Sarika S. Gupta

Assistant Professor

sarika.gupta@hunter.cuny.edu
Fall 2020, Wednesday 3:00-6:00 by appointment
Background

Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Development and Learning: Diverse Children and Families Program at Hunter College. She earned a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Maryland and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Early Childhood Special Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Colorado Denver.

Her prior teaching experiences include teaching young children, 0-5, with and without disabilities in regular and inclusive settings, coaching Head Start teachers, and preparing teachers in blended early childhood education/early childhood special education programs across several institutions of higher education. She has also provided technical assistance to state departments of education, managed mixed-methods evaluations of statewide early learning programs, and consulted with program leaders on the implementation of preschool inclusion. She recently completed a 4-year term as Associate Editor of Young Exceptional Children, a peer-reviewed journal that features translational articles bridging empirical research to everyday practice.

Dr. Gupta’s work seeks to answer: “How can systems support teachers to implement inclusion?”

Education
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011), Early Childhood Special Education Leadership and Policy, University of Colorado Denver
  • Ph.D. (2010), Special Education, University of Maryland at College Park
  • M.Ed. (2003), Early Childhood Special Education, University of Maryland at College Park
  • B.Sc. (2000), Early Childhood Education, University of Maryland at College Park
Teaching
  • Fostering Development in Young Children with Diverse Abilities: Historical, Political and Inclusive Perspectives
  • Individualized Planning, Implementation, and Progress Monitoring in Early Childhood (Birth – PreK): Environments and Curricula
  • Research Seminar: Issues in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education
  • Final Student Teaching in Early Childhood Special Education
Research

I believe all children, regardless of their ability level, have the right to access and participate in general education settings. My scholarship agenda builds on this belief with a focus on an examination of factors that influence the quality of inclusive practices within early childhood settings. This research spans a focus on self to systems. To learn more about my work visit my website.

Publications
  • Gupta, S. S., & *Lewin-Smith, J. (2020). Employing design-thinking to create opportunities for ECSE teacher candidate reflection through infographic design in an online course. Distance Learning, 17(2), 11-23.
  • Gupta, S. S. (2020). Building practitioner resilience for change in EI/ECSE. Young Exceptional Children. 13 pages. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1096250620913258
  • Gupta, S. S., & Glen, J. (2020). Storytelling in a rock study: Using emergent learning and universal design to promote every child’s learning in an inclusive preschool classroom. Childhood Explorer. 8 pages. Available from: https://www.childhoodexplorer.org/emergentcurriculum
  • Gupta, S. S., & Guha, M. L. (2019). “Conversations About Inclusion” at the Center for Young Children at the University of Maryland, College Park: Final Summary. 33 pages. Available from https://sites.google.com/view/sarika-s-gupta-phd
  • Gupta, S. S. (2019). Engaging young children and families as design partners in the learning process: Reflections from an inclusive preschool classroom in Washington, DC. Childhood Explorer. 3 pages. Available from https://www.childhoodexplorer.org/design-partners
  • Gupta, S. S. (2019). Voices from the field: Why aren’t we talking about teacher well-being with inclusion? Young Exceptional Children. 4 pages. Advance online publication: 10.1177/1096250619846581
  • Gupta, S. S. (2019). Unraveling resistance in my journey to truth. Yoga Samachar, 23(1), 47-48.
  • Gupta, S. S., & Rous, B. (2016). Understanding change and implementation: How leaders can support inclusion. Young Children, 71(2), 82-91.
  • Tirrell-Corbin, C., Sweet, S., Gupta, S., & Lieber, J. (2016). Evaluation of the birth to five service delivery models in Maryland – Phase 1. College Park: University of Maryland Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention. 269 pages
  • Tirrell-Corbin, C., Lieber, J., Cummings, K., Jones Harden, B., Klein, E., Silverman, R. & Gupta, S. (2016). Evaluation of the efficacy of Maryland’s Race to the Top—Early Learning Challenge grant. College Park: University of Maryland, Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention. 183 pages.
  • Ruggiero, T., Gupta, S., Nicholas, A., & Mauzy, D. (2016). State spotlight on data use. Maryland: Establishing partnerships to build data use capacity. [Technical Assistance Brief] Menlo Park, CA: SRI International. 6 pages. Available from http://dasycenter.org/resources/dasy-products/
  • Gupta, S. (2015). Administrators’ professional development needs around early childhood inclusion: Results and recommendations from a pilot survey. In B. J. Helms (Chair), Special Education Research symposium, Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT, October 21-23, 2015. 16 pages.
  • Gupta, S. S. (2014). Is my program ready for inclusion? In S. S. Gupta (Ed.), First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your programwide plan (pp. 61-102. Baltimore: MD: Brookes.
  • Gupta, S. S. (2014). What is inclusion? In S. S. Gupta (Ed.), First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your programwide plan (pp. 3-14). Baltimore: MD: Brookes Publishing.
  • Gupta, S. S., & Vinh, M. (2014). What are the barriers and how might I address them? In S. S. Gupta (Ed.), First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your programwide plan (pp. 165-180). Baltimore: MD: Brookes.
  • Gupta, S. S. & Vinh, M. (2014). What are my program’s inclusion requirements and resources to help me understand them? In S. S. Gupta (Ed.), First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your programwide plan (pp. 103-126). Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
  • Henninger IV, W. R. & Gupta, S. S. (2014). How do children benefit from inclusion? In S. S. Gupta (Ed.), First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your programwide plan (pp. 33-60). Baltimore: MD: Brookes.
  • Vinh, M., Gupta, S. S., & *DiNardo, L. (2014). How will I support key program changes?: Tools for collaboration. In S. S. Gupta (Ed.), First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your programwide plan (pp. 124-164). Baltimore: MD: Brookes.
  • Gupta, S. S. (Ed.) (2014). First steps to preschool inclusion: How to jumpstart your program-wide plan. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
  • LaRocco, D. J., Sopko, K. M., Bruns, D. A., & Gupta, S. S. (2014). Voices from the field: A national early childhood special education leadership summit. Young Exceptional Children, 17(4), 28-31.
  • LaRocco, D. J., Bruns, D. A., Gupta, S. S., & Sopko, K. M. (2014). National early childhood special education leadership summit: Final report February 2014. 16 pages. Available from http://www.uconnucedd.org
  • Gupta, S. (2013). State challenges and solutions in collecting high quality child outcomes data in early intervention and preschool special education programs: A national survey. In B. J. Helms (Chair), Special Education Research. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT, October 23-25, 2013. 36 pages.
  • Gupta, S. S., & Daniels, J. (2012). Coaching and professional development in early childhood classrooms: Current practices and recommendations for the future. NHSA Dialog, 15(2), 206-220.
  • Gupta, S. S. (2011). Strategies to facilitate and sustain the inclusion of young children with disabilities [Policy Brief]. Presented to Pyramid Plus Early Childhood Policy Summit & Inclusion Conference. 4 pages. Available from http://www.pyramidplus.org/policywork/advisory
  • Lieber, J., Butera, G., Hanson, M., Palmer, S., Horn, E., Czaja, C., Diamond, K., Goodman-Jansen, G., Daniels, J., Gupta, S., & Odom, S. (2009). Factors that influence the implementation of a new preschool curriculum: Implications for professional development. Early Education and Development, 20, 456-481.
Grants
  • Gupta, S. S. (2020-2021). Teacher Well-Being in Inclusive Preschool Settings. PSC-CUNY Research Award.
  • Gupta, S. S. (2013). Improving Leadership Preparation for Early Childhood Inclusion. George Mason University Summer Research Funding for Tenure-Track and Tenured Faculty.