Assistant Professor of Special Education
Assistant Professor Renée Greenfield teaches undergraduate and graduate special education courses. She helps pre-service teachers to learn about diverse students (with and without disabilities) and how to best support their learning. Greenfield believes it is most effective for teachers to construct their own understandings. To do so, she uses case-based work as they learn about special education and the inclusion of diverse learners. The integrated use of technology, modeling, and case studies to instruct, and the creation of applied projects as a means to assess, all serve as multimodal ways for students to successfully access and apply course content.
Greenfield’s research centers around language development, learning disabilities, disproportionate placement of linguistically diverse students in special education, and preparing teachers to educate linguistically diverse students with and without disabilities. Her previous research in and around Boston included examining the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) in public schools, teachers’ attitudes about students with linguistic diversity, and teachers’ special education referral practices. These research interests stem from her experiences as a speech-language teacher and special educator in urban and suburban public schools in Massachusetts.