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The Pace University School of Education's Center for Literacy Enrichment, celebrated its 40th Anniversary and recognized its Founder & Director, Sister St. John Delany Ph.D. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at the Women's Club of White Plains. Scholastic Chairman, President & CEO Richard Robinson was featured as the keynote speaker


SOE Professor Dr. Xiao-Lei Wang held a book talk on her recent book, Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family. The book talk took place on the Pleasantville campus at the Mortola Library on April 19, 2012.

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School of Education Professor Joan Walker, Ph.D., was a panelist member for the Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. Encourage Educators To Take a Technological "Leap" Forward event on February 29, 2012 at Pace University's Graduate Center in White Plains, NY.

The "Inspired Education: Learning, Teaching and Technology" program explored the impact of technology on education. The use of avatars in the role of virtual students is just one technological innovation that was discussed. The Pace University School of Education is one of only 10 universities in the country to use the TeachLive (Avatar) Lab Technology.

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Science Saturdays at Croton Harmon

Pace University's School of Education and Croton Harmon School District continued with its Science Saturday program on Feb. 18, 2012 at Croton Harmon High School. A lesson on Introduction to Microbes given by Pace University Professor Andrew Wier. Discussion, activity sheets and group work activities were based on molecular biology and its implications from crime scenes to daily life.


February 2, 2012 - Charlotte Lally (pictured): Nine School of Education students were inducted into The Pace University Freshman Honor Society. The induction ceremony was held in the Gottesman Room on Pace University's Pleasantville Campus.

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Teaching for Global Competence in the 21st Century: Global Themes in the Curriculum

Saturday, February 11, 2012 (8:30a.m.-12:00p.m.) - Presented by TeachUNICEF, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF's Education Department, this workshop is designed to familiarize teachers with pressing global issues, such as gender equity, water and sanitation, and child labor, and to provide teachers with resources and support for integrating these issues into their curriculum.

To see the flyer click here


TeachLivE™ Labs Grand Opening

Pace University School of Education debuted its TeachLivE™ Labs during ribbon-cutting ceremonies on both the New York City and Pleasantville Campuses.  State and local government officials, educational administrators, and media representatives were in attendance.

Pace School of Education partners with the University of Central Florida (UCF), where the avatar technology was developed. UCF has been awarded the 2012 Innovative Technology Award by the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, and Pace School of Education has been named in the award announcement as one of only 10 universities in the country, and the only school in the Northeast, using this technology.

The TeachLivELab is a mixed-reality teaching environment supporting teacher preparation in pedagogy and content. The TeachLivE Lab is an excellent example of a best practice in education, using cutting-edge technology to provide pre-service and in-service teachers the opportunity to practice teaching skills and to improve their expertise.

For more information visit the SOE Teach Live Website


January 23, 2012 – The School of Education in collaboration with the Lower Hudson Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC) and the Putnam Northern Westchester Boces Curriculum Center, held its first monthly group meeting in the Gottesman Room on the Pleasantville Campus. SOE Coordinator of Professional Development, Dr. Fran Wills, facilitated the discussions that focused on “Improving Learning Results for Every Student: Successful Literacy Practices for Middle School Students with Disabilities Across Content Areas and in Diverse Settings.”

The group consists of special education teachers and administrators. Teams will come together and learn structured methods to analyze successful practices. SOE Special Education professors Dr. Leslie Soodak and Dr. Roberta Weiner, Dr. Patti Slobogin, Director (RSE-TASC), will mentor district teams.


January 19, 2012 - School of Education Dean Andrea (Penny) Spencer was interviewed by Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly on Good Day NY this morning on her thoughts about the “Battle Over Teacher Evaluations”. Watch the video clip here: Battle Over Teacher Evaluations Plan.

 

 


The School of Education held its Fall 2011 Teacher as Researcher Exhibition Presentations on December 14th in the Gottesman Room on Pace University's Pleasantville Campus. Teacher Candidates from the Ed 690 courses displayed their research and their findings using creative yet informative poster boards, pamphlets, and other interactive media platforms.

They shared with SOE faculty members, administrators, and their peers their research questions, strategies they implemented in their classrooms, the duration of their research, and how conclusive their research was/was not based on their findings. Many candidates also shared the feedback of their students, mentor teachers, school staff, and the parents of their students.

Ed 690 is a course in which candidates design and implement a research project in their classroom that focuses on an issue of relevance to them in their present teaching situation.

Please read through a few SOE teacher candidate presentations by clicking here (PDF)

Please see photos of the Teacher as Researcher Exhibition Presentations

December 2, 2011 – Pace University School of Education Dean Andrea (Penny) Spencer, was interviewed yesterday by CBS2 News Reporter Marcia Kramer on her thoughts of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent proposal to fix the educational system which included major teacher cutbacks and increased class sizes by as much as doubling the number of students in one class.

You can watch the news segment, which was featured on CBS’ News at 6 broadcast by clicking here.

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Dec. 3, 2011 - The School of Education’s Future Educators Association (FEA) held their 10th annual Principals Panel event on Saturday December 3, 2011 in the Goldstein Fitness Center’s VIP Room.

Four principals, Elizabeth Wallinger (formerly of Ossining), Jon Thomas (Valhalla HS), David Fine (Peekskill MS), and Daryl Stinchcomb (Church Street School, White Plains) were panelists at the event.

These principals have partnership relationships with the SOE allowing the placement student teachers in their schools.  Each principal shared information and tips on the qualifications and skills they look for in a teaching candidate, the process of becoming a teacher, and interviewing do’s and don’ts for our students looking for teaching positions.

School of Education professor Tony Alfonso moderated the panel discussion.  The event was well attended and provided valuable information for our students.


Pace University’s School of Education in collaboration with the Croton-Harmon School District kicked-off its first Science Saturday’s event at Croton-Harmon High School this past Saturday (11/12/11).

15 Croton-Harmon School District students from grades 4-8 attended and heard a fascinating presentation deemed “The Green School Project” from Angelo Spillo (a professor in the Environmental Studies Department). Read more.


In collaboration with the Pace University School of Education and Pace Confucius Institute, Brewster School District students, teachers, administrators, and Superintendent Dr. Jane Sandbank, visited Pace University's Pleasantville campus on Nov. 21, 2011 for a Chinese cross-cultural experience. Read more.

 


The School of Education held a tremendously elegant and well deserved retirement party for two highly regarded and appreciated professors in Dr. Sandra Flank & Dr. Rita Silverman on Friday Nov. 4, 2011 at the Pace University Graduate Center. Attendees included family & friends of the honorees, School of Education faculty & staff (both current & former) and other colleagues as well. Many colleagues shared their stories, reflections, and heart-felt feelings about both Rita and Sandy. Rita and Sandy addressed the crowd with speeches about their career journeys and their future plans. They were later presented with retirement gifts courtesy of the School of Education and posed together for pictures. To read their combined retirement story please click here.


The School of Education just wrapped up its 3rd Annual "A Taste of College" partnership with Ossining School District's Roosevelt Elementary fifth grade classes. The week long visit took place from Oct. 24-28 and was orchestrated and hosted by the School of Education's Director of School Partnerships in Westchester Frank DeLuca. Read more

Press Coverage: thedailyossining.com


The School of Education's Office was voted "Workplace of the Week" by WFAS 103.9/106.3 radio. Check out the full photo courtesy of WFAS by clicking here...Congrats!

 

 


The School of Education Officially inducted 42 students into the School of Education program on 9/28/11 in its first annual School of Education Induction Ceremony at the Kessel Center in Butcher Suite on the Pleasantville Campus.

Christine Clayton, Pleasantville Faculty Chair and Associate Professor, offered the opening remarks welcoming all students, families, and faculty & staff in attendance. Christine also introduced John Di Natale, Director of Student Support Services, who gave insightful tips and recommendations for students as well as words of encouragement. Jordan Tempro, Future Educators Association (FEA) President, spoke about his experiences and how he made the decision to become a teacher. Read More.

Photos from the Induction Ceremony can be viewed on our Facebook page by clicking here.


Sept. 26, 2011 - Aaron Academy in conjunction with School of Education's Tara Center, held their 2nd Annual Symposium on Transition in the Multi-Purpose Room at One Place Plaza on the New York City Campus. The theme was "Broadening Horizons: Post Secondary Choices for the Diverse Learner. SOE Tara Center Director Dr. Dianne Zager helped promote the event and gave opening remarks. SOE Dean Andrea Penny Spencer also addressed the attendees. Co-authors Rebecca Banks and Dianne Kennedy, of the book 'Bright Not Broken spoke on their experiences. Panelist members included Jenny Mattau (President of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts), Ken Browne (Emmy Award producer and film make), Adrienne Nagy (Guidance Counselor at Aaron Acadmey), and  Dr. Paul Cavanagh (Director of Academics and Program Evaluation at the New York Institute of Technology's Vocational Indepence Program.

Check out photos of the event on our Facebook page, Click here


Sept. 24, 2011- Pi Lambda Theta (an educational honor society) in conjunction with the Center for Literacy Enrichment, held a successful Dr. Seuss Bookfair Event at the Barnes and Noble store in the City Center of White Plains. Members of Pi Lambda Theta set up a "Welcome Table" with coloring activities and face painting for kids. Dr. Seuss story time was held in the Children Section and a trivia game was conducted in the Music Section. A percentage of shoppers purchases were given to the Center for Literacy Enrichment in White Plains to any shopper that mentioned the book fair at checkout.

To view pictures please check out the Dr. Seuss Bookfair Album on our Facebook page by clicking here


The Center for Literacy hosted an October Fill a Bag Book Sale on October 14-15 at 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10605. People were welcomed to come and buy a bag (small, medium, or large) and fill that bag(s) with books that were donated to the Center for Literacy Enrichment.

For full flyer and event details, Click here.

For link the the Center for Literacy Enrichment page, Click here

 


In August, School of Education professors Dr. Brian Evans and Dr. Janet Mulvey traveled to Africa to work with elementary and secondary school teachers in Nkokonjeru, a town in Uganda. This project was set up through a U.S. based charity called Educate Uganda, founded in 2006, whose focus is to help orphaned children in Uganda go to school and improve the schools in which these children attend. Dr. Evans' background is in mathematics education at both the elementary and secondary school levels while Dr. Mulvey's background is in elementary and special education as well as educational leadership.

Read Dr. Evans and Dr. Mulvey's combined reflection of their Uganda trip here


Pace High School held their 8th annual freshmen orientation on the Pleasantville campus at Pace University from Aug.10th-12th.

Nearly 100 students attended the 3-day program as a way to get acclimated with life as a Pace High School student. All students were equipped with Pace ID cards, which are yellow unlike the normal blue cards for students, faculty, and staff to differentiate them as high school students.

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Please check out our Facebook page (by clicking on the Facebook icon below) to view pictures and videos from the Pace High School Orientation.


Aug. 5. 2011 - The 142 NYC Teaching Fellows successfully completed their 7-week pre-service program at the School of Education in NYC. As a way to celebrate, fellows presented fun and informative skits, song and dance in the Student Union at One Pace Plaza in NYC, about their experience in the pre-service program and the methods and practices taught to them by School of Education and The New York City Teaching Fellows. Linda Vereline, Assistant Professor, and NYCTF Program Coordinator for the School of Education NYC co-hosted the two-hour event alongside Jeffrey Donaldson, Fellow Advisor. School of Education Dean Andrea Penny Spencer addressed the attendants with congratulatory opening remarks followed by NYC Faculty Chair Brian Evans, who offered some words of encouragement to Cohort 21.

You can visit our Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook image below to see pictures of the event. Check back soon for videos and more event follow up.


The Pace High School documentary, “Small School, Big City” was aired nationally on September 3. 2011 at 1 p.m. on PBS. The documentary, which was produced and directed by Ken Browne, highlights the origination and journey of Pace High School, one of the ten most sough-after public high schools in New York City. Congratulations to Pace High School all those involved.

 

 


July 18, 2011 - The School of Education co-sponsored the PASE Conference yesterday held at One Pace Plaza in New York City. The conference was a huge success as more than 300 educational professionals attended including keynote speakers Dennis Walcott, Chancellor of NYC Department of Education and Jeanne Mullgrav, Commissioner of NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. Please check back soon for videos and event write-up.

You can view pictures from the PASE Conference in the SOE album on our Facebook page by clicking here


July 12, 2011 - One hundred people attended the one-day institute "When Words Become Weapons: Educational Perspectives and Legal Paramaters. The institute was an innovative collaboration between Pace School of Education and Pace Law School on verbal harassment and bullying.

For an event recap read more.

 


On June 29 and 30, 2011, the Second Annual Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative Curriculum Planning Institute was held funded by the Teacher Leader Quality Partnership Grant through New York State.

Led by Dr. Christine Clayton and Dr. Jim Kilbane (former School of Education professor), the Collaborative just completed a second year of work with five high schools in the New York Metropolitan area. Read More

 


New Patent for Professor Sandra Flank, Ph.D.

SOE Professor Sandra Flank, Ph.D., along with her daughter Sharon Flank, Ph.D., (Infratrac CEO and adjunct professor in the SOE) and husband William Flank (adjunct professor, Chemistry Dept., Dyson College) were issued a patent (U.S. Patent Number 7,952,710) for the development of Spectrometric Analysis of Fluids In-Situ for the Company Infratrac on May 31, 2011. Dr. Flank is a part-time consultant for the company.

This new technology is used to detect counterfeit drugs without even taking them out of the package which is vital in today's world where there is a growing concern with counterfeit and diverted drugs both from overseas and within the U.S. as counterfeiters are imitating drug packaging, bar codes, and formulations. Another major application of this invention is in preventing medical errors by ensuring that the right drug in the right dosage is

being administered to the right patient. You can view the copy of the patent by clicking here. You may also find additional information about Infratrac at http://www.infratrac.com/.

Congratulations to Dr. Flank and family!


The School of Education welcomed 143 incoming Teaching Fellows into the Master of Science for Teachers (MST) program at an orientation on June 21, 2011 in the Multi-purpose Room on the Pace University NYC Campus. Of the incoming class, also referred to as Cohort 21, 112 students are in the Childhood Education program with an concentration in teaching students with disabilities and the other 31 students are in the Adolescent Education program in one of the science areas, biology, chemistry, physics, or earth science.

The orientation was coordinated, organized and hosted by Linda Vereline, Assistant Professor and NYCTF Program Coordinator, School of Education, NYC and Sonaly Rivera-Perez, Director of Student Support Services, School of Education, NYC. Other speakers in attendance were Kabba Colley, Department Chair, School of Education, NYC, Chauncey Nartey, Program Manager, Office of Teacher Recruitment and Quality, NYC Department of Education, Susan Ford, Director of Graduate Admissions, NYC, and David Cohen, Graduate Admissions Counselor, NYC.

The orientation kicked off a warm welcome to Cohort 21 and the beginning of a 2.5 year commitment that will begin with a 7-week pre-service summer program that began promptly at 1 p.m. after the welcome, administrative overview, academic program overview, Q&A opportunity, and lunch. NYC faculty Joan Myers, Sharon Medow, Janet Mulvey and Art Maloney are among the instructors teaching the Fellows this summer.

The partnership between Pace University’s School of Education, New York City Department of Education and New York City Teaching Fellows has been ongoing since 2001.  Out of the 425 city-wide teaching fellows this year, 33% of them have chosen Pace University’s School of Education which means Pace University's School of Education has the largest incoming Teaching Fellows group out of the seven partner schools in NYC.

The students will be eligible for full-time teaching positions in NYC schools beginning in September. The School of Education MST program will prepare these students to become successful teachers in the classroom as they learn how to become reflective practitioners who promote justice, create caring classrooms and school communities and enable all students to be successful learners.

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Caption: (Left: Faye Chiu (Millennium High School Math Teacher; Right: Eszter Weisz (Millennium High School Math Teacher)

On May 18, 2011, the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative held its second annual Teaching and Learning Conference in White Plains to showcase the results of collaborative inquiry projects by area high school teachers to promote deeper learning and thinking among secondary students.  Twenty-three teachers were from four high schools (Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, Millennium High School, Peekskill High School, and Sleepy Hollow High School) and have partnered in the Teacher Leader Quality Partnership (TLQP) grant funded by New York State and co-directed by Dr. Christine Clayton and Dr. Jim Kilbane.  Teachers from a fifth high school - Pace High School - participated in school-based programs.  Professor Beth Kava and Dr. Lauren Birney were facilitators leading groups at Peekskill and Millennium High Schools.

 

In its second year, the grant funds school-based professional development groups that assist teachers from a variety of disciplines in learning about and through the inquiry process.  Additionally, two staff development days held at Pace culminate in the Teaching and Learning Conference as a way to promote teacher learning about inquiry across schools in the network.  Faculty in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences serve as consultants at network staff development days and also offer content-specific consulting and workshops for teachers at their school sites throughout the year. The work of this year is documented on the project's wiki at http://paceinquirylearning.wikispaces.com/.

 

At the end of the evening, as School of Education faculty handed out certificates to acknowledge the teachers' work, Dr. Clayton reflected "inquiry is more than a project; it's a process - it's who we are."  At the School of Education and in the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative, we  stand by teachers who wish to engage in the complicated yet rewarding work of cultivating deep thinking and learning among students.  In doing so, the TLQP will hold its second annual Summer Institute at the end of the month - June 29 and June 30 - in New York City for teachers from the 5 TLQP partner schools and early career teachers who are Pace alumni.


Students in the Ed 690 Teacher as Researcher Course presented their research at the Teacher Reseacher Event at Wilcox Gym in Pleasantville.

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Professor Wang, PhD has authored a new book (published 4/15/11) entitled “Learning to Read and Write in the Multilingual Family.” The book's aim is to help parents develop and implement a literacy plan that meets the needs of their personal multilingual situation. Dr. Wang covers all ages, from infancy to early and middle childhood to adolescence. To learn more about the book click here.

 

 


Professor Ainsley Adams spoke at the Caribbean Student Association Awareness Function on Apr. 13, 2011 at the Kessel Center in Room A.

The topic area of dissussion was deemed; Aim High: If I Can Do It, So Can You. Professor Adams articulated to the crowd in attendance  about his experience coming to the US from the island of Trinidad in the West Indies and his struggle to achieve his goal of teaching in the US.
 
He also touched upon the teaching recognition and awards that he’s received over the years, most notably being named Teacher of the Year for Westchester/Putnam Counties by the Reporter Dispatch (Gannett News Corp.).

New course offerings in Literacy and Technology

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Get your MS certification coursework completed in June and July!

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The wait is now over! The SOE has 3 new social media sites;

 

 

          


School of Ed STARS

Leslie Soodak, PhD, and Roberta Wiener, EdD, have been awarded a five-year grant of almost $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Education to improve and restructure Pace’s teacher education programs to prepare dually certified general and special educators. The program, called STARS (Skilled Teachers Accomplishing Results for Students), hopes to address the pressing need for highly qualified secondary special educators in the New York Metropolitan Area. The redesigned program will prepare educators to teach students in grades 7-12 with high-incidence disabilities, including those from diverse cultural and language backgrounds. Participants in STARS will receive extended fieldwork experience and mentoring and induction opportunities. The program will also track graduates and their students’ outcomes in order to continue to enhance its services.

The above article was featured in the Spring 2011 Edition of Pace Magazine on Page 13, click here


LEARN CHINESE THROUGH TRADITIONAL CHINESE HOLIDAYS. 

Dr. Xiao-lei Wang help to develop a website designed especially for parents and teachers who intend to teach Chinese to their children/students. The focus of this website is on teaching Chinese through traditional Chinese holidays.

To learn more click here