Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Summer 2012 New Student Orientation

If you are beginning your education at GSE in Summer 2012, join us for an Orientation to learn about student services, get important information for new students, and view the campus. Come meet your new classmates and enjoy an afternoon at Fordham!

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
1pm - 3pm
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. A detailed agenda will be emailed to you prior to the event.

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

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Upcoming Event: Teaching Latin in NYC Public Schools

The Fordham University Department of Classics and the NY Classical Club are proud to sponsor:

"Teaching Latin in NYC Public Schools"
When: Friday May 4th, 5-7pm
Where: Fordham University, Lincoln Center, McMahon Hall 109

Ron Janoff, Curriculum Director for Latin at Williamsburg Charter School

Kathleen Durkin: Latin Teacher, Masbeth HS, Queens NY
Jason Griffiths: Headmaster, The Brooklyn Latin School
Lester Long: Executive Director, The South Bronx Classical Charter School

Dr. Ron Janoff, Curriculum Director for Latin at the Williamsburg Charter School, will open the proceedings and moderate the discussion during which the panelists will be asked to share their experiences and shed some life on the teaching of Latin and on the place of classical learning in their schools.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Alumni Notes: Rashid Ferrod Davis (GSE '03)

Rashid Ferrod Davis (M.S. Ed. in Administration and Supervision '03) is the founding principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) and was recently named a 2012 Cahn Fellow. The Cahn Fellow Program for Distinguished Principals at Teacher's College, Columbia University is committed to recognizing outstanding principals and providing them opportunities for professional, intellectual and personal growth.

Davis also recently published "To Encourage Good Habits, Test Early and Often in High School" in the New York Times School Book. Davis supports introducing Regents exams early, during the ninth and tenth grades, so students have the opportunity to experience success early on. In support of this theory, Davis outlines an innovative program he has introduced at P-Tech that advocates teaching through the test rather than teaching to the test.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Faculty Publications: A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer

Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D. (Professor of Counseling Psychology) authored a book entitled A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: Understanding the Genius, Mystery, and Psychological Decline of a World Chess Champion, which will be released this month by Charles C. Thomas Publisher.

The book examines the inner workings of Fisher's mind- the genetic, personal, family, cultural and political factors that collectively provide a penetrating window into the "why" of Bobby Fisher's genius and bizarre behavior. Though there have been many articles, books and films on Bobby Fisher, this text represents the first scholarly psychological assessment of the world's most famous chess champion.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Professor Brings to Light the Darker Side of Genius

The story of Bobby Fischer has for decades garnered international intrigue. At 15, Fischer became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world. To Cold War-era Americans, Fischer’s victory in 1958 over the reigning eastern European champions rendered him a national hero, resulting in accolades like “genius” and “boy wonder.” His 1972 capture of the World Championship from Boris Spassky of the USSR is still considered to be the most widely watched chess match in history.

But over time, Fischer’s reclusive and increasingly bizarre behavior alienated him, until his vitriolic anti-Semitism and endorsement of the 9/11 attacks ultimately sank him into infamy. He died an exile in Iceland in 2008.
So, how could one of America’s greatest minds have ended this way?

That is the question Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D., tackles in his groundbreaking book, A Psychobiography of Bobby Fischer: Understanding the Genius, Mystery, and Psychological Decline of a World Chess Champion (Charles C. Thomas, Publisher, Ltd., 2012).

Monday, October 17, 2011

GSE Celebrates Leaders in Catholic Education

The Graduate School of Education honored Catholic school leaders throughout New York City on May 15th at its 18th Annual Catholic School Executive Leadership Dinner. Both city and state representatives gathered at the Lincoln Center campus for the event, which was sponsored by GSE’s Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education.

“Catholic schools are the models of successful schools,” said James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., dean of GSE. “Catholic schools set the standards for what good schools look like, how good schools run, and what good schools can accomplish… [This event] is to celebrate Catholic schools and the leaders who make them such great schools.”

From left, James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., dean of GSE; Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham;
James Cultrara, executive secretary of the Catholic School Council; Merryl H. Tisch, Ed.D., chancellor the New York State Board of Regents; Gerald Cattaro, Ed.D., executive director of the Center for Catholic School Leadership

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Commencement 2012 Student Profile: Karen Clayton, Ph.D.

As part of Inside Fordham's Special Commencement Edition, graduating students from each of the undergraduate and graduate schools at Fordham are profiled in "Faces in the Class of 2012." This year, the Graduate School of Education chose Karen Clayton, who will receive her doctorate in Educational Psychology at tomorrow's Commencement ceremony. A native of St. Catherine, Jamaica, her research on student motivation represents more than a capstone to a decade of assiduous study. It also captures a personal journey that has spanned both disciplines and oceans.
Click here to read Clayton's profile, "Jamaican Businesswoman Starts Anew."

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Idealist Graduate School Fair @ Fordham Lincoln Center

On June 19th, Fordham University will host an Idealist Graduate School Fair at the Lincoln Center campus. The Graduate School of Education, as well as other graduate schools at Fordham, will participate. We invite you to join us and learn more about the opportunities that a graduate degree or certificate from GSE can open up for you!

When: June 19, 2012
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Pope Auditorium, Fordham Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street

Monday, August 22, 2011

Human Resiliency Institute: Edge4Vets N.I.C.E. Training at JFK Airport

GSE's Human Resiliency Institute Edge4Vets programcontinues to make strong progress in its effort to help veterans create successful "military to school" transitions. Today, John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City will roll out a new program, just in time for the busy summer travel season. Called Edge4Vets N.I.C.E. Corps, the program plans to use the skills of military veterans to help alleviate passenger frustrations at the airport. It takes airport employees who are also veterans and gives them N.I.C.E. (Neutralize Irritations Customers Experience) training.

The pilot program was designed by Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency institute at Fordham GSE. He said the program would initially be in Terminal 4, and has 30 trained problem solvers ready to help. "What travelers want most," he said, "is for someone to care when things go wrong. They want someone who will step up and help." Veterans employed at a variety of airport companies – even airlines like JetBlue, Delta and American Airlines, and agencies like TSA– have signed up for the training.

Click the links below to read news stories and view video of this event:
NY Daily News
ABC News
USA Today
Queens Chronicle

Dawn Jolly, a Fordham student/vet and coordinator for the
N.I.C.E. Corps, leads a customer service discussion with
veterans at JFK.

Monday, July 4, 2011

In Memorium: Phyllis Pitt

Phyllis Pitt, a doctoral candidate, field supervisor and adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Education died on May 31 after being struck by a car in Brooklyn. She was a longtime public and private school teacher in Brooklyn yeshivas.

“We grieve with the family and loved ones of Phyllis Pitt,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of the University. “With one long and distinguished career behind her, she was struck down just as she prepared to embark on a new adventure. Her death is a loss to her students, her colleagues, and of course her husband and children. I know that the Fordham family joins me in keeping Phyllis and her loved ones in our thoughts and prayers.”

Pitt is survived by her husband, Michael, and two adult children. The family lives in Brooklyn. The University will publish details about services and memorials as they become available.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fordham and Brooklyn Diocese Form CSAA

Brooklyn Catholic schools have a new way to earn accreditation, thanks to a recent partnership forged between Fordham and the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Graduate School of Education and the Diocese have jointly created the Catholic School Accreditation Association (CSAA), the establishment of which was marked at a signing ceremony at the diocesan offices on May 25.

“The purpose is to bring the credibility of a major Catholic university into the process of accrediting Catholic schools… We are focusing on the Catholic identity of schools and also focusing on academic excellence,” said James J. Hennessy, Ph.D., dean of GSE. “[It will also] help communicate more broadly about the high academic quality of accredited schools, thus boosting enrollments and perhaps reversing the trend of closing schools.”

Click here to read the full story in Inside Fordham.

From left, Thomas Chadzutko, superintendent of schools for the diocese, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, James J. Hennessy, dean of GSE, and Gerald Cattaro, executive director of GSE's Center for Catholic School Leadership.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Alumni News: Dr. Brian D. Monahan ('82) and Rashid Ferrod Davis ('03)

The Hendrick Hudson Board of Education announced its selection of Brian D. Monahan, Ph.D., as interim Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1. Monahan, currently serving as coordinator of graduate programs in educational leadership and technology at Pace University, brings nearly 40 years of experience as an educator to the Hendrick Hudson School District. He received his Ph.D. in curriculum and teaching with a specialization in language and literacy from GSE in 1982.

Rashid Ferrod Davis (M.S.Ed. Administration & Supervision '03) is the founding Principal of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech), and was recently interviewed for Principal's Office, a regular feature in the New York Times' School Book. In the interview, entitled "No Such Thing As Too Hard," Davis discusses the challenge of preparing his students for a rigorous science and technology curriculum, and college-level classes, even though many of them came from middle schools that may not have adequately prepared them.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Graduation Reflections

Left to right:
Kirsten Graham and Alyse La Rue
GSE Class of 2012
As they prepared to graduate, we asked our GSE Student Ambassadors and Graduate Assistants to reflect on their experiences at Fordham and at the Graduate School of Education. Alyse La Rue received an M.S.E. in Mental Health Counseling this May.

My time at Fordham was more than just the achievement of a master's degree- it was a time of personal growth as well. I began the Mental Health Counseling program unsure of what I had just gotten myself into, but I am leaving with a deep knowledge of my field and myself, friends and faculty that will be colleagues in the future, and as a leader. When I first came to Fordham I really didn't know what to expect. I was nervous; did I do the right thing going back to school? Was this degree going to to get me where I wanted to go? Could I really become a therapist? I chose Fordham because I knew I wanted a top-notch education, and when I left Admissions events I felt as if I had gotten a big hug.

Once I began the program, I realized that support I felt from the Office of Admissions continued. When I felt insecure about whether I would be a good counselor, my professors and classmates were there to support my growth. When my classmate Kirsten Graham and I thought that the counseling program would benefit from a student organization, we were welcomed with open arms and supported through the entire process of developing the Student Association of Mental Health Counselors (SAM). In addition to support, I gained invaluable knowledge and skills both in the classroom and at my internship that have left me feeling well prepared as I enter the workforce. Beyond counseling skills, I gained a better understanding of myself; who I was, and why I was going into this field.
While I am excited to see where my career will take me, a part of me is sad to say goodbye to Fordham. I look forward to staying connected with classmates and faculty as we all move on to the next phase of our lives.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Faculty Accomplishments: Michael Pizzingrillo Named New Superintendent of Schools For Diocese of Albany

The new superintendent of schools for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany says he wants to increase enrollment and boost the use of technology in classrooms.

"We need to look at what makes us successful and enhance it as much as possible," said Michael Pizzingrillo, who assumes the post after serving as deputy superintendent of schools for the Brooklyn Diocese. In 1995, he started in the downstate district as a junior high school math and science teacher and went on to work in central Catholic schools administration for nine years.

Pizzingrillo has been an elementary school principal at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Brooklyn, and an associate superintendent for strategic planning, government programs and public policy, the diocese said. He is an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Education, where he is completing his doctorate in education leadership.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spotlight On: Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education

The National Catholic Education Association Convention held in Boston on April 11th-13th, 2012 highlighted the leadership work of the Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education at GSE. A session entitled "An Entrepreneurial "Eastering" Enterprise: A University-Diocesan Partnership for Catholic School Leaderships" was presented by Drs. Gerald Cattaro (Professor and Executive Director of the Center), Thomas Chadzutko (Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Brooklyn), and Lorraine Pasadino (GSE Scholar in Residence), and "A Leadership of Resurrection: An "Eastered" Paradigm" was also presented by Dr. Lorraine Pasadino.

Additionally, the April/May 2012 issue of Momentum: The Journal of Catholic Education included an article by Drs. Gerald Cattaro and Lorraine Pasadino entitled, "University-Diocesan Partnership Grooms 21st Century Catholic School Leaders: Fordham University and the Diocese of Brooklyn Create a Distinctive Three Year Learning-in-Practice Experience". The article discusses the Center's leading role in the Cabrini Urban Principals' Institute for Exemplary Leadership, an entrepreneurial partnership leadership certificate program between Fordham University and the Diocese of Brooklyn that has been "contemplatively & clinically grounded" in Catholic heritage, educational theory and research, and uniquely tailored to the distinctive leadership challenges of principals in the urban Diocese of Brooklyn.

On May 30th, 2012, a ceremony will be held at Fordham University to celebrate the closure and certification of the first cohort of Cabrini Leaders to finish the 3-year certificate.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

GSE Hosts Visitors From University of Pretoria

Left to right: Dean Hennessy, Dr. Ina Joubert,
Dr. Ronel Ferreira, Dr. Gerrit Stols
This week, several members of the Faculty of Education from the University of Pretoria visited the Graduate School of Education, as part of Fordham University’s ongoing partnership with the South African institution. Drs. Ronel Ferreira (Head of Department of Educational Psychology), Ina Joubert(Senior Lecturer, Department of Early Childhood Education) and Gerrit Stols (Senior Lecturer, Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education) spent the week with GSE administrators, faculty, staff and students, as part of an effort to develop the Fordham partnership and collaboration with Pretoria further at the faculty and program levels.

Ferreira, Joubert and Stols participated in discussions with Dean James Hennessy, Associate Dean Rita Brause and GSE Division Chairs. They also observed several classes in session, including a team-taught course in the Fordham Teacher Residency Scholars program in Adolescence Education, and a course entitled “Leading in a Diverse Society” in the Division of Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy’s Master’s in Administration and Supervision program. They toured both the Fordham Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses, and visited several Bronx elementary schools which are members of GSE’s Partnership Support Organization/Children First Network (PSO/CFN). GSE hosted them as guests at receptions celebrating three cohorts of graduates of GSE’s NYSED grant-funded Educational Leadership Program Enhancement Project (ELPEP) and welcoming incoming students to the first cohorts of the Accelerated Master’s in Educational Leadership (A.M.P.E.L.) program, and they interacted with faculty from the new doctoral program in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR)-- as well as with faculty from almost every other GSE program.
Many collaborations resulted from interaction between GSE faculty and the visitors from Pretoria. These include an agreement for GSE faculty to serve as external reviewers of Pretoria Faculty of Education doctoral candidate dissertations, plans to develop joint courses, and new research alliances amongst faculty. Future possibilities include GSE providing a means of advanced professional development and leadership preparation opportunities for Pretoria faculty, and the possibility of fieldwork for students in several programs within GSE’s Division of Psychological and Educational Services abroad in South Africa.
We look forward to these and many other mutually beneficial partnership opportunities as GSE’s relationship with the Faculty of Education at the University of Pretoria continues to grow!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

REMINDER: Summer 2012 Session II In-Person Registration

If you are interested in enrolling in classes as a non-matriculated student at GSE for Summer 2012 Session II, In-Person Registration will take place at the Lincoln Center and Westchester campuses on June 27th & 28th (from 1-5pm) and on July 2nd (from 9am-5pm).

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, read the new procedure instructions for registration at Lincoln Center here. Please note that the Graduate School of Education Office of Admissions has moved to 33 West 60th Street, Suite 207.

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. Read the new procedure instructions for registration at Westchester 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.