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Timothy D. Lackaye

Assistant Professor of Special Education/Learning Disabilities

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Dr. Lackaye is the Coordinator of the Childhood Special Education - Learning Disabilities Program. With other faculty members he also supervises the Hunter College Learning Lab, an after-school tutoring program that has been serving the needs of children with learning disabilities for more than a quarter of a century.

Professor Lackaye has been a special educator for more than twenty-five years. He attended Boston College for a BA in English, Hunter College for an MS in Special Education, and Teachers College, Columbia University for his doctorate. During his years in the classroom, he taught in urban high schools in New York City and in specialized schools for students with learning disabilities.

Dr. Lackaye served for many years on the Executive Board of the New York State Council for Exceptional Children. He was president from 2002 to 2003 and he continues to serve as the faculty advisor for the Hunter College Chapter of CEC.



According to Professor Lackaye, “Teaching is the heart of what I do. It is the most important and joyful of the myriad duties of the college professor. Teaching is broad, teaching is deep, and teaching is ever exciting. Teaching is the confluence of new knowledge, new methodologies, and new efforts - designing, changing, trying-out and fine-tuning instruction specifically tailored for New York City teachers.” 

Currently Dr. Lackaye teaches Methods of Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities Parts 1 and 2. These two courses provide the heart of the “how to” for teaching reading, writing, math, and organizational skills to students with learning disabilities.  He also teaches Supervised Clinical Teaching Parts 1 and 2, as well as Inclusive Instruction in General Education Classrooms for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders.

In 2004, Dr. Lackaye received the Hunter College Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.



Recently Dr. Lackaye has focused his research on exploring social-emotional aspects of learning disabilities. He has investigated a number of variables including self-efficacy, loneliness, mood, resilience, effort, and hope in a series of articles published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, and Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Approach. Other research interests include aspects of specially designed instruction and teaching writing to students with learning disabilities. Professor Lackaye has made dozen of presentations at national and state conferences. His most frequent presentation topics include teaching writing to students with learning disabilities, teaching handwriting, co-teaching, planning for diversity and inclusion, programs for gifted students with learning disabilities, and specially designed instruction.

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