School of Education Newsletter, Spring 2014

Undergraduate Program Coming to NYC Campus in Fall 2014
New TESOL Program to Prepare Educators to Meet Important Student Needs
SOE Special Events! Temple Grandin Lecture in April & STEM-D Conference in May
Center for Literacy Enrichment Summer Program Accepting Registrations
Summer with Us: School of Education Courses for Teachers in Summer 2014


Message from the Dean

After this winter, we are all looking forward to this spring! It is a time of renewal and new beginnings. For some students, the winding down from a long semester , and for others, a moment before commencement and heading out into the field to change the lives of children, families and their communities. Here too in the School of Education, we are launching new programs to enrich and deepen educational experiences for everyone from undergraduate students and practicing classroom teachers, to children learning to navigate English as their second language.

In this edition of our newsletter, we share news about faculty research and presentations, sharing proven best practices and research with colleagues across the country to improve teacher preparation, and education in our nation’s classrooms. It all starts with a question, an idea taking root and given life in a community where teachers don’t shy away from assuming the role of learners. The cycle of intellectual curiosity and a desire to improve the lives of others knows no seasonal limit. 

In the context of a rapidly changing environment, many faculty and staff have collaborated to design and implement strategies to ensure that our candidates are successful in meeting rigorous new standards and licensing requirements. The pace has been rapid, but candidates have expressed their appreciation for these efforts in many ways. At this point, as daylight lengthens and (we hope) signs of spring begin to emerge, we can look toward the end of the semester, a chance to take a deep breath, and celebrate our successes as our smiling graduates walk across the stage to the well-earned applause of their families, and the faculty and staff who have supported them throughout!

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


Joan Kass Honored with Inaugural Teaching Excellence Award

Joan Kass, a long-time adjunct faculty member in the School of Education's adolescent education program, has been awarded with the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty for Pace University’s Westchester campus.

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Undergraduate Program Coming to NYC in Fall 2014

The School of Education is pleased to announce the return of its undergraduate programs to the New York City campus! Students will be able to develop the knowledge and skills to be exceptional educators, with opportunities for observation and fieldwork in the diverse educational communities of New York City—home to the largest urban public school system in the country.

School of Education candidates studying in New York City will major in either Childhood Education (grades 1-6)  or Adolescent Education (grades 7-12), with a concentration from Dyson College of Arts & Sciences in one of the following subjects:

  • Art (Childhood only, grades 1-6)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Spanish (Adolescent only, grades 7-12)
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders: Teaching Students with Speech & Language Disabilities (Offered through Dyson College of Arts & Sciences)

“New York City classrooms offer candidates rich opportunities to truly experience teaching, and student and community engagement a variety of environments for education and in neighborhoods that offer unrivalled cultural and social diversity," said Dean Spencer. "Becoming an educator at Pace’s New York City campus will enrich any candidate’s portfolio of professional experience.”

For more information about the undergraduate program on the New York City campus, please contact Nancy Campoverde at (212) 346-1512.


SOE Initiatives Address Dire Needs in STEM Education

The urgent needs in STEM education –science, technology, engineering and math—are constantly in the news and it is up to regional schools and teachers to promote these fields and support student achievement. The School of Education offers a number of new and ongoing professional development opportunities and courses to help classroom teachers, as well as programs to excite students about studying STEM subjects.

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New TESOL Program to Prepare Educators to Meet Important Student Needs

The School of Education is pleased to announce a new program of study: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  As the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the U.S. has been steadily increasing and continues to grow in this country, so too rises the demand for qualified teachers who can help these students excel academically. Pace University’s TESOL Programs will prepare students to meet certification requirements and will provide students with the knowledge and skills in linguistic and multi-cultural communication necessary for English language learners to learn and achieve.

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Preparing Teachers to Foster Achievement, Love of Learning Among Adolescent Students of All Abilities

The School of Education welcomed the first cohort of students into our new Inclusive Adolescent Education program in January 2014. This program, the newest of its kind in our region, prepares career changers and non-education degree holders to become secondary school educators to all students, including those with disabilities and those who are culturally or linguistically diverse. Candidates completing the Inclusive Adolescent Education program will be dually certified in their subject-specific content area and special education.

The diversity of today's secondary classrooms require educators with a variety of skills to meet the needs of all learners.  The demands for adolescent educators with dual certification in both a general education content area and special education is increasing. Applications are now being accepted for our second cohort of this exciting program, which will begin in Fall 2014. To learn more about our Inclusive Adolescent Education MST degree program, please, contact Dr. MaryRose McCarthy at (914) 773-3859 or by email or Dr. Roberta Wiener at (914) 773-3804 or by email.


Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative Research To Be Featured at Major Educational Research Conference

The program experience and research findings of the School of Education’s Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative will be featured in a symposium entitled, “Tilting towards Inquiry:  Implications for Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development” at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual meeting in April chaired by its Director, Christine Clayton, EdD.

Selected from more than 12,000 research proposals to be highlighted at this conference, the Pace Inquiry Learning Collaborative symposium will feature presentations from SOE faculty on the development of the program, its design, success, challenges and sustainability, as well as presentations from six Westchester and New York City teachers who have participated in the Collaborative to promote inquiry learning among students.

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SOE Launches Programs for Students with Learning Differences & Disabilities

More than half of students with learning disabilities want to attend college and obtain gainful, competitive employment, but are challenged by time and project management, group work, and information recall. These “invisible” disabilities can derail a student’s success in post-secondary education, leading to poor grades, failure and dropping out of college.

Almost all of the fastest-growing jobs in our new knowledge-based economy will require some level of post-secondary education. While many colleges offer tutoring and other kinds of specific academic assistance, few provide the kind of holistic academic and organizational support that will help students with learning differences and disabilities achieve at the expected level in a post-secondary environment. The School of Education is launching two new programs to help these students excel in post-secondary school and work.

Located on the Westchester campus, the College to Career (C2C) Program is designed to address the needs of University students with learning disabilities, including executive function disorders, dyslexia, auditory and visual processing disorders, Asperger Syndrome, and other students with disabilities who meet requirements for admission to Pace University, but will benefit from additional academic, social, and career support experiences in order to succeed. Each student receives an individually designed program to address their particular functional needs. The unique design and multifaceted supports of Pace’s C2C Program will prepare students to be ready for work in the contemporary economy.  For more information about C2C, please contact Mary Cohen, PhD, at (212) 346-1891.

The Headways Program is an intensive two-week summer program for high school juniors and seniors to explore learning strategies and technology tools to help students succeed by understanding the ways they learn. Headways helps students (especially those with learning challenges) explore and understand their individual learning styles and profiles, identify a personalized set of technology tools and digital strategies for academic success and help students improve:

  • Organization, Managing Time, Multiple Projects and Deadlines
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving, Creativity and Critical Thinking
  • Attention, Memory and Recall
  • Academic Language, Writing, Research and Presentation Skills

Headways runs from August 5-15 at the Pace University Graduate Center at One Martine Avenue in White Plains. The program costs for $1,500, with either payment in full or a $100 deposit due by July 1. For more information, please click here or contact Karen Ferro at (914) 773-3872.


LPP Wants Tutor

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) is seeking tutors for students who attend one of LPP’s four partner high schools - Pace High School, High School for Leadership and Public Service, High School for Economics and Finance, High School for Health Professions and Human Services.Tutors in all major subject areas are needed, but there is a special need for math and science tutors. You will be asked to contribute 2-3 hours per week to assist students in developing their knowledge and confidence.

If you are interested, please contact Ms. Shelly-Ann Richmond.


SOE Professors Engage in Generation Citizen Panel Discussions on Education

School of Education professors have been tapped to participate in education-related panel discussions on the New York City campus delving into important education issues, sponsored and moderated by GenerationmCitizen at Pace.

On February 26, Professor Peter McDermott, PhD, of the literacy specialist program, spoke on a Generation Citizen at Pace-moderated panel on the New York City campus. He joined a panel with Pace professors from political science and management to discuss the current state of American education in a discussion “Should K-12 Education Be Privatized?” The entire panel discussion can be viewed on YouTube.

In Fall 2013, Professor Art Maloney, EdD, represented the SOE for the panel discussion “Is the American Education System Broken?”  Dr. Maloney, who is active in our Educational Leadership program, spoke on the panel with professors from the fields of political science, economics and sociology on November 14, 2013 on the New York City campus. You can view a video of the discussion on YouTube.

Generation Citizen at Pace is centered on bridging the gap between pace students and New York City public schools. Generation Citizen is a Boston-based organization committed to strengthening political involvement among young people by encouraging young people to identify and prblems and solutions in their own community through civic participation. High school students interact with trained college student volunteers and secondary school teachers.


SOE Welcomes Visitors from Seoul Tech

In early February, the School of Education welcomed visitors from Seoul National University of Science & Technology (Seoul Tech). The group met with Soonhyang Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor & Director of the TESOL and Bilingual Education Program; Dean Spencer; and Brian Evans, EdD, New York City Department Chair to discuss opportunities for international collaboration and partnership, including hosting each institutions’ students as interns, and involvement in our new TESOL program. The group also met with representatives from Pace University’s English Language Institute and Career Services.


Summer with Us: School of Education Courses for Teachers in Summer 2014

Learn more about our Summer Course Offerings!

Get Ahead with Middle School Certification
This June & July!

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 to earn credits fast!!

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More Courses for Classroom Teachers

Join the School of Education at Pace University this summer for courses to enhance your classroom practice and confidence in implementing the Common Core standards in your classes. Earn credits fast with convenient evening and online courses to suit your summer schedule! More Courses to be announced!



Center for Literacy Enrichment Summer Program Accepting Registrations

Do you have a child or student who could use some literacy support, while having fun this summer? The Center for Literacy Enrichment’s Summer Program is now accepting registrations! Full- and half-day programs are available for children ages 5-16. For more information, contact the Center at (914)-422-4135.



SOE Special Events! Temple Grandin Lecture in April & STEM-D Conference in May

Please join us for exciting special events this Spring!

Training the Talent of Artists With Autism

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
7:30 p.m. Lecture (VIP reception will precede lecture)
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
3 Spruce Street, New York, New York

The Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) Program and Strokes of Genius present an inspiring lecture on how to train the talent in artistic individuals with autism. The highlight of the evening will be a keynote address by guest lecturer Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. Rosa C. Martinez, PhD, BCBA-D, president and founder of Strokes of Genius, will also discuss how to help autistic artists realize their talents. VIP events preceding the lecture include an art auction and reception with Dr. Grandin. Please reserve and purchase tickets through the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, or make a gift to the event if you cannot attend.



Rethinking STEM-D Education:

Innovative Practices from the Field One-Day Conference

Thursday, May 15
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pace Graduate Center
One Martine Avenue, White Plains, New York

This is an opportunity for teachers and researchers to learn and share best practices in STEM-D education with educators in New York City, Westchester and the surrounding counties in a one-day conference presented by The Pace University School of Education, The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network, The New York Technology Educators Network and Southern Westchester BOCES. Lively keynote addresses will be followed by workshops with regional educators sharing their strategies for engaging students in real-life applications of important STEM-D topics. Registration is $25. Click for more information or to register for this conference.


Faculty & Staff News


Christine Clayton, EdD, and Shobana Musti-Rao, PhD, were two of four researchers awarded literature review grants by the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE) in 2013. Both  Dr. Clayton and Dr. Musti-Rao’s research delves into the published research on critical evaluation and assessment issues facing the field of education today, for both pre-service and practicing classroom teachers. Dr. Musti-Rao, in collaboration with Dr. Lenwood Gibson of City College of New York, produced a two-part examination of using performance feedback for pre-service classroom teachers as part of evidence-based research in “Review of Performance Feedback as a Research-Based Approach in the Clinical Supervision of Pre-Service (Special Education) Teachers.” You may access Part One and Part Two of the publication from the NYACTE website. Dr. Clayton examined various publications on teacher evaluation, a hotly contest issue across our region and the country, in “Understanding Current Reforms to Evaluate Teachers: A Literature Review on  Teacher Evaluation Across the Career Span.” You may review Dr. Clayton’s original manuscript on the NYACTE website.

Lauren Birney, EdD, co-presented a paper “Experiential Project Based Learning for University Students in K-12 STEM Initiatives” at the meeting of IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference on March 8 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Shelly-Ann Richmond, Director of the Liberty Partnerships Program, presented at the National Dropout Prevention Program’s 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum from February 16-19 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Ms. Richmond presented “Why Are All The Black Boys Learning In The Basement? A Look At The Disproportionate Number Of African American Males Placed In Special Education.” She is pictured at left with motivational speaker Victor Woods.



In Summer 2013, School of Education faculty member Peter McDermott, PhD, was invited by the International Reading Association (IRA) to participate in its "Diagnostic Reading Project" in Sierra Leone. In January, Dr. McDermott returned to the Kabala region of Sierra Leone for phase two of the project. The project consists of a series of workshops in IRA's Diagnostic Teaching Method. This is a cascade model of literacy education in which one group of school leaders will mentor other teachers in their regions who will eventually teach others. During the workshops, the school leaders learned vocabulary and reading comprehension strategies, writing processes for students, establishing learning centers, mentoring and lesson demonstrations. In addition, the school leaders learned how to use assessment data to inform instruction with students. Dr. McDermott will visit this group of school leaders later in May to complete the final phase of the workshops. Dr. McDermott reports that although this country is challenged with severe poverty and lack of  basic education resources, he is inspired by the people’s dedication and commitment to improve literacy education for their children. He integrates his knowledge about global literacy education in Sierra Leone into his coursework here at Pace.

“Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice,” a scholarly monograph with a chapter co-authored by NYC Department Chair Brian Evans, EdD, was listed in The New York Times’ Top 75 Best-Selling Education Books of 2013. This was the first year that the Times compiled such a list, and it was edited by Deborah Hofmann.

Welcome to Phyllis Glassman, EdD, as our new Coordinator of Professional Development. She most recently served as Superintendent of the Ossining Union Free School District from 2007 through 2013, with the motto “children first.” Dr. Glassman will work to strengthen our affiliations and collaborations with area school districts towards professional development initiatives.

Congratulations to Sr. St. John, PhD, for receiving special recognition by the Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame in December 2013, for her long-standing work to improve literacy and foster a genuine love of reading among Westchester school children.

Brian Evans, EdD, traveled to Havana, Cuba, to present "Pre-Columbian American Mathematics: The Olmec, Maya, and Inca civilizations,” at the Compumat conference at the University of Information Science in late November 2013. “Interacting with faculty at the university in Cuba, along with faculty from abroad, was a valuable professional experience for me,” said Dr. Evans, in the photo at right. “I was also fortunate to see some of old Havana with its historic buildings and classic 1950s cars traveling the streets. “

Peter McDermott, PhD, recently presented his research paper, “Patterns of Technology Use in the Reading Lessons of an Urban Elementary School,” at the University of Pennsylvania’s Ethnography and Education Urban Research Forum. His paper describes how despite all the enthusiasm for classroom technology to transform classroom teaching, in most respects, the new technologies are just replace existing technologies with digital ones, and classroom structures remain the same.


Student News & Commencement Preview

Commencement Preview

Commencement 2014 is just around the corner. We are sharing reminders and basic information below. We'll post photos from Commencement and our awards celebrations on our 2014 Commencement page in May.

  • The Graduate Awards Ceremony for New York City candidates will be Tuesday, May 20 at 5 p.m. in the Aniello Bianco Room, with a reception to follow.
  • The Undergraduate Awards Ceremony for Pleasantville candidates will be Thursday, May 22 at 5 p.m. in Gottesman Room, with a reception to follow.
  • The Graduate Commencement Ceremony will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Note that there will be no student processional, students will be seated when the ceremony begins.
  • The Pleasantville Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, at the Goldstein Fitness Center.
  • Cap & Gown orders were due Sunday, March 16.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, you may email
  • For more information and news, please visit the official Commencement Web site



Fall 2013 Dean’s List

Congratulations to our Fall 2013 Dean’s List students. We are all so proud of your achievement!

Jasmine Amaro
Christabelle W. Antoine   
Deyanira H. Aponte
Ashley L. Balaban
Lisa Balbona
Angelica M. Barbosa
Christina F. Basso
Sherelle Blackman
Courtney Blecker
Holly M. Bruns
Antonia M. Bueti
Kaitlin F. Caputo
Kristen E. Carbonaro
Halle K. Champion
John J. Chapeton
Desirae D. Ciaffone
Giuseppina Corrado
Rebecca A. D'Agostino
Khadia A. Dalrymple
Kelly A. Daly
Justin A. Demasi
Kristen M. DeRosa
Rachel D. Dortch
Ashley N. Edwards
Madeline M. Fabozzi
Ashley A. Fernandez

Carla A. Ferreira
Erin L. Fligel
Andrew A. Fritsch
Joanna L. Galeano
Stephanie M. Georgioudakis
Lisa M. Gilbert
Ravyn U. Gilbert
Dana N. Granozio
Margo Hackett 
David T. Holder
Ashley Jimenez-Murphy
Jessica A. Joseph
Valentina Kalaj
Elaina B. Katz
Emilia K. Kaufman
Michelle E. Klimm
Caylie L. Lehrer
Jamie C. Leotta
Charles R. Link
Hana Ljubicic
Ashley R. Marti
Kesiah M. Mathew
Maria E. Minafra
Ashley L. Miranda
Victoria Mornhineway



Karissa R. Moyla
Lucero Oceguera
Megan O'Connor
RosAnn Piccolo
Kaylee E. Pina
Diane Pisera
Sarah Ramsundar
Arbab B. Razvi
Leeann M. Reynolds
Leslie B. Robertson
Kaitlyn P. Russo
Iman N. Sabbahi
Arami E. Sanabria
Angelina M. Scaringella
Lisamarie Serrone
Lindsey M. Soto
Michelle M. Stack
Jennifer N. Stone
Nancy A. Tavarez
Kathryn A. Trujillo
Catherine L. Villaquiran
Kristin N. Virgilio
Kimberly M. Walker
Nicholas Wang
Alexandra K. Woodford
Helen T. Yu Holguin


Alumni News

Congratulations to Eleanor Terry, MST ’08, and Yunseon Esther Kim, MST ’10, who were awarded the 2013 Sloan Awards for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics, presented by The Fund for the City of New York and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The awards celebrate extraordinary teaching in New York City public high schools. Both teach mathematics; Ms. Terry at the High School of Telecommunication Arts & Technology in Brooklyn, and Ms. Kim at Francis Lewis High School in Queens. Congratulations!

A number of SOE Alums teach at the New York Harbor School, which is involved in some of the oyster-restoration work featured in the documentary "ShellShocked.” The documentary aired in late February on public television station WLIW, Channel 21 in NY. For more information about the film, please visit

If you graduated in a year ending in a 4 or a 9, this is your Reunion this year! Go to for information about Reunion events in New York City and Westchester. We have something for everyone!

Visit the Alumni Events Calendar for even more exciting events!



SOE In The News

The School of Education is In the News: breaking down challenges to student privacy; engaging in science through dance; and speaking honestly about new certification exam requirements.


Calendar of Events

Meet distinguished and groundbreaking artists, attend a conference and more.

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