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Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D.

Senior Advisor, Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights

Sheldon H. Horowitz is the Senior Advisor of Strategic Innovation, Research & Insights at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). He provides leadership and oversight of key programs, and serves as an in-house expert on learning and attention issues to the NCLD and Understood teams.

Prior to his arrival at NCLD in 1996, Dr. Horowitz served as associate director of the Learning Diagnostic Center at Schneider Children’s Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. Before that he was assistant unit chief, educational supervisor, and grand rounds chairperson of the Center for Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Sheldon has taught at primary, secondary and college levels, and worked as a consultant to school districts throughout the New York metropolitan region. His special interests include neurobiology of learning, educational assessment, fetal alcohol effects in children, language-based learning disabilities, disorders of hyperactivity and attention, and learning disabilities in adolescents.

Sheldon completed his master’s degree at Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, and holds a doctorate in learning disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York, with a specialization in learning disabilities and neurosciences in education.

He is a regular presenter at professional conferences in the field of special education, and is frequently cited in the popular press.

During his more than twenty years at NCLD, Sheldon has provided leadership on many of NCLD’s projects and programs as well as oversight of NCLD’s Professional Advisory Board. He enjoys being the ‘go to’ person for questions about learning and attention issues across program areas, and is co-author of NCLD’s signature publication, The State of Learning Disabilities Report.

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New “Public Charge” Rule: The Impact on Students, Families, Schools, and Communities

Education and civil rights advocates are in agreement: Students who are immigrants and those whose parents are immigrants should not have their citizenship status jeopardized when they receive public assistance. However, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) disagrees. Just last week, DHS issued a final rule that is set to go into effect on October … Continue reading New “Public Charge” Rule: The Impact on Students, Families, Schools, and Communities

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