ZOILA TAZI, PH.D.
City University of New York, Graduate Center
Ph.D. in Urban Education 2011
Dissertation: “The effects of bilingual instruction on the English emergent literacy skills of Spanish-speaking preschool children.”
A quantitative longitudinal study of assessments over the course of two school years.
School Administration Credential – SDA/SAS 2005
Masters in Social Work 1995
Concentration: Social Work with Children
Bachelor of Arts 1982
Major: English Minor: Spanish Literature
New York State Council of School Superintendents (NYSCOSS): Pathways to Leadership Scholarship Award 2010
New York State Association of Bilingual Education (NYSABE): Bilingual Support Person of the Year 2000
Ecuadorian Civic Committee of New York: Educator of the Year 2000
Tazi, Z. (2010) Bilingual by design: A vision for preschool education in New York. NYSABE NEWS – New York State Association of Bilingual
Education. September/December 2010.
Tazi, Z. (December 2010). Preventing the gap in preschool: A suburban community model. In A. Honigsfeld and A. Cohan (Eds.), Breaking the
Mold of School Instruction and Organization: Innovative and Successful Practices for the 21 Century. Maryland: R & L Education.
Tazi, Z. (October 2003) Ecuadorian and Colombian children and families. In R. Fong (Ed.) Culturally Competent Social Work Practice with
Immigrant Children and Families. New York: Guilford Press.
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Childhood Education Department
Early Childhood/Childhood Education Programs
Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
New York Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB)
Coordinator of Data Analysis, Documentation Component February 2012 to Present (Concurrent)
NYSIEB is a study of academic achievement of emergent bilingual students in the state of New York. The study identifies areas of strength and
expertise across schools in New York where emergent bilinguals have increased rates of achievement. The primary goals of NYSIEB are to
analyze achievement, support school leaders in implementing effective practices, and align Native Language Arts standards with the new
Common Core. The role of the Coordinator of Data Analysis, Documentation Component is to:
Develop an extensive database of demographic features, instructional program information, and student test scores of all
Elementary, Middle and High Schools across New York State;
Analyze outcomes on various state exams – ELA 4 and 8; Mathematics 4 and 8; NYSESLAT;
Analyze Graduation rates;
Conduct statistic analyses of student outcomes and school features to identify successful schools;
Design and implement a survey for School Principals, followed by extensive interviews;
Describe and document the process of analysis including rationale and findings;
Collaborate with a team of scholars to develop the documentation component.
Park Early Childhood
OSSINING UFSD – Park Early Childhood Center
22 Edward Street Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 762-5850
Principal 2009 to 2012
Park Early Childhood Center houses Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten, a family literacy program (First Steps) and an adult literacy program. The
combined programs represent over 1,200 preschool children and their families.
Design and implement an age appropriate early childhood curriculum that spans from infancy through Kindergarten;
Administer an annual program budget with funds from local levy, UPK, Title 1, and private grants totaling over 2 million dollars;
Renew annually private grants totaling over $290,000 based on program results and presentations;
Conduct extensive program evaluation and data analysis annually for all preschool programs and the independent family literacy
Coordinate all aspects of staff development including conducting presentations and workshops; contracting consultants and
presenters; organizing research and school-wide data analysis;
Design a program to meet the needs of a population with diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic groups, aligned with Common
Core State Standards for instruction and in compliance with state regulations;
Maintain and supervise all aspects of school functioning;
Supervise a combined faculty and staff of ninety-six;
Participate in district-wide initiatives regarding curriculum, instruction and state regulations.
OSSINING UFSD – Roosevelt School
190 Croton Avenue Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 762-2682
Principal 2005 to 2009
Roosevelt School offered a Pre-Kindergarten program for 288 four year-olds as well as a family literacy program (First Steps) for the entire
Designed instructional program in alignment with district ELA curriculum and NYS standards;
Designed and supervised assessment protocol for the entire student population;
Organized and implemented staff development;
Wrote grant applications totaling over 1 million dollars;
Maintained and supervised all aspects of school functioning;
Supervised a combined faculty and staff of twenty-eight.
OSSINING UFSD – First Steps/Primeros Pasos Family Literacy Program
190 Croton Avenue Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 762-2682
Program Co-Founder and Coordinator 2002-2005
Developed program design and composed successful private grant application totaling over $290,000. Coordinated and organize all program
components related to family literacy: children’s services, adult services, literacy events, community outreach and collaboration. Provided
staff development and training. The total number of families registered with the program grew rapidly to over 500.
OSSINING UFSD – Park School
22 Edward Street Ossining, NY 10562 (914) 762-5850
School Social Worker 1997-2002
Provided comprehensive clinical services in an elementary school for children in Kindergarten and First Grade.
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Facilitated play therapy, group counseling, and family consultations. Consulted to teachers and parents on developmental processes and clinical issues
for young children. Designed and implemented behavioral interventions. Conducted parent trainings and support programs. Assisted in the
identification of developmental and learning disabilities as a participant on the Committee on Special Education. Implemented sexual abuse and
abduction prevention curriculum in the classroom.
Founder, Proyecto ALCANCE
In the course of work as a School Social Worker at Park School, founded a parent involvement project serving the Spanish-speaking parents of the school
seeking to increase parent participation by addressing family needs with a social work model of holistic service delivery. Proyecto ALCANCE has grown
Park School to include other schools within the district. Along with a planning committee of parents and other school personnel, organize monthly
meetings. Facilitate parent involvement within Proyecto ALCANCE to encourage and promote leadership among Latino parents.
CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
(March 2012) Keynote: Bilingual Beginnings: Early Childhood Education in New York. NYSABE 35 Annual Conference, New York Bilingual
Association of Bilingual Education, New York.
(October 2010) Keynote: Campeones de la Educación [Champions of Education]. CSI – Parents Leadership Conference. Manhattanville College.
(March 2010). What works: Bilingual children succeeding in literacy. NYSABE 33 Annual Conference, New York Bilingual Association of
Bilingual Education, New York
(May 2009) Keynote: Apoyo para la Educación de sus Hijos [Supporting your Children’s Education]. CSI – Parents Leadership Conference.
(March 2009). Emergent Literacy in a Diverse Community: Culturally Competent Practices. The 2009 Inaugural CUNY Education Conference, City
University of New York, Graduate Center, New York.
(May2008) Keynote: El Exito al Alance [Success Within Reach]. CSI – Parents Leadership Conference. Manhattanville College.
(April 2008). Conference Organizer and Host of Power of Preschool Conference, Westchester/Mid-Hudson Regional Pre-Kindergarten
Administrators, Ossining, New York
(March 2007). One Solution to the Achievement Gap NYSABE 30 Annual Conference, New York State Association of Bilingual Education, New
(March 2004). First Steps – Family Literacy for an Entire Community. National Conference on Family Literacy, National Center for Family
Literacy, Orlando Florida.
(October 2003). Ossining’s ‘First Steps’ to Literacy Partnership. Twenty Second Annual Conference on In-service Education, NYSED and New
York State United Teachers, Albany, New York.
(May 2003). Cultural Competence in Dealing with Children Who Witness Violence. Children Who Witness Domestic Violence: A Professional’s
Training for Teachers and Child Care Providers, Junior League of Northern Westchester and Four Winds Hospital, Ossining, New York.
(April 2003). Parent Engagement in a Full Service Community School. Growing a Full-Service Community School: Using Full Service Community
Schools to Leave No Child Behind, Harvard Collaborative for Integrated School Services, Purchase, New York.
(November 2002). Ossining Engages Underrepresented Parents in Children’s Education. Superintendent’s Conference, Elmsford School District,
Elmsford, New York.
(November 2002). How to Maneuver the Educational System: Pre-K to 12 Grade. Panel discussion at the Second Annual Westchester Hispanic
Summit, Westchester County Office of Hispanic Affairs, White Plains, New York
(April 2002). Issues of Acculturation that Impact on Learning. Statewide Meeting on the Education of Ecuadorian Students in New York State,
Eastern Suffolk, New York.
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(February 2002). Acculturation Support Groups for Latino Immigrant Children. Celebrating Diversity: 25 Annual Conference, New York State
Association for Bilingual Education, Albany, New York.
(November 2001). Ossining Engages Under-represented Parents to Support Student Success. Twentieth Annual Conference on In-service
Education, NYSED and New York State United Teachers, Albany, New York.
(October 2001). School-based Groups to Help Kindergarten/First Grade Children Who are Recent Immigrants from Latin America. Helping
Culturally Diverse Children, Adolescents and Families, Fordham University, New York, New York.
(May 2001). Ossining Engages Underrepresented Parents in Children’s Education. Excellence in Education: Meeting the Needs of an
Increasingly Diverse Student Population, Westchester Education Coalition Conference, Yorktown, New York.
(June 2000). Play Therapy Acculturation Groups. Annual Conference for 2000, New York Association for Play Therapy, Wappingers, New York.
Bronx-Lebanon Child and Adolescent Clinic
1844 Webster Avenue Bronx, NY 10457 (718) 997-2642
Psychiatric Social Worker 1995-1997
Facilitated psychiatric treatment as a primary therapist to children and families. Implemented treatment plans
with an inter-disciplinary team of psychiatrists and psychologists. Utilized different modalities including play therapy, individual, family and group
sessions serving a population identified with an AXIS I diagnosis. Offered psycho-educational consultation on childhood disorders, family dynamics and
the use of medication and treatment.
Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center
111South Kensico Avenue White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 997-2642
Parent Aide Supervisor 1994-1995
The Exchange Club CAPC employs a social service modality utilizing trained Parent Aides to work in-home with families at risk for child abuse.
The Parent Aide models parenting behavior, teaches techniques and assists with concrete services. Evaluated families in a comprehensive
needs assessment. Supervised ten to fifteen Parent Aides. Interfaced with multiple service providers - caseworkers, therapists, parole officers
and child care providers in delivering services. Developed a parenting skills curriculum presented at Head Start Day Care Centers, shelters,
Community Action Programs. Addressed child development, discipline, substance abuse, positive toxicology, domestic violence and
Mamaroneck Child Development Center (WestCOP)
134 Center Avenue Mamaroneck, NY 10543 (914) 698-3131
Directed Head Start program and Day Care Center serving low-income community. Secured scholarship and subsidy funds for enrollment. Administered
annual budget and ongoing fund raising program. Wrote successful grant proposals for new services. Hired, supervised and trained a staff of ten
teachers. Facilitated discussion groups on discipline, development and parenting skills. Held trainings on substance abuse, domestic violence and child
abuse. Created and implemented a curriculum for children’s groups ages 3 and 4 on recognizing feelings, conflict resolution and proactive social skills.
Trained and supervised one clinical assistant.
The Lollipop Guild, Inc.
Formed and directed private day care center. Composed advertising, promotion, policies and procedures. Designed pre-school environment and
curriculum with age appropriate materials. Generated annual budget, maintaining quarterly reports and tax data. Trained and supervised teaching staff.
Worked in the audio-visual industry in sales and marketing. Traveled nationwide presenting capabilities. Worked along with freelance artists to develop
budgets and creative proposals for corporate clients.
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English and Spanish. Interpret in public presentations and translate written documents.
2011 Regional delegate for the New York State Association of Bilingual Education (NYSABE), Mid-Hudson Region
2006 to Present, Hispanic Advisory Board to Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey, 18 District, New York
2007 to Present, Advisory Council of the Westchester Children’s Association. [Organization of Global Communicators]
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
New York State Pre-Kindergarten Administrators’ Association
New York State Association for Bilingual Education
National Association for Bilingual Education
American Educational Research Association
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