2013 News from the School of Education







November 2013

Pace University School of Education To Host Annual Meeting of American Physical Society on Pleasantville Campus

The School of Education at Pace University and will host the 109th Annual Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society on November 16 on the Pleasantville campus. The theme for the one-day conference is “Physics in Nature.”

This one day conference will explore how physics can be applied to the study of nature and biology. Students will have the unique opportunity to attend and present a poster—on any topic—for the opportunity for a cash award.

Topics to be discussed by distinguished experts and guests include:

  • Ocean Physics
  • Biophysics of Small Organisms
  • Physics of Living Systems
  • Teaching Physics to Adolescents
  • The State of Physics Education in New York State

DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013

TIME: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LOCATION: Lienhard Lecture Hall, Pleasantville Campus, Pace University

TICKETS:  Free for Pace Students & Faculty; $25 for Teachers and Retirees; $35 all others who register online; $45 check for those who register at the conference. To register, visit http://www.nyssaps.org/index.html


October 2013

Pace University School of Education Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment Sessions

Engagement in science learning begins at the earliest grades and ages, which is why the Pace University School of Education provides enrichment instruction to students in Westchester County through Science Saturdays. Entering its third year, Science Saturdays brings a myriad of science concepts to life for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April 2014.

Each monthly session lasts for 3 hours and students learn about a science concept from a Pace University professor and then complete their own experiments, bringing science to life in new and exciting ways.  The program expands this year from 4 sessions to 6, and planned topics include computers, microbiology and ecology.

The approach works. In a White Plains session last year, 4th and 5th grade boys conducted chemistry experiments with Sandra Flank, PhD, professor emeritus at the School of Education. “I liked it and I want to take chemistry in high school,” one boy reflected. “I think that [the session] was too short, especially that I was having fun. I wish I could spend the whole day with [Professor] Flank doing this.”

The following workshops will take place for Croton students.:

  • November 23- “Making Computers Talk, Part 1” with Dr. Gerald Ardito
  • December 14- “Making Computers Talk, Part 2” with Dr. Gerald Ardito
  • February 8, 2014– “Reducing Our Impact On the Environment” with Professor Angelo Spillo
  • March 8, 2014– “Ecology: Change Right Under Our Noses” with Profs. Carl and Charlene Hoegler
  • May 10, 2014– “Investigating Microscopic Critters” with Professor Andrew Weir

The following 2-hour workshops for White Plains students, as part of the “Making Computers Talk” series with Dr. Gerald Ardito, will take place in the Fall and Spring during the White Plains Saturday Academy:

  • October 26 and January 25, 2014- Making Computers Talk, Session #1: The Basics of Scratch
  • November 16 and February 22- Making Computers Talk, Session #2: Beyond the Basics of Scratch
  • December 21 and March 29- Making Computers Talk, Session #3: Connecting Scratch to the Outside World-Sensors and Motors

A Commitment to Science Education

Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taking on a new importance as American student performance in these areas continues to decline, and these disciplines command greater importance in our evolving global economy. Part of the problem is also encouraging traditionally underrrepresented minority students and women into these fields and supporting their pathways to success. The need for more than 100,000 STEM teachers in the next 10 years underscores the need for quality instruction to keep students competitive and encourage American innovation and economic strength.

Science Saturdays are just one example of The School of Education’s deep commitment to improving science study and STEM instruction. The School of Education is an active partner with the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems on the Pace STEM Collaboratory, a program that facilitates interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, improves and supports STEM teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.


September 2013

School of Education, Pleasantville SEPTA Hosting One-Day Conference On Transitions for Students with Autism & Learning Differences

9.26.2013 - The School of Education at Pace University and the Pleasantville Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) are collaborating to present a one-day conference, “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder & learning Differences for College,” on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the Pace University Pleasantville Campus.

This one day conference is perfect for parents, students and educators to explore the critical issues facing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other learning differences as they prepare to transition from high school into post-secondary programs and adult living.

Presenters will include distinguished experts and guests, including:

  • The Yale Child Study Center
  • Mary Riggs-Cohen, PhD, from the OASIS Program at Pace University 
  • Manhattanville College's HELP Center
  • The Pleasantville High School LAB Program at Pace University 
  • The New Rochelle High School Program at Iona College
  • The Project SEARCH Program 

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Differences between High School and College
  • Preparing for College Life for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Differences
  • NYS Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities.
  • “Mental Health Issues”
  • Documentation Requirements for Accessing Accommodations and Supports in a Post-Secondary Setting
  • Supporting Academics: Organization and Time Management SkillsAchieving Independence: Life Skills        
  • “Mental Health and Other Supports: Legal Issues” 
  • Social Skills, Stress and Life on Campus
  • Program Panel Discussion  

DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013

TIME: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LOCATION: Kessel Student Center, Pleasantville Campus, Pace University

TICKETS: $75, $60 for Pace Alumni, Students & Faculty, available through http://pvillesepta.com Includes continental breakfast and lunch.


July 2013

Center for Literacy Enrichment Awarded Gannett Foundation Grant

7.24.2013 - The Gannett Foundation/Journal News Media Group awarded $5,000 to the Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University in renewed support of its work to meet the literacy enrichment needs of students in Westchester County for more than 40 years.

The Center for Literacy Enrichment was founded in 1972 as a Developmental Reading Program. During the beginning years, emphasis was placed on elementary level school children from the residential area of the White Plains. It has developed into a literacy enrichment center to enhance reading, comprehension, and writing skills for students from all over Westchester County.

Pictured (from left): Sister St. John Delany, PhD, RDC, Founder and Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment at Pace University; Janet Hasson, Publisher, The Journal News; Amanda Schick, Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations at Pace University; and Christopher P. Clouet, EdD, Superintendent of Tarrytown Public Schools and Advisory Board Member, Center for Literacy Enrichment.


June 2013

The Pulse The Professor Is In: Q&A with Joan Walker

6.5.2013 -Pace University's The Pulse blog interviews Joan Walker, PhD

When she isn’t grading piles of papers, Joan Walker, PhD, is exemplifying what it means to be a trailblazer in her field—education. This year, the School of Education associate professor won a prestigious award for her research developing an online course on parent-teacher interactions that is innovating the way teachers learn how to communicate with parents. The Outstanding Journal of Teaching Education Article Award is given every year to pioneers in the field of education who have exhibited strong leadership by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the leading professional group for American teacher education. You can learn more about her research, which focuses on a key component of education that is often overlooked, by watching a video about the project, reviewing the JTE article, or accessing a sample case study from the online program.

Now, she’s taken some time away from her hectic life as a professor to talk about everything from her love of men’s basketball to opera singing.

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May 2013

Pace University's School of Education Hosts One Day Conference on Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle

5.17.2013 - Pace University’s School of Education and the regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) will present a conference, “Ensuring Learning for All Students: Sharing Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle” on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pace Graduate Center in White Plains. This conference is geared toward K-16 teachers, pre-service teachers, students, educational professionals and parents of students who struggle.

As schools face rigorous testing and educational standards for all students, this conference provides real, practical, evidence based strategies that can be immediately applied to the classroom, with a special emphasis on struggling students. Conference attendees will learn from teachers and researchers who have helped students make the transformation from struggling to successful.

The conference features nearly 25 workshops over three sessions, focused on students from elementary school through high school with a variety of learning differences. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with educators from regional districts and New York City.

A keynote address by renowned academic literacy specialist Dr. Kevin Feldman is a highlight of the event. Dr. Feldman will speak on “Meaningful Engagement: Every Student, Every Lesson, Every Day.” In addition, he will present two workshops on academic vocabulary during the conference.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $75; includes morning refreshments and lunch. Registration: Jennifer DelVecchio, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, email jdelvecchio@pnwboces.org.

Conference information: Fran Wills, PhD, Coordinator of Professional Development, Pace’s School of Education, email fwills@pace.edu.

Pace University to Hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1

5.14.2013 -The first Pace University STEM Collaboratory Conference, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Multipurpose Room of One Pace Plaza on the university’s Lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street.


  • 8:30 to 9:30 am: Registration & Coffee. Welcome by:  Lauren Birney, assistant professor at Pace’s School of Education is the director and Jonathan Hill, associate dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is the co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace.
  • 9:30 to 10:15 am: Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist: “Program or Be Programmed: Why Students Should be Code Literate”
  • 10:15 to 10:30 am: Coffee Break
  • 10:30 to 11:30 am: Michael Joaquin Grey, Artist/Inventor: “The Zoob System and Its Use for Teachers & Students.” Zoob is a 3D Modeling System inspired by the nucleotides (the basic structural units of nucleic acids) that make up DNA.
  • 11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Lunch & Poster Session on Pace Collaboratory Teacher Mobile Math and Science Apps for Android Smartphones
  • 1:30 to 1:45 pm: Break
  • 1:45 to 3 pm: “Perspectives in Stem Education” panel discussion moderated by Ben Esner, director, K-12 STEM Education, Polytechnic Institute at New York University. Panelists: Steve Ettlinger, author, “Twinkie, Deconstructed”; Prof. Brian Evans, Pace’s School of Education; Lou Lahana, Teacher, The Island School; Prof. Tom Lynch, Pace’s School of Education; and Meghan Groome, executive director, education and public programs, New York Academy of Science.
  • 3 to 4 pm: Hydroponic Farming with Boswyck Farms
  • 4 to 4:15 pm: Raffle prizes including an IPAD 2

 The Pace STEM Collaboratory was created by the university’s School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in December 2012 to facilitate interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and support teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

The Collaboratory’s goals include:

  • Identifying and developing a pipeline of STEM students and teachers in the greater New York area in grades 6 through 12;
  • Integrating STEM best practices in the preparation of workforce-ready students at the college level;
  • Increasing the proficiency of specially selected grade 6 through 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.


April 2013

Students with Disabilities Demonstrate Technologies that Improve Their Access to Education

“Inclusion Requires Participation” event co-sponsored by Pace University’s School of Education to be held Saturday, April 27

4.23.2013 -  A group of New York City students with disabilities will conduct a conference on Saturday, April 27 supported by the ARISE Coalition and Pace University’s School of Education to illustrate the value of Assistive Technologies in education.

The event, “Inclusion Requires Participation,”will consist of student-run demonstrations on effective technology solutions for addressing learning, communication, and physical challenges in the classroom.

Achieving successful inclusion requires both educational insight and adaptive tools to make classroom activities accessible to students with disabilities. Assistive Technologies and Alternative Augmentative Communication devices have radically altered educational perceptions as to who can be a learner, and the goal of this event is to acknowledge real students who have benefited from those technologies.

WHO: Educators, therapists, parents, advocates, and students interested in assistive technologies

WHAT: Inclusion Requires Participation: Student Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Solutions for Learning, Communication, and Physical Challenges

Some of the presentations by students will address the following topics:
  • Accessible Literacy Materials for Emerging Readers
  • Alternative Output Tools for Writing Challenges
  • Note-taking Tools for Auditory Processing Challenges
  • iPad-based Communication Apps for Nonverbal Children
  • Math and Computer Access Supports for Physical Challenges
  • Voice Dictation Tools on the Computer and the Web
  • Cloud-Based Tools which Address many Learning Challenges
  • Apps for Transitions, ADL’s, and Behavioral Supports

The conference will include a student round table discussion on the importance of assessment, training, and integration of technology for inclusion. Local agencies will also be on hand to provide more detailed information on free assistive technology services and supports.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 am – 3 pm

LOCATION: Pace University, New York City campus, Student Union on B-level, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY.

REGISTRATION: This is a free event, but due to limited seating capacity, it requires registration. To register, please visit http://cognitechcafe.com/styled-6/contact-form/index.php, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com.

Pace University School of Education Initiates College Prep Program to Help Students Develop Individual Learning Strategies for College Success

4.22.2013 - The Pace University School of Education is pleased to announce the launch of Headways, an innovative new college preparatory program this summer. Headways prepares students (including those with learning challenges) for the demands of college and work settingsafter high school by creating opportunities for students to explore and understand their individual learning profiles and identify a personalized set of technology tools and digital strategies for academic success. The program runs from August 5-16 at Pace's Pleasantville campus. For more information, please see the program page here or click for the Headways application (Word file).


Center for Literacy Enrichment Celebrate Clifford's 50th Birthday with White Plains Schools

4.20.2013 - The Center for Literacy Enrichment hosted a 50th Birthday Party for Clifford, the Big Red Dog, at Post Road School in White Plains on Saturday, April 20. More than 200 children and their families attended the event, complete with games, arts & crafts, snacks and stories!

Pictured from left, Sister St. John Delaney, Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment, White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, and Clifford.




March 2013

Pace University Launches New Graduate Program for Inclusive Adolescent Education

Open House and Seminar on March 18 to Launch New Program, Highlight Changing High School Needs

3.1.2013 - High school education is changing. Today’s youth are coming of age in a time of higher state standards,  tougher academic testing and a world requiring advanced skills to compete globally. Schools need teachers prepared to help ALL students meet today’s challenges to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Pace University’s new graduate program in Inclusive Adolescent Education is designed for professionals and college graduates who want to become teachers of grades 7-12, but do not hold a degree in education. Program graduates will become dually certified adolescent education and special education teachers prepared to drive student success in the rigorous high school environment, while focusing on the social, behavioral and academic development of all students.

Pace will host Opportunities in Inclusive Adolescent Education, an informational open house and seminar on Monday, March 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Butcher Suite of the Kessel Student Center on the Pleasantville campus. Learn more about challenges facing high schools today, the benefits of becoming a dual-certification teacher, and the new  Inclusive Adolescent Education Program, also known as the STARS Program - Skilled Teachers Achieving Results for Students. The evening is free of charge, and attendees may register by calling Donna DeAngelo at 914-773-3873 or online by visiting www.pace.edu/STARS.

The program is now accepting applications for Fall 2013 and will be offered on Pace’s Pleasantville campus. The STARS Inclusive Adolescent Education Program was developed with a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by School of Education Professors and Co-PIs Leslie Soodak, PhD, and Roberta Wiener, EdD. Drs. Soodak and Wiener were leaders of a program development effort that involved a large number of School of Education adolescent and special education faculty. The STARS Inclusive Adolescent Education Program at Pace University is one of the newest fully integrated inclusive secondary teacher education programs of its kind in the metropolitan area, and is one of few programs nationally.


February 2013

School of Education Students Return from Guatemala

2.24.2013 - Six School of Education candidates have returned from a week-long trip Guatemala, where they traveled to attend the 9th International Literacy Conference located in Guatemala City. Accompanied by Professor Ainsley Adams and Brian Evans, EdD, the students made presentations on mathematics and science concepts through the use of literacy to an international audience of teachers. Sister St. John Delany, PhD, helped organize the trip, but was unable to travel with the group at the last moment. Read more in our newsletter

Check out our Facebook photo album for highlights from the trip, or our complete Picasa album.

Get Ahead This Summer and Work towards Middle School Certification!

2.22.2013 - Work towards certification this June & July! Middle School courses enable adolescent teachers with initial certification to extend their

certification to grades 5 and 6. Childhood teachers with initial certification may pursue the certification in a particular subject area (i.e. English, history, math, science, social studies) in grades 7-9.

Pace University offers the two courses that New York State requires as part of the requirements for the extension, with convenient evening summer courses available on our Pleasantville campus in June and July -- perfect for current students, alumni and practicing teachers!

  • Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence, Community, Culture & Identity (May 30-June 24)
  • Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction: Middle Childhood Education (July 8-August 1)

For more information about the courses, contact Dr. Christine Clayton at cclayton@pace.edu or 914-773-3805. For questions about registration, contact Donna DeAngelo at ddeangelo@pace.edu or 914-773-3873.

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Courses for Classroom Teachers This Summer!

Join us this summer to enhance your classroom practice and confidence in implementing the new Common Core standards. Convenient evening and online courses to suit your summer schedule!

Learn More about our Summer 2013 Courses for Inservice Teachers

Dr. Joan Walker's Research Named Best Published in 2012

Innovative Research Leads to Development of Free Online Course on Parent-Teacher Interactions

2.18.2013 -Pace University School of Education professor Joan Walker, PhD, has won a prestigious award for best research article of the year – research that has led to the development of an innovative online course on parent-teacher interactions.

Dr. Walker is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) Article Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the premier professional organization for American teacher education.

The award recognizes exemplary scholarship published in the JTE in the areas of teacher education or of teaching and learning with implications for teacher education, and will be presented March 2 at the AACTE's 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Walker will be honored with her co-author, Dr. Benjamin Dotger from Syracuse University, for their article “Because Wisdom Can’t Be Told: Using Comparison of Simulated Parent-Teacher Conferences to Assess Teacher Candidates’ Readiness for Family-School Partnership” from the January/February 2012 issue of JTE. The article describes the study of teacher candidates’ communication strategies in parent-teacher conference scenarios via online video case studies.

The award review committee noted how the focus on teacher-parent interactions addresses a critical component that is overlooked in many teacher preparation programs. The committee further lauded the excellence in scholarship and innovative approach that is an effective model for preparing educators throughout the nation.

“This award comes at an ideal time,” said Dr. Walker. “Since the original publication, I have expanded this work into a free online course that I am eager to share with teacher educators, teachers and K-12 administrators across the country. The three part interactive course uses real-life, classroom-based challenges, video examples and other tools to help beginning teachers successfully conduct parent-teacher conferences. The future of teacher professional development is online and it is exciting to be recognized as a leader in this new direction."

"Pace University is embarking on a much more research focused trajectory, and Professor Joan Walker's research award highlights the strong academic programs in our School of Education,” said University Provost Uday Sukhatme, ScD. “She has created a model approach to online learning. We are very proud of her accomplishments."

In addition to experience as a classroom educator, Dr. Walker earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and completed post-doctoral research in the Vanderbilt-Northwestern-University of Texas-Harvard/MIT Engineering Research Center (VaNTH ERC) at Vanderbilt University. She is director of research for the American Dream Academy, a program active in Phoenix, Arizona, that has educated more than 14,000 parents--mostly Hispanic--about partnering with their children's school.

To receive more information about the open course ware contact Dr. Walker at jwalker@pace.edu.

Learn more about Dr. Walker's research on parent-teacher communication and the related online course by reviewing the JTE article, accessing a sample case study from the online program, or viewing a brief video about the project.


January 2013

The Pulse  The Professor Is In: Q&A with Brian Evans

1.16.2013 -Pace University's The Pulse blog interviews New York City Chair Brian Evans, EdD

From traveling to Uganda to help teachers develop their mathematical problem solving abilities to hiking the Himalayas, it’s a wonder Brian R. Evans, EdD, has time for anything else. But when he isn’t traveling the world, Evans serves as the department chair and associate professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education. He is also the co-chairperson for the Institutional Review Board and  director of Pace’s Summer Scholars Institute, which brings ambitious high school juniors and seniors to Pace for an early college experience.

At the School of Education, his primary focus is on pedagogical and content courses in mathematics for both pre-service and in-service teachers at the adolescent and childhood levels. He recently became the first Faculty Resident at Pace and serves as managing editor for the Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification.

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