters:

Conference Proceedings:

  • Kahn, R. E., Schwarzer, D., & Smart, K. (1997). Linking whole language and chaos and complexity theory: A teacher research perspective. Paper presented at The Fourth International Conference on Teacher Research, Evanston, IL: National Louis University.

Educational Materials & Reports:

Featured in the News:

  • MyFox at Your School: Nursery Rhymes in Kindergarten
  • MyFox At Your School: UAB Glenn Iris

 

Presentations

International Presentations:

    • 4/14/05 Discussant for the panel on The Impact of Transnationalism in the Education of Latino Immigrants: Utilizing a New Lens for a New Generation of Migrants. Hispanic Research Issues SIG, American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada. 
    • 4/13/05 Features of differentiation between English and Spanish: a International perspective. American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada. 
    • 6/28-29/00 Curso taller La Lecto-Escritura en el Aprendizaje de Lenguas Extranjeras - Secretaría de Educación, Subsecretaría de Educación Básica, Coordinación de Idiomas. Monterrey, México. 
    • 6/30-7/1/00 Workshop for ESL Teachers: Literacy Development in a Second Language - Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Secretaria de Departamento de Idiomas; Monterrey, Mexico. 
    • 5/2-7/99 Hebrew as a Second Language in Mexico: A Critical Review. - Universidad Hebraica; Mexico City, Mexico. 
    • 11/11/98 Teaching and Learning Hebrew as a Second Language: A Whole Language Perspective. - Vaad Hachinuch Hakehilati; Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. 
    • 1/22/98 Whole Language in Hebrew and English: Challenges and Profits - Tel-Aviv University; Tel-Aviv, Israel. 
    • 11/7-9/98 Hebrew as a Second Language: Theory and Practice - A Comunidade Discutindo a Educacao; Encontro da Rede Judaica de Educacao; Sao Paulo, Brazil. 
    • 6/18-24/97 Teaching and Learning Hebrew as a Second Language: Theory and Practice, XX-XXI Seminario de Capacitación Docente Vahad Hajinuj Hakehilati, Buenos Aires Argentina. 
    • 12/25/97 Literacy Development in Multicultural Settings - Emek Hayarden College; Emek Hayarden, Israel. 
    • 9/29/97 Literacy and Culture - Tel-Chai College, Kiriat Shmona, Israel. 
    • 7/10/96 Parallel Development of Writing in Hebrew, English and Spanish in a Multilingual Child - International Reading Association (IRA) Prague, Czech Republic. 
    • 3/7/96 Piaget y Vygotsky y la Enseñanza de Segunda Lenguas - Octavo Encuentro Nacional de Educación y Pensamiento, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Ponce, Puerto Rico. 
    • 9/8/96 Parallel Development of Writing in Hebrew, English and Spanish in a Multilingual Child: a Sociohistorical Perspective - Third Annual Meeting of the Sociocultural Theory and Second Language Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
    • 7/19/94 An International Forum: The Socio-Political Context of Literacy - IRA (International Reading Association) Buenos Aires, Argentina.
       
    • 7/21/94 Whole Language in Foreign Language Learning in Different Contexts - IRA (International Reading Association), Buenos Aires, Argentina.

National Presentations:

    • 4/08 TESOL – Key note in a professional panel of renowned names in the area of bilingual and multilingual education (Joshua Fishman, Skutnaab-Kangas, Ofelia Garcia, Jim Cummins, and David Schwarzer) New York. 
    • 3/07 “Preparing teachers of English Language Learners to work with ELL's K-12” Tesol International – Seattle, WA. 
    • 11/07 DIBELS and Second Language Learners  in Alabama – NCTE New York. 
    • 11/06  The future is now: Improving instruction in foreign language classrooms through teacher-research projects. American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages – Nashville, TN. 
    • 11/06 Monolingual teachers fostering multiliteracy - National Council of Teachers of English Nashville, TN. 
    •  6/ 07 “Creating Learning communities: pre-service teachers as tutors.”  - Believe to Achieve conference (National Urban Alliance) Birmingham, AL April 2007. 
    • 7/30/04 Monolingual Teachers Fostering Multiliteracy: A Dream or a Nightmare? - Imagining Multilingual Schools: an International Symposium. Columbia Teachers College, New York, NY. 
    • 6/6/04 Panel on teacher research in foreign language education National association of Teachers of Hebrew, Austin, TX 
    • 11/18/01 Conducting Research in and out of the Classroom. ACTFL, Washington, DC. 
    • 2/23/01 Biliteracy Development in Early Childhood. Nabe, Phoenix, AZ. 
    • 3/2/01 Monoligual Teachers Fostering Multiliteracy. TESOL, St. Louis, MO. 
    • 3/29/01 To Be Or Not to Be Multiliterate: That's the Question! NCTE, Birmingham, AL. 
    • 6/3/96 Diversity in a Foreign Language Class. National Association of Professors of Hebrew (NAPH), Memphis, TN.
       
    • 5/30/95 Whole Language and Foreign Language Teaching/Learning. NAPH (National Association of Professors of Hebrew), Orlando, FL.

State Presentations:

    • 5/1/02 Monolingual Teachers fostering Students Native Languages. Southwest IRA, Dallas, TX. 
    • 7/21/02 Cuadernos comunicativos en clases de lengua para alumnos principiantes - XI Encuentro de Profesores de Español para Hispanoparlantes; San Antonio, TX. 
    • 10/27/00 Noah's Ark: One child's Voyage into multiliteracy. Textesol, San Antonio, TX. 
    • 10/5/96 Dialogue Journals in ESL. MIDTESOL, Kansas City, MO. 
    • 6/5/96 Whole Language and Second Language Learning. Migrant-Esol-Bilingual State Conference: A Brilliant Blend, Wichita, KS. 
    • 5/4/96 Multiliteracy Development in an ESL Classroom. MIDTESOL (Midwest Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages); St. Louis, MO. 
    • 4/13/96 Qualitative Documentation in Second Language Learning. KATESOL (Kansas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages); Emporia, KS. 
    • 6/10/94 Whole Language and Bilingual Education. AABE (Arizona Association of Bilingual Education); Tucson, AZ. 
       
    • 6/15/93 The Development of Features of Differentiation Between English and Spanish. AABE (Arizona Association of Bilingual Education); Tucson, AZ.

Local Presentations:

    • 5/4/01 Inquiry Cycles in a Second Language Class. 5th Annual Bilingual Conference, Austin, TX. 
    • 3/23/01 Inquiry Cycles in a Whole Language Foreign Language Class. TEXFLEC, Austin, TX. 
    • 10/27/00 Noah's Ark: One child's Voyage into multiliteracy. Textesol, San Antonio, TX. 
    • 9/23/00 To be or not to be Multiliterate? That's the Question! Textesol III, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX. 
    • 10/19/96 Diversity through the Eyes of Children. Greater Kansas City Association for the Education of Young Children (GKCAEYC), Kansas City, MO. 
    • 6/22/96 Literacy and Play in the Multilingual Child. Early Childhood Institute, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO.
       
    • 2/23/89 The Writing System and its Transcription and Representational Meaning. Conference on Literacy, Levinsky College; Tel-Aviv, Israel

 

Service

International Level:

  • Consultant, (2004) Aguirre International, helping with the evaluation of a USAID project in Nicaragua

National Level:

    • Chair Elect, (2005-Present) Bilingual Education Interest Section at the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International organization (2005-Present) 
    • Board Member, (2003-2005) Bilingual Education Interest Section at TESOL International 
    • Manuscript Reviewer, (1999-present) 
    • * Foreign Language Annals (Published by the American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language) * System (Published by Elsevier-Pergamon) * Language Learning (The Professional Journal of the National Network for Early Language Learning) 
    • Proposal Reviewer, (1999-present) American Educational Research Association SIG: Hispanic Research SIG: Bilingual Education American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
    • Consultant, (2004-Present) Jewish Theological Seminar, Hebrew Immersion Summer Program for Teachers of Hebrew in the USA. New York, NY.
       
    • Consultant, (2003) Partnership in Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE). Boston,MA.

Regional Level:

    • Vice-President, TEXTESOL (2000-2003).
       
    • Consultant, Austin Jewish Academy helping develop their curriculum, assessment and materials; Austin, TX (2000-Present)

University Level:

    • Advisor, 2000 - 2002 Fulbright Young Scholars Program
       
    • Member, (2002 - present) International Education Fee Scholarship Selection Committee - International Office 
    • Invited Member, (December 2004) National Commission on Writing for America's Families, School and Colleges 
    • Member, (April, 2003) Academic English Program Colloquium
       
    • Participant, (2003 - Present) Hispanic Organization Meetings

College Level:

    • Chair, 2003 - Present Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) for the Foreign Language Education (FLE) Program
       
    • Member, (2003 - Present) Undergraduate Curriculum Committee - School of Education

Departmental Level:

    • Advisor, 2000 - 2003 Masters level advisor for the foreign language program 
    • Advisor, 2000 - Present Foreign Language Education Student Association (FLESA) 
    • Advisor, 2000 - Present Texas Conference in Foreign Language Education (TEXFLEC), an annual student-organized conference sponsored by FLESA 
    • Member, (2000 - Present) Graduate Studies Committee (Curriculum and Instruction & Foreign Language Education). 
    • Member, (2002- Present) Awards and Fellowship Standing Committee - Curriculum and Instruction 
    • Participant, (2003 - Present) Doctoral Review for students in Language and Literacy 
    • Participant, (2000 - Present) Orientation to new students in Foreign Language Education
       
    • Participant, (2003 - Present) Orientation to new students in Language and Literacy

 

Awards

 

    • Dean's Fellowship Award (2002) - For Features of Differentiation Between English and Spanish Emergent Biliteracy Development: an International Perspective. ($3000)
    • Vision Award (2004) - For Isight cameras in foreign and second language tutorials. ($2581.25)
    • Vision Award (2005) - For Building a website to implement the use of sight cameras in foreign and second language tutorials. ($2475)
    • Fast-Tex Award (2004) - For technology integration into the foreign second language class ($1000)
    • Special Summer Research Grant Application (2005) - For features of differentiation between English and Spanish in Early biliteracy development: an international perspective. ($800)
       
    • Certificate of Appreciation for Volunteerism (2000) - For helping local community organizations with their English as a Second Language needs. Student Volunteer Board Honors; The University of Texas; Austin, TX

 

Projects

Central Alabama Multiliteracy Dig Project 


The purpose of this project is to document multiliteracy occurrences of printed materials in Central Alabama by taking 20-25 digital pictures of multilingual artifacts representing 5-7 different languages. Students in my Developmental Reading I class at the University of Alabama Birmingham organized and analyzed pictures into categories following the framework outlined in the Taylor & Dorsey-Gaines text (1988). 

Tips for teachers interested in fostering multiliteracy development in their classes are provided below. 



Multicultural Classroom Blog by Staci Caldwell 

Multiliteracy in Central Alabama by Mike Baker 

Multilingual Literacy in Central Alabama by Carly Lunceford and Samantha Smith 

Multiliteracy and Religion in Birmingham by Kristen Wilson, Christopher Penrose, and Lori Beth Whitefield 

Multiliteracy in Alabama by Audrey Denmark, Maggie Matlock and Meagan Vincent 

Multiliteracy in Central Alabama by Billie Jean Loftin and Kristin Pilkerton 

Central Alabama Multiliteracy Dig Presentation by Ashley Davis 

Fostering Multiliteracy in the Classroom Presentation by Lauren Hamrick, Katie Prince, and Brooke Gossett 

Multiliteracy by Tabitha White, Becky Calvin, and Jamie Thornton 

Fostering a Multiliterate Classroom by Michelle Russo and Kelly Knapp 

Multiculturalism in Central Alabama by Morgan Burton, Amy Clardy & Angela Goodwin 

Developing Student Language by Lauren Waldron, Brittney Hallmark, and Sunny Miller