Debbie Abruzzini, M.Ed.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-8752
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Last Updated: June 04, 2010


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Master Teacher, State Personnel Development Grant
Discipline(s): Education: General
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Education: National Board Certification 2002
Early Childhood though Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs

Providence College, Providence, RI
Master of Education
Special Education

Naval Officer Training School, Newport, RI
Rank of Ensign in the United States Navy
Communications Officer 1980

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
B.S. cum laude 1979
Special Education & Elementary Education






Adjunct Instructor - Assessment, Curriculum and Methodology for Children with Mild        

Moderate disabilities at the Elementary and Middle School Level

Initiated revision of course materials to include graphic organizers, artifact alignment to

Response to Intervention (RTI) implementation in school districts


Special Instructor to Mount Pleasant High School from RI College                                                                         

 Developed a course on Universal Design for Learning for practicing  urban teachers,

that have little to no technology, at the request of the Dean of Education.


Special Education Teacher, Holliman Elementary School, Warwick,  RI                                        1987-2003                                  


Sherlock Center on Disabilities   at RI College    Current                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

•·         Developing Universally Designed /Differentiated modules for Secondary Teachers

•·         Developing Beginning Teacher Induction year long training modules and support

•·         Providing  school and classroom support following Sherlock Center Inclusion Institutes

•·         Provide web-based recommendations for Sherlock Center website


School Improvement Grant                                                                                                                                                            

 Improved test scores and performance of 10 low-performing non-improving elementary schools.

•·         Developed educational materials, based on my assessment of specific student/classroom needs. 

•·         Created a survey for teachers to identify strength and needs for the purpose of developing training.

•·         Liaisoned with Assistant Special Education Directors, Special Education Directors and Principals to encourage change necessary to improve student performance.

•·         Instructed general and special education teachers in new teaching methods, encouraged team based problem solving.


   Designed Professional Development and Presented to Schools and Districts


      Co-teaching and Collaboration / Accommodations and Modifications / Differentiation in the Classroom

Vocabulary Instruction/ Brain Based Research- Influencing What Students Remember/ Improving Writing in the Classroom