Spotlight on Denise Jaffe

Denise Jaffe

I have worked for Southern Westchester BOCES for more than three decades as a Special Education School Improvement Specialist for the Lower Hudson Regional Special Education Technical Assistance and Support Center (RSE-TASC). I am known for my ability to provide teachers practical, evidenced-based, easily implemented strategies to improve educational outcomes for all students.  In my capacity as a professional developer,  I created and taught a 30-hour course for school based speech/language therapists.  This course lasted for over 25 years resulting in a true professional learning community for an underserved population. The class, which was always filled to capacity, highlighted the changes underway in education and research for the 21st century speech/language pathologists. I am most proud of my participation in creating structured opportunities for educators to come together, to learn from each other about effective practices and systems, and to help each other identify solutions to challenges that arise.

Throughout my career I have worked with districts across the Lower Hudson Valley as a staff developer, coach, and/or facilitator to enhance the educational experiences for students with unique learning challenges.  Targeted professional development, including technical assistance and on-site visits to assist staff in improving instruction, has been my main focus in recent years. In addition, throughout my career, I have collaborated with several different organizations. I have partnered with NYU Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionally and served as a Special Education Subgroup Specialist in State Education Department-led Integrated Intervention Team Reviews.

I hold an M.S. in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Supervision and Administration from Pace University, and a B.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Hofstra University. My certifications include:

  • School District Administrator and School Administrator and Supervisor - New York State
  • Speech Pathology and Special Education - New York State
  • Teacher of Speech and Hearing Handicapped, K-12 - New York State
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence – American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Nursery, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6 and Special Education - New York State
  • Speech Improvement and Health Conservation - New York City