Dr. Zhang is Professor of Education. Dr. Zhang received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. She has been widely published nationally and internationally in the areas of culturally and linguistically appropriate practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education. She has been also directing several federally funded personnel training grants.
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S, Eastern Illinois University
B. A., Huazhong Normal University
Dr. Zhang has strong research interests in family-professional partnerships and collaboration, interagency collaboration, and culturally and linguistically sensitive and responsive services and practices in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.
Silverstein, J., & Zhang, C.(in press). Culturally and linguistically diverse children and youth with learning disabilities and language disorders. In G. B. Esquivel, E. C. Lopez, & S. Nahari (Eds.). Handbook of Multicultural School Psychology. NJ: Laurence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers.
Santos, R. M., & Zhang, C. (2005). An individualized perspective of family supports and services. In R. M. Corso, S. A. Fowler, & R. M. Santos (Eds.) Building healthy relationships with families (pp. 5-38). Longmont, CO: Sopris West Educational Services.
Zhang, C., & Bennett, T. (2001). Embracing cultural and linguistic diversity during the IFSP and IEP process: Implications from DEC recommended practices. In S. Pavri, S. Serving the underserved: A review of the research and practice in early intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse young children Fowler, M. McLean, C. Zhang, & T. Bennett (Eds.), Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children, The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.
Zhang, C. (2007). Response to intervention. In A. M. Bursztyn (Ed.), The Praeger Handbook of Special Education (pp. 104-106). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
English-Sand, P., & Zhang, C. (2007). Differentiated instruction. In A. M. Bursztyn (Ed.), The Praeger Handbook of Special Education (pp. 92-94). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing
Chai, A., Zhang, C., Bisberg, M. (2006). Rethinking natural environment practice: Implications from examining various interpretations and approaches. Early Childhood Education Journal, 34(3), December, 203-208.
Ellsworth, N., & Zhang, C. (2007). Progress and challenges in China’s Special Education development: Reflections from classroom observations. Remedial and Special Education, 28(1), 58-64.
Lee, H., Zhang, C., & Schwartz, B. (2006). Challenges of providing culturally appropriate services: Perspectives of EI professionals in a metropolitan city. Multiple Voices, 9(1), 1-11.
Zhang, C., Schwartz, B., & Lee, H. (2006). Collaborative services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Perspectives from professionals in an urban setting. Early Child Development and Care, 176(3-4), 299-311.
Zhang, C., Schwartz, B. (2005). Supporting families through the Family Partnership Agreement process: Perspectives from Early Head Start staff in an inner city. Early Childhood Education and Family Review, 13(2), 14-26.
Graduate level courses taught
CTGE 6192: Research in the Teaching Process
CTGE 5850: Observing and Documenting Young Children’s Development
CTGE 5154: Including Exceptional Students
PSGE 5301: Psychological Factors in Young Children with Disabilities
CTGE 5411: Perspectives and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education
CTGE 5157: Assessment Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities
CTGE 5234: Family, Community, and All Young Children
PSGE 5316: Psychology of Child Development and Learning
CTGE 5422: Assessment of Young Children
CTGE 5232: Curriculum and Evaluation Strategies in Early Childhood Education
CTGE 5421: Planning Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities
EDGE 6100: Issues and Trends in American Education
CTGE 5423, 5424, 5425: Assessment of Students with Learning Disabilities, Mental Retardation, and Behavior Disorders
Doctoral level courses taught
CTGE 6236: Problems and Issues in Early Childhood Education
CTGE 6196: Researchand Policy Issues in Early Childhood Education