Diane Casale-Giannola
Professor Email: dgiannola@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-896-5078
Department Name:
Teacher Education
Office Location:
Memorial Hall 102E

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Professor
Email: 
dgiannola@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-896-5078
Department Name: 
Teacher Education
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Memorial Hall 102E

Academic Background

  • Doctor of Education (Administration and Leadership), New York University
  • Advanced Certificate (Educational Supervision and Administration) Brooklyn College
  • Master of Science (Educational Psychology and Statistics/Special Education) Albany University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Albany University

Awards/Honors

  • Nasim Dil Service Award, Council for Exceptional Children – Teacher Education Division – National recognition for outstanding service 2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Rider University, 2005
  • Volunteer of the Year Award, ARC Mercer, 2005
  • Advisor Recognition Awards, Rider University, 2004 to present
  • Educational Enhancement Appreciation Award, Rider University. 2004

Teaching

  • SPE 201: Inclusion and Students with Disabilities
  • SPE 202: Society and Individuals with Disabilities
  • SPE 301/303: Assessment of Instruction for Children with Special Needs
  • SPE 302/304: Assessment and Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms
  • EDU 465: Student Teaching Seminar
  • EDU 465: Student Teaching Supervision
  • EDU 465: Student Teaching Abroad, the American School of Barcelona
  • EDPS/s 512: Psychology of Exceptionality
  • SPED 510: Instructional Practices for Children with Mild Disabilities
  • SPED 590: Professional Seminar in Special Education
  • IND 210: Global Encounters – Special Education Abroad: A Comparative Study (Madrid, Spain)            

Publications

Books:

  • Giannola, D. C. & Green, L. S. (2012). 41 Active Learning Strategies to Engage Students in the Inclusive Classroom, 6-12. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin/Sage Publications.
  • Green, L. S. & Giannola, D. C. (2011). 40 Active Learning Strategies to Engage Students in the Inclusive Classroom, K-5. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin/Sage Publications.

Articles:

  • Giannola, D. C. (In Press). Adverse reactions to aversives: Teacher educators examine the issues. The Journal of Natural Inquiry & Reflective Practice.
  • Giannola, D. C. (Spring, 2012). Comparing inclusion in the secondary vocational classrooms: Strengths, needs and recommendations. American Secondary Education Journal.
  • Giannola, D. C. (2011, May). Inclusion in the Career and Technical Classroom: What works and what needs fixin’. TechDirections, 70(10).
  • Giannola, D. C. & Roth, L. (2009, Summer). The impact of service learning on pre-service special education teachers. National Society of Experiential Education, 34(2).
  • Giannola, D. C. (2008). The Meaning of Service Learning for Pre-service Special Education Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs, published in proceedings from the International Conference on Education, Economy and Society.
  • Giannola, D. C. & Kamens, M. W. (2006). Inclusion at the university: The experience of a young woman with Down syndrome. Mental Retardation, 5, 344–352.
  • Giannola, D. C. (2005). AIDing student teachers, cooperating teachers and supervisors in inclusive settings. Teaching and Learning, 19(2), 77–99.
  • Kamens, M. W. & Giannola, D. C. (2004). The role of the student teacher in the co-taught classroom. Teacher Educator, 40, 17–32.
  • Giannola, D. C. (2003). Going abroad: What does it mean for teachers and their students? The International Journal of Learning, 10, 3211–3227.
  • Doctoral Dissertation: Giannola, D. C. (2000). The meaning of international experiences for the professional development of educators. New York University.

Selected Presentations

  • Giannola, D.C. and Schwartz, L. G. (2013, February) Teaching Adolescents with Learning Disabilities:  Who, What and How.   Learning Disabilities Association International Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Schwartz, L. G. and Giannola, D.C   (2013, February) Teaching Students with Auditory Processing Disorder Learning Disabilities Association International Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Schwartz, L. G. (2013, February) Active learning in the Inclusive Classroom, 6-12, 20th Annual Inclusion Works Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Schwartz, L. G. and Giannola, D.C   (2013, February) Active learning in the Inclusive Classroom, K-5, 20th Annual Inclusion Works Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Schwartz, L. G. (2012, October)  Active Learning in the Inclusive Classroom – Elementary and Secondary ASCD Texas, Dallas, Texas.
  • Schwartz, L. G. and Giannola, D.C.  (2011, April) Everyone is Included: The Building of a Classroom Community Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo, Washington, D.C.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Schwartz, L. G. (2010, November)  Access is not Enough!  Brain-based learning strategies that support student needs. Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Giannola, D.C., Kamens, M. W., Schwartz, L.G. Voytecki, K.  (2009, November) Invited Session. Field Experiences and Student Teaching:  Sharing Assessments, Assignments and Perspectives.   Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Giannola, D.C., Schwartz, L.G., and Harriott, W.  (2008, November) Ready! Set! Invited Session. Participate!  Interactive learning in the Classroom.  Presented at the Teacher  Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Kamens, M..W.  (2008, July).  Peer support in an inclusive university experience for a young adult with Down Syndrome.  Presented at the Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society.  Paris, France.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Roth, L.  (2008, July).  Preparing pre-service teachers to work with diverse populations through a service learning experience. Presented at the Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society.  Paris, France.
  • Giannola, D.C.  (2007, November).  Tears in the classroom:  The aversive controversy and pre-service teacher experience.  Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Giannola, D.C., Schwartz, L.G., and Harriott, W. (2007, November). Course idea exchange – instructional strategies for introductory special education courses. Invited session presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Giannola, D.C.  (2007, April).  Ethical dilemmas that arise from service learning: Grading right from wrong.  Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo.  Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Giannola, D.C. (2007, February).  The inclusion dilemma: Resources to better prepare new teachers and their students.  Presented at the American Association of Colleges and Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting and Exhibits.  New York, New York.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Kamens, M. W.  (2006, April).  Inclusion at the university: Experiences of a young woman with Down Syndrome.  Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo.  Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Giannola, D.C. (2006, November).  Affects of ethics:  When personal dilemmas become professional decisions.  Presented at Teacher Education and the Technology and Media Divisions (TED/TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference.  San Diego, California.
  • Giannola, D.C.  (2005, November).  Voices from the field:  Service learning and individuals with developmental disabilities. Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference.  Portland, Maine.
  • Schwartz, L.G., Giannola, D.C, and Mayhew, J.  (2005, November).  No sleeping allowed!  Experiential learning in the college classroom.  Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference.  Portland, Maine.
  • Giannola, D.C.  Preparation of pre-service teachers for diverse populations: Challenges in dealing with the demands of inclusive settings and placement/supervision issues. Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Kamens, M. W. and Giannola, D.C. (2005, July).  The paraprofessional:  Your best friend in the inclusive classroom.  Presented at the New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE) Summer Conference.  Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
  • Kamens, M. W. and Giannola, D.C. (2004, April).  Student teachers in the co-taught classroom:  Whose student am I? Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Convention and Expo.  New Orleans, Louisiana. 
  • Giannola, D.C.  (2003, November).  AID:  An inclusion resource of student teachers and supervisors.  Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference. Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Kamens, M. W. and Giannola, D.C.  (2003, November).  The role of the student teacher in the co-taught classroom.  Presented at the Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference. Biloxi, Mississippi.
  • Giannola, D.C. (2003, July).  The meaning of international experiences for the professional development of educators.  Presented at the Tenth International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning.  London, England.
  • Giannola, D.C. and Roth, L.  (2003, May).  AID:  An inclusion resource for pre-service teachers.  Presented at the New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children (NJCEC) Annual Conference.  Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Professonial Development / Consulting

  • Rider University Teacher Leadership Conference (2011, 2012)
  • Hopewell Valley School District (October, 2011)
  • Roselle School District (2011)
  • New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Essex County Vocational School District, Inclusion Consultant.  (2009-2010)
  • Kids Corner Cooperative Nursery School (2005)
  • Lawrence High School, Lawrence (2005)
  • Educational Testing Service, Consultant (2005 to present)

Educational Experience

  • Part-time Instructor of International Student Seminar, New York University,NewYork, New York. 1999
  • Principal, Gerald R. Dever Middle School, Community School District 27, Rockaway Park, New York. 2001-2002
  • Director of Superintendent’s Academy, Community School District 27, Ozone Park, New York, 2000-20001
  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher, Young Adult Institute/New York League for Early Learning, New York, New York.
  • Assistant Principal, Grover Cleveland High School, Department of Instructional Support, Ridgewood, New York. 1996-1998
  • Mainstream Support & ESL/Bilingual Coordinator, John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, New York.  1992-1996
  • Special Needs Coordinator/Teacher, ISS International School of Singapore, Singapore. 1991-1992
  • Special Education Coordinator, John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, New York, 1990 -1991
  • Special Education Teacher, John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, New York.  1987 - 1990

Service

School of Education

  • Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Workload Committee
  • NCATE Special Education Evaluator & SPA Writer
  • Rider Student Council for Exceptional Children, Chapter, Advisor
  • Special Education Advisory Board
  • Special Education Program Committee
  • Rider Friendships – Founder and Advisor for Social Experiences for Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities
  • Student Teaching Abroad Coordinator

University

  • Faculty Mentor Program
  • International Education Council
  • Curriculum Integration Task Force
  • University Honors Council
  • Retention and Recruitment Activities - Admitted Student Days, Scholarship Brunch/Open Houses
  • Faculty Development Day, Presentation Leader -Globalizing and Internationalizing Our Course of Study
  • Personnel Committee for International Education Director
  • BHP Research Thesis, Faculty Advisor
  • Strategic Planning Committee: International Task Force
  • Professional Development Day: Internationalizing and Globalizing the Rider Experience
  • Strategic Planning Committee: First Year Experience
  • Rider University CII Professional Development: Supporting Students With ADD at the University Level
  • Professional Development Day: Case Studies From Our Experiences – How Can We Address the Students With “Invisible” Disabilities at Rider?
  • Learning Consultant, Minding Our Business (MOB). Consultant for the Outstanding Students Program, Rider University and Emily Fischer High School, Trenton, NJ
  • Study Abroad Committee
  • Support Employment Advisory Board (SEAB)

National

  • Council for Exceptional Children, Teacher Education Division and Small Special Education Program Caucus (SSEPC). Positions held: SSEPC Secretary, Associate Chair, Chair, and Past Chair