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The Journal News featured School of Education Professor Christine Clayton in "After COVID-19, what will happen to the Regents exams?"

03/22/2021

The Journal News featured School of Education Professor Christine Clayton in "After COVID-19, what will happen to the Regents exams?"

New York will soon graduate its second class of high school seniors exempt from passing Regents exams, a shake-up that has many asking if the Empire State's trademark exams should return post-pandemic. The immediate future of the Regents exams is not something the Board of Regents — which sets state education policy, as well as lending the tests their name — has formally discussed, said Regent Fran Wills, who represents the Lower Hudson Valley.  Another reason is that the Regents have a longstanding reputation as a “gold standard” among high school exit exams, said Christine Clayton, associate professor of education at Pace University. New York has built a whole infrastructure around them, and there’s almost a sense of nostalgia about them among policymakers who earned Regents diplomas themselves.

“There is a loyalty to that system,” Clayton said. “There's also a pride … a feeling that this is a way that we can assert ourselves as a state and say, ‘We know at the end of these 12 years, this is what our students can do’.” But the philosophy of determining students’ futures based on their performance on a single test is “very 20th century,” Clayton said, and doesn’t necessarily reflect the attitudes of 2021.

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Patch featured Pace University in "Ossining Explore & Learn Returns in October with Outdoor Classes"

09/25/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Ossining Explore & Learn Returns in October with Outdoor Classes"

The Ossining School District's popular Saturday Explore & Learn Program returns next month, with outdoor activities like futsal, hikes, tennis and art at school buildings and local recreation areas, and lessons at Mike Risko Music. Ossining schools are collaborating with multiple organizations for Saturday Explore & Learn, including the Ossining Public Library, Teatown Lake Reservation, Mike Risko Music, Neighbors Link, United Martial Arts Centers, Pace University, the Ossining Historical Society Museum, NY Ecuador F.C. and the Crossover Yoga Project.

Ossining schools are collaborating with multiple organizations for Saturday Explore & Learn, including the Ossining Public Library, Teatown Lake Reservation, Mike Risko Music, Neighbors Link, United Martial Arts Centers, Pace University, the Ossining Historical Society Museum, NY Ecuador F.C. and the Crossover Yoga Project. The district is grateful to the Ossining Matters foundation for sponsoring the program.

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The Journal News – Lohud.com featured School of Education assistant professor Elizabeth Smith in "To move ahead in the COVID era, elementary schools have to go back in time"

09/16/2020

The Journal News – Lohud.com featured School of Education assistant professor Elizabeth Smith in "To move ahead in the COVID era, elementary schools have to go back in time"

Classroom set-ups that encourage students to work and play together help students build interpersonal skills, said Elizabeth Smith, assistant professor in the School of Education at Pace University and former principal of George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet. “Teaching right now, for early childhood, is all about being collaborative in the classroom, about children working in groups, because these are skills we know they need later for their school and careers,” Smith said. “Very often the teacher is purposeful in how the students are sorted, so that kids can benefit from having that interaction with each other. Being socially distanced is a challenge for that.”

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The Star Ledger featured assistant professor of special education Jennifer Pankowski in "How to prepare a remote learning space for kids at home, beyond the screen"

09/04/2020

The Star Ledger featured assistant professor of special education Jennifer Pankowski in "How to prepare a remote learning space for kids at home, beyond the screen"

“Everyone’s situation is different,” says Jennifer Pankowski, assistant professor of special education at Pace University in New York.

One of the best pieces of advice she’s seen is that home classrooms don’t have to be “Pinterest classrooms.”

“You don’t need to go out and buy a $100 headset for your child for remote instruction,” she says (though headphones can be useful when multiple children are in a close space). “You can go to the dollar store and buy a couple pieces of oaktag and make a little barrier for some privacy. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to be able to create a space that’s inviting for learning.”

For some students, remote instruction may even deliver benefits not seen in the classroom. For others, it can presents barriers to education.

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The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education featured Dean Tresmaine R. Grimes in "Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities"

08/31/2020

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education featured Dean Tresmaine R. Grimes in "Three African Americans Who Have Been Appointed to Dean Positions at Universities"

Tresmaine R. Grimes was appointed dean of the Dyson School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education at Pace University in New York. She was a professor of psychology, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of faculty at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. Earlier, she taught at Iona College in New York and South Carolina State University.

Dr. Grimes is a graduate of Yale University, where she double-majored in Afro-American studies and psychology. She earned a master’s degree in psychology at The New School in New York City and later earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in developmental psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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