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"News12" featured Pace School of Education's Dr. Shobana Musti in "Kids learn how to code and build robots at Pace University"

09/09/2019

"News12" featured Pace School of Education's Dr. Shobana Musti in "Kids learn how to code and build robots at Pace University"

Pace School of Education hosted a Team Robocracy Workshop. Dr. Shobana Musti spoke about the importance of incorporating STEM into hands-on experiences with grades K-12. The kids showed off their hard work and were the stars of the show. Kids learn how to code and build robots at Pace University.

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"River Journal" featured School of Education's Professor Christine Clayton in "Sleepy Hollow High School Teacher Presents and Implements New Science Curriculum"

06/10/2019

"River Journal" featured School of Education's Professor Christine Clayton in "Sleepy Hollow High School Teacher Presents and Implements New Science Curriculum"

Sleepy Hollow High School science teacher, Leana Peltier, along with Pace University professor, Christine Clayton, Ph.D, presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization. Their presentation, A Teacher-Led Professional Learning Community: Elementary and Secondary Teachers Inquiring Together about Science Teaching, explores the perceptions of K-12 teachers who participated in a teacher-led, vertically aligned professional learning community focused on integrating inquiry and Next Generation Science Standards.

Peltier and Clayton’s study also examines how the experience shaped self-reported practice and identities of these teachers in thinking about themselves as science teachers and inquirers. Their work considers implications for not only science teachers but for a school district when a vertically-aligned and discipline-based PLC is utilized for professional learning.

With generous grants and funding from The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and Pace University, Ms. Peltier has been able to implement her work in the Tarrytowns School District for the last two years. In addition to presenting at NEERO, Ms. Peltier shared her paper, Bridging K-12 Science in a School District: An Exploratory Study Using a Vertically Aligned Professional Learning Community at the 2019 Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) Conference in Savannah, Georgia.

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"New York Nonprofit Media" featured Pace University School of Education in "Here's the latest of what's going on in youth development"

07/30/2018

"New York Nonprofit Media" featured Pace University School of Education in "Here's the latest of what's going on in youth development"

It all went down at the PASE at PACE 2018 Conference.

The 2018 PASE at PACE Conference held Tuesday, July 24, at the university’s Lower Manhattan campus, brought together about 380 new and experienced individuals from after-school nonprofits and advocacy groups to discuss recent trends and rededicate themselves to their field.

“Individuals are able to connect with their peers, understand (the) shared values of youth development, and given the space to express their challenges and optimism around the work that we do,” said Alison Overseth, executive director of the Partnership for After School Education which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

The conference, which is co-sponsored by Pace University's School of Education, has run for over two decades but was not held last year due to construction at the school.

“This year felt as if the after school and nonprofit community was recommitting to the importance and urgency, of the work we do every day - connecting caring adults and communities to young people to positively impact lives,” said Overseth.

The morning keynote speaker was Christopher Emdin, associate professor of science education in the Department of Math, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Emdin energized and inspired the crowd, gave them high praise for the difficult work they do and challenged them to consider: “How do you inspire young people, if you yourself are uninspired?”

Other workshops at the day-long event covered topics such as best practices for developing leadership skills in youth development professionals, how to maintain equity and inclusion in after school programs and discussed curriculum such as NBA Math Hoops.

“The variety of topics are intended to remain responsive to the needs of the after school community,” said Overseth.

A workshop titled Circles of Hope: A Community Learning Circle on Restorative Practices and Discipline, explored introducing the practice in a school setting. Restorative justice is an alternative to other more punitive modes of disciplinethat can sometimes lead youth to involvement with the criminal justice system in what is known as the school-to-prison pipeline.

Participants at the workshop were immediately asked to dive right in and actively participate in a restorative justice circle.

“We’re going to all bring our wisdom to the space, extract what we can from one another, share, build, dialogue to the best of our ability, and we’re going to use the modality to form a community among ourselves,” said Marinieves Alba, director of arts programs with the Children’s Aid Society, who led the 90-minute experimental workshop. The purpose of the physical circle was to establish equity and openness between participants.

“The real objective for us today is to experience this,” Alba said.

The discussion focused in on the distinction between discipline and punishment. According to Alba, discipline is rooted in wanting to teach and instruct, while punishment involves causing shame or pain. Punishment is avoided within the restorative justice framework. Attendees voiced concerns that in-school issues should be handled within a school setting and withholding access to after school programs should not be used as a punishment for students.

The workshop attendees left with an understanding that restorative practices were valuable, though they could be time-consuming in nature and require a lot of cooperation.

Alba concluded the workshop with advice that seemed to apply to everything the attendees learned during the full day of events: To move the cause forward, it’s up to the attendees to use these practices in their lives, she said.

“It’s going to be dynamic work that relies on our ability to adapt, listen, and connect, even in our most difficult moments,” she added.

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"World Journal" Chinese daily newspaper covered Seidenberg’s annual Stem Camp

07/17/2018

"World Journal" Chinese daily newspaper covered Seidenberg’s annual Stem Camp

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"Hawaii News Now" featured Pace University in "Pace University’s School of Education and College of Health Professions Launch New Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs this Fall"

05/30/2018

"Hawaii News Now" featured Pace University in "Pace University’s School of Education and College of Health Professions Launch New Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs this Fall"

 Pace University is launching a Bachelor of Science program in Early Childhood Education in lower Manhattan and in Westchester as well as a new Master of Science program in Nutrition and Dietetics at its campus in Pleasantville.

The Early Childhood Education program prepares students to support the learning and development of all young children and includes a cultural competence component to prepare students to better serve children who come from diverse backgrounds. The program works with family and community partnerships but also focuses on using developmentally effective approaches to build a meaningful curriculum for young children.

The Early Childhood Education program leads to a bachelor’s degree and the New York State initial teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education (birth - grade 2). The program is full-time, and students advance through the program as a cohort, with required education courses offered in specific semesters which helps support graduation in four years.

“This new undergraduate program underscores the importance of Early Childhood Education,” said Xiao-lei Wang, PhD, Acting Dean of Pace’s School of Education. "High-quality early childhood education is a powerful means to promote continued success in school and in life, and the School of Education is pleased to add it to our academic programs.”

“Our aim is to prepare teachers who will support the development of the whole child, by promoting learning, growth, and social connections,” said School of Education Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator Raquel Plotka, Ph.D.

For students with a taste for food science and health, Pace University’s College of Health Professions (CHP) is launching a new coordinated Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program. The program will offer concentrations in culinary nutrition and food policy while also fully preparing students to practice nutrition in a clinical setting.

The two-year, full-time coordinated program is the only one in the area where students are matched with and complete their internship of 1,200 required dietetic hours while attending classes. This model allows students to immediately apply their skills and knowledge in real life environments, including local food and hunger organizations, restaurants, hospitals, markets and farms.

Students in the program will be trained to serve as responsible practitioners, leaders, and innovators who will make positive impacts on nutrition outcomes. Students will share CHP’s Inter-professional Center for Healthcare Simulation with other health professions disciplines. Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian exam.

Dr. Christen Cupples Cooper, EdD, RDN, a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) food and nutrition researcher is the Assistant Professor who founded the program. Dr. Cooper says: “Our aim is to educate a group of students who go into the workforce with the skills to help people to make healthful food choices, cook affordably and deliciously and lead happy, productive lives. We emphasize hands-on learning, enjoyment of food and promoting lifelong good health.”

“We are delighted to add Nutrition and Dietetics to our growing academic programs in the College of Health Professions,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of Pace’s College of Health Professions. “This program offers great opportunities for inter-professional collaboration across our College.”

Both programs are accepting applications for Fall 2018. To learn more about the programs or to apply for fall, visit Early Childhood Education or Nutrition and Dietetics. 

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"Dover Post" featured School of Education Alumnus Jessica Lynn in "Jessica Lynn to perform national anthem for ‘AAA 400 Drive for Autism’"

04/19/2018

"Dover Post" featured School of Education Alumnus Jessica Lynn in "Jessica Lynn to perform national anthem for ‘AAA 400 Drive for Autism’"

Jessica Lynn, a singer/songwriter from New York, will sing the national anthem prior to the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at 2 p.m. May 6 at Dover International Speedway, 1131 N. Dupont Highway.

Lynn recently had her latest single, “Crazy Idea,” reach the top 50 on U.S. country radio charts, and rise to the No. 4 most streamed release on the Play MPE Chart.

Lynn, a Pace University graduate with a master’s degree in special education, has shared the stage with country music singers such as Clint Black, Montgomery Gentry, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban; toured with Jo Dee Messina; and opened for Loretta Lynn.

In 2017, Lynn toured Europe in support of her latest album “Look At Me That Way,” which included opening for ZZ Top.

The “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” is the 11th race of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. The May 4-6 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway also includes the “JEGS 200″ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on May 4 and the “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race on May 5.

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