School of Education Newsletter, Fall 2012

A Message from the Dean

As we approach the end of the semester, it is a perfect opportunity to reflect on what has been an eventful time for us all in the School of Education, and look ahead to the new year. In October, we were pleased to welcome Ronald Ferguson, PhD, as part of our Distinguished Educators Lecture Series. Dr. Ferguson shared with a rapt audience the components needed for a successful movement to create true educational equity and opportunity for all students. We were significantly less pleased with Hurricane Sandy's arrival in late October. The storm exacted a terrible toll on the New York metropolitan area, impeding operations at our New York and Pleasantville campuses. We stood together as a community, provided support for our affected students, colleagues and friends, and came through the resulting difficulties together. It was a reminder that we can only prepare our candidate teachers to create caring classrooms for all students if we foster that same caring community within our department and among our candidates, faculty, staff and administration.

I wish you all the best as your courses wind down and you prepare for finals.  I look forward to sharing with all of you the new developments, challenges and celebrations alike that 2013 will bring.

Andrea (Penny) Spencer, PhD
Dean, School of Education
Pace University

New Year, New Changes
There are changes abound for the School of Education!  2013 will bring many new and exciting changes. The Upward Bound and Liberty Partnerships programs will move from Dyson College to the School of Education, starting Spring semester 2013. The programs will move to the 11th floor of 163 William Street on the New York City Campus.

Upward Bound is a year-round program providing academic support  and college preparatory  services for approximately 75 Brooklyn high school students from  under-resourced communities, as well as those who are potentially first generation college students. The Liberty Partnerships Program provides a broad range of academic support services and college counseling to 250 New York City high school students identified at-risk for academic failure. Both of these programs align with the School of Education’s conceptual mission by create caring educational communities and enable all students to be successful  learners.

Changes are also coming to the School of Education Web site. We are relaunching the site in January 2013, adding more multimedia content and making the site easier to navigate Stay tuned to

Upcoming Dates & Events

12.12.12 - Last Day of Classes

12.19.12 - "ED 690: Educator as Researcher" Exhibition. Pleasantville, Kessel Student Center/Gottesman Room, 4:30 p.m.

12.22.12 to 1.1.13 - University Closed for the Holidays

1.18.13 - "Advancing Social Justice: The Role of Educators," Committee on Teaching About the United Nations (CTAUN) Conference at the United Nations, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., UN Headquarters, First Avenue and 45th Street, Manhattan, $65; $40 for students with ID. School of Education Associate Professor Kathryn De Lawter, EdD, is the Chair of the CTAUN Advisory Council. CTAUN promotes global awareness in schools.

1.23.13 - Spring Semester Begins

2.4.13 - Presentation Proposals for the Ensuring Learning for All Students Conference Due

Change of Date for ‘Ensuring Learning for All Students’ Conference, Call for Presenters Extended
Originally planned for January 17, the “Ensuring Learning for All Students: Sharing Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle” conference will now be held on May 22, 2013 at the Pace University Graduate Center at One Martine Avenue in White Plains, NY.

After attending this one-day conference, teachers, administrators and other educational professionals attending the conference will be able to share successful practices for students who struggle, with a focus on students with disabilities and English language learners; develop new approaches to adapting and revising practice in response to student needs; and build capacity to extend these practices.

The call for presenters  for this conference has been extended to February 4, 2013. We want to empower voices from the field and invite teachers, related service providers, administrators, and school teams to share with your peers the positive impact on students who struggle in your school and classroom. The Presentation Proposal form may be accessed here. Please submit this form by February 4, 2013.

If you are uncertain about your proposal or would like assistance in preparing it, please contact Fran Wills at We will notify you of the status of your proposal by February 20, 2013.

New Faculty at the School of Education
We are excited to welcome Soonhyang Kim, PhD (Pleasantville);  Tom Liam Lynch, EdD (New York City);  Shobana Musti-Rao, PhD (Pleasantville); Raquel Plotka, PhD (New York City); and Emily Polidore, PhD (New York City) to the Pace University School of Education.

School of Education Faculty, Graduate Students Make Major Contributions to Regional Research Meeting
Pace University School of Education had an impressive showing at the recent meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA), which convened from October 17-19 in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. Esteemed School of Education faculty and Pace graduate students presented several papers and played various roles at this major regional education research conference, centered on “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Educational Research.”
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Strategies for the New Literacies Shared in Ireland
School of Education professors Kelley A. Lassman, PhD, and Pete McDermott, PhD, traveled to Dublin in late September to present at the 39th annual conference of the Reading Association of Ireland. 
In their presentation, “Using the New Literacies in Content Area Learning,” they presented strategies to support the particular learning needs of students with special needs and disabilities, while incorporating new literacies in content area classes. Drs. Lassman and McDermott are currently collaborating on a monograph on the subject.
While attending the conference, they had an opportunity to meet the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, pictured. Among President Higgins’ agenda priorities are policies to create an inclusive society in Ireland, ideas which echo the educational approach presented by Drs. Lassman and McDermott.

Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Conference Plans
Early this November, Francine Falk-Ross, PhD, Professor and Childhood Literacy Program Coordinator, and two graduate candidates from the School of Education were scheduled to present at the annual conference of the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) in Portland, Oregon.  However, storm damage from Hurricane Sandy and the nor’easter that followed a few short days later prevented the students’ flights from leaving New York. Dr. Falk-Ross was able to fly and presented the collaborative papers on behalf of our students at the practitioner-focused meeting.
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Teaching as an Art of Performance and Changing Lives
For BA/MSEd Candidate Jessica Calamera, teaching is performance, artfully captivating an audience while imparting valuable knowledge.  And for Calamera, a singer-songwriter, performance is second nature.

Calamera, pictured, is a candidate in the combined BA/MSEd program in math and adolescent education, set to completing the master’s degree program in special education in May.  She is also a musician who sings, and plays piano, guitar and drums.  She is also a musician who sings, and plays piano, guitar and drums.
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Destination: Guatemala
Pace School of Education students are bound for Central America for a unique teaching opportunity this winter. From February 16-24, faculty members Ainsley Adams and Sister St. John Delany, PhD, will join six undergraduate and graduate students as they travel to Guatemala, where they will engage students in two Mayan schools in math and science activities. During the trip, students will also present at a literary conference on the connections between literacy and math, and literacy and science.
The students will further be immersed in social and global studies, and experience the realities of endemic poverty in the developing world.  These are insights and experience that will undoubtedly have an impact on their future teaching.  “My hope is this trip will inspire students to recognize and combat social injustice in not only their home communities, but the world at large,” says Professor Adams.  “This is the first of what we hope to be many future trips to open the world to our students.”
If you would like more information, please contact Prof. Adams at (914) 773-3885 or Dr. St. John at (914) 422-4135.

Teacher Candidates Make History Come Alive Through Interactive Museum

Undergraduate candidates in Professor Ainsley Adams' TCH 440 course presented the "Interactive Museum of Latin Notables" on December 4, 2012 in Pleasantville. Visitors met a wide array of Latin historical figures, from Pancho Villa and "Che" Guevara to Frida Kahlo and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Candidates learned to improve and use these types of presentation skills to make an impact in the classroom. Please visit our Facebook album to see photos from our visit to the museum.


New Members Inducted into Future Educators of America

Eighteen new students joined the Future Educators of America (FEA) in a short induction ceremony attended by students, faculty, staff and administration on December 5, 2012. With apples in hand, students recited a creed in which they promised to uphold the highest standards of the teaching profession. Throughout the year, the FEA provides programming on topics such as new classroom technologies and a principals' panel that serve to help further prepare members for their careers in education. Visit our Facebook album for photos.

School of Education Addresses the New Literacies in New Online Course and Advanced Study Programs
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. With a new online course this spring, the School of Education will future help educators meet these rigorous challenges in integrating new literacies throughout the curriculum.

ED 500: New Literacies for Instruction and Assessment Across the Curriculum that Meet the Common Core Learning Standards will help candidates and educators incorporate new digital technologies meaningfully into reading and writing instruction. This 3-credit course will be offered online for students based at either our New York City or Pleasantville campuses in spring 2013.

Fluency in the new literacies will help make educators more effective and help 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 Literacy Programs for Certification at Pace University’s School of Education, including the MSEd Literacy Specialist degree for teachers with an initial certification, and Advanced Literacy Specialist Certificate for 15-21 credits and a 9-credit Advanced Certificate in Integrated Instruction for Literacy & Technology. For more information about these opportunities, click here or contact Dr. Fran Falk-Ross at

Keep in touch, Alumni! Have you gotten a new job, initiated an exciting new program with your students, or assumed a leadership role in your school? Are you starting a new educational venture? Are you traveling, have an engagement/marriage/commitment to share, or a new arrival in the family? We'd love to hear about it! Please contact Sofia Dupi, Communications Coordinator, via e-mail or (914) 773-3943.

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