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Suzanna McNamara
Position: Director of Curriculum Development
Suzanna McNamara is currently the Curriculum Director for Bridges to Academic Success, at Center for Advanced Study in Education. She manages and provides instructional leadership for all content areas and teams who are writing Bridges curriculum for low literacy SIFE (LL SIFE). Before working on Bridges, she worked closely with and advocated for LL SIFE at Bronx International for ten years, hired specifically to address the instructional needs of English language learners unable to access their content classes.  She worked with small groups of LL SIFE in a separate class with targeted language and literacy instruction, and co-planned and team taught in content classes (Science, Social Studies, and Math) with LL SIFE. The NYC DOE supported a sabbatical semester for Ms. McNamara during Spring 2011 to begin development of the Bridges curriculum. The curriculum has continued since 2013, with funding from NYC DOE, NYCT, and NYSED.