B. Lazerson, Ph.D.
2007 Arts Teacher of the Year - Broward
County Public Schools
2008 Inductee National Teachers Hall of Fame
2010 National Science Foundation & Reaching The Pinnacle
Teacher of the Year Award of Merit
Ph.D. - Educational Research & Evaluation - University
of Buffalo, NY. Minor in Urban Education, Magna Cum
M.S. - Special Education - State University College
at Buffalo, NY, Dept. of Learning & Behavioral Disorders,
Summa Cum Laude, 1977
3. B.S. in American Studies - University of Buffalo,
Bachelor of Divinity - Rabbinical College of America,
Morristown, NJ, 1975
5. Water Safety Instructor - American Red Cross
Hold current instructor certification in Water Safety,
Lifeguard Training, CPR for Professional Rescuer, Head
Lifeguarding, Waterfront, First-Aid & Safety. PADI
certified Scuba Diver.
Permanent Teacher's Certification in Special Education/VE,
K-12, New York State & Florida.
ESE Teacher & Music Therapist - Broward County Public
Schools, Provide hands-on, music and other experiential
therapeutic techniques for profoundly mentally handicapped,
medically-fragile, & TMH students at the Quest Center.
Program services more than 150 students in this special
education center. Written and received many grants for
implementing a variety of motivational programs for
special needs students. Developed unique "sing
& sign" music group & choir. Team Leader
for profound special needs department & Grant Liason
at the Quest Center. 2002 - Present.
University Professor - Nova Southeastern University.
Fischler School of Education & Human Services. EIA
506: Applied Aesthetics in the Arts – Curriculum
and Instruction. EIA 512 - Arts & Expressive Therapies.
January 2009 - Present.
International University (FIU), Two graduate courses
in the Education & Psychology Dept: Analysis &
Application research course - EDF 5481; Program Evaluation
- MHS 6630. Undergraduate course: Classroom Evaluation,
EDF 3430. 2001 - 2005.
ESE Teacher - Miami Dade County Public Schools, Varying
Exceptionalities, JFK Middle School, Teach American
History, Civics & Geography, Science to ESE classes.
1999 - 2002.
4. Administrator & Teacher of Special Education
*Buffalo Public Schools - Learning & Behavioral
Disabilities Dept., six years. Received "Teacher
of the Year" award from city of Buffalo, NY, 1981.
- Manhattan Day School Special Education Department.
Responsible for four self-contained classrooms &
two resource rooms, hiring & staff training, development
of parent workshops. Taught experiential science &
social studies classes for ESE students. 1983 - 1990.
-HAFTR High School, Five Towns, NY. Established resource
room for bilingual program, serving more than 100 students
in dual curriculum.
- Beth Rafael, The Alternative High School. A unique,
alternative program for high school students at-risk.
Responsible for all aspects of school, including concept
development, implementation, intake, hiring, fund raising,
evaluation, etc. Please see website listed above (Beth
Rafael section) for further information.
Project CURE! - Director, 1991 - Present
An award-winning group initially based from Brooklyn,
NY, promoting racial harmony & positive conflict
resolution skills. Project formed shortly after the
Crown Heights race riots in 1991. Winners of numerous
civic, national & international awards, including
the "Dr. Martin Luther King FULFILLING THE DREAM
Award" from CBS TV in 1997. Appeared on many major
TV talk shows, including Donahue, Montel Williams, CNN,
ESPN, & USA Network ("Erase The Hate")
feature story. Currently featured in major Showtime
movie called "Crown Heights," starring Howie
Mandel (as myself) and Mario Van Peebles.
University Instructor & Professor, 1980 - 1995
Division of Special Education, State University College
at Buffalo, & Staten Island College in NY. Taught
a variety of undergraduate & graduate courses in
education, including; research & evaluation, classroom
management techniques, individualizing instruction,
materials & methods, motivational techniques, foundations
of education; & measurement & assessment.
Head Lifeguard & Team Coach, summer camps, 1980
*Camp Mishkon - program for youth & adults with
developmental disabilities, including autism, mental
retardation, emotional disorders. In charge of lakefront
& pool supervision and water therapy activities.
1994 - 1997
Heller - Head lifeguard and baseball & swim team
coach for teenage boys. 1982 - 1993
Mesorah - Lifeguard instructor, music director, &
director of Nature/Pioneering (including designing and
building "high-ropes & confidence" course).
Swim team coach. 1998 - Present
Circle Winter Camp - Detroit, Mi. 1998
Assistant director for program for special needs students
with developmental challenges.
Special Education Consultant, 1980 - Present
For private educational evaluations and parent/teacher
training workshops on a variety of topics, including:
motivational techniques; classroom & home management;
enhancing self-concept; methods for success; outdoor
education; and more.
Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America, 1980's - '90's
Directed two successful troops in Buffalo, NY &
Assistant Editor Intern - The Forum, NYS journal of
the CEC. (1981-1984).
Steering Committee - Association of Jewish Special Educators.
- Books & Articles
Lazerson, D. Skullcaps 'n Switchblades - revised & updated. iBook release (March 2013).
Lazerson, D. (2012). Teach Me If You Can - We're All Special... Needs! BookBaby.
Smoot, B. (2010) Conversations With Great Teachers. Featuring Dr. Lazerson. Indiana University Press.
S. (2009, April 19). Exceptional Performances - Quest
Center in Hollywood hosts talent show. Sun-Sentinel.
D. (2009, Jan. 31). SOS - Save Our Schools; districts
need to get smart. Miami Herald.
D. (Dec. 2008). Lessons from middle-America; Induction
to the National Teachers Hall of Fame. Nshei Journal.
J. (2008, June 22). Lane Praises New Superstars of Education.
The Emporia Gazette Weekend.
Berlin, J. (2008, June 20). Honored Teachers Discuss
Problems & Solutions In Education. The Emporia Gazette.
M. (2008, June 1). Quest Center students present show:
personalities shine through music. Florida Sun-Sentinel.
A. (2008, April 23). Broward music therapist recognized
as one of country’s top teachers. Florida Sun-Sentinel.
E. (2008, January 31). Dr. Laz: Hero To The Disabled.
The Jewish Press.
Quarterly. (Fall 2007). Dr. Laz: Mediator, musician,
mentor - and arts teacher of the year.
Heroes. People in Sports Who Make This a Better World.
(Spring 2006). Fighting Racism. Featuring Dr. Laz &
Richard Green. Orlando, Fl. NCAS Publishing.
Magazine. (Spring 2006). Different strokes for different
College Magazine for Alumni & Friends (Fall 2005).
Buffalo State University of New York. Alumni Profile
of Dr. Laz.
D. (2005). Detention home and a public school - a cooperative
peer tutoring trial project. Journal of Emotional &
Behavioural Disorders, 10, 7-15.
D. (2004). Sharing Turf - Race Relations After The Crown
Heights Riots.Miami, Florida. Ballad Productions.
uplifting true story of Project CURE after Brooklyn's
race riots in August 1991. With brief remarks from Dr.
Cornel West, Dean of African-American Studies, Princeton
University. Book was basis for story & screenplay
for Showtime movie.
J. (2004, November 15). Music magic, from Crown Heights
in NY to Hollywood's Quest Center, a Jewish teacher
uses music and his faith to break down barriers. South
Florida Sun Sentinel, pp. A1, A6.
411 (June 2004). Publication of the Broward County Public
Schools. The Magical Music of Dr. Laz!
D. (1999). Skullcaps 'N Switchblades! (3rd ed.) Lakewood,
New Jersey: CIS Publishers. Best seller, based on
true stories from my teaching experiences in Buffalo,
D. (1995). Battling the Elements. New York: Mendelsohn
Press. Selected essays on a variety of current topics,
including environmentalism, race issues, media &
TV exploitation, prayer & public schools, etc.
Lazerson, D. (2003). Those Students! Those Teachers!
What's going on and what's not, in our schools, and
suggestions for change. Manuscript submitted for publication.
D. (2003). Learn baby, learn. Motivational techniques
that work. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Lazerson, D. (2001, December 26). Man returns to a different
Israel after 30 years. The Miami Herald, p. 27.
Lazerson, D. (1997). Youth & education: space, place
and pace. Jewish Action.
Lazerson, D. (1989). A class for Uri. The education
of Jewish children with learning disabilities. Amit
Lazerson, D. (1988). The effectiveness of cross-age
tutoring with truant, junior high school students with
learning disabilities. Journal of Learning Disabilities,
Lazerson, D. (1981). Talmudic tutoring. Learning Magazine.
Lazerson, D. (1981). Motivating learning impaired students
- ideas that work. LD Observer.
Lazerson, D. (1980). I must be good if I can teach.
Tutoring aggressive and withdrawn children. Journal
of Learning Disabilities, 13, 152-157.
Lazerson, D. (1981). Peer tutoring with learning &
behavioral problem children. National Commission on
Resources for Youth - Clearinghouse Report.
a quest to recycle: students go where no others have
gone before. (May 9, 2003). South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
Ft. Lauderdale. Article on Dr. Laz's unique recycling
project involving autistic students from the Quest Center
and local businesses.
School teaches tradition with a twist. (1995, Dec. 14).
Neighbors section, The Miami Herald.
Salt of the earth, good & thirsty for justice. (1994,
Sept.). Salt Magazine, for Christians who seek social
Harmony breeds peace. (1992, December 30). The New York
Blacks & Jews rap for racial harmony. (1993, Feb.
2). Daily News.
Making peace, biracial rap comes to Brooklyn. (1993,
March). LIFE magazine.
Courting harmony. (1993, Dec. 24). The Jewish Week.
Yo! Oy! Unorthodox rap. (1992, Dec. 29). The Washington
CURE to ease black-Jewish tensions. (1992, Dec. 18).
The Jewish Week.
A garden for peace. (1992, May 14). New York Newsday.
Man in the middle. (1992, June 7). Buffalo News Sunday
Brooklyn profile. (1992, March). New York Newsday.
A winner's rap. (1992, March). New York Newsday.
We're all learning disabled. (1987). The Jewish Press
& Homemaker Magazine.
Talmudic ideas used in the ghetto. (1980, April 20).
The New York Times.
Those who need you most. (1980). Instructor Magazine.
Wrote several educational articles for various Jewish
publications from mid-80's to mid 90's, including the
Jewish Homemaker, Chai Magazine, the Jewish Week, the
Jewish Press. Articles included: Parent support groups;
Making special education special; Motivating learning
disabled students; Accepting the individual child; Hyperactive
child - don't panic; Give Seymour the boot (turning
off the TV); and more.
Colorado University. Living in a diverse world. Can't we all get along? Showing of Crown Heights movie with discussion and book signing. (Feb. 2013).
ATIA Annual Conference: The Quirky Quartet - Assistive Technology, Adaptive Switches, Hands-on Music & Drama for Individuals with Profound Special Needs. Orlando, Fl. (Jan. 2013).
ATIA Conference: Expressive arts for special needs. Orlando, Fl. (Jan. 2011).
United Yeshivas & Day Schools of Chicago. Two-day inservice training on individualizing instruction, motivational techniques, & clasroom management. (2011).
Annual Conference: Expressive Arts, Multi-Sensory Environments
& Assistive Technology for Individuals with Special
Needs. Orlando, Fl. (Jan. 2010).
Brain & Spinal Cord Injury 7th Annual Conference.
The Grove, Fl. Closing session on Multi-sensory environments
& expressive arts for therapeutic use for special
needs. Performance by Dr. Laz & The Sensations.
Teachers of America: The ABC's of Making Special Education
Really Special! Black Hills State University & The
National Teachers Hall of Fame. Spearfish, SD. (April
Technology Annual Conference: Get 'Em Excited! Get 'Em
Involved! Hands-on Music Programs for Students with
Profound Special Needs! Orlando, Fl. (Jan. 2009).
Fixing The Planet – Tikkun Olam: Jewish Council
of North Central Florida & Chabad Community Center.
Gainesville, Fl. (Nov. 2008).
Brain & Spinal Cord Injury 6th Annual Conference.
Keynote address: What happens after surgery? Using music
& multi-sensory environments to meet the needs of
children with profound special needs. Coconut Grove,
Fl. (Nov. 2008).
Needs "Sing & Sign" Choir Performance.
NOVA Southeastern University. (Nov. 2008).
Laz & The Sensations - Special Needs Choir &
Drum Corp. InSync With Autism. JCC Davie, Fl. (Sept.
Oaks: in-service on using experiential music for students
with profound special needs. (March 2008).
dynamic duo: experiential music & assistive technology.
ATIA Annual Conference. Orlando, Fl. (Feb. 2008).
University. Presentation on Race Relations. (April 2007).
relations: living happily & productively in a multi-cultural
world. Hendon, England. (March 2007).
better all the time: Experiential music & adaptive
technology. Assistive Technology Industry Association
(ATIA) annual conference. Orlando, Fl. (January 2007).
University Leadership Conference. Plantation, Fl. (March
University College at Buffalo (SUCB) Alumni Association
annual event. Showtime "Crown Heights" movie
presentation and book signing. NOVA Southeastern University.
music for students with profound special needs. Assistive
Technology Industry Association (ATIA) annual conference.
Orlando, Fl. (January 2006).
How to talk so our children and spouses (& others)
will listen: How to listen so others will talk.Women's
association of Inverarry, Florida. (January 2006).
I can! Involving students with profound special needs.
Florida Education & Technology Conference (FETC).
Orlando, Fl. (January 2005).
am somebody. Detention home teens as tutors for younger
special ed students. Council for Exceptional Children
national conference. Baltimore, MD. (April, 2005).
Race Relations in the 21st Century. Keynote speaker,
Bookfair of Houston, Texas. (November, 2004)..
Home Teens Cooperative Tutoring Project. FIU College
of Education Research Conference. (April 2004).
relations for the new millennium. Invited keynote speaker
at Oxford University, England. (December 2002).
positive race relations. Dialogue with Muslim, Jews
& Christians. Broward Community College (October
2002). Keynote speaker. Sponsored by JAM-All.
your teenagers reach their potential. Parent/teacher
workshop. The Shul of Bal Harbour, Education Day. (Sept.
self-concept for your special child. JCC on the Palisades.
& Noble (1999). Book signing and speaking presentation.
Aventura, Florida. On second book, Ammunition - Battling
Book Festival, Greater Hartford JCC. Keynote speaker
and special teen program on my second book, Ammunition.
on: classroom management; motivational techniques; methods
for individualizing instruction. Teacher In-service
day, the Jewish Federation of Houston, Texas. (1995).
harmony program. Jewish Community Federation of Greater
Rochester, NY. (1995).
the peace program. University of Maryland. (Feb. 1994).
methods for improving race relations - positive conflict
resolution skills. Flora High School Project. Columbia,
SC. (1994). Event broadcast live on educational TV to
90 school districts throughout the state.
talk. Improving race relations. Keynote speaker. University
of Pittsburgh, PA. (1994).
summit conference on racial/ethnic relations. Workshop
Education Fair. BJE & P'Tach Organizations. New
York, NY. Presented parent workshops & teacher training
programs on a variety of topics, including: making special
education special; classroom management; creative teaching;
motivating your child/student; motivational techniques;
individualizing instruction; involving parents in the
process; and more. (1988 - 1995).
Heights - A progressive response. Park Slope Center,
baby, learn! Turning on turned-off students. CEC &
American Association on Mental Deficiency Consortium
Convention. Buffalo, NY.
World Congress on Special Education. Sterling University,
Scotland. Presented at two seminars & chaired program
on "high risk" students. (1980).
means for conflict resolution. Presentations made to
following schools: Kingsboro College; Columbia University;
Stonybrook; Univ. of Mass.; Queens College; Brooklyn
College; Tilden HS; Prospect Park HS; Jackie Robinson
HS; Van Arsdale HS; Lower East Side HS; the New School.
(1992 - 1995).
Reaching The Pinnacle & National Science Foundation - 2009 Lawrence Scadden Teacher of the Year Award of Merit. For outstanding contributions to the field of science education for students with disabilities. Phil., PA. (March 2010).
Teachers Hall of Fame. Emporia, Kansas. One of five
teachers from the United States. Induction ceremony
Charmettes Inc. - Broward County Leadership & Community
Service Award. (Dec. 2007).
County Public Schools 2007 Arts Teacher of the Year.
Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. University
of Buffalo. (April 2007).
Alumni Award for Contributions in Education & Comunity
Service. Buffalo State College. (May 2007).
Teacher of the Year. Broward County public schools.
Semi-finalist. Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Buy National Teach Award. (Feb. 2005)
Achievement Award. NYC. Honoring Project CURE's work
for improving race relations. (2004).
Teachers Hall of Fame. Semi-finalist. (May, 2004).
MLK, Jr. Fulfilling the Dream. CBS TV. (1997).
Hale Award for Community Youth Service Award. NYC. (1994).
Citation for Outstanding Service, State of New York.
Presented by Gov. Mario Cuomo. (1993).
site award for community service. Brooklyn Society for
Ethical Culture. (1993).
service award. NY State Senate. (1993).
harmony award. NY Knicks. Presented by Anthony Mason
of the Knicks at Racial Harmony Night at Madison Square
National Student-Athlete Day, Giant Steps Award. From
Center for the Study of Sports in Society. Boston, Mass.
Lindsay Prize for Race & Ethnic Relations. From
Citizens Committee for NYC. (1993).
Award. From Jewish Board of the Boy Scouts of America.
For distinguished service to youth & scouting in
Superstars Award. Featured on SONY screen in Times Square,
award. Borough of Brooklyn. Presented by Borough President
of the Year. Buffalo, New York public schools. (1981).
Young America Campaign to Help the Handicapped. National
Fifth Prize, Colgate-Palmolive Co. (1981).
of the Year. Buffalo, New York. District award of merit
from Boy Scouts of America. (1980).
Have written & received more than 30 grants from
many different sources, for both educational & conflict
resolution programs. Funding secured has ranged from
several hundred dollars to more than $37,000. Sources
include private organizations, trust funds, civic &
community groups, as well as state & federal agencies.
Was responsible for application process, implementation,
review & program evaluation. Several of these grants
were ongoing, multi-year projects.
recent grant recipient awards:
*March 2013. City of Hollywood teacher grant. Using black light & expressive arts for special needs. $1000.
*Feb. 2013. Broward Education Foundation teacher impact grant. $1200.
*March 2012. Grant for the Quest Center's After School Program for students with special needs. $520,000.
*October 2011. NEA Student Achievement Grant. Project "SHINE-ON!" - Special Helpers In Need Entertain Others Nicely. $5000.
*April 2010. FPL Renewable Energy Grant. Wind & Solar Power experientail science projects for special needs. $1000.
*March 2010. Excellence in Education, City of Hollywood, Fl. $1400 Science Projects for Students with Profound Special Needs.
*February 2009. Excellence in Education, City of Hollywood, Fl.
$1200 for experiential music/theatre grant.
2008. Arts In Education. Spreading Our Wings –
Using live butterflies & theatre for students with
special needs. $10,000.
2008. After-care grant for Quest Center. For 18 months
of professional care & supervision. $450,000 award.
2007. University of Miami Center for Autism & Related
Disabilities. "If Only I Has the Money" contest
winner. $1,000 for adaptive switches & assisitive
2006. HP Technology in Education. Using mobile, interactive
technology for students with profound special needs.
2006. Arts in Education. Using Black Light Theatre to
enhance math instruction for students with profound
special needs. $10,000 grant.
2006. Lowes Toolbox for Education award. Building an
outdoor music teaching area for students with profound
special needs. $5,000.00 grant.
2005. NEA Foundation Innovation. Yes We Can! Using experiential
music to bring together senior citizens & students
with profound special needs. $5,000.00 grant.
2005. Broward Beautiful. Outdoor learning areas for
special needs students. $7,000.00 grant.
2005. Target Community grant award. Yes We Can! Senior
citizens & students with profound special needs
– together through music. $2500 grant.
2005. Best Buy TEACH grant. Adaptive technology &
experiential music for students with profound special
needs. $3,000 grant.
2004."I Am Somebody. I'm A Special Tutor!"
At-risk high school teens become tutors for students
with profound special needs. Broward Education Foundation.
2004. Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation. "Sing &
Sign" special needs choir and music group, the
Quest Center, Broward County Public Schools.
March 2003. Broward County Public Schools: "Smell
the Roses! Garden of Delights for Autistic Students."
Horticulture project for special needs students.
2003. CITIBANK, Broward Education Foundation: "I've
Got Rhythm! - Drum Corp for Autistic & PMH Students."
Unique music/percussion program for profound special
Recording Artist & Musician:
Produced & played on several cassettes & CD's.
Play several instruments and teach guitar and drums.
Newest CD, called Dr. Laz & The CURE! (Increase
the Peace) released winter 2001. CD features positive
social themes in a variety of music styles, including
rock, reggae, rap, blues, gospel, and bluegrass. Have
taught music for more than 20 years and utilize music
for therapy and motivation for "at-risk" students.
3. Movie Production
Major TV "Movie of the Week," produced by
SHOWTIME, starring Howie Mandel (as myself) & Mario
on my third manuscript SHARING TURF, features the unique
work of Project CURE!, a racial harmony group formed
shortly after the race riots of 1991 in NYC. Production
aired on Showtime during Spring 2004, and was released
at Blockbusters, December 2004.