Please join us as we welcome Norman Weistuch Ph.D. to the Newtown Bookshop on June 19th at 7pm featuring his book "A Kid From the Bronx"! All are invited!
Dr. Norman Weistuch grew up in the Bronx in the 1950s to 1960s and was educated in the public schools during the first wave of desegregation in the city. Educated through his master’s degree in school psychology at the City College of New York, he was exposed to a professor while an undergraduate student Dr. Kenneth B. Clark, who was the prime witness in the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954 that led to desegregation of the public schools. Dr. Clark was noteworthy in attempting to bring large amounts of money through his nonprofit Haryou to the Harlem community with disappointing results.
This thinking has had a profound effect on the author, who continued his education through his PhD in school psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. After working for a Head Start Program in Pennsylvania, Dr. Weistuch moved to New Jersey and has worked for numerous school districts and special school programs and developed a private practice in Princeton, New Jersey. In addition to advocating with families having issues with their local school districts about special education placements, Dr. Weistuch also spent several years consulting for Child Protective Services in that state. He has experienced great disillusionment about the process of providing sound clinical and school-related services in both the special education arena and the arena involving child protection, and he has interviewed parents and offered suggestions about how to make things better.