Educating for Change: Where do we go from here?

Educating for Change: Where do we go from here?

There is no denying that this was quite an interesting academic year, to say the least. However, as educators, we harness the opportunities that come from change, and then learn from them. We invite you to join the School of Education faculty and community in a 3-part series to explore how educators can harness the energy and demands of the current crises to create opportunities for positive change in schools. Each session will focus on a timely and meaningful topic relevant to our shared mission: to promote justice, create caring classrooms, and enable all students to learn. Our panelists include accomplished teachers and school administrators as well as a distinguished member of the Board of Regents. 


Social Justice and Teaching: Talking about Race with Young People

July 15, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

How do we talk about race and racism with children and youth? This dialogue will address the current moment we find ourselves in, as educators, teaching amidst racial and civil unrest erupting from the murder of African Americans through police violence.

MODERATORS: Jennifer Pankowski and Elizabeth Smith, School of Education

PANELISTS: LaMar Timmons-Long, SOE Alumnus, Adjunct Professor and ELA and Special Education Teacher, NYCDOE, McEdwin Charles, SOE Alumnus, Adjunct Professor and ELA/Writing Teacher, Brooklyn Transition Center, Stephanie Watts, SOE Alumna and English Teacher, Port Chester High School

   Panelist's Suggested Resources


Teaching and Learning through the Pandemic: What are we learning?

July 22, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

What did we learn about our pedagogy from teaching through this pandemic? What does it mean to address the health and wellness of our students? How will we teach differently, as a result? This dialogue will facilitate a reflective discussion about our experiences teaching through the pandemic and the unique things we discovered about teaching our students.

MODERATORS: Christine Clayton and Elizabeth Smith, School of Education

PANELISTS: Ashley Linda, SOE Alumna and ELA teacher, Haldane High SchoolAnna MantagasNYC DOE Teacher, Pace Adjunct Professor, Puja Shah Teacher, The World School, Pace Adjunct Professor 

 Panelist's Suggested Resources


Re-Imagining Teaching in a New Era

July 29, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Will the pandemic fundamentally reshape what school is? How will we imagine new futures as we contemplate teaching in the fall? How can we address global issues such as the pandemic and racial inequality to become a voice for change? This discussion will help participants exchange ideas about how teaching, and even school itself, might be reshaped in this moment.

MODERATORS: Leslie Soodak and Jennifer Argenta, School of Education

PANELISTS: Dr. Frances G. Wills, Member, 9th Judicial District, Regents Office, Dr. Raymond Sanchez, Ossining Union Free School District Superintendent, Mike Sowiski, Assistant Principal, Pace High School
 Panelist's Suggested Resources


  • McEdwin Charles: A Cohort 27 NYC Teaching Fellow, Charles McEdwin has been working as a teacher at the Brooklyn Transition Center for four years and just recently was granted tenure. He is honored to teach and learn from the most amazing and talented group of students with disabilities. He also has the privilege of being the Lead Instructor for eager and excited future teachers who are in the NYC Teaching Collaborative.
  • Ashley Linda: Ashley started off in Marketing at NBC Universal before attending Pace University for graduate school where she was a grad assistant for Dr. Christine Clayton and worked in a TLQP grant focused on teacher and student inquiry. After graduating from Pace in 2012, she taught at Ossining, Ardsley, and White Plains, and has just ended her sixth year teaching ELA at Haldane High School. 
  • Anna Mantagas: Anna Mantagas (Charalambous) is an NYC DOE teacher and Pace adjunct professor licensed in ENL, Theatre Arts, and Special Education 7-12. She is an ENL/Theatre Arts teacher at the Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts. Mantagas graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012 with a History/Theatre Arts Dual Major and English Minor and subsequently from Pace’s TESOL graduate program in 2016. She lives in Astoria, New York with her husband and daughter. 
  • Raymond Sanchez: Dr. Raymond Sanchez serves as the Superintendent for the Ossining Union Free School District.  As an administrator in the Ossining School District, he demonstrates a commitment to serve all the students of the District on a daily basis. Along with the Board of Education, faculty, staff, and Ossining community at large, Dr. Sanchez focuses upon “raising the bar” and enhancing success for all students. Dr. Sanchez served as the President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Personnel Administrators, former President of the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES Curriculum Council, and was a past liaison for New York State Association of Bilingual Educators.  Dr. Sanchez has presented at various State and National Conferences.  He is on the advisory board of the Future School Leadership Academy (FSLA) and Teatown Nature Preservation.  He also has shared his expertise as an adjunct professor at Mercy College, Manhattanville College, and Bank Street College of Education and serves on the Westchester Medical Food for Life council.  He currently serves on the Jacob Burns Board of Directors and is the President of the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents. Dr. Raymond Sanchez is also a past recipient of the Raymond Delaney Award from the New York State Association of School Superintendents, the Ambassador Award from the Ossining Democratic Society, the 2016 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award from the University Council for Education Administration, the 2016 Government Service Award from the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, Inc., the 2017 Champions for Children award from the Child Care Council of Westchester, and the 2017 Partnership Award from Pace University. 
  • Puja Shah: Puja Shah is currently an Associate Teacher and Lead Teacher at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan working with first graders.  She formerly held the position of literacy specialist in the Bronx. Having completed a Masters in TESOL from Pace University in 2019, Puja has presented a Participatory Research Project at AERA (2018) and the International Students’ Conference.  Puja is an adjunct instructor for the Pace School of Education. 
  • Mike Sowiski: Michael is an assistant principal at PACE High School, a NYC DOE high school. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Michael is passionate about quality public education for all students. He received both his Masters of Teaching and Advanced Certificate in Teaching Students with Severe Disabilities from Pace University School of Education. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Teacher Education Advisory Council, and is a School of Education adjunct instructor. 
  • LaMar Timmons-Long: LaMar Timmons-Long is a teacher of English and Special Education within NYCDOE; He has been teaching for the last 8 years with a focus on Social Justice and racial linguistics within the English classroom. He is a proud alumnus of Pace University's School of Education and for the last 3 years, he has been working as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University teaching classes around supporting student behavior, cross-disciplinary instruction, and literacy classes. LaMar believes that every student deserves a quality education and that teachers must work hard to provide students with an equitable seat at the table.  
  • Stephanie Watts: Stephanie Watts has been a public high school teacher for nearly 10 years. She taught English Language Arts to English Language Learner students in the Bronx for four years and now teaches integrated language classes at Port Chester High School in Westchester, NY. She has also taught in the Dominican Republic and hopes to expand her international teaching experiences. She attended Pace University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 2010 and a Master of Education in Literacy in 2011. Most recently, she graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in 2018.
  • Frances G. WillsDr. Frances Wills served for six years as Superintendent of Schools in Putnam Valley, New York, after spending three years as a consultant and Coordinator of Professional Development for Pace University's School of Education.   She retired in June 2010 as Superintendent of Schools in Briarcliff Manor, New York where she served for 16 years.  The Briarcliff Manor community recognized her contributions by naming the auditorium in her honor. Frances was formerly Superintendent in Belfast, Maine for five years and prior to that served for 20 years as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, middle school principal, assistant high school principal, guidance counselor, and middle and high school English teacher in Maine and Massachusetts.