Curriculum and Teaching
Dr. Zhang is a Professor of Education at GSE. Dr. Zhang received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000.
She was a Fulbright Scholar in Spring 2013 at the University of Macau. 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 directs several major federally funded personnel training grants.
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MS, Eastern Illinois University
BA, 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.
Zhang, C., McCray, C., & Cho, S. (2014). Effective education for all: Implementing positive behavior support from Early Childhood to High School. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
Zhang, C., & Cho, S. J. (2010). The development of bilingual special education field: Major issues, accomplishments, future directions, and recommendations. Journal of Multilingual Education Research, 1(1), 45-62.
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.
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 Group.
Silverstein, J., & Zhang, C.(2007). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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., 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.
Doctoral level courses
- Advanced Study on Problems and Issues in Special Education (CTGE7570)
- Problems and Issues in Early Childhood Education (CTGE6236)
- Research and Policy Issues in Early Childhood Education (CTGE6196)
- Standardized and Alternate Assessments for Students at Risk or with Disabilities (CLGE6380)
Graduate level courses
- Assessment Strategies for Young Children with Disabilities (CTGE5157)
- Family, Community, and All Young Children (CTGE5234)
- Including Exceptional Students (CTGE5154)
- Observing and Documenting Young Children’s Development (CTGE5850)
- Perspectives and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education (CTGE5411)
- Psychological Factors in Young Children with Disabilities (PSGE5301)
- Research in the Teaching Process (CTGE6192)