NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to Host Annual Meeting of American Physical Society, Saturday, November 16

Pace University’s School of Education will host the 109th Annual Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society on Saturday, November 16 on the Pleasantville campus.

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Pace University to Host Annual Meeting of American Physical Society, Saturday, November 16

Pleasantville, NY — Nov. 12, 2013  – Pace University’s School of Education will host the 109th Annual Meeting of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society on Saturday, November 16 on the Pleasantville campus in Lienhard Lecture Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the event is “Physics in Nature.”

This one day conference will explore how physics can be applied to the study of nature and biology. Students will have the opportunity to attend and present a poster—on any topic—for the chance to win a cash award.

Topics to be discussed by distinguished experts and guests include:

•           Ocean Physics

•           Biophysics of Small Organisms

•           Physics of Living Systems

•           Teaching Physics to Adolescents

•           The State of Physics Education in New York State

To register, visit http://www.nyssaps.org/index.html   

About Pace University

Since 1906 Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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The Hall Monitor blog: Science Saturdays

. . . Pace University’s School of Education is entering its third year of Science Saturdays for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April.

. . . Pace University’s School of Education is entering its third year of Science Saturdays for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April.

Read about it on Journal News blog The Hall Monitor.

NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment

Engagement in science learning begins at the earliest grades and ages, which is why Pace University’s School of Education provides enrichment instruction to students in Westchester County through Science Saturdays.

 

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Pace University Improves Science Education, Participation Locally Through Science Saturday Enrichment

Pleasantville, NY –  October 31, 2013 — Entering its third year, Science Saturdays brings a myriad of science concepts to life for participating students in grades 4-8 in Croton, White Plains and Briarcliff schools. Sessions began in early October 2013 and will continue through late April.

Each monthly session lasts for three hours and students learn about a science concept from a Pace University professor and then complete their own experiments, bringing science to life in new and exciting ways.  The program expands this year from four sessions to six, and planned topics include computers, microbiology and ecology.

The approach works. In a White Plains session last year, 4th and 5th grade boys conducted chemistry experiments with Sandra Flank, PhD, professor emeritus at the School of Education. “I liked it and I want to take chemistry in high school,” one boy reflected. “I think that [the session] was too short, especially that I was having fun. I wish I could spend the whole day with [Professor] Flank doing this.”

The following workshops will take place at the Croton Harmon High School science labs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.:

•           November 23 – “Making Computers Talk, Part 1” with Dr. Gerald Ardito

•           December 14 – “Making Computers Talk, Part 2” with Dr. Gerald Ardito

•           February 8, 2014 – “Reducing Our Impact On the Environment” with Professor Angelo Spillo

•           March 8, 2014 – “Ecology: Change Right Under Our Noses” with Profs. Carl and Charlene Hoegler

•           May 10, 2014 – “Investigating Microscopic Critters” with Professor Andrew Weir

The following two-hour workshops for White Plains students, as part of the “Making Computers Talk” series with Dr. Gerald Ardito, will take place in the Fall and Spring during the White Plains Saturday Academy:

•           October 26 and January 25, 2014 – Making Computers Talk, Session #1: The Basics of Scratch

•           November 16 and February 22 – Making Computers Talk, Session #2: Beyond the Basics of Scratch

•           December 21 and March 29 – Making Computers Talk, Session #3: Connecting Scratch to the Outside World-Sensors and Motors

 Members of the media are invited to attend to see first-hand how the School of Education at Pace University is making a difference in engaging students in science and generating interest in STEM fields.

Instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is taking on a new importance as American student performance in these areas continues to decline, and these disciplines command greater importance in our evolving global economy. Part of the problem is also encouraging traditionally underrepresented minority students and women into these fields and supporting their pathways to success. The need for more than 100,000 STEM teachers in the next 10 years underscores the need for quality instruction to keep students competitive and encourage American innovation and economic strength.

Science Saturdays are just one example of Pace’s deep commitment to improving science study and STEM instruction. Pace’s School of Education and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems are partners in the Pace STEM Collaboratory, a program that facilitates interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and improves and supports STEM teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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NEWS RELEASE: Sister St. John Delany presented with proclamation by Mayor Tom Roach declaring “Sister St. John Delany Day” in White Plains

White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declared October 24, 2013 to be “Sister St. John Delany Day” at a ceremony at the Center for Literacy Enrichment located on the Pace Law School campus yesterday.

Lifelong educator Sister St. John Delany presented with proclamation by White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declaring October 24, 2013 “Sister St. John Delany Day” in the City of White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, October 25 – White Plains Mayor Tom Roach declared October 24, 2013 to be “Sister St. John Delany Day” at a ceremony at the Center for Literacy Enrichment located on the Pace Law School campus yesterday.  Mayor Roach presented Sister St. John Delany, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for Literacy Enrichment with an official proclamation to mark this special occasion. The room was filled with Sister’s friends and supporters from the Westchester community, including Interim Superintendent of White Plains schools Timothy Connors and fellow educators and administration officials from Pace University.

In a heart-felt speech Mayor Roach spoke about Sister’s dedication to teaching and her contributions to literacy in Westchester and the countless students she has taught through the years. “Sister Delaney is a remarkable person who has been teaching and caring for others for most of her life.  You can see the affection that the young people who work with her have for her and it is heart-warming and inspiring to watch. That’s the kind of thing you can’t quantify.”

“Sister St. John absolutely exemplifies the values of the Pace University School of Education,” says Dean Andrea (Penny) Spencer, Dean of the School of Education. “As a teacher, she is a tireless advocate who ensures that all students have the skills and opportunities to grow into excited and life-long learners. She further serves as a beloved instructor and mentor to pre-service educators, inspiring them to create caring classroom communities where learning is a joy not a task.”

Sister St. John taught first grade in White Plains from 1941 to 1972 before founding the Center for Literacy Enrichment and becoming an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pace University. Sister’s former students include U.S. Poet Laureate (2004-2006) Billy Collins, football great Bob Hyland and Pat Casey, editor of the White Plains Examiner. Sister will also be honored on December 6 at a lunch at the Marriot in Tarrytown as a Senior Hall of Fame Honoree for her significant contributions to enhance educational opportunities and achievement for Westchester County children.

Years before commercial tutoring centers became the norm, Pace University’s Center for Literacy Enrichment was established offered affordable literacy instruction to students of all ages. This year, the Center is proudly celebrating its 41st anniversary with its founder and Director, Sister St. John Delany who is 90 years young. “We encourage students in their efforts with their studies,” said Sister at the ceremony. “We tell the students, ‘You can do it. You can do better’ … and they do.”

About the Center for Literacy Enrichment

The Center for Literacy Enrichment, part of the School of Education at Pace, is housed on Pace University’s Law School campus in White Plains. The Center is staffed by trained literacy tutors, many of whom are enrolled in the Masters in Literacy Program at Pace. The Center serves a broad range of students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Instruction to improve reading skills is provided in small groups or private sessions to K-12 students – both U.S. and foreign-born. The Center takes a skills-based approach with an emphasis on literature.

About Pace University

Since 1906 Pace has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact:

Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

NEWS ADVISORY: School of Education at Pace University and Pleasantville SEPTA Hosting One-Day Conference On Transitions for Students with Autism and Learning Differences

The School of Education at Pace University and the Pleasantville Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) are collaborating to present a one-day conference, “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Differences for College,” on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the Pace University Pleasantville Campus.

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School of Education at Pace University and Pleasantville SEPTA Hosting One-Day Conference On Transitions for Students with Autism and Learning Differences

New York, Oct. 1 – The School of Education at Pace University and the Pleasantville Special Education Parent Teacher Association (SEPTA) are collaborating to present a one-day conference, “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Differences for College,” on Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the Pace University Pleasantville Campus.

This one day conference is for parents, students and educators to explore the critical issues facing students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other learning differences as they prepare to transition from high school into post-secondary programs and adult living.

Presenters will include distinguished experts and guests from:

•           The Yale Child Study Center

•           The OASIS Program at Pace University

•           Manhattanville College’s HELP Center

•           The Pleasantville High School LAB Program at Pace University

•           The New Rochelle High School Program at Iona College

•           The Project SEARCH Program

 

Topics to be discussed include:

•           Differences between High School and College

•           Preparing for College Life for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Learning Differences

•           NYS Diploma Options for Students with Disabilities

•           “Mental Health Issues”

•           Documentation Requirements for Accessing Accommodations and Supports in a Post-Secondary Setting

•           Supporting Academics: Organization and Time Management Skills

•           Achieving Independence: Life Skills            

•           “Mental Health and Other Supports: Legal Issues” 

•           Social Skills, Stress and Life on Campus

•           Program Panel Discussion

 

DATE: Saturday, October 5, 2013

TIME: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

LOCATION: Kessel Student Center, Pleasantville Campus, Pace University

TICKETS: $75, $60 for Pace Alumni, Students & Faculty, available through http://pvillesepta.com Includes continental breakfast and lunch.

About Pace University

Since 1906 Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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Washington Post blog The Answer Sheet: “Study: Impact of unaddressed mental health issues on students is severe”

. . . The 2013 study, called “Blind Spot: The Impact of Missed Early Warning Signs on Children’s Mental Health,” was written by Andrea M. Spencer, dean of the School of Education at Pace University in New York and educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

. . . The 2013 study, called “Blind Spot: The Impact of Missed Early Warning Signs on Children’s Mental Health,” was written by Andrea M. Spencer, dean of the School of Education at Pace University in New York and educational consultant to the Center for Children’s Advocacy.

Read about it on Washington Post blog The Answer Sheet.

Journal News blog The Hall Monitor: “Pace education professors call teacher evaluation system a ‘costly gamble’ that is ‘intended to produce failure’”

Three Pace professors today put out a statement slamming New York’s new teacher evaluation system. (left: Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

Three Pace professors today put out a statement slamming New York’s new teacher evaluation system.

The statement comes from: Christine Clayton, chair of the Education Department at Pace’s Westchester campus in Pleasantville; Beth Kava, lecturer and coordinator of adolescent education; and Mary Rose McCarthy, associate professor.

Read the statement on Journal News blog The Hall Monitor.

Education Week blog: “NYC iZone Launches Blended Learning Institute & Innovation Challenges”

. . . iZone’s Blended Learning Institute (BLI) is a two-year certificate program created in collaboration with Pace University for NYC Teaching Fellows, with the goal of preparing teachers to lead 21st century classrooms.

. . . iZone’s Blended Learning Institute (BLI) is a two-year certificate program created in collaboration with Pace University for NYC Teaching Fellows, with the goal of preparing teachers to lead 21st century classrooms.

Read about it on the Education Week blog.

Journal News: “Regents board considers research paper requirement”

. . . “It sounds like this idea is consistent with the best aspects of the Common Core,” said Christine Clayton, chairwoman of the education department at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. “Clearly, a research paper of some sort is a more authentic task than writing something in 45 or 60 minutes on an exam.”

. . . “It sounds like this idea is consistent with the best aspects of the Common Core,” said Christine Clayton, chairwoman of the education department at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus. “Clearly, a research paper of some sort is a more authentic task than writing something in 45 or 60 minutes on an exam.”

Many school officials have criticized the state for mandating too many costly, time-consuming reforms, and Clayton was concerned that administrators and teachers might not welcome another requirement.

“My worry is that it will become a perfunctory exercise,” she said.

Read the article in the Journal News.

WNYC: “Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies”

. . . A conference at Pace University’s School of Education showcased communication tools that altered dramatically their class participation. They shared their success stories to a small group of parents, advocates and educators.

. . . A conference at Pace University’s School of Education showcased communication tools that altered dramatically their class participation. They shared their success stories to a small group of parents, advocates and educators.

Read the article on the WNYC New Tech City Blog.