Chair of Academic Policy Committee
Dr. Roser Salavert is the co-founder and director of the NYS/NYC Professional Development (PDRC) Resource Center for Independent and Religious Schools at Fordham University. She was Schools Superintendent for the New York City Department of Education from 2003 to 2010.
A bilingual teacher and a school psychologist with an extensive background in urban education, world languages and publishing experience, she has served the public and private sectors at the city, state, and national levels. As an international education consultant, she has collaborated with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) and the Education Department of the Generalitat of Catalonia in Spain.
During her tenure as superintendent for the Manhattan West Side and South Central Harlem she authored and received a multi-million Federal grant that created five magnet schools including The Young Diplomats Magnet Academy in Harlem, that became the first NYC Public elementary school to receive the International Baccalaureate accreditation. Recruited by Scholastic Inc. in 1992, she led the development of Spanish and ESL products portfolio to expand sales into the US and Mexico educational markets. From 1990 to 1992, she served as a co-principal investigator and trainer for a national project funded by IBM and the National Science Foundation that aimed to increase the participation of female students in science and mathematics career paths. She arrived in the United States in 1980, and in 1982 she became a State Program Supervisor of Bilingual Special Education Specialist for the Massachusetts State Department of Education. She is a national and international lecturer and has held faculty appointments as adjunct professor at Bank Street College, Mercy College and Touro College.
She holds an Ed.D. in Education and Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a C.A.G.S. Degree in School Psychology from Rhode Island College, a Master’s Degree in Psycholinguistics and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).
Languages: Fluent in English, Spanish and Catalan; communication skills in French and German.