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Alida Anderson

Associate Professor School of Education

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  • Associate Professor
Alida Anderson earned her PhD in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Research and teaching interests focus on contextual factors associated with language development and literacy acquisition in children from diverse backgrounds. Research projects have focused on development of literate oral language by preschool age children with language impairments and typical language, relationships between cross-linguistic features and reading ability in school age monolingual and bilingual English and Chinese speakers with reading disabilities, and development and implementation of a response-to-intervention mathematics practice for teaching place value and number concepts to primary grade students in under-resourced urban school settings. Current research projects examine the influence of arts integration on school age students’ oral and written language in academic content area instructional settings. Recent publications include Arts Integration and Special Education, an edited volume connecting interdisciplinary frameworks in human development and linguistics, special education, and urban education with primary action research by special educators. Presentations have included papers at the American Educational Research Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, the Council for Exceptional Children, and VSA International/Kennedy Center.


PhD, Special Education, University of Maryland, College Park, MD MA, Learning Disabilities, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL BA, Art/Art History and Asian Studies, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

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See Also
Special Education Program
School of Education (SOE)
Arts Integration and Special Education


  • Summer 2018

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


Event summary on inclusive arts integration interventions:

Recent contribution to Arts Integration: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change.

Featured speaker on Kennedy Center/VSA’s webinar series on theater and Autism:  Teaching Students with Autism: What Teaching Theater Teaches Us