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Journal News: "Test teachers, but first train them"

05/06/2014

Journal News: "Test teachers, but first train them"

"The new teacher performance assessment in New York state — the edTPA — has been built by the profession for the profession," writes Christine D. Clayton, associate professor in Adolescent Education and department chair of the Pace University School of Education. "The tasks in the edTPA are ones broadly valued by teacher educators who have been involved in its development. Unfortunately, the current implementation of the edTPA in New York state is not serving the teaching profession as it should."

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/04/28/test-teachers...

 

 

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Telehealth pilot program taps Wartburg residents"

05/06/2014

Westchester County Business Journal: "Telehealth pilot program taps Wartburg residents"

Residents of an assisted living facility on the Wartburg campus for seniors in Mount Vernon are participating in a pilot program testing remote monitoring of patients over a telehealth electronic system.

Twenty residents at Meadowview Assisted Living are part of the pilot program run by Vital Care Services, a telehealth technology company, and Pace University. A Wartburg spokesman said student technicians from Pace will visit Wartburg every Monday to assist seniors in taking their vital signs, which are then monitored remotely by a registered nurse at Pace.

Vital Care and Pace University last year were first-year winners of a $100,000 PILOT Health Tech NYC grant, an initiative launched by New York City and the New York City Economic Development Corp. The pilot project aims to curb health care costs by reducing hospital admissions and emergency room visits, increase access and quality of care for the elderly and train future working professionals at the university level.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/62409/telehealth-pilot-program-taps-wartburg-residents/

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Pace University’s School of Education to Host One-Day Conference on Effective Practices for STEM-D Teaching & Learning

05/06/2014

Pace University’s School of Education to Host One-Day Conference on Effective Practices for STEM-D Teaching & Learning

White Plains, NY – May 1, 2014 -- Pace University’s School of Education, The Lower Hudson Teacher Center Network, The New York Technology Educators Network, Southern Westchester BOCES, and The Lower Hudson Regional Information Center will present a one-day conference, “Rethinking STEM-D Education: Innovative Practices from the Field” on Thursday, May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pace’s Graduate Center at One Martine Avenue in White Plains. This conference is geared toward practitioners and administrators who are interested in student success in STEM-D fields -- science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and design -- including pre-K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, afterschool and museum educators, and school and non-school program administrators.

The need for students to succeed in STEM fields – in school and at work – has been an ongoing national conversation. The key to success is engaging students early and encouraging their exploration of the STEM fields.

Participants will attend workshops to learn from teachers and researchers who have helped engage students, from elementary through high school, in effective STEM-D instruction. Workshops will delve into topics including robotics, Scratch programming, lunar rover design, roller coaster physics, MaKey MaKey, 3D printing, game design, digital design lab, MakerSpace, and nature and science for young children.

Two keynote addresses by renowned science education innovators will be the highlight of the event:

•           Stephen Jacobs, Associate Director of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s new MAGIC Center and its Technological Literacy Lab, will present “Games for Learning & Education: A Historical Look Back, A Survey of Today’s Landscape and Predictions for the Future That Will Be Proven Wrong Later.”

•           Vicki Cobb, innovator in hands-on-science and author of the classic book Science Experiments You Can Eat, will present “How To Teach Science: It’s Not the Answers That Count, It’s The Questions!”

The cost for the conference is $25, which includes morning refreshments, lunch and a raffle entry to win one of 10 Kindle Fire tablets. Attendees may register online through Pace University or, if paying by Purchase Order, through MyLearningPlan.

For more information, visit the Pace School of Education website at www.pace.edu/soe or contact Merrill Lee Fuchs at (914) 773-3884 or soeevents@pace.edu.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. to host panel discussion on “Sources of Funding: The Changing Landscape” on Wednesday, April 30

04/24/2014

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University will co-sponsor its 5th Annual Nonprofit Forum with Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.

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Pace University and Hitachi America, Ltd. to host panel discussion on “Sources of Funding: The Changing Landscape” on Wednesday, April 30

New York – April 24, 2014 --The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University will co-sponsor its 5th Annual Nonprofit Forum with Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501). The event will take place at Pace’s Graduate Center at 1 Martine Avenue in downtown White Plains and will run from 10:00 am until noon on Wednesday, April 30. The goal of the forum is to offer content-rich sessions that provide actionable steps to help nonprofit leaders better manage the changing outlook for nonprofit organizations today.

This year’s program is entitled: “Sources of Funding: The Changing Landscape.” The program will identify and describe the current and emerging funding options for mission-driven organizations and impact-oriented investments (i.e., nonprofits and social enterprises). Conducted in a panel discussion format, the program will feature representatives from innovative nonprofits, socially responsible businesses and foundations.

Check-in and a light breakfast will begin at 9:00 am; the panel discussion will begin promptly at 10:00 am. Speakers will include:

·         Rodney Christopher, Senior Fellow, F. B. Heron Foundation

·         Carol Kalé, Manager, CSR, Hitachi America, Ltd.

·         Emily Richard, Operations Manager, Susty Party

·         Ric Swierat, Executive Director, The Arc Westchester

·         Professor Betsy Bush, Pace University (Moderator)

The program is free, but advance registration is required due to limited seating. Participants can register online at: www.pace-hitachi.eventbrite.com

We are delighted to be hosting our annual forum with the Wilson Center again this year,” said Cindy Hecht, Hitachi America, Ltd.’s Assistant Manager of Community Relations. “Hitachi is committed to being an active and engaged corporate citizen, and we hope this annual event benefits the county’s nonprofit professionals and aspiring leaders.”

“Educational programs that encourage thoughtful exploration of emerging issues facing nonprofits and social enterprises are at the core of our mission at the Wilson Center,” said Rebecca Tekula, PhD, the Center’s Executive Director. “We are proud to once again work with Hitachi America, Ltd. on what promises to be an enlightening discussion for the nonprofit, corporate and student communities.”

About Hitachi America, Ltd.

Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com

About the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship is an institute of Pace University aiming to serve students, nonprofit organizations and social enterprises by encouraging more effective, efficient and innovative practices through research, colloquia and continuing education programs. The Center was launched with a $5 million gift from Helene and Grant Wilson, entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose involvement with nonprofits convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help these organizations increase their impact.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Cara Cea, Pace, 914-773-3312, ccea@pace.edu   

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The Journal News: Keeping the power on: Ossining investigates microgrid

04/21/2014

The Pace Academy's environmental policy clinic's work in planning Ossining's microgrid was featured in The Journal News.

Ossining officials are working to keep some of the village's lights on — or at least some electricity flowing — the next time the power goes out.

With help from Pace University, village leaders are investigating creating an independent community-based power distribution system known as a microgrid. Connected to the region's power system, it would supply electricity to parts of the village when the main grid goes down.

"We think it's a very good idea for us to begin to study this and for other communities to follow," Ossining Mayor Bill Hanauer said.

At least one microgrid is in place in New York City, and Connecticut last summer funded nine projects powering police stations, schools and other public places. Ossining could seek state grant money for its project.

Superstorm Sandy in 2012 knocked out electricity to the village's water treatment plant, threatening the water supply of 30,000 residents, Hanauer said. Only by babying a generator was Ossining able to keep the water flowing, he said. Hanauer said he wanted to harden the village to better weather such situations in the future.

The Hudson River village has been discussing independent power systems for several years as part of the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium. Recently it moved ahead with the help of Pace Law School's Energy and Climate Center and the university's Environmental Policy Clinic.

The village board earlier this month passed a resolution drafted by clinic students to begin studying how to create a microgrid, a first step in participating in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY Prize program. NY Prize is a $40 million competition to help build "community-scale power grids ... that can disconnect and operate as an independent power system to keep the lights on during an emergency," according to a state announcement.

"Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety," said Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which launched the clinic in January.

Consolidated Edison spokesman Bob McGee said the utility supports microgrids. He pointed to natural-gas-fired turbines at New York University, which kept delivering heat, hot water and electricity during Sandy, as one operating within Con Ed's region.

"We will continue to do what we can to assist microgrid development, working with the state and technical communities to make sure projects are completed in a technically adequate manner," he said in an email.

To view the original article:

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2014/04/18/ossining-studies-microgrid-power/7880797/

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The Hill's Campaign Blog: "To protect students, protect internships"

04/18/2014

Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman published an op-ed on The Hill's Campaign Blog on the value of internships, paid or unpaid, as part of a path to a successful career for college students.

Columbia University’s recent decision to stop offering academic credit for internships is the latest in a disturbing trend toward policies and actions that fundamentally threaten the internship, a vital career path for millions of students nationwide, writes Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman in an op-ed published on The Hill's Campaign Blog. While perhaps well intentioned, the decision by Columbia and other schools fails to address the problem it is intended to fix, and, if it becomes widespread, could dramatically limit the availability of an extremely valuable educational experience. 

Of course all students need access to educational experiences they can afford and that are respectful to them as students and employees. That is fundamental. But discussion of the “paid internship” question should start with two essential points: (1) ideally, all interns should be paid at least the minimum wage; but (2) a properly structured unpaid internship can be a valuable part of a student’s education. We should not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

 

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Sen. Paul’s April Fool’s Day award"

04/14/2014

The Hill's Congress Blog: "Sen. Paul’s April Fool’s Day award"

On April 1, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) held hearings regarding Caterpillar Inc.'s “supply chain restructuring” that enabled it to avoid paying about $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes between 2000 and 2012, writes Pace University professor Philip G. Cohen on The Hill's Congress Blog.  At the hearing were executives from Caterpillar Inc., representatives from its auditing firm and advisor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers ("PwC"), and tax law experts.

While many Republican senators on the Subcommittee distanced themselves from the Subcommittee Report finding considerable fault by Caterpillar, Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky) comments that Caterpillar deserved an award for its actions were egregious.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/203336-sen-pauls-april-fools-day-award

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Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

04/14/2014

Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

 

Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

Speakers are Emily Kernan Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq., Special Counsel, Cuddy & Feder LLP; and George Rupp, Former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee

Commencement Ceremonies to be held on May 13, 21, and 23

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014 – This year’s commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients at Pace University are driving forces in the arts, education, media, real estate, and U.S. federal bench.

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New York Undergraduate Commencement: Wednesday, May 21, 10:30 AM, The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Emily Kernan Rafferty, president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

As president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the United States, Rafferty oversees 1,500 employees and serves ex officio on its Board of Trustees. Rafferty joined the Metropolitan Museum of Art thirty-seven years ago and became its president in 2005.

Rafferty also serves as chairwoman of NYC & Company, the City’s tourism and marketing agency, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  In 2011, she began a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and was named chairman in December, 2012.  Also in 2012, Rafferty received the New York University Lewis Rudin Award for Exemplary Service to New York City. Born and raised in New York City, Rafferty earned her BA degree cum laude from Boston University. 

Michael Dezer, founder and owner of Dezer Properties, Inc., will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science

Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dezer came to the United States in 1962 to further his education. He completed a BBA in marketing at Pace University in 1968. Dezer has become an enormously successful real estate developer in New York and Southern Florida. He is founder, owner and developer at Dezer Properties, Inc., a commercial real estate firm.

Dezer is credited as a major contributor in the rebirth of Chelsea, as well as Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Since 1970, Dezer Properties has developed a New York portfolio that encompasses more than 1.3 million square feet of rental space and owns eleven hotels and over 25 oceanfront acres in the city of Sunny Isles Beach, FL. In 2003, Dezer joined forces with Donald Trump to create Trump Grande Ocean Resort and Residences, a development with a luxury condominium hotel, as well as two condominium residence towers.

Graduate Commencement: Wednesday, May 21, 4:00 PM, The Theater at Madison Square Garden

George Rupp, former president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, and former President of Columbia and Rice, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

As president of the International Rescue Committee from July 2002 through August 2013, Rupp led the agency’s life-saving work on behalf of people uprooted by war and conflict in countries around the world. Before joining the IRC, Rupp was president of Columbia University. During his nine-year tenure, he focused on enhancing undergraduate education, on strengthening the relationship of the campus to surrounding communities and New York City as a whole, and on increasing the university’s international orientation. He also completed both a financial restructuring of the university and a $2.84 billion fundraising campaign.

Prior to his time at Columbia, Rupp served as president of Rice University. Rupp serves on the boards of the Committee for Economic Development, the Institute for International Education, the Henry Luce Foundation, and the Josiah Macy Foundation.

Rupp earned an AB from Princeton University in 1964, a BD from Yale Divinity School in 1967, and a PhD from Harvard in 1972. He is the author of numerous articles and five books, including “Globalization Challenged: Conviction, Conflict, Community” (2006).

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Pace Law School Commencement: Tuesday, May 13, 4:00 PM., at Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, NY

Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws

Robert A. Katzmann became Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on September 1, 2013. At his appointment in 1999, he was Walsh Professor of Government, Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University; a Fellow of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and president of the Governance Institute. A lawyer and political scientist by training, Judge Katzmann received his AB (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, AM and PhD in government from Harvard University, and a JD from the Yale Law School, where he was an Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal. He is the author of several books. He currently chairs the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch.  He conceived of and advanced the creation of the Immigrant Justice Corps.

Judge Katzmann received the American Political Science Association’s Charles E. Merriam Award. He is also the recipient of: the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence of the Federal Bar Council; the Chesterfield Smith Award of the Pro Bono Institute; the Stanley H. Fuld Award of the New York State Bar Association; the Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Public Interest Scholarship Organization Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Green Bag's "Exemplary Legal Writing" honoree recognition. His lectures include: the James Madison Lecture of New York University School of Law; the Orison Marden Lecture of the NYC Bar Association; and the Robert L. Levine Distinguished Lecture of Fordham University School of Law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Westchester Undergraduate Commencement: Friday, May 23, 11:00 AM, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, NY, Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health and Fitness Center

Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq., special counsel, Cuddy & Feder LLP, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

A lawyer, TV commentator and New York Times bestselling author, Lawrence Otis Graham gained public attention with his 1995 book “Member of the Club,” based on his experiences as a lawyer-turned undercover waiter in an all-white Connecticut country club, and for his book, “Our Kind of People: Inside America’s Black Upper Class,” a social commentary written as a member of the black elite in the U.S.  

Graham has written 14 books and has served as a columnist for Gannett Westchester newspapers and as a contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report  and Reader’s Digest. He is special counsel at Cuddy & Feder, LLP where he practices real estate and land use law. He is also an on-air commentator for Cablevision’s News12.  Graham has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University and an adjunct professor at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he taught American Government.

Graham serves on the board of the Purchase College Foundation, the board of overseers at University of Pennsylvania and the board of Horace Mann School, where he chairs the Annual Fund and the Academic Affairs Committee.  He is on the board of the Westchester County Association, and American Theatre Wing, the founder of the Tony Awards.  Graham is chairman of the Westchester County Police Board. He earned his BA at Princeton University in 1983, his JD at Harvard University in 1988 and is a graduate of White Plains High School.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit https://www.pace.edu/

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Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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The Journal News: "Bill aims to delay test for new teachers"

04/11/2014

The Journal News quotes education chair Christine Clayton.

. . . Christine Clayton, chair of the education department at Pace University's Pleasantville campus, said a delay would help college programs better prepare students. But she hopes the state will consider other changes, such as making the exam part of college programs rather than a certification requirement.

"That would make a world of difference in how this assessment affects the student teaching experience," she said.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2014/04/10/teacher-certification-test-delay/7562891/

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Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

04/11/2014

Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

 

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- The village of Ossining Board of Trustees recently adopted an energy resiliency policy created by students in Pace University's Environmental Policy Clinic.

The policy lays the groundwork for creating a community microgrid and competing for some of the $40 million that will be available under the NYPrize program Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his 2014 State of the State Address.

“Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene awakened communities up and down the Atlantic Coast that they must be energy self-sufficient in order to protect key services that assure public safety,” said Michelle Land, director of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, which launched the clinic in January.

“A microgrid is a locally based energy supply and distribution system that uses cutting-edge technologies to produce reliable power even when the rest of the grid goes down.”

The four undergraduate Pace students who are on the Energy Resilience Team worked closely with Pace Law's Energy and Climate Center, its Land Use Law Center and the village’s Planning Department.

The resolution by the village board enacting the new policy is a first step toward the development of its Energy Resiliency Strategy 2014, which will use microgrids to serve the village and collaborating public and private entities in times of emergency.

“Communities along the tidal Hudson are vulnerable to a new generation of coastal storms and hurricanes that are more destructive due to the effects of climate change,” said Land. “In the case of Ossining, essential facilities are located on or near the water’s edge and in harm’s way during extreme storm events.”

In adopting the resiliency strategy, the village trustees recognized the importance of a constant flow of power for essential village services and the economic and environmental benefits of these new technologies as well. 

The adopted resolution can be found on theEnvironmental Policy Clinic’s blog.

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