Pitzer College Alumna Pens Most Downloaded Journal Article
Claremont, Calif. (July 7, 2011) — Pitzer College alumna Deborah Deutsch Smith '68 co-authored "The Changing Education Landscape: How Special Education Leadership Preparation Can Make a Difference for Teachers and Their Students with Disabilities," the most downloaded article in Sage Publication's Teacher Education and Special Education: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of their Council for Exceptional Children.
Deutsch Smith co-wrote the article with Susan Mortorff Robb, Jane West and Naomi Chowhuri Tyler. In "The Changing Education Landscape," the authors discuss the current policy landscape, connections between the shortage of teachers and the shortage of special education faculty and the role of the federal government in addressing these shortages. They conclude with a call for national dialogue—necessary so the continuing cycle of faculty shortages and resulting shortages of those who directly serve students with disabilities may be resolved.
Deutsch Smith is the co-principal investigator of the IRIS Center for Training Enhancements, a national center funded by the federal Office of Special Education Programs that provides interactive modules and other training materials which focus on the education of students with disabilities. The Center is a partnership of Claremont Graduate University and Vanderbilt University.
She received a BA in psychology from Pitzer College, MEd from the University of Missouri – Columbia and an EdD from the University of Washington. Since 1985, Deutsch Smith has served on the Pitzer Board of Trustees and was recognized as an Emerita Trustee in 2003. She was most recently named the 2011 Pitzer College Distinguished Alumni Award Honoree.