Maggie Blair

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    Simply answered, I love working with my Molloy students both in and outside the classroom!

  • Academic Interests

    Currently I am actively involved in communities which focus on the needs of individuals with developmental challenges. I sit on the Board of Trustees for The Ascent School and have created partnerships with several organizations for individuals with autism. Through these extra-curricular activities, I have been able to expand my own knowledge of this challenging developmental disorder and have been able to bring current, evidence-based research to my classroom here at Molloy as well as to the Molloy community at-large.

  • What I am working on

    Currently I am researching meaningful, life experiences available to individuals with developmental delays. As the first generation of students whose educational experiences were guided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  (IDEA, 1990), are exiting mandatory education, my research is focused on where they might have meaningful experiences which will continue to contribute to their personal growth and enable them to be active, contributing members of their communities.

  • Educational Philosophy

    "I believe the children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way....."

  • Educational Background

    I completed my Masters degree in special education at New York University in 1974 and received a Professional Diploma in administration with a concentration in special education from Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus in 1991.

  • Additional Information

    In addition, I am also interested in how we, who prepare the next generation of teachers, can best foster critical thinking skills in our teacher candidates. I believe that we need to provide more clinical experiences through which our teacher candidates experience opportunities to analyze how children learn, more from theory to practice and generalize these skills in real classrooms. Recently, I had the opportunity to move two of my students into the field to observe a student for the purposes of maintaining running records, performing a functional behavior assessment and creating a behavior intervention plan for the student which was shared at a staff conference with the child's teachers and will be utilized to develop the child's Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the next school year.

  • Publications/Presentations

    Since 1974, I have been actively involved in the field of special education as a teacher, staff developer and administrator. My first twenty years were spent with the Department of Education in New York City. As an administrator I spent the last eleven years on Long Island, retiring from the Manhasset School District in 2006. In January, 2003, I was invited to join the faculty here at Molloy College as an adjunct in the Graduate Education Program and became a full time faculty member in September, 2007. In addition to my work on campus, I continue to remain active in school districts on Long Island as a consultant focusing on program reviews, building and coaching co-teaching teams and working with faculty and administration to design and implement effective Response to Intervention models.

    In the spring of 2008, Professor Kevin Sheehan and I initiated a pilot program to model research-based co-teaching strategies in the college classroom. This pilot program was presented at the NYSATE Conference in Saratoga in the fall of 2009. An article on this project, Practicing What We Preach: Making Co-teaching Come Alive in the College Classroom, was published in Insights in Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices in September, 2010.