LIBN's WHO'S WHO Leaders in Education


Jay Silverstein, PH.D, New Interdisciplinary School, Center for Developmental Disabilities


Jay Silverstein is executive director of the New Interdisciplinary School, an affiliate of the Kinexion Network, where he expanded and enhanced evidence-based programs for students with developmental delays, developed staff training and standards of excellence, established cutting edge community partnerships with local school districts and universities, re-established NIS' Early Intervention Program, and published peer-reviewed applied research. Silverstein is also the executive director of another Kinexion Network affiliate, the Center for Developmental Disabilities, where he oversees children's residential and day programs, adult residential, day, and employment programs, and all agency-wide functions and operations.

Silverstein has more than 30 years of experience working with and administering programs for individuals with special needs. He has held executive leadership positions in the public and private sectors, with a demonstrated expertise implementing innovative education and therapeutic programs and leading collaborative cultures of excellence.

NIS continues its history of expanding its programs and services to meet the community's growing needs.

"Over the past 10 years, NIS has responded to community demand through an expansion of services to children with autism spectrum disorder and medical/physical impairments, and enhanced opportunities for all students to be educated within integrated settings," Silverstein said. 

"Consistent with federal and state mandates aimed at increasing community-based education, NIS formed partnerships with several school districts and providers," he said. "Our top priority for 2024 is to retain the unique quality of the NIS experience as we expand and adapt to the evolving landscape of early childhood education."

Prior to joining the Kinexion Network, Silverstein held roles as director of children's services for the Block Institute, director of guidance and support services for Lawrence Public Schools, principal of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls USFD, director of special education for North Shore Schools and director of Crossroads School for Child Development. He has also been an adjunct professor at Fordham University, York College and St. John's University.

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