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Patricia Crain de Galarce

Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education

Patricia Crain De Galarce

Patricia is the director of the Center for Inclusive and Special Education. She is also supervisor of the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity.

She began her career as an elementary, bilingual, and special education teacher. She has taught almost every grade level from young children to graduate students in Massachusetts, Washington, DC, and Paraguay. For 12 years, Patricia led Stokes (EWS) School, a dual language immersion elementary school in DC, as the director of education and principal. Before returning to Lesley, she served as DC's Lead Clinical Faculty for the Urban Teacher Center. Previously, Patricia managed the Literacy Institute at Lesley and taught as an adjunct faculty for Simmons University, Catholic University of America, and Lesley University.


BS in Education, Westfield State University
MA in Intercultural Relations, Lesley University
CAGS in Education Administration, Lesley University
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, University of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications

  • Trauma and Learning in America's classrooms. Article with Sal Terrasi in Kappan, March, 2017
  • Teaching the Individual: Angelica's Journey of Inquiry. Chapter with Roxanne White in "Preparing Pre-Service Teachers for the Inclusive Classroom" IGI-global, 2017
  • Therapy by the Book. Article with Erika Dajevskis and Mary Ann Cappiello in School Library Journal, October, 2016
  • Framing Thinking: Developing disciplinary literacies through art (2016) Workshop at ILA Conference, International Literacy Association, Boston, MA
  • How do School Communities develop trauma sensitivity? (2016) Symposium and paper at NEERO, New England Education Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH
  • Resident Teachers Take an Inquiry Stance (2016) paper presentation at AERA Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association. Washington, DC
  • More than Pretty Pictures, with Kathleen Kennedy, in Educational Leadership, Volume 73, Number 7, April 2016
  • The Impact of Trauma on Learning, (2017 and 2016) workshop at NAREN Conference, Nation's At-Risk Educational Network, Baltimore, MD.
  • Get Down with Design Thinking: Inquire About Big Hairy Questions (2015) with Inquiring Minds at the 95th NCSS Annual Conference


  • The Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leader Award (principal of the year) 2010
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center's Private Universe Project Internship
  • Council for Basic Education and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
  • Vincent E. Reed Principals Leadership Award
  • The Catholic University of America Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education

Community Service

Community Service: Pedagogista for Inquiring Minds, NY; Education Advisor for KMC Productions, DC; Chair of the Board for Citywide Computer Training Center, DC; CUA Council on Teacher Education

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