Pages and Patterns

a guest blog by Francesca Ciotoli

Mother  ●  Teacher  ●  Bibliophile

You can tell a lot about people by the books on their shelves…

The mother of two young children, one of whom has autism, Francesca Ciotoli is an educator specializing in curriculum development who stops by to reflect on the pages on her shelves and patterns in her life.

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Francesca completed her undergraduate work in voice performance at the Manhattan School of Music and earned a master’s in education at Fordham University. During her ten years in the classroom, Francesca has taught children from the first through the eighth grade using her own curriculum. She developed the Shakespeare Project and the Gilbert and Sullivan Project at the Special Music School in New York City.

Most recently, Francesca helped design a developmentally appropriate curriculum with a focus on inclusion for the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University (MSU). She currently works in the field of curriculum and professional development, splitting her time between a New York City public school and MSU, where she is an inclusion grant coordinator for The College of Education and Human Services.

Francesca was a featured speaker at MSU’s Early Childhood Autism Institute Conference for Parents in 2009 and 2010 and the Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental Learning Disorders Annual Conference in 2011.

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