Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, director of the educational leadership program, presented at the Global Education Forum in Philadelphia, P.A., on October 15, 2016, on the topic: Using Teacher Leaders to Infuse Global Competence in K-12 classrooms.
Dr. René Hauser, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Master’s in Differentiated Instruction programs, received a $3,089 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds will be used to purchase materials for enrichment kits for graduate students in the Differentiated Instruction program to use with students in Olean and Buffalo area schools. Included are materials designed to facilitate higher order thinking and creativity, such as Lego and other building materials, engaging literature for book discussions and math, science and art games. The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of McDonald’s restaurants in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families by supporting programs that benefit the lives of children in our community.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
Mary Kay Worth presented a skill-building workshop at the Fall Leadership Summit for the New York State Council of School Superintendents Sept. 27-29. Worth, a retired superintendent, is an adjunct professor in St. Bonaventure’s School of Education. She presented “Engaging Students and Teachers in Storytelling, Writing, and Technology ~ Cultivating Authors,” at the summit. Participants were able to explore their own storytelling capabilities as well as how to start an author-in-residence program at their school. Worth serves as an author-in-residence at Washington West Elementary School in Olean. Her skillset includes connection to the Common Core Curriculum and building text sets. She credits the Elementary Education Department Field Block program and her exceptional colleagues for enhancing her skills that have opened new doors.
On Oct. 2, Dr. Anne-Claire Fisher and Dr. Paul Brawdy, with seniors Micaela Young and Nicole Dailey, presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) in New Orleans. They presented on the preliminary results of joint research pursued during the spring semester of 2015 with six St. Bonaventure education undergraduate and graduate students (Samantha Arias, Nicole Dailey, Chloe Laundrie, Maria Liotta, Micaela Young and Jessica Zummo).
The presentation was titled “The other side of otherness: Fitting in or branching out?” and it was well received.
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