Recent News


April 2022

Dr. Allison Roda, Associate Professor, contributed to an article with The 74 titled "Time to End the Zero-Sum Mindset and Adopt Inclusive, Gifted-for-All Programs in Public Schools" with co-authors Yvette Jackson and Halley Potter.

April 2022

Dr. Allison Roda and Kfir Mordechay explore "Gentrifying Neighborhoods Open Opportunities for School Integration" featured in School Administrator Magazine.

March 2022

Dr. Allison Roda contributed to a study for the Arts Education Policy Review titled "The Lost Art: Teachers' Perceptions of the Connections Between the Arts and Social-Emotional Learning" with Ed.D. Alumna, Kelley Cordeiro and Ed.D. Student ,Thomas Rizzuto. Social-emotional learning (SEL) has become one of the fastest growing movements in education. However, while many teachers acknowledge the value of SEL, research shows that comparatively few educators feel prepared to incorporate it into their classrooms, and that current school culture emphasizes academics over SEL. This qualitative study examined the perceptions and lived experiences of K-16 visual art, theater, and music teachers in the arts classroom. We describe three art constructs aligned with SEL that emerged from our interview data with educators: identity, interactions, and independence. Our findings provide illustrative examples of teaching practices that support these connections and illuminate a need to expand the role of SEL in educational policy through the use of the arts.
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December 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Allison Roda for being a speaker on the Brilliant NYC Citywide Expert Panel discussing the science behind accelerated learning and project-based instruction. View the panel discussion here:

November 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Dr. Maria G. Dove, Dr. Audrey Cohan and Dr. Carrie McDermott Goldman  on the publication of their recent books,

October 2021

Photo of Allison Roda Dr. Allison Roda was recently quoted in the New York Magazine, October 15, 2021. Read the complete article.

"The schools are very segregated, and there are a lot of schools that are underenrolled or underresourced. I think that the Department of Education has a lot of work to do to create a more equitable system, that's for sure," said Allison Roda, an assistant professor of education at Molloy University who has studied inequality in New York City's Gifted programs. "But this is a good first step because of the segregation it was causing within schools. It really had a cumulative effect too as students went into middle schools and high schools. You would see advantaged parents use the system to their advantage, knowing if they could get their kids into a Gifted and Talented program, it would set them up for better middle schools and high schools."

Dr. Allison Roda also recently quoted in Chalkbeat NY, October 21, 2021. Read the complete article.

"Even in districts that use universal screening and multiple measures, such as test scores and teacher recommendations, programs still often aren't representative of the larger school system," said Allison Roda, an assistant professor at Molloy University who has studied New York City's gifted programs. She doesn't believe students need to be served separately. Roda said other attempts to expand programs or prepare students for admission to selective programs haven't worked. Just look at the city's coveted specialized high schools, she said. Despite expanding the number of specialized high schools and offering test prep, and other opportunities to disadvantaged students to secure seats, the schools enroll few Black and Latino students. Roda said segregation makes it a challenge to bring students up to speed in schools with concentrated levels of poverty. New York City is home to one of the most segregated school systems in the country. She pointed to the uneven resources she has seen in the gifted programs she has studied in the city. "The G&T classes had the fancy printers and the nice rugs. And whatever the teachers needed, the parents donated," she said. "It seems more equitable to have mixed-ability classes... in terms of resources and parent involvement and what parents can donate." She said teachers need more credit for implementing differentiation strategies, arguing that even gifted classrooms are full of students at different performance levels. There are promising practices, she said, like cooperative learning groups, where students at different academic levels work together. "A lot of times this gets framed as you're taking something away from me and my child, and to expand it, to provide these opportunities to more students, that feels like losing something. But that's just a zero sum ideology. I don't think that's real," she said. "Your child will still have an advantage in the system, and your child will still have access to opportunities - but other children will too now. And it won't be so exclusive, and there won't be such a small number of opportunities."

December 2020

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Dr. Allison Roda's article "A commentary on the December/January issue: The real problem is the very idea of "giftedness" appeared in Kappan - The professional journal for educators. Read the complete article here

September 2020

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Congratulations to Dr. Allison Roda
on the publication of her recent article, "Holding the Line: Investigating How Urban School Leaders' Respond to Gentrification in New York City Schools" in the Urban Education journal. 

May 2020

Ed.D. graduate, Robert Windorf recently presented at the biennial ANGEL Early Career Researchers' Conference.

"This special conference was hosted by Oulu University (Finland) and supported by its European higher education Robert Windorfpartners, University College London and Universität Bamberg (Germany). ANGEL is the acronym for the Academic Network on Global Education & Learning. I joined the network 2 years ago. I had applied to present, and I was accepted along with 28 other early career researchers. Only one other person was from North America. Approximately one thousand persons watched this 2-day on-line event. It was an excellent opportunity to make connections among the EU, UK, and Asian higher education networks. I do not know where such potential connections may lead to, but it's the beginning of a new journey."

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April 2020

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Congratulations to Dr. Allison Roda and Dr. Ryan Coughlan on the publication of their recent book, Making School Integration Work: Lessons from Morris.

November 2019

Ed.D. Student, Carrie Sollin presented on her dissertation topic, and shared how gatekeeper training programs can be implemented in the K-12 environment at Long Island Student Support Team (LISST) Conference that was held on November 5.

October 2019

Dr. Maria Dove and Dr. Andrea HonigsfeldDr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr. Maria Dove are two of the nine nationally recognized experts on education for English learners (ELs), who contributed to the Breaking Down the Wall volume, launched at the WIDA conference in Providence, Rhode Island on October 14, 2019. In response to the deep divide surrounding immigration and the challenges of fully understanding and embracing the immigrant population, the invited chapter authors and their publisher decided to document their collective wisdom about how best to ensure our multilingual learners reach their highest potential. In this first-of-a-kind collaboration, the nine chapters are in effect nine calls to action, complete with the research and strategies, for how to see children who come to school speaking a different home language for what they really are learners with tremendous assets.

May 2019

Dr. Andrea HonigsfeldCongratulations to Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld on the publication of her book, Growing Language and Literacy: Strategies for English Learners.

April 2019

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld was nominated by St. John's University's School of Education Alumni Nominating Committee as an honoree at the Eleventh Annual Leaders in Education Dinner [LEAD].

February 2019

Photo of Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria DoveCongratulations to Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr.Maria Dove on the publication of their book, Collaborating for English Learners, A Foundational Guide to Integrated Practices.

Photo of Andrea HonigsfeldDr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Associate Dean and Ed.D. Program Director, will be the keynote speaker at the ELLSA (English Language Learning Specialists in Asia) conference- Collaborations: Promoting Professional Partnerships taking place in Bangkok, Thailand on January 26 - 27, 2019.

Photo of Allison RodaCongratulations to Dr. Allison Roda on the publication of her recent article, "Parenting in the Age of High-Stakes Testing: Gifted and Talented Admissions and the Meaning of Parenthood" in the Teachers College Record. A discussion about the article can be found in this video.

November 2018

Ed.D. Student, Elizabeth Stein was part of an expert panel that presented at the 2018 Education and Law Conference, SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES: Reshaping Challenges Into Educational Opportunities Hosted by: Long Island Advocacy Ed.D. Student, Elizabeth SteinCenter on Nov 8, 2018.

Race in Education: It's not black or white Expert Panel Sergio Argueta, STRONG Youth, Inc, Abja Midha, The Education Trust, Elizabeth Stein, Smithtown SD, Glen Stewart, PPS, Freeport SD

October 2018

Cohort 2 Ed.D. Student Karen Buechner and Nicolette James presented at the LIASCD Conference, October 5, 2018, "Reimagining Writing Instruction in the 21st Century Classroom: Dialogue that Promotes Equity Literacy for All Learners.

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Congratulations to Dr. Allison Roda whose article "School Choice and the Politics of Parenthood: Exploring Parent Mobilization as a Catalyst for the Common Good" was just published by the Peabody Journal of Education. The research for this article was funded by a Molloy University faculty research grant.

Also published online in the Educational Policy Journal: "Opportunity hoarding in school choice contexts: The role of policy design in promoting middle-class parents' exclusionary behaviors" with Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, coauthor.

August 2018

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Ed.D. Student, Dorothy Drexel, Assistant Principal - Plainview-Old Bethpage announced as a winner of the CTAUN Excellence in Education Award for her project - Become A Voice To Change The World, Not An Echo

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Book Review by Ed.D. faculty member Dr. Audrey Cohan and Ed.D. student, Elizabeth Stein Leadership Matters in the Education of Students with Special Needs in the 21st Century Author(s) (PDF): Festus E. Obiakor, Tachelle Banks, & Anthony F. Rotatori (Eds.)

June 2018

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Dr. Allison Roda quoted in City Limits her research surrounds the assessment of gifted and talented students.

February 2018

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Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr.Maria Dove, winners of the Textbook Excellence Award from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association.

December 2017

Cohort One Ed.D. student, Dorothy Drexel, presented at a Leadership Conference in Cape Town, South Africa

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" Day 4 in Cape Town
"Ours is a work to solve the needs of the people." Those were the opening words of one of the World Food Prize Laureates that addressed the conference yesterday about his work in Uganda with growing orange flesh sweet potatoes. I am far from Photo of Dorothy Drexelan agricultural researcher, and I have never thought about the orange flesh sweet potato, but the passion that this man had about making a life changing difference for his fellow humans was palpable. The other line that stood out of his presentation for me was: "This crop improves vitamin A status and the reduction of stunting in children. The orange flesh sweet potato has so much untapped potential." This global vision is the mindset that we all should have, and in turn, this honored scholar's words are metaphorical for our work in the classroom. How are we focusing on topics that are potential building instead of being bogged down with the distractions of "empty calories"? So...I presented the information about my future study. It was well received, and I now have made many connections with like-minded researchers from around the world. This was an experience that I lack words to describe.

November 2017

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Dr. Joanna Alcruz, Assistant Professor, Ed.D. Faculty
Alcruz, J. & Devanney, G. (2017, September). Are you Ready for the Next Conversation? Hint: Faculty are the Key. Paper presented at Annual Convention of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Washington, DC, US.

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Ed.D. Faculty member, Dr. Audrey Cohan, together with colleague, Dr. Chuck Howlett, published an article, "John Dewey and the Significance of Peace Education in American Democracy" in the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 16 (2017), 456-472.

Kelley Cordeiro and Mariola Krol, both Ed.D. Cohort 2 students, presented at the NYSTESOL Conference, November 3-4, 2017; "The Peaceful Classroom" and  "Grade Placement for English Language Learners"

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Ed.D. Cohort 1 student, Amy Eckelmann was the recipient of the NYSTESOL Teacher Award at the NYSTESOL Conference, November 3-4, 2017.

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Dr. Allison Roda's
article "Choosing Integration, and Making It Last", was recently published in AASA School Administrator, November 2017.

October 2017

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Ed.D. Cohort 1 student, Desiree Moodley, presented her paper, Critical Thinking Practice in Pre-service Teacher Preparation: From Pedantic Ignorance toward Pedagogical Enlightenment  at the Austrian Centre for Philosophy for Children - ACPC - International Conference on Philosophy for Children, University of Graz, Austria, under the auspices of the Austrian Commission for UNESCO 19-24 Oct, 2017.

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Ed.D. faculty member, Dr. Allison Roda's research was cited in an article on Do 'good' parents prep their kids for gifted exams? The answer varies by race, study finds. Click here for article. 

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Congratulations to Ed.D. Director, Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld and Ed.D. faculty member, Dr. Maria Dove on the publication of their latest book Co-Teaching for English Learners. 

Ed.D. Director, Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld presented at the 2017 Annual WIDA Conference, Oct. 16-19, 2017 Co-assessment as, for, and of Learning: The Power of Collaboration.


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