2012 News from the School of Education



December 2012

A Statement from the School of Education Center for Teaching and Research In Autism 

12.18.2012 -  A statement from TARA Center Director Mary Cohen, PhD, and the School of Education about the speculation surrounding Adam Lanza and Asperger's Syndrome.


Pace University Launches STEM Collaboratory To Address Dramatic Needs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (STEM)

12.13.2012 - The School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University has launched the Pace STEM Collaboratory to facilitate interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, improve and support STEM teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region. Funding for this project was provided by the Verizon Foundation. A cocktail reception to celebrate the launch of the Pace STEM Collaboratory was held on Thursday, December 13, in Lower Manhattan.

 The Collaboratory’s goals include:

  • Identifying and developing a pipeline of STEM students and teachers in the greater New York area in grades 6 – 12;
  • Integrating STEM best practices in the preparation of workforce-ready students at the college level;
  • Increasing the proficiency of specially selected grade 6 – 12 teachers and administrators in STEM teaching;
  • Developing ways to motivate learners to persevere in the study of science, technology, engineering, and math; and
  • Launching an interdisciplinary STEM research group based at Pace University that will be a clearinghouse for successful initiatives in STEM education.

Pace seeks to address these issues by partnering with teachers and students in New York metropolitan area schools to improve STEM teaching and learning. Over the past few years, STEM faculty from across Pace have come together to develop relationships with several underserved, diverse public schools in the New York region.  Altogether, the schools reach nearly 5,000 students between Pace faculty support teachers and students at these schools through: faculty/teacher mentoring relationships; curriculum development; creation of inquiry-based projects for students; and teacher training and development.


November 2012

NYPD Officer Photographed Giving Boots To Elderly Homeless Man a Pace School of Education Alum

11.30.2012 -  Officer Larry DePrimo was an adolescent education-history major before becoming one of New York's Finest. Officer DePrimo shares his account in this video from USA TODAY.


Community Leaders Support Local Families, Children at Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment Spooky Stories Event

11.5.2012 – White Plains Mayor Thomas M. Roach and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christopher P. Clouet were among the notable guests at the recent “Spooky Stories” event hosted by the Pace University School of Education Center for Literacy Enrichment on Sunday, November 4, 2012.

For the Westchester families in attendance, the “Spooky Stories” event was a welcome respite from storm recovery, a chance for their children to enjoy an afternoon of stories, music, face painting, crafts and treats at the University’s White Plains campus.

Mayor Roach greeted the crowd of approximately 25 adults and children and briefly shared current information related to the city’s recovery following Hurricane Sandy earlier that week. Dr. Clouet, pictured, then read Pumpkin Cat by Ann Turner, and performed an original song based on the book’s themes of friendship.

Local author Michael A. Baker then read his children’s book, Eimer Talpidae Mole's Fabulous Underground Food Adventure, while the children in attendance enjoyed cupcakes.


October 2012

Distinguished Educator & Economist Speaks on Achivement And Equity In Lecture Presented by The School of Education

10.23.2012 - Pace University’s School of Education was pleased to welcome Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD, in the latest installment of the Distinguished Educators Lecture Series on Tuesday, October 23, with his presentation “Excellence With Equity: A Social Movement for the 21st Century.” The evening was attended by students, faculty, local school administrators and parents from the community. During his lecture, Dr. Ferguson detailed a vision for American education characterized by “excellence, with fulfillment and equity” and the components for success in which all students can be prepared for the demands of the 21st century economy. In addition to Dr. Ferguson's engaging research, he also shared original poems that express a unique perspective in the discussion of academic achievement and equity.

Multimedia content from Dr. Ferguson's lecture is now available:

  • The video of Dr. Ferguson's lecture is now available, and may also be viewed on your Apple device via iTunesU.
  • Dr. Ferguson's presentation and selection of poems.
  • Photos from Dr. Ferguson's visit.

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Pace School of Education Addresses the New Literacies in New Online Course and Advanced Study Programs

October 2012 - The 21st Century demands that teachers enthusiastically embrace and integrate the all forms of literacy knowledge–including the new literacies–into their lessons to ensure student success. New York State’s Common Core Learning Standards require students to learn and use reading, writing, and listening activities to learn and to integrate web-based technologies and associated digital media into instruction. Increased literacy competencies have great potential for improving students’ learning in all content areas.
Fluency in the new literacies will help make you a more effective educator and help your students acquire and strengthen the skills they need to compete.  If you’re ready to sharpen and enhance your knowledge to meet the common core learning standards, learn more about special courses and Literacy Programs for Certification at Pace University’s School of Education.
How can you meaningfully incorporate new digital technologies into reading and writing instruction? Learn how in our new Special Topics in Education course, ED 500: New Literacies for instruction and Assessment Across the Curriculum that Meet the Common Core Learning Standards. This 3-credit course will be offered online out of our Pleasantville campus for students based at either our New York City or Pleasantville campuses.
For teachers with an initial certification in childhood or adolescent education, the School of Education’s MSEd Literacy Specialist degree may be right for you.  This highly specialized program, recently reduced in credits, translates to greater competency without an extensive investment of time and resources.
  • ED 650     Research and Theories in Language and Literacy Development   (Birth-Grade 12)
  • ED 755B   Writing Process and Media Production (with one unit on animation)
  • ED 677     Teaching Literacy Skills to Children with Special Needs
  • ED 652     Assessment in Reading and Writing
  • ED 754     Literature and Digital Storytelling  (Online)
  • ED 690     Teacher as Researcher
  • ED 757     Content Area Literacy and Technology: Instructional Models and Methods for Secondary Grades (9-12 )
  • ED 694A   Practicum in Literacy, Grades 5-12
  • ED 794B   Practicum in Literacy, Grades 5-8
  • ED 655A     Early Literacy Learning: Instructional Models and Methods for Primary Grades (B-3)
  • ED 693A     Practicum in Literacy, Birth-Grade 6      
Advanced certificates are available, including an Advanced Literacy Specialist Certificate for those already holding a master’s degree in a field of education for 15-21 credits, and an Advanced Certificate in Integrated Instruction for Literacy & Technology is available for 9 credits.
For more information about these opportunities in Literacy, contact Dr. Fran Falk-Ross at ffalkross@pace.edu