Spotlight on Denise Jaffe

Denise Jaffe

Denise Jaffe worked for Southern Westchester BOCES for more than three decades. She is known for her ability to provide teachers practical, evidenced-based and easily implemented strategies to improve educational outcomes for all students. She created and taught a 30-hour course for school-based speech/language therapists that lasted for over 25 years, resulting in a true professional learning community for an underserved population. She is most proud of her participation in creating structured opportunities for educators to come together and learn from each other about effective practices and systems and to help identify solutions. She has worked with districts throughout the Lower Hudson Valley as a staff developer, coach 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 her main focus in recent years. She has collaborated with the NYU Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionally and served as a Special Education Subgroup Specialist in NYSED-led Integrated Intervention Team Reviews. She holds 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.