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.
As the 2017 graduates of Touro College Graduate School of Education make their way to their classrooms, faculty and staff members at Touro wished them congratulations and passed on some final pieces of advice.
Lisa Lin, the director of Elementary Language and Literacy Development and Chinese Language Programs in New York City’s Department of Education, recalled the time a parent of one of her students asked for a favor. The child had been raised by his Chinese grandparents for most of his life until his parents were able to afford the trip to America. That situation itself wasn’t uncommon for Lin: many of her students were raised by their grandparents while their parents work punishing hours in New York’s Chinese restaurants or in the construction industry. But the request was unique.
Award winning professor Timothy Bellavia teaches at Touro’s Graduate School of Education.