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Alida Anderson Associate Professor School of Education

Contact
Send email to Alida Anderson
(202) 885-6214 (Office)
SOE - School of Education
Spring Valley Building - 455
Additional Positions at AU
Associate Professor
Degrees
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

Bio
Alida Anderson is an associate professor in the School of Education at American University. She earned her PhD in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park focusing on early childhood language development. Anderson’s research and teaching interests focus on contextual factors of language development and literacy acquisition in preschool and school age students with and without exceptionalities. Research projects have focused on developing language skills in preschool and school age children with language impairments and learning disabilities. Anderson’s dyslexia research includes study of cross-linguistic features that predict reading ability in school age monolingual and bilingual English-Chinese speakers with reading disabilities, and response-to-intervention mathematics practices for primary grade students in under-resourced urban school settings. Current projects include investigating the influences of arts integration on students’ language and social-emotional learning in academic settings, improving school professionals’ dyslexia knowledge and practice, and investigating spatial thinking skills across disciplinary classroom activities. Anderson’s sole-edited volume Arts Integration and Special Education, connects interdisciplinary frameworks in human development and linguistics, special education, and urban education with primary action research by special educators. Presentations include papers given at the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, Council for Exceptional Children, International Mind, Brain, and Education Society, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, and VSA International/John F. Kennedy Center.
See Also
Special Education Program
School of Education (SOE)
Arts Integration and Special Education
For the Media
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Teaching

Summer 2020

  • EDU-643 Foun of Spec Ed for Excp Child

Fall 2020

  • EDU-645 Learning Disabilities I

  • EDU-665 Exceptionality: Art in Spec Ed

Spring 2021

  • EDU-644 Language Develop & Remediation

  • EDU-646 Learning Disabilities II

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Announcements

Event summary on inclusive arts integration interventions: http://www.sidwell.edu/photos/index.aspx?ModuleID=692&LinkID=3604

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