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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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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NEWS RELEASE: Pace University’s School of Education Offers New College Success Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

Pace University’s School of Education today announced the launch of Headways, a new summer program to help students understand the ways they learn to achieve academic success.

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Pace University’s School of Education Offers New College Success Program for High School Juniors and Seniors

NEW YORK, June 4 – Pace University’s School of Education today announced the launch of Headways, a new summer program to help students understand the ways they learn to achieve academic success.

Headways is an intensive two-week summer program for high school juniors and seniors to explore learning strategies and technology tools to help students succeed in college. Students will learn to:

•           Plan and organize (executive function)

•           Manage time effectively

•           Develop strategies for problem solving

•           Improve attention, memory and academic language

•           Enhance writing, research and presentation skills

Headways prepares students (including those with learning challenges) for the demands of college and work settings after high school. Through the program, students explore and understand their individual learning profiles and identify a personalized set of technology tools and digital strategies for academic success. After the program, students will receive detailed recommendations for digital strategies that will help them succeed in school and at work.

Developed by Pace University professors, learning specialists and college counseling professionals, Headways is grounded in current neuroscience principles. Engaging, interactive experiences include an outdoor problem-solving adventure and a full-day hands-on workshop in a neuroscience laboratory at Rockefeller University. A parent information session focused on what parents need to know to support the transition to college is also included in the program.

The program runs from August 5 – 16, and costs $1,500, with either payment in full or a $100 deposit due by July 1.

For more information, or to register a student for this dynamic learning opportunity, please visit www.pace.edu/summer or contact Karen Ferro, School of Education Senior Staff Associate, at (914) 773-3872 or e-mail kferro@pace.edu.

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

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NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University’s School of Education Hosts One Day Conference on Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle

Pace University’s School of Education and the regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) will present a conference, “Ensuring Learning for All Students: Sharing Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle” on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pace Graduate Center in White Plains.

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Members of the media must RSVP to attend.  Email wcaldwell@pace.edu

Pace University’s School of Education Hosts One Day Conference on Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle

White Plains, NY — May 17, 2013 — Pace University’s School of Education and the regional Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) will present a conference, “Ensuring Learning for All Students: Sharing Successful Practices for Students Who Struggle” on May 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pace Graduate Center in White Plains. This conference is geared toward K-16 teachers, pre-service teachers, students, educational professionals and parents of students who struggle.

As schools face rigorous testing and educational standards for all students, this conference provides real, practical, evidence based strategies that can be immediately applied to the classroom, with a special emphasis on struggling students. Conference attendees will learn from teachers and researchers who have helped students make the transformation from struggling to successful.

The conference features nearly 25 workshops over three sessions, focused on students from elementary school through high school with a variety of learning differences. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with educators from regional districts and New York City.

A keynote address by renowned academic literacy specialist Dr. Kevin Feldman is a highlight of the event. Dr. Feldman will speak on “Meaningful Engagement: Every Student, Every Lesson, Every Day.” In addition, he will present two workshops on academic vocabulary during the conference.

The event is open to the public. Cost is $75; includes morning refreshments and lunch. Registration: Jennifer DelVecchio, Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES, email jdelvecchio@pnwboces.org.

Conference information: Fran Wills, PhD, Coordinator of Professional Development, Pace’s School of Education, email fwills@pace.edu.

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. For more information, please visit www.pace.edu.

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

 

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NEWS ADVISORY: Pace University to hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1

The first Pace University STEM Collaboratory Conference, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Multipurpose Room of One Pace Plaza on the university’s Lower Manhattan campus.

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Note: Members of the media must RSVP to wcaldwell@pace.edu.

Pace University to hold STEM Collaboratory Conference on June 1

New York, May 14 – The first Pace University STEM Collaboratory Conference, sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, will be held on Saturday, June 1 in the Multipurpose Room of One Pace Plaza on the university’s Lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street.

Itinerary:

8:30 to 9:30 am: Registration & Coffee. Welcome by:  Lauren Birney, assistant professor at Pace’s School of Education is the director and Jonathan Hill, associate dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is the co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace.

9:30 to 10:15 am: Douglas Rushkoff, Media Theorist: “Program or Be Programmed: Why Students Should be Code Literate”

10:15 to 10:30 am: Coffee Break

10:30 to 11:30 am: Michael Joaquin Grey, Artist/Inventor: “The Zoob System and Its Use for Teachers & Students.” Zoob is a 3D Modeling System inspired by the nucleotides (the basic structural units of nucleic acids) that make up DNA.

11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Lunch & Poster Session on Pace Collaboratory Teacher Mobile Math and Science Apps for Android Smartphones

1:30 to 1:45 pm: Break

1:45 to 3 pm: “Perspectives in Stem Education” panel discussion moderated by Ben Esner, director, K-12 STEM Education, Polytechnic Institute at New York University. Panelists: Steve Ettlinger, author, “Twinkie, Deconstructed”; Prof. Brian Evans, Pace’s School of Education; Lou Lahana, Teacher, The Island School; Prof. Tom Lynch, Pace’s School of Education; and Meghan Groome, executive director, education and public programs, New York Academy of Science.

3 to 4 pm: Hydroponic Farming with Boswyck Farms

4 to 4:15 pm: Raffle prizes including an IPAD 2

BACKGROUND: The Pace STEM Collaboratory was created by the university’s School of Education and the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in December 2012 to facilitate interdisciplinary research and the exchange of ideas among students, faculty, and staff in STEM disciplines, and support teaching and learning at the middle and high-school levels through continued and expanded relationships with public schools in the region.

The Collaboratory’s goals include:

•           Identifying and developing a pipeline of STEM students and teachers in the greater New York area in grades 6 through 12;

•           Integrating STEM best practices in the preparation of workforce-ready students at the college level;

•           Increasing the proficiency of specially selected grade 6 through 12 teachers and administrators in STEM teaching;

•           Developing ways to motivate learners to persevere in the study of science, technology, engineering, and math; and

•           Launching an interdisciplinary STEM research group based at Pace University that will be a clearinghouse for successful initiatives in STEM education.

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 ADVISORY: “Students with Disabilities Demonstrate Technologies that Improve Their Access to Education”

A group of New York City students with disabilities will conduct a conference on Saturday, April 27 supported by the ARISE Coalition and Pace University’s School of Education to illustrate the value of Assistive Technologies in education.

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Students with Disabilities Demonstrate Technologies that Improve Their Access to Education

 “Inclusion Requires Participation” event co-sponsored by Pace University’s School of Education to be held Saturday, Apr. 27

New York, NY — Apr. 23 — A group of New York City students with disabilities will conduct a conference on Saturday, April 27 supported by the ARISE Coalition and Pace University’s School of Education to illustrate the value of Assistive Technologies in education.

The event, “Inclusion Requires Participation,” will consist of student-run demonstrations on effective technology solutions for addressing learning, communication, and physical challenges in the classroom.

Achieving successful inclusion requires both educational insight and adaptive tools to make classroom activities accessible to students with disabilities. Assistive Technologies and Alternative Augmentative Communication devices have radically altered educational perceptions as to who can be a learner, and the goal of this event is to acknowledge real students who have benefited from those technologies.

WHO: Educators, therapists, parents, advocates, and students interested in assistive technologies

WHAT: Inclusion Requires Participation: Student Demonstrations of Assistive Technology Solutions for Learning, Communication, and Physical Challenges

Some of the presentations by students will address the following topics:

•           Accessible Literacy Materials for Emerging Readers

•           Alternative Output Tools for Writing Challenges

•           Note-taking Tools for Auditory Processing Challenges

•           iPad-based Communication Apps for Nonverbal Children

•           Math and Computer Access Supports for Physical Challenges

•           Voice Dictation Tools on the Computer and the Web

•           Cloud-Based Tools which Address many Learning Challenges

•           Apps for Transitions, ADL’s, and Behavioral Supports

The conference will include a student round table discussion on the importance of assessment, training, and integration of technology for inclusion. Local agencies will also be on hand to provide more detailed information on free assistive technology services and supports.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, April 27, 8:30 – 3:00 pm

LOCATION: Pace University, New York City campus, Student Union on B-level, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY.

REGISTRATION: This is a free event, but due to limited seating capacity, it requires registration. To register, please visit http://cognitechcafe.com/styled-6/contact-form/index.php, contact Mark Surabian at ATHelp@me.com, or call (917) 586-8000.

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

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