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John N. Spiridakis, Ph.D.

PhD, Language Ed/Educational Management Systems, Florida State University
MA, Language Ed/Developmental Studies in Education, Florida State University
BA, English/Education, Suny at Stonybrook

Dr. John Spiridakis serves as Professor and Coordinator of Graduate level education programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Bilingual Education, in the School of Education. He began working at the University in 1978 and is currently responsible for leading the 10 Graduate Education Programs he initiated, including the Distance Learning option for students and Global TESOL courses and field experiences in several countries. He also has led and currently leads several national, state and city externally funded projects. Two current research and development projects he directs are funded by the U.S. Department of Education: Project WIN, a National Research and Professional Development Program to prepare and certify Teachers for the Advanced Certificate and Master’s Degree in TESOL and Project LEADER, a National Research and Professional Development Program to prepare school administrators with certification in both School Based Leadership and in TESOL. He also directs the New York State Education Department funded Intensive Teacher Institute which prepares in-service teachers in TESOL and Bilingual Education in Special Education and School Counseling. He also has directed the Teaching American History Project for the New York City Department of Education for Teaching American History and the professional development component of Project Hope, another U.S. Department of Education Project Researching the Efficacy of a Mathematics curriculum for Gifted English learners. He was awarded a European Union multi-year funded project to research and improve Greek language education and preparation of teachers across the U.S.A., an international project which included the collaboration of several universities in Europe and North and South America. Dr. Spiridakis has also facilitated, on behalf of the School of Education, partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding between St. John’s University’s School of Education and two universities in China to promote collaboration and exchange programs. Such collaborations have enhanced recruitment and preparation of hundreds of international students in TESOL and Bilingual Education. In addition to managing the above-noted programs, he teaches graduate courses, manages a network of school districts and schools for field experiences, Academic Service Learning and career opportunities. He also advises graduate students, serves on doctoral committees and conducts research related to professional development, second language and bilingual education. He and fellow TESOL faculty member Yvonne Pratt-Johnson have taught TESOL courses in Rome, Spain, Vietnam and Greece. During the past several years he has served as the School of Education representative for the university’s AAUP Chapter. Dr. Spiridakis received a B.A. from State University of New York at Stony Brook, the MS. and Ph.D. degrees from The Florida State University and a J.D. from Cardozo Law School. Dr. Spiridakis has numerous publications and presentations at international, national and local conferences in the field of education for language minority groups. He co-authored “Greek in New York City” a chapter in the Multilingual Apple: Languages in a City. Dr. Spiridakis is Past-President of the Greek-American Behavioral Studies Institute (GABSI) and a former member of the NYC School Board of Community District 30, Queens. He has been certified as an Impartial Hearing Examiner in Special Education, is the recipient of St. John’s Faculty Recognition Award, and Special Recognition Award by the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research (OGSR). He is featured in a video produced by the OGSR on successful grant procurement. Recently, he was selected by the European Union Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Athens to serve as coordinator of an External Evaluation Committee of international scholars evaluating Schools of Education at certain universities in Greece. His professional affiliations include the International TESOL, New York State TESOL, the National and New York State Associations for Bilingual Education, the American Research Education Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

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TESOL Billingual Education Heritage Language Education Education Law

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