The School of Education Now

Fall 2019 Issue

Welcome to the fall issue of our e-newsletter. I feel fortunate to serve as the new Dean of The School of Education (SOE). Our faculty is talented, and the administrators and staff are dedicated to meeting student needs. 

Although it is a challenging time, we remain committed to our mission. As an alumnus or friend of the SOE, you are a critical part of our future success. This newsletter will keep you updated on new developments. 

Dean Bell headshot

Our programs prepare future scholars and leaders to advocate for change. This year, we  continue to challenge ourselves to ensure we meet the growing demand of our students. It is my goal to position the SOE as a premier institution in its advocacy for equity and access. To achieve this goal, we must understand our current and future challenges and take a proactive approach in designing programs and learning experiences that change the profession’s landscape.

As we embark on this academic year, I am excited to work with all members of the community to utilize our collective strengths to continue to strive for excellence.

David L. Bell, Ed.D.
Dean
The School of Education
St. John's University

News

The School of Education Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

Upcoming Events

Saturday, November 2
8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Professional Conference, “Trauma-Informed Teaching: Critical Approaches to Working with Students in the K-12 Classroom”  
Keynote Speaker: Regina Calcaterra, New York Times best-selling author
For more information or to register, click here.

Archives

Dear Colleagues,

2018 will be a year of promise—a year to be inspired by the work of others, and to inspire others by our work. 

The School of Education at St. John’s University continues to be inspired by the legacy established by Dolores Beckham ’05Ed.D., a beloved teacher, principal, adjunct professor of TESOL at St. John’s, and Queens community member, who lost her battle with cancer in 2016. She worked for many years as Principal of Joseph Pulitzer Intermediate School 145 in Jackson Heights, NY. In September, I had the honor of attending the ceremony as the street where the school is located was given the honorary name, Dr. Dolores Beckham Way. She inspired many people throughout her career, and her legacy as an educator will continue as she is remembered by those who pass through the neighborhood. You can read more about Dr. Beckham in the “Alumni News” section.

In this issue of The School of Education Now, you will also learn about some of our faculty’s accomplishments: Education and Female Entrepreneurship in Asia: Public Policies and Private Practices is the latest book by Mary Ann Maslak, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; Evan T. Ortlieb, Ph.D., Professor and Coordinator of the Literacy Program in the Department of Education Specialties, was honored with the A.B. Herr Award by the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers; and Seokhee Cho, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of our Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership, was awarded a $1.9 million grant by the US Department of Education.

This issue also features an update on our Australian exchange and the ongoing efforts of the Institute for Catholic Schools, which provides professional development for teachers in three local dioceses. This year, educators are focusing on science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and mathematics.

As 2018 progresses, we pause to acknowledge our achievements but become energized by all the wonderful things being done at the University to help students achieve success.

Sincerely, 
Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D.
Dean, The School of Education


Faculty Recognition

New Publication

Mary Ann Maslak, Ph.D., Professor, Department  of Curriculum and Instruction, recently published Education and Female Entrepreneurship in Asia: Public Policies and  Private Practices. This book analyzes the  importance of policies that structure entrepreneurship and practices that female entrepreneurs experience in Asia.

Research Grant

Seokhee Cho, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership, and the principal investigator of Project Bridge, was awarded a $1.9 million research grant from the US Department of Education. The funded proposal is entitled “Developing Academic Competency of Young Gifted English Learners with Advanced Mathematics Program and Language Scaffolding.” The project director is John Spiridakis, Ph.D., Professor of TESOL, Department of Education Specialties.

Faculty Recognition

Evan T. Ortlieb, Ph.D., St. John’s University Professor and Coordinator of the Literacy Program in the Department of Education Specialties, was chosen for this year's Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers' A.B. Herr Award for outstanding contributions to the field of literacy in 2017.

Alumni News

Dolores Beckham '05Ed.D. Honored Posthumously

“She pushed her teachers to take part in every opportunity available to them in order to make them better. She knew that if the teachers had more learning experiences, the students would benefit as well. It was always about the children.” These words were written of the late Dolores Beckham ’05Ed.D., a 38-year veteran educator with the New York City Department of Education, who was honored posthumously when 80th Street at 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights, NY, was renamed Dr. Dolores Beckham Way at a ceremony on September 28. Michael Sampson, Ph.D., Dean, offered remarks on behalf of St. John’s University and The School of Education. 

Community and International Partnerships

Australian Exchange 

Ten students from Australian Catholic University (ACU) are studying at St. John’s University this semester. The students, representing four of ACU’s five campuses—Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, and Melbourne—all study early childhood and childhood education. Students are completing course work in Education at St. John’s and fieldwork in Special Education in local school settings. In July, The School of Education will complete the exchange when a cohort of students visits ACU’s Melbourne campus to live and study. Don McClure, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, will accompany the group.

Institute for Catholic School News

The Institute for Catholic Schools is hosting its seventh Curriculum Leadership Team program, which is focused on STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics).

The first of four sessions focused on the Next Generation Science Standards and was presented by Elizabeth Frangella, Ed.D., Associate Superintendent for Curriculum in the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, and Anthony Biscione, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY. 

Dear Colleagues,

As the 2017–2018 academic year began, The School of Education at St. John's University entered its 110th year. In keeping with one of our University's Strategic Priorities to recruit, recognize, and retain the best faculty, administrators, and staff, we are delighted to welcome six new full-time faculty members to three of our departments.

To our Administrative and Instructional Leadership department, chaired by Seokhee Cho, Ph.D., we welcome Elizabeth Gil, Ph.D., Stephen Kotok, Ph.D., and Stephanie Tatum, Ph.D. Bilge Cerezci, Ph.D., and Elena Jurasaite-O'Keefe, Ph.D., join the ranks of our Curriculum and Instruction department, which is chaired by Mary Beth Schaefer, Ed.D. Education Specialties, chaired by Yvonne Pratt-Johnson, Ed.D., adds Rebecca A. Louick, Ph.D., as a Special Education professor.   

Many years ago, a professor inscribed a book for one of her graduating students, Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D. '80Ed. During her career, Dr. Cranston-Gingras has come to understand the meaning of those words. She embodies the Vincentian mission of St. John's University, and I am certain you will be inspired as you read her alumni profile.

Wishing you all a fruitful semester and academic year.

Sincerely,
Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

New Faculty Join The School of Education

The School of Education welcomes six new full-time faculty members this academic year.

Administrative and Instructional Leadership

  • Elizabeth Gil, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Kotok, Ph.D.
  • Stephanie L. Tatum, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Bilge Cerezci, Ph.D.
  • Elena Jurasaite-O'Keefe, Ph.D.

Education Specialties

  • Rebecca A. Louick, Ph.D.

Alumni Profile 

Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D. headshot

Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D. '80Ed

"It was clear that we were receiving an education rich with experiences that would help us use the abilities we had been blessed with to make a positive difference."

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The 2016–2017 academic year was certainly one to celebrate. In this edition of The School of Education Now, you will read about our yearlong clinical Residency Internship for St. John's Educators (RISE) program, which is recognized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education as an outstanding program of practice. A film crew visited with our students and embedded faculty members at one of the local RISE schools to capture documentary footage that is featured in five parts in The Innovation Exchange's Research-to-Practice Spotlight Series. These explore relationship building, helping students find their voice, professional readiness through practice, on-site methods classes, and the benefits of our yearlong coteaching model.

Faculty have been researching, publishing, and presenting in a multitude of areas, and have focused on issues including teenage mothers and high school completion and the impact of substance misuse on career development. Our faculty members have hosted international scholar visitors from Finland and the Slovak Republic, among other places.    

I hope you will also enjoy reading about Linda Loperuto Carter '72Ed. Mrs. Carter, who began as a student at St. John's, was honored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 25 years of teaching. We are proud of her accomplishments and her passion for our Vincentian mission, which she carries beyond the University into her professional life.

We have built an administration and faculty dedicated to student success, and we continually build programs around community and global partnerships—both strategic priorities of our University and Conrado "Bobby" Gempesaw, Ph.D., President.

My best wishes for a safe and enjoyable remainder of the summer.

Sincerely,
Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

Faculty News

Recruit, Recognize and Retain the Best Faculty

The School of Education celebrates faculty publications, collaborations, conference presentations.

  • Liz Chase, Ed.D.
  • Barbara Cozza, Ed.D.
  • Smita Guha, Ph.D. 
  • Evan Ortlieb, M.Ed., Ph.D.
  • Mary Beth Schaefer, Ph.D.

Ensuring Student Success and Expanding Community Partnerships

Yearlong RISE Program Recognized by AACTE as Outstanding Program of Practice

The RISE Program is being recognized by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) as an outstanding program of practice. In October, AACTE spent a day with RISE, filming the program in action and interviewing students, faculty members, and school-based partners. AACTE is creating a series of videos about RISE that will be distributed to their membership as an example of outstanding clinical practice.

Expanded Credential Opportunity for Clinical Mental Health Graduates from Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program at St. John's University, housed in The School of Education, proudly announced that their MSEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum was approved by the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to meet the educational requirements for the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (CASAC-T).

School of Education Student Delivers Staten Island Commencement Student Address

On Saturday, May 20, St. John’s University students on the Staten Island campus celebrated their commencement exercises. The student address was delivered by James P. McKeon ‘17Ed, recipient of a B.S.Ed. in Adolescent Education- English and Student Government Staten Island Vice President.

Domestic Violence and Safer Schools Workshops Hosted by Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society Chapter

Sigma Tau Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling academic and professional honor society, hosted two workshops: Domestic Violence Workshop and Safer Schools Workshop.

Alumni Profile

Linda Loperuto Carter '72Ed

Degree: Bachelor of Science Elementary Education
"My journey which began at St. John's has prepared the way to bring me to where I am today."

Faculty News

Recruit, Recognize and Retain the Best Faculty

47th Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association Symposia

Marcella Mandracchia, Ed.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. James Reed Campbell, Ph.D., Professor of Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership, chaired symposia at the 47th Annual Northeastern Educational Research Association in Trumball, CT this past October 2016.  The participants were all former doctoral students of the Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership.

63rd Annual Convention of the National Association of Gifted Children

St. John's members pose by posterboard

Marcella Mandracchia, Jenny Yang, and Seokhee Cho presented part of Mandracchia’s dissertation on the “Effects of a Challenging Math Curriculum and Effort Regulation Strategies Use on Math Creativity of Mathematically Promising English Language Learners" at the 63rd Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children, which took place this November in Walt Disney World, Florida. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of implementing challenging math curriculum on math creativity of mathematically promising English language learners (MPELLs). It also examined if the program and effort regulation strategies use predict math creativity. 122 fifth-grade MPELLs were randomly assigned to the treatment (n=62) and comparison (n=60) groups. Treatment students showed significantly greater improvement than control students in math creativity. Program and effort regulation strategies use accounted for 16.7% of the variance in math divergent thinking. The results imply that the program and students’ use of effort regulation strategies positively affected math creativity of MPELLs.

Ensuring Student Success and Expanding Community Partnerships

School of Education student among three St. John's students awarded U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad

Cammi Roberts, Ed was among over 850 American undergraduate students from 359 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during the spring 2017 term.  Miss Roberts is an undergraduate majoring in Adolescent Education who took part in the Discover Italy: Education program.

Almost 40 Students Inducted into National Honor Society

The Sigma Tau Upsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), a national counseling honor society, inducted 39 new members in to the chapter.  Over 100 students, family members, faculty and alumni attended the ceremony in the D’Angelo center on October 29, 2016. At the ceremony, Dr. Andrew Ferdinandi, Associate Professor of Counselor Education, was honored with the “Program Dedication and Student Inspiration Award,” an award given to a faculty member who is dedicated to the program and students, as nominated by the current students. Several alumni returned to participate in the ceremony.  Specifically, Andrew Nasser, Assistant Principal of the Bronx High School of Science and alumnus of the School Counseling program, as well as Geraldine Castelli, Assistant Director of the Freshmen Center at St. John's University and alumna of the Counseling program, provided encouraging and supportive remarks about Dr. Ferdinandi. In addition, former CSI board members, Anne Marie Reidy, May 2016 graduate of our School Counseling Program and school counselor at IS 238, Susan B. Anthony Academy, as well as Victoria Romero, May 2016 graduate of our Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and counselor at Family Children’s Association, provided inspiring words to the newly inducted students and their family members. The ceremony was organized by members of the CSI Executive board, and the CSI Advisor, Dr. Heather Robertson.

Sigma Tau Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) poses for a photo at induction
Newly inducted members of the Sigma Tau Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) (L-R): Alicia Mosley, Esther Yunatanova, Avery Reisig, Connie Toala, Chelsea Patton, Samantha Sarimeinto, Adam Zaher, Liana Ross, Blair Posson, Jolika Ullah, Michelle Permaul, Magdalena Musheyev, Christina DiBernado, Meagan Marotta, Shakera Seward, Justin Martin, Michael Russell, Lauren Dean, Brooke Graniello, Hui Fu Hou, Victoria Falciano, Lisa Monaco, Samantha Knight, Sabrina Dalli,  Danalynn Cutajar, Michelle Marciante, Lori Ann Brown, Samantha Herz, Katherine Fridas, Valentina Briguglio, and Demali Austin.
Dr. Ferdinandi, Victoria Romero and Anne Marie Reidy
Dr. Ferdinandi, winner of our Program Dedication and Student Inspiration Award, poses with Counseling Alumni Keynote Speakers, Victoria Romero and Anne Marie Reidy.

 

Dr. Robert Eschenauer shakes Justin Martin's hand
Department Chair, Dr. Robert Eschenauer, congratulates new inductee, Justin Martin, a student in the School Counseling program.

 ACCU Small Research Grant Competition for 2016 

Angela Seegel, 17Ed.D. was approved for funding through the ACCU Small Research Grant Competition for 2016.  In a congratulatory message from Vice President Thomas C. Mans, Ph.D., the proposal, “The Relationship of Spirituality and Leadership Practices: A Study of College Students Participating in a Spirituality-Based Leadership Development Program at a Catholic, Urban, and Northeastern University” was touted as making, “an explicit effort to link spiritual development with leadership development captures an important, distinctive aspect of Catholic higher education.”

As the 2016–2017 academic year—our 109th year—begins in The School of Education at St. John’s University, we welcome six new faculty members. They include experts in early childhood education, poverty and social inequality; the politics of school choice; multimodality and second language learning; early reading intervention for English language learners; culturally and ethnically diverse students; and social contexts and exclusion. We are excited to have them join our scholarly community.   

During the summer, Seokhee Cho, Ph.D., Professor in our Department of Administration and Instructional Leadership and Director of our Center for Creativity and Gifted Education, hosted 76 gifted education teachers and administrators from Korea for the Gifted Education Summer Institute (GESI).  Their focus was on nurturing creative productivity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through problem-based learning and interdisciplinary projects. I hope you will also enjoy reading about Laura Walsh, a double alumna of the School, and how her preparation in literacy has led her to a career with Reading Rescue. In her time at St. John’s, Laura was a student athlete, studied abroad in three European cities, and worked at a summer program with students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. We are proud of her accomplishments and her passion for our Vincentian mission, which she carries beyond the University into her professional life.

We have built an administration and faculty dedicated to student success; we continually build programs around community and global partnerships—both strategic priorities of our University and Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., President.

My best wishes for a successful academic year.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

Faculty News

Recruit, Recognize and Retain the Best Faculty

The School of Education is pleased to welcome six new full-time faculty members this academic year.

  • Catherine DiMartino, Ph.D.
  • Tess Dussling, Ph.D.
  • Bonnie Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Donald McClure, Ph.D.
  • Min Wang, Ph.D.
  • Michael Wilson, Ph.D.

Faculty Research Presentations

Drs. Yang, Mandracchia, and Miller presented at a roundtable during the annual AERA Conference. The presentation focused on what demographic variables and school culture and context variables influenced high school graduation rates.

Ensuring Student Success

Gifted Education Summer Institute (GESI) at the School of Education

The focus of the GESI was on nurturing creative productivity in STEM through a problem-based learning and interdisciplinary project approach. Morning lectures given by gifted education scholars focused on developing teacher competencies in project unit design.

Alumni Profile

Laura Walsh headshot

Laura Walsh '11Ed, '16GEd

Undergraduate Major: Childhood Education
Graduate Major: Literacy and Special Education B–6
Employer: Reading Rescue

 

“St. John’s University’s teaching programs definitely equip students with the content and practical skills needed to contribute to positive change and become successful teachers.”

Another academic year has drawn to a close, and the start of a new one is upon us. This is a time that is always ripe with possibilities for the future. In this issue of The School of Education Now, I hope you will enjoy reading about the work of James Bethea, Ph.D., Associate Professor in our Department of Counselor Education, with adjudicated youth; a grant through the New York City Department of Education’s Emerging Leaders Program; the accolades received by triple alumna Anna Maria Montuori ’68Ed, ’70GEd, ’82PD; the experiences of our students in yearlong clinical teacher preparation in our RISE program; our Chi Sigma Iota counseling honor society chapter; upcoming conference presentations; and the Management Seminar program offered by our Institute for Catholic Schools in conjunction with The Peter J. Tobin College of Business and the Vincentian Center for Church and Society.

Wishing you the refreshment of safe and enjoyable summer days,

Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor

Ensuring Student Success

Counselor Education Students Participate in NAMIWALK

Counselor Education students in The School of Education participated in the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ NAMIWalk on May 7 at the South Street Seaport. They walked over the Brooklyn Bridge and back in order to raise awareness and funds for the alliance.

RISE Student Journal

By Jaclyn Morales ’16Ed

St. John’s Awarded Emerging Leaders Program Grant

The Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership in The School of Education at St. John’s University was recently awarded a grant through the New York City Department of Education’s New Leaders Emerging Leaders Program to prepare those who aspire to become school building principals and administrators.

Alumni News

Anna Maria Montuori ’68Ed, ’70GEd, ’82PD was nominated by her principal to receive SCOPE's Teacher Service Award “Shining Above the Rest” for outstanding service to the North Babylon School District. The award was presented at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook, NY on March 14. 

Montuori has worked in North Babylon for more than 40 years. She was recognized for her strong work ethic and for consistently upholding high expectations for all her students, as demonstrated by her students' exemplary performance not only on state assessments, but also in various other events.Holbrook, NY on March 14. Read more here.

Institute for Catholic Schools

Strengthening and Expanding Local Partnerships

The second and third sessions of a three-part management seminar were held on St. John’s University’s Queens campus on April 25 and May 23. The seminars included presentations by The Peter J. Tobin College of Business faculty members Larry Boone, Ph.D.; Cynthia R. Phillips, Ed.D.; Joan Ball, Ph.D.; retired St. John’s University administrator Maryann D’Antuono, J.D.; and Director of Development and St. John’s alumnus Rino Grzinic ’77SVC.

Faculty News

Recruit, Recognize, and Retain the Best Faculty

In August, 2013, James S. Bethea, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Counselor Education, was awarded a $960,000 Pathways to Excellence, Achievement, and Knowledge grant (PEAK) sponsored by the New York City Dept. of Probation. The grant total is $480,000 per year for two years, with the option of two one-year renewals.

Upcoming Faculty Presentations

This semester, our first group of undergraduate education students arrived in Rome, Italy. Our year-long student teaching placement continued with the pilot cohort of the RISE (Residency Internship for St. John's Educators) program. One of our graduate students in special education, Pariis Garcia, recently achieved All BIG EAST in track and field with her teammates. Since the fall, alumni have run the New York City marathon, received a teacher research award, and assumed leadership in district superintendency.  Our Institute for Catholic Schools continues its fine work with schools in three local dioceses and as a collaborating member of Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools (CHESCS).  We celebrate so many student, faculty, and alumni accomplishments for which we are grateful, and of which we are very proud. I hope you will read about all this and more. 

My best wishes for a successful conclusion to your spring semester,

Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D.,
Dean and Professor

Alumni News

Elizabeth G. Alexis ’15 Ed.D. received the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA)  Teacher-as-Researcher Award on October 22, 2015, for her paper entitled, “State Math and English Assessments as Predictors of High School Students’ Success in an Online Credit Recovery Program.”

Patrick Dunphy ’06 Ed, ’08 GED, Assistant Principal of the Social Studies Department at Francis Lewis High School, ran his first New York City Marathon on November 1, 2015 to benefit the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). Dunphy was diagnosed at age 16 with Stickler Syndrome, which is a hereditary condition affecting the retina and resulting in deteriorated eyesight. 

Kathleen Walsh ’01 Ed.D. was recently named Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the nation’s 16th largest Catholic school system.

Read the full story here.

Undergraduate News

Ensuring Student Success, Enhancing our Teaching and Learning Environment, and Expanding Global and Community Partnerships

The new Residency Internship for St. John’s Educators (R.I.S.E.) program is a yearlong student teaching placement. Students complete education coursework in classrooms at their local school site, P.S. 101, with Elizabeth Chase, Ed.D, Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and work hands on with the school’s teachers and students.

Graduate News

Graduate Counseling Students Inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, National Counseling Honor Society

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, 28 students in The School of Education’s graduate program in counselor education were inducted into the Sigma Tau Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), a national counseling honor society. CSI has been active on campus for the past three years, with this year’s celebration in D’Angelo Center serving as our third annual induction ceremony.

The School of Education Graduate Students Present at the New York State School Counselors Association (NYSSCA) Conference

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, M.S.Ed. candidates Angelica Wroblewski and Christiana Dobra accompanied Heather Robertson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Counselor Education, to the New York State School Counselors Association (NYSSCA) Conference at the Sagamore Resort in Lake George, NY. At the conference, Robertson, Dobra, and Wroblewski presented an education session on “Career Options for Students Post-Graduation” to a packed audience of nearly 40 attendees.

Institute for Catholic Schools

Curriculum for Leadership Teams (CLT) Program, Cohort V

Curriculum Leadership Teams (CLT) Program, Cohort V continues its yearlong (8-session) professional development. Started in August during a weeklong intensive training, teacher-principal teams from five Diocese of Brooklyn schools, five Diocese of Rockville Centre schools, and one Archdiocese of New York school were welcomed by Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D., Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Institute for Catholic Schools.

Faculty News

Recruit, Recognize and Retain the Best Faculty

 

Faculty News

New Education Faculty

This academic year, The School of Education welcomes six new members to its scholarly community. Read more about them and be sure to give them a warm St. John’s welcome. 

Institute for Catholic Schools

Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D. honored by The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

The School of Education congratulates Mary Jane Krebbs, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate studies and executive director and chair of the Institute for Catholic Schools, on being honored by The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) with its President’s Award at the organization’s 25th Anniversary Seton Awards Gala on October 5 in Washington, DC. 

Alumni News

The School of Education Walks to End Alzheimer's

Alexandra Gardiner Ed, GEd, served as chairperson of the inaugural Staten Island Walk to End Alzheimer’s held on Sunday, September 27 at South Beach. Gardiner spearheaded this new location for the annual walk in honor of her grandfather, Mario. She was the captain of Team Poppy, named in his memory. Having participated in the Brooklyn Walk to End Alzheimer’s, she was inspired to start a walk in her home borough when she saw an advertisement for the event while driving home from a St. John’s graduate class.

It is my pleasure to share with you the first issue of The School of Education Now. This quarterly newsletter has been created for St. John’s students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and colleagues. We believe that it will enlighten you about the many wonderful accomplishments of our faculty, students, and alumni in areas of research and publication, service and community involvement, and upcoming events. It will also contain links to faculty education blogs, alumni profiles, survey questions, and School of Education trivia.  

On behalf of The School of Education, I hope that you find this newsletter inspiring and stimulating. We take pride in our community’s wonderful work.

-Michael R. Sampson, Ph.D., Dean and Professor

Kappa Delta Pi Promotes Learning During Spring Semester

This year, in collaboration with Olivia Schum ’14CPS, professors Michael Downton, Ph.D., and Melissa Parenti, Ed.D., began work as the newly inducted lead counsels in the KDP organization at St. John’s University. The mission of KDP is to encourage educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. Read more >>

Chi Sigma Iota, National Counseling Honor Society, Celebrates New Inductees

The Sigma Tau Upsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) inducted 30 new members from the master’s degree in School Counseling program and the master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
Read more >>

Student Receives Maureen A. Hartigan Scholarship

Congratulations to Lauryn Weigold ’17Ed, 2015 winner of the Maureen A. Hartigan Scholarship! This scholarship was established by Maureen’s three sisters, Anne, Grace, and Katherine, in 1988.
Read more >>

TESOL Program Marks Lau vs. Nichols 40th Anniversary

As part of its year-long celebration of Lau v. Nichols, the St. John’s TESOL and Bilingual Program in collaboration with the New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) and the New York State Association for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (NYS TESOL), hosted a statewide conference on October 25, 2014.  Read more >>

Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Seminar to Punjab, India

This GPA seminar will provide teachers with an unparalleled immersion experience, designed to promote their ability to deliver culturally informed and culturally relevant instruction and instructional support to students of Indian origin or ancestry. Read more >>

Naseau News

Community Work, Service, Involvement

Homes for the Homeless is an organization providing shelter and social services to families in the New York City area  through the American Family Inn model, which offers after-school enrichment for children living at the sites. Read more >>

Faculty News

Faculty Forum Presentations, Spring 2015

Scientific Teaching and Resources for Improving Inclusion Success for Early Childhood Students with Lina Gilic, Ph.D.

Building a Community of Teachers: Preservice Teachers Engaged in Authentic Practices in a Higher Education Setting with Michael Downton, Ph.D. and June Chen, Ph.D.

Professional Development Workshop No. 4

John William McKenna, Ph.D.  Coauthors two papers published in special education journals

Seokhee Cho, Ph.D. Receives Five-year Research Grant of $110,000

The School of Education Marks One Year of Offering Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshops

Randall F. Clemens, Ph.D. Presents at Presidential Session

Marcella Mandracchia, Ed.D. Presents Paper on Math and Language

Book Nook

Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D.
Integrating virtual and traditional learning in 6–12 classrooms: A layered literacies approach to multimodal meaning making.

Sandra Schamroth Abrams, Ph.D.
Bridging literacies with videogames

Mary Ann Maslak, Ph.D.
Vocational Education of Female Entrepreneurs in China: A Multitheoretical and Multidimensional Analysis of Successful Businesswomen's Everyday Lives

Randall Clemens, Ph.D.
"Friends, Lovers, and Social Media Experimentation: The Need for New Ethical Guidelines" and "The Shape of Neighborhood Ethnography to Come: Blurred Spaces, Elastic Time, and Shareable Culture"

Education Blogs

Randall Clemens, Ph.D., assistant professor Administrative and Instructional Leadership, blogs at randallfclemens.com. Topics include pathways to college and career for low-income, first-generation teenagers, as well as innovative research methods including social media. He also tweets with the handle @RandyClemens.