Fordham University Graduate School of Education

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy Easter from GSE

Fordham University will be closed Thursday, April 17th until Monday, April 21st. The University will reopen on Tuesday, April 22nd. GSE wishes you a very relaxing break and a happy Easter holiday.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"What do preschoolers learn from their favorite screen characters?"

Counseling Psychology professor Dr. Fran Blumberg published a Psychology Today article titled Screen Friends With Benefits: What do preschoolers learn from their favorite screen characters?
In a recent and clever study (Gola, Richards, Lauricella, & Calvert, 2013), Calvert’s team sought to develop 18-month-old toddlers parasocial relationship with a very familiar TV character- that is for child viewers in Taiwan!

Their goal was to examine how being familiarized and allowed to form parasocial relationship with this character, named DoDo, would prompt young children’s learning of a foundational mathematical skill, seriation. This skill requires understanding of ordered relationships.

Among young children, seriation may be demonstrated via the successful ordering of nesting cups, whereby they should replace the second largest cup in the largest cup, and the third largest cup in the second largest cup.
Read the full article at

Dr. Blumberg's research centers around the development of children's attention and problem solving in digital learning settings.

She recently published a book called Learning by Playing: Video Gaming in Education.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

GSE News: Alumni and Faculty

My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home

School Psychology alumna Dr. Lori Attansio published an interactive workbook titled My Very Exciting, Sorta Scary, Big Move: A Workbook for Children Moving to a New Home.

Inspired by her family's experience moving from London to the US, Dr. Attansio's book helps "children to take control of their feelings and experiences and become active participants in their exciting new adventure."


The Evolution of Science Literacy: Examining Intertextual Connections and Inquiry Behaviors in the Classroom

Language, Literacy and Education alumna Dr. Carol J. Manocchi-Verrino recently presented her dissertation study, The Evolution of Science Literacy: Examining Intertextual Connections and Inquiry Behaviors in the Classroom, at the 30th Annual National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Educational Leadership Program Alumnus Appointed Superintendent

Dr. Roberto Padilla, AMPEL program alumnus and principal of New York City's West Prep Academy, was recently appointed Superintendent of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.

Dr. Robert Padilla

Promoting and Preparing Teachers to Use Technology in the Content Areas

Curriculum and Teaching professor Dr. Marshall George was a member of an invited presidential panel, Promoting and Preparing Teachers to Use Technology in the Content Areas, at the Annual Conference of the Society for Informational Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) in Jacksonville, FL.

The panel was made up from leaders in content specific teacher education professional associations (social studies, math, science, and English) and focused on the technology-related changes in teacher education over the past 15 years as well as projections for the next decade. The rapid advancements in technology have had a profound on the way that teachers in all content areas need to be prepared.

Dr. Marshall George

Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Therapy

Mental Health Counseling alumna and contributor Sarah Noel, MS, LMHC published an article, Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Therapy.

Ms. Noel asks, "So, once you've taken the bold step of beginning therapy, the question becomes: How can you make the most of it?" Her recommendations are to:
  1. make therapy a priority.
  2. talk to your therapis.
  3. take therapy with you throughout the week.
  4. read, journal, and/or reflect between sessions.
  5. take care of yourself physically.
Read the full article on

Sarah Noel, MS, LMHC

Sacrificing Psychologists, Counselors, & Social Workers — and Athletics & the Arts — to Test Preparation

Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy professors Drs. Kathleen Cashin and Bruce Cooper published an article on Diane Ravitch's blog, Sacrificing Psychologists, Counselors, & Social Workers — and Athletics & the Arts — to Test Preparation.

"To increase funds for the preparation of students for state tests, sadly, New York public schools and their districts have reduced the number of professionals for critical student services; these include guidance counselors, psychologists, and social workers, while removing often athletic coaches, arts and music staff. But how can we expect our children to flourish in schools socially, psychologically, and inter-personally if these students have fewer trained school professionals to turn to, should they need help, comfort, or support?"
Read the full article on

Dr. Kathleen Cashin (left, Dr. Bruce Cooper (right)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Teacher Education Scholarship Opportunities

GSE is offering teacher education scholarships for

Early Childhood Special Education Scholarship Program: EEL Project

The EEL Project scholarship is a federally funded scholarship program designed for certified early childhood teachers who seek to become educators and leaders in the early childhood special education field.

Students will gain knowledge and skills in
  • early identification and intervention,
  • differentiated instruction,
  • IFSP (individualized family service plan)
  • IEP (individualized education program) development,
  • emergent literacy and math,
  • inclusion,
  • family-centered practice,
  • assessment,
  • collaborative consultation, and
  • culturally and linguistically appropriate and responsive instructional and assessment practices in inclusive early childhood special education settings.
Students will earn an MSE in Early Childhood Special Education.

Project Director
Dr. Chun Zhang

Admissions Office
Linda Horisk
Assistant Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Services

Teacher Residency Scholars Program (TRIP)

The TRIP program is designed to help aspiring middle and high school teachers make a difference, for their students and for themselves.

Combining academic coursework with a sustained residency in a classroom setting, candidates engage in clinical assignments at high needs New York City public schools, where they learn through hands-on experience how to effectively impact the growth and achievement of their students.

Students will earn an MST in
  • Adolescence Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Mathematics, or Physics, or
  • Exceptional Adolescents with Subject Area Extensions: English Language Arts, or Social Studies.
Dr. Patricia Shea-Bischoff
Clinical Professor of Education
(212) 636-7545

Linda Horisk
Assistant Dean of Admissions & Enrollment Services
(212) 636-6401

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Admitted Student Online Information Sessions

The Admissions Office is hosting two online information sessions for newly admitted students on:
  • Tuesday, April 1st at 3pm and
  • Wednesday, April 9th at 12pm.
Students starting classes at GSE for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014, or Spring 2015 semesters are invited to attend.

The panel of staff and current students will discuss your next steps at GSE, including financial aid and student life.

To register for either online session, email

We also encourage you to review the New Student Guidebook.

April 1st Login Information
Enter as a guest by typing in your name (a login and password is not required).
In order to participate in the conversation, please call:
Passcode: 277577

For International Callers:

April 9th Login Information
Enter as a guest by typing in your name (a login and password is not required).
In order to participate in the conversation, please call:
Passcode: 277577

For International Callers:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Engaging Learners in a Digital Age: CLAIR Mini-Conference

On March 19th, the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) program faculty, led by Dr. Kristen Turner and Dr. Molly Ness, sponsored a mini-conference titled Engaging Learners in a Digital Age.

The conference began with keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Willingham of the University Virginia, whose talk Are New Technologies Changing the Way Kids Think? addressed three questions:
  1. Does exposure to digital technologies shorten attention spans?
  2. Do kids today have to multitask?
  3. Why are they so frantic about their phones?

Of the keynote address, Dr. Ness said,
"As a teacher educator, Willingham drove home the idea that we as teachers need to find ways to grab the attention of students who are constantly bombarded with the social currency of information.

Students today face a barrage of distractions by technology and the information age. These distractions force students not to multitask, but to shift their attentions. Willingham presented the idea that today's digital technologies changes students' attitudes about what is worthy of sustained attention."

The conference continued with breakout sessions led by GSE faculty and ended with a group debrief where participants reflected on evolving technologies' effects on education.

Thank you to Dr. Willingham, the CLAIR faculty, and all who participated in the event!

Learn more about the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research program.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Recognition for Dr. Nevárez-La Torre and the TESOL Track 1 Program

Dr. Nevárez-LaTorre Receives 2014 Gladys Correa Memorial Award

Dr. Aida Nevárez-La Torre received the New York State Association for Bilingual Education 2014 Gladys Correa Memorial Award, which recognizes an educator working to enrich bilingual education regionally and nationally.

In addition to her role as Associate Professor and coordinator of Multilingual Education Programs in the Division of Curriculum and Teaching, Dr. Nevárez-La Torre is the Senior Editor of the Journal of Multingual Education Research and developed the first Bilingual Educator Professional Standards in New York State.

Her current research focuses on multilingual education, multilingual literacy, and teacher inquiry. Dr. Nevárez-La Torre recently published an article in Cuaderno de Investigacion, "Necessary Ideological Shifts in Teaching Language."

Congratulations, Dr. Nevárez-LaTorre!

TESOL Track 1 Recognized by NCATE/TESOL Program Review

This year marks the second consecutive term Fordham GSE's Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL): Track 1 has received National Recognition from NCATE/TESOL program review.

This program review is part of a larger accreditation process for schools of education. To receive this honor, institutions must demonstrate that their TESOL program has an assessment system that verifies candidates' content knowledge, professional and and pedagogical knowledge, and dispositions in order to teach emergent bilinguals.

Monday, March 3, 2014

GSE Sponsors Teaching & Learning 2014

GSE is pleased to be sponsoring the National Board for Professional Teaching Standard's inaugural Teaching & Learning 2014 Conference in Washington, DC on March 14th and 15th. 

Through one-of-a-kind keynote speakers (including Arne Duncan, Bill Gates and Doris Kearns Goodwin), inspiring panels and practical workshops, T&L 2014 will tackle some of the toughest challenges facing educators today and showcase solutions that work.  From Common Core State Standards to educational technology to advancing issues of equity in the classroom, educators from all types of classroom settings will have unique opportunities to share their stories, gain new tools, learn from the nation's top innovators and get inspired to achieve greatness in their classrooms and communities.

Click here for more information about T&L, or here to register to attend.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Robert Henrey: Fallen Idol

Meet Robert Henrey
Former Child Star of The Fallen Idol
One of Time Out’s “100 Best British Films”

Wednesday, February 26
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Lowenstein Atrium
113 W. 60th St.
Fordham Lincoln Center Campus

Author talk, Q&A, and signed copies available for purchase of Henrey’s memoir, Through Grown Up Eyes: Living with Childhood Fame

Selected clips will be shown of The Fallen Idol (1948), winner of the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and the BAFTA Award for Best British Film

The greatest unpolished child performance of all time.” –Mark Romanek, The Daily Telegraph
“A uniquely frank picture.” –Martin Scorcese
“One of the great films of innocence lost.” –Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies

Hosted by William F. Baker, Ph.D.
WNET-TV (Channel 13) President Emeritus, BAFTA member, and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy, and Education at the Fordham Graduate School of Education

RSVP to Evan Leatherwood at 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Alumni News

On Monday, February 3rd, 2014, The National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) announced that Rashid Ferrod DavisFounding Principal of P-TECH, Pathway in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the 28th annual Lewis Hine Awards for Service to Children and Youthon February 18, 2014 in NYC

"The Distinguished Service Award is presented to business leaders and individuals in the public eye who have had a positive impact on the welfare of children and youth. The honorees join the ranks of past recipients—leaders from the worlds of media, art and entertainment, and public service."

Rashid Ferrod Davis (GSE '03) is the founding principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech), which is a "turnaround" institution for grades 9 through 14 focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with partners including the New York City Department of Education, the New York City College of Technology, The City University of New York's Early College Initiative, and IBM. Both President Barack Obama and Governor Andrew Cuomo have praised P-TECH as a model for schools and higher education across the nation. 

Talking to your partner about hurt, anger, or other emotions you're feeling isn't fun, but holding them in often leads to resentment. In Sarah Noel's most recent GoodTherapy article, titled "Conflict in Relationships: Good, Bad, or Just Plain Necessary?" she discusses the dangers of conflict avoidance in relationships and the importance of communication and empathetic understanding for conflict resolution. 

Sarah Noel, MS, LMHC [FCRH' 02 (Psychology), GSE '05 (Mental Health Counseling)] is a licensed Mental Health Professional working with teens and adults, as well as a Person-Centered Topic Expert publishing monthly online articles for

Click here to read the full article and here to read more about Sarah (including links to her past articles)!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dean James Hennessy To Receive Award From NYCDOE Emerald Society

On Friday, March 7, 2014, The New York City Department of Education Emerald Society will be honoring Dr. James Hennessy with the Pro Deo Et Patria Award

Dr. Hennessy began his Fordham career in 1974 as the coordinator of counseling programs and later became chair of the Division of Psychological and Educational Services. He was selected to be the Dean of the Fordham's Graduate School of Education in 2005 and has served in this capacity since. Dr. Hennessy has co-authored several books and has published extensively in the psychological and criminal justice literature. Under his leadership Fordham has developed a partnership organization with the DOE that serves schools in all five boroughs.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Faculty News: Dr. Sheldon Marcus in The Huffington Post and Dr. Bill Baker at "The Business of Art" Conference

A December 12th, 2013 article in The Huffington Post titled "Is Entrepreneurship the Future of Higher Education?" was authored by Dr. Sheldon Marcus (Professor of Educational Leadership at GSE) and Phillip D. Vairo.  The article discusses the changing competitive nature of colleges and universities, and the means by which enrollment and endowment growth may or may not be achieved in today's shifting economic and social climate.
Click here to read the full article.

Dr. Bill Baker (Claudio Aquaviva Chair of Education and Journalist in Residence) will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming "The Business of Art" Annual Conference, presented by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday, January 25th.  Dr. Baker will also be signing copies of his newest book, Every Leader Is An Artist, at the conference.
Click here for more information about the CAGHR or the Conference or here to register to attend.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Alumni News: Brian D. Monahan ('82) Appointed Interim Superintendent of Garrison Union Free School District

The Garrison Union Free School District has appointed Brian D. Monahan, Ph.D. ('82) as Interim Superintendent of Schools, effective January 21, 2014.  Dr.  Monahan brings to Garrison 40 years of experience as an educator at the K-12 and university levels. He spent 14 years in the North Rockland Central School District, retiring as Superintendent in August 2009. Following his retirement, he spent three years at Pace University, where he was a member of the faculty and the coordinator of the University's graduate programs in Educational Technology and Educational Leadership. Most recently, he was Interim Superintendent of the Hendrick Hudson School District during the 2012 -13 school year.  He received his doctorate in Language, Literacy and Learning from GSE in 1982.

“We are very fortunate to have as our Interim Superintendent an educator of Dr. Monahan's diverse and extensive experience as a teacher, administrator, expert in educational technologies and teacher-of-teachers at the university level,” said Board president Raymond O'Rourke, “We look forward to working with him through this important transition period.”

Click here to read the full story in The Putnam County News and Recorder online.
Click here to read past GSE Blog posts about Dr. Monahan.

Friday, January 17, 2014

January 28, 2014 Information Session@ Lincoln Center for Prospective Students

If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in a Graduate School of Education degree or certificate program, please join us for an Information Session! At these sessions, you will have a chance to learn about the Graduate School of Education's tradition of excellence and the education that our students receive, as well as to meet with faculty in your program of interest.

Lincoln Center Campus
12th Floor Lounge
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

Tuesday, January 28th
5:00pm- 7:00pm
Click here for directions.

To RSVP, please email and specify the date of this Information Session, as well as your program of interest.

Click here for information about additional upcoming In-Person Sessions as well as Online Information Sessions in Spring 2014.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Project REACH Training: Orton-Gillingham Reading Program

During the Spring 2014 semester, GSE faculty and students are participating in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Program, an approach that teaches children and /or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers multi-sensory systematic reading instruction that is highly successful and tailored to the specific learning needs of each child. This 30-hour training program is being offered through Fordham's Project REACH, a U.S. Department of Education program improvement grant, and approximately 12 faculty and students are expected to complete it by May.

For more information contact:
Co-Principal Investigators
Drs. Su Je Cho and Rhonda Bondie.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Faculty in Inside Fordham: Dr. Carolyn Brown on School Discipline Practices for American Indian Students

A new study by Carolyn Brown, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at GSE) and Caterina Di Tillio (GSE doctoral student and network leader for the New York City Department of Education) highlights the special challenges facing American Indian schoolchildren, showing that they are more likely to be disciplined than are their peers who come from other racial backgrounds. 

The study, which focuses on Arizona's statewide data and high population of American Indian students, will be published in the Journal of Education and Learning, and is highlighted in the January 13th, 2014 edition of Inside Fordham in an article titled "GSE Researcher Sees Bias in School Discipline Practices." 

Click here to read the full story in Inside Fordham.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

REMINDER: Spring 2014 In-Person Registration, January 13th & 14th

If you are interested in enrolling in classes as a non-matriculated student at GSE for Spring 2014, In-Person Registration will take place at the Lincoln Center and Westchester campuses on January 13th & 14th, from 3-6pm.

For more information about registration guidelines, click here. Please be sure to bring proof of your undergrad or master's degree (a copy of your transcript or diploma) with you in order to register if this is your first non-matriculated class with us!

If you would like to register to attend classes as a non-matriculated student at the Lincoln Center campus, procedure instructions for registration at Lincoln Center can be found here.

If you would like to register at the Westchester campus, you may complete an application and meet with a faculty member about course selection at 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY.  Procedure instructions for registration at Westchester may be found here.

If you are interested in applying to any of GSE's degree programs as a matriculated degree-earning student, click here to go to our online application.

Please contact Linda Horisk, Assistant Dean for Admissions, at (212) 636-6401 with any questions.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Dr. Bill Baker On Fox News America's Newsroom: Christians in the Middle East

On Monday, December 23rd, Dr. Bill Baker (Claudio Aquaviva Chair of Education and Journalist in Residence) was interviewed by Martha MacCallum on Fox News America's Newsroom regarding the decline of Christians currently living in the Middle East due to violence (from 20% 100 years ago to 5% today).  Dr. Baker is currently shooting a documentary about holy sites, and recently returned from Bethlehem.

Click here to view the video online at Fox News.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Happy Holidays from GSE

The Graduate School of Education wishes our students, faculty, staff and alumni a very happy and healthy holiday season and new year!

Fordham University will be closed until January 2nd, 2014.  Check back then for updates, and we look forward to a great Spring 2014 semester!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

GoodTherapy from Sarah Noel ('05): "Coping with Loss During the Holiday Season"

The holidays can be emotionally taxing, especially for those grieving the loss of a loved one. In Sarah Noel's latest GoodTherapy article, titled "Coping with Loss During the Holiday Season," she discusses the variety of ways in which people experience and cope with grief around the holidays. She also offers suggestions for how to find comfort, capture moments of relief, and hold on to the sense of joy, peace or satisfaction that those moments may bring. 

Sarah Noel, MS, LMHC [FCRH' 02 (Psychology), GSE '05 (Mental Health Counseling)] is a licensed Mental Health Professional working with teens and adults, as well as a Person-Centered Topic Expert publishing monthly online articles for

Click here to read the full article on 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Student and Faculty Presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention

On November 21-24, 2013, students and faculty from GSE's CLAIR Ph.D. program, the Digital Literacies Collaborative (DLC), and the Language, Literacy and Learning Ph.D. program (LLL) made the following presentations at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston:

Lauren Goldberg & Nathan Snyder (CLAIR):
Using Google Docs to Reimagine Teacher and Student Collaboration Throughout the Writing Process

Emilie Jones & Dr. Kristen Turner (DLC):
Using Google Docs to Reimagine Teacher and Student Collaboration Throughout the Writing Process

Iveliesse Ramos & Dr. Kristen Turner (DLC):
Citelighter:  A 21st Century Thinking and Writing Tool

Jeta Donovan (LLL):
There's a Why Behind Everything I Say: Adolescents' Language Ideologies of Code-Switching

Rebekah Shoaf (with non-Fordham colleagues and former student) (LLL)
Real Men Read Chick Lit: Engaging Adolescent Boys in Literature By and About Women

Sheila Cooperman, Christy Gogola, Cara Stepanian, & Michelle Walker (Dr. Kristen Turner, Assoc. chair) (LLL)
The Future of Writing Teacher Education (Re)examined and (Re)imagined: From Research to Practice

Brian Kelley & Dr. Marshall George (LLL)
Adolescent Literature and the Common Core: Exploring Text Complexity of Highly Teachable YA Lit

Sheila Cooperman & Cara Stepanian (Dr. Kristen Turner, chair) (LLL)
Diving In (headfirst) To Digital Literacy: Reinventing Yourself as a 21st Century English Teacher

GSE congratulates all of our faculty and students on their presentations!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Student Presentations: Lauren Goldberg and Nathan Snyder at NCTE Annual Convention

This November, Lauren Goldberg and Nathan Snyder (both second year doctoral students in the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research program at GSE) presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Boston. 

The presentation, titled "Using Google Docs to Reimagine Teacher and Student Collaboration Throughout the Writing Process," drew a standing room only audience.  Both English teachers, Lauren and Nathan discussed how they and their students use Google Docs in the classroom and at home to work collaboratively.  They demonstrated applications throughout the writing process (topic selection, drafting, editing and publishing), as well we proposing ways for students to conference virtually and sharing examples of student work.
 Click here to read more about the presentation, and here to learn about their future plans with Google Docs.

GSE congratulates Lauren and Nathan on this accomplishment!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Attention New GSE Students: Spring 2014 New Student Orientation, January 9th

Join us this January at our orientation day to learn about student services, get important information for new students, and view the campus. Come meet your new classmates and enjoy a day at Fordham!

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
 1:00 - 3:00 pm
12th Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Building
Lincoln Center Campus
Fordham University
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY

If you are an admitted student, you may login and RSVP via your VIP Page (if you have already RSVPed, you do not need to do so again).  A detailed agenda will be emailed to you prior to the event.

Please email or call (212) 636-6400 with any questions.

Monday, December 9, 2013

GSE Holiday Party

Attention Students, Faculty & Staff:
You're invited to the Annual GSE Holiday Party!
Tuesday, December 17th
4:00 - 8:00 pm
Cafeteria Atrium

Refreshments and Hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Please feel free to bring a dessert!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Dr. Bill Baker in the New York Times: "Keep the Old Style Phones!"

In a New York Times Letter to the Editor published December 3rd, Dr. William F. Baker (Claudio Aquaviva Chair of Education, Journalist in Residence and Director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy and Education at GSE) writes that the F.C.C.'s proposal to eliminate so-called Plain Old Telephone Service is a bad idea.
"The push by Tom Wheeler...seems like a good idea until you remember the real world we live in, with its storms, natural disasters and power failures...I had both services in my home in Connecticut during Hurricane Sandy last year.  It took three weeks to restore my I.P. phone...Meanwhile, my backup AT&T POTS line kept on working."
Click here to read the full letter in the New York Times.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A.M.P.E.L. Program Information Session for NYC Department of Education Teachers & Counselors

Fordham pleased to be a partner university in the New York City Department of Education Pathways to Leadership/Leadership Pipeline Initiative.  

Both GSE and the NYC DOE Leadership Office invite prospective students and applicants to our Accelerated Master's Program in Educational Leadership program (A.M.P.E.L.) who are currently employed by the NYC DOE as teachers or counselors to an Information Session about the program this January. 

Our goal is to give you the opportunity to meet with program faculty (including Dr. John Lee. Program Coordinator), as well as with admissions personnel.  You will be able to ask academic, admissions and financial aid-related questions. **Please note that this Information Session will be for NYC DOE teachers and counselors ONLY. Non-NYC DOE individuals should contact Dr. Lee or the Admissions Office for information about the A.M.P.E.L. Program.**

The session will be held as follows:

Wednesday, January 8th
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm 
South Lounge (rear of Cafeteria, Plaza Level)
Fordham Lincoln Center
113West 60th Street

Please RSVP to Dr. John Lee at, and include the following information:

Current Position
School Name/Number and School Address
Principal's Name
Community School District/Network
Cell Phone No.\
Email address

We hope to see you on the 8th!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

GSE Invites You To a Discussion of The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

WNET New York Public Media and Fordham University invite you to attend a free professional development event for middle and high school educators focusing on the recently-aired PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The program chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the 1500’s to 2013. For more information about the broadcast, visit The evening is designed to provide an overview of the series, its robust website, and related educational resources, as well as to promote discussion about related themes and content.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
4:30 – 8:00pm
Pope Auditorium
Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus
113 W 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

Space is limited and reservations are required. To attend, please RSVP by Friday December 6th by sending an email to with “Many Rivers Fordham RSVP” in the subject line. In the body of the email, please include your full name, contact information, and your current position/school (if applicable).

Monday, December 2, 2013

Alumni News: Fr. Michael P. Orsi ('89 and '92) and Rashid Ferrod Davis ('03)

Fr. Michael P. Orsi, who received both his M.S.E. in Administration and Supervision ('89) and his Ed.D. ('92) from GSEpublished an article on November 4th in the Catholic Exchange, entitled Christian Death's Secularization. He highlights a recent trend in which Christians commemorate a deceased person's past life, accomplishments, and memories, rather than thinking about and praying for a fulfilling afterlife. 

"A Mass of Christian Burial is not a time to celebrate the life of the deceased but to celebrate Christ and what he has done for believers.  To do otherwise is to forget the purpose of Christianity and erodes any understanding of life after death," he says. 

Orsi also provides a number of recommendations for pastors to use in leading their parishes, both for conducting appropriate funeral practices and for raising awareness and understanding about life after death. 
Click here to read the full article. 

A street in Ridgeland, South Carolina, has been re-named "P Tech Davis Drive," in honor of GSE alum Rashid Ferrod Davis ('03), founding principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech).  Davis lived in Ridgeland as a high school student.  P-Tech is a "turnaround" institution for grades 9 through 14 focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with partners including the New York City Department of Education, the New York City College of Technology, The City University of New York's Early College Initiative, and IBM.  
Click here to read more about Principal Davis and P-Tech.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from GSE

The Graduate School of Education wishes you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Inaugural Barbara L. Jackson Lecture at GSE: Righteous Extremism and Educational Leadership

"These people don’t know it, but they’re about ready to go to church," was what civil rights activist Clarence Jones said before Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have A Dream speech.  The same could have been said about Olga Welch, Ed.D., dean of education at Duquesne University, upon delivering the first Barbara L. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the Graduate School of Education.  Welch, who evoked King's oratory, as well as the messages of Gandhi and Mother Teresa, roused a crowd of educators to their feet with her talk on November 19th.  Welch cited the lecture's namesake, Barbara L. Jackson, Ed.D. as the perfect example of "transcendent leadership." Jackson, who died last year, was a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration, and Policy from 1987 to 2008, as served as chair from 1997 to 2003.  
Click here to read the full story on the Fordham Newsblog.