Fordham University Graduate School of Education: Spotlight On: The Center for Educational Partnerships

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spotlight On: The Center for Educational Partnerships

The Center for Educational Partnerships at the Graduate School of Education consists of a group of scholars and practitioners who are committed to applying cutting-edge educational research in the service of K-12 teachers, administrators, students and parents, as well as to education and government agencies, to enable all children to achieve and succeed academically.  

GSE is very proud of the Center's recent achievements, and those of the schools they support, including:
  • NEW contract won for the New York City Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN).  Through this contact, the Center will bring their work with the bilingual community to scale and expand their work in the Bronx to all five boroughs.  The new RBERN augments the Center's work with English language learners, and their teachers, administrators and families through standing initiatives, including the Bilingual School Psychology Support Center, the Long Island/Westchester Bilingual/ESL Teacher Leadership Academy, and the Partnership Support Organization/Children First Network (PSO/CFN).  The extensive bilingual/ESL course offerings at GSE support educators at all levels from pre-service to doctoral studies, including bilingual, ESL and special education extension programs.  RBERN is already hard at work from its main office just outside the Rose Hill campus and will be opening satellite offices in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. 
  • Opera superstar Placido Domingo conducted New York City schoolchildren at Public School 129 in Harlem (a GSE PSO/CFN School) and Public School 152 in Flatbush, at a fundraiser for their after-school music program.  The program, called Harmony, requires students to spend two hours every day either learning their instrument or playing with the school orchestra, augmented by at-home practice.  P.S. 129 principal Odelphia Pierre believes that this teaches students to focus and stay on task, which helps them with  academic subjects.  "It builds up their self-esteem," she added. "Now they know that if they set their minds to something they will be successful."  On Wednesday,  January 18th, under Domingo's leadership, the students played Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and selections from Antonin Dvorak's New World Symphony arranged for young performers.  Click here to read more on ABC News.com. 
Congratulations to P.S. 152., P.S. 129 and GSE's Center for Educational Partnerships for their work helping our PSO school achieve excellence!

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