With the Fall 2019 semester, Touro’s Graduate School of Education will offer the first-ever Master of Science in Jewish Childhood Education and Special Education, a program leading to New York State dual teacher certification for completers. Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman, the director emeritus of Yachad The National Council for Jewish Disabilities, will be the program chair. During his more than 30 years with Yachad, Dr. Lichtman oversaw Yachad’s transformation into a thriving global organization dedicated to addressing the needs of Jewish individuals with disabilities. In honor of February being both North American Inclusion Month (NAIM) and Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, we spoke with Dr. Lichtman about the state of inclusion in the Jewish community, his goals for the new master’s program, and practical steps individuals can take to make their community more inclusive.
Edele Williams graduated from Touro College Graduate School of Education (GSE) with two master’s degrees, one in special education in 2003 and school leadership in 2005. She is a native of Brooklyn and is currently the District Director of Early Childhood Education for District 31, New York City Department of Education.
Sarah Hoff graduated in 2012 with a master’s degree in general and special education, and is now pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership and administration at Northcentral University. She is a native of Flemington, New Jersey and an expert in autism education who uses technology to inspire students’ learning and engagement. She is currently a kindergarten-second grade autism teacher at James Monroe Elementary School located in Edison, New Jersey.
Touro College, Smithsonian Science Education Center Partnership Unleashes the Inner Scientist in Middle School Educators
This fall, Touro College and University System joined hands with the Smithsonian Science Center to present workshops for middle school science educators teaching in NYC’s District 4 schools to collaborate on research projects and offer internships to undergraduate and graduate students.
When the opportunity came up to become assistant principal, Kristin Jones took it. “I have a pretty good grasp of where they’re coming from and what they’re expected to do as middle schoolers,” Jones said.
Dr. Lucia Buttaro, Chair, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL)/Bilingual Advanced Certificate Programs at Touro's Graduate School of Education (GSE), works with 4th grade teacher Ana Lynn Demorizi and 5th Grade teacher, Michael Garcia at PS 192 The Jacob H. Schiff School, where 31 percent of the pupils are limited in English proficiency. The school teaches all of its classes bilingually with the goal of developing students who are 100 percent bilingual, biliterate and bicultural. Dr. Buttaro says, “The work that I do in the schools with teachers, I take to my students at Touro and blend these real-life situations in with the issues we are studying in the classroom. My Touro students are learning about real life scenarios and utilizing real samples of student work.”
Interim Dean of the Touro College Graduate School of Education, Dr. Arnold Spinner has best been known for his unwavering dedication to quality – a core value at the center of his five-decade academic career, first at NYU and more recently at Touro. Consistently, he has reinforced to GSE leaders, faculty, staff teams, and students the GSE’s mission to prepare graduate degree and certificate candidates to be highly effective teachers, counselors, and school leaders in service to their P-12 students.
When Jennah Schuh was a child, her parents, both educators, offered her the following career advice.
Students with disabilities in economically struggling areas face many challenges, but they have a passionate and tireless advocate on their side: Touro’s Graduate School of Education alumnus Marilyn Brown.
Dr. LaMar P. Miller, former dean of Touro’s Graduate School of Education, founding director of Touro’s Lander Center for Educational Research, and a renowned expert in the fields of urban education and equity issues died on Tuesday, October 17 at the age of 92.