Past Events

Fall 2017 Connected Leadership

On September 25, 2017, the Doctoral Program in Education opened the academic year by hosting the Fall Connected Leadership Social and welcoming Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of Education at Columbia University-Teachers College. In her talk entitled, "When Celebrating Diversity Isn't Enough: The Need for Racial Literacy in Schools and Society", Dr. Sealey-Ruiz spoke passionately about the origins of the academic field of Racial Literacy, how it has impacted her work, and why many academics are currently interested in the field. She shared the characteristics of Racial Literacy that make it popular with school districts that are seeking to improve the effectiveness of their teachers and the academic outcomes of their students.  Dr. Sealey-Ruiz encouraged participants to reflect on their own racial literacy and contemplate why now, more than any time in our recent history; racial literacy is an important skill to have.

 Connected Leadership - September 25, 2017 Connected Leadership - September 25, 2017
Connected Leadership - September 25, 2017 Connected Leadership - September 25, 2017

UN Visit

"Replicate something that is good locally, and make it global."  This was the message given by Mr. Ramu Damodara, Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) at the briefing he gave for the Molloy College Ed.D. students during their visit to the United Nations on March 31, 2017.  Mr. Damodara spoke in a casual, yet authoritative voice about the responsibility of educators to facilitate the collective sharing of ideas and thoughts impacting education on a global level and solicited feedback for engaging discourse amongst the doctoral students present. UN Visit
Dr. Bela Hovy, Chief of Migration discussed Migration and Displacement: Drivers, Impacts and Actions.  Who are international migrants?  What happens when someone becomes "stateless" and where will the next large migration come from?  These were just a few of the thought provoking questions posed by Dr. Hovy during his presentation to the Ed.D. students. Migration continues to be a topic of utmost concern as stated at the September2016 Summit where the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants expressed the political will of world leaders to save lives, protect rights and share responsibility on a global scale. Dr. Bela Hovy, Chief of Migration with Molloy Ed.D students

Fall 2016 Connected Leadership

The theme for this year's Ed.D. social events is STUDENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS and on October 21, 2016, Dr. Judy Yu, Dr. Sheilah Jefferson-Isaac and a panel of teachers from the Northern Parkway school in Uniondale spoke about their work in relation to this theme at the Molloy College Fall Connected Leadership Social.

In her role as Founding Executive Director of REACH® -Research. Educate. Aspire. Change. History®, Dr. Judy Yu presented on the research she has conducted at a head start center in the Chinatown where she studied how immigrant parents and grandparents understand their child/grandchild rearing roles as defined in the United States.  Additionally, Dr. Yu explored what these immigrants deem important both culturally and historically, as they integrate into American culture.

Dr. Jefferson-Isaac along with several teachers from the Uniondale School district; Mr. Francisco Muniz, Ms. Xiomara Flowers, and Ms. Alicia Boardman, discussed how they address challenges they face in a school with a very large immigrant population, and the importance of creating relationships with families to encourage parental involvement.

Winter 2016 Fireside Chat

Most recently known for his decision to double recess time for grades K-5 in the Patchogue-Medford School District, Superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes, expanded on his commitment to Whole Child Learning and the practices he has implemented in his district at the Molloy College Ed.D. Winter Fireside Chat which took place on December 2, 2016.  The audience of more than forty people including students, faculty and prospective students, learned about Dr. Hynes' initiatives to create more opportunities for both structured and unstructured play, project- based learning, the creation of an imagination station and the introduction of both yoga and meditation.  

2016 Summer Institute

Dr. Margo Gottlieb Dr. Joe Casbarro
   Dr. Margo Gottlieb    Dr. Joe Casbarro

On July 14, 2016, The Molloy College Division of Education welcomed Dr. Margo Gottlieb, the co-founder and lead developer for WIDA (a consortium of 37 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in addition to over 200 international schools) housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Gottlieb has spearheaded the development of English language proficiency/development standards for American Samoa, Guam, TESOL, and WIDA and has designed assessment systems and comprehensive curricular frameworks. Her presentation, Viewing Assessment for English Language Learners Through a Different Lens, gave participants with an deeper understanding of assessment techniques and interpretation methods benefiting English Language Learners.

Dr. Joseph Casbarro addressed our participants on July 15, 2016 through his presentation, Test Anxiety:  Causes, Management and Strategies to Facilitate Student Performance. Dr. Joseph Casbarro is currently Chief Operating Officer for National Professional Resources, Inc. (NPR, Inc.), a leading publisher and distributor of professional development and training materials for educators.  His talk provided participants with a better understanding of a common problem found in all student populations.


NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality(TAC-D) Summer Institute

On May 20, 2016, five current Molloy College Ed.D. students presented at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D) Summer Institute.  The focus of the event was Unleashing the Power of Culturally Responsive Education in the 21 Century:  Empowering students, families and educatorsDr. Andrea Honigsfeld, Associate Dean and Ed.D. Program Director along with students: Karen Buechner, Brendan Caputo, Signy Emler, Alaisa Grudzinski,  and Amy Eckelmann discussed Paul Gorski's Equity Literacy Framework in their presentation, Equity Literacy Skills: Four Essential Practices in Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary Education  and Related Services.

Connected Leadership

Connected Leadership Social

The Connected Leadership Social held on March 14, 2016, brought together close to forty students, faculty members and educational leaders from  the NY metropolitan area. The four guest speakers: Dr. Tony Sinanis, Principal & Lead Learner, Cantiague Elementary School, Jericho UFSD, Dr. Sheilah Jefferson-Isaac, Assistant Principal, Northern Parkway School, Uniondale UFSD, Dr. Danielle Gately, Director of Curriculum, East Williston UFSD and Dr. William Brennan, Director of Instructional Technology, Farmingdale UFSD discussed their best practices for use of technology and professional development in education today and demonstrated  how they put these practices to use in their schools. The Connected Leadership Series will continue with another social event in the fall semester 2016.

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