Senior Director of Specialized Instruction, Quality IEP, and Professional Learning
NYC DOE, Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support (DSISS)
Melissa Mancuso is the Senior Director of Specialized Instruction, Quality IEP, and Professional Learning on the Special Education Office Instructional Team in the NYCDOE. In this capacity, she leads a team of staff developers to ensure that schools are supported with high-quality professional learning on the development of Individualized Education Programs and implementation of evidence-based practices for specialized instruction citywide. She has been an educator for over 15 years, primarily as a special education teacher and instructional coach. Her work has focused on implementing and promoting evidence-based practices in literacy, specially designed instruction, and behavior supports for students with disabilities and providing technical assistance with developing school-level, collaborative structures supporting continuous improvement for students with disabilities.