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Education Department Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

April 2018
Dr. Christine Hardigree will present on the topic, “Instructional Possibilities for Multilingual Students in Content-Area Literacy Instruction” at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting in New York City this April.

February 2018
Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox, presented "Case Study of a School in Transition: First Steps in Adopting a Bilingual-Bimodal Approach," with NYC school administrator, Dr. Jodi L. Falk, at the conference of American College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH) in Tucson on February 16th.
Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox standing at the podium giving her presentation.

November 2017
Dr. Katherine Zaromatidis (Psychology), Dr. Kara Naidoo, and Catherine Salch, MSEd (Liberty Partnerships Program), presented a paper titled "Innovative Extended Learning Opportunities and Strategies for Retention and Graduation of At-Risk Students" at the 2017 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in Palm Springs, Calif.
Sarah Noonan presented on the topic, “Using Data in Higher Education and Accreditation” at a graduate-level class at New York University.

October 2017
Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox presented a paper titled "Enacting a Bilingual Grammar Curriculum: Syntactic Knowledge of Teachers of the Deaf" at the New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS-CEC) conference in Binghamton with Jodi Falk, Ph.D., Educational Supervisor at St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in the Bronx.
Amanda Howerton-Fox and Jodi L. Falk at presentation

March 2017
Dr. Christine Hardigree has been accepted into the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Second Language Research Early Career Mentoring Program. She will work with a scholar mentor whom she will meet at the Association's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, April 27 - May 1, 2017.

February 2017
Dr. Kara Naidoo recently presented her work, "Developing Methods Courses to Increase Teacher Self-Efficacy" at the Association of Teacher Educators conference in Orlando, Fla.

Congratulations Assistant Professor Christine Hardigree on co-authoring the article, "Using Evidence in L2 Argumentative Writing: A Longitudinal Case Study Across High School and University," recently published in the journal, Language Learning! Read an excerpt.

Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox recently presented her work at ACE-DHH (American College Educators - Deaf and Hard of Hearing) in San Antonio, Texas. The presentation was titled "The Role of Comparative Linguistics in the Preparation of Teachers of the Deaf in Sweden." 

January 2017
Dr. Christine Hardigree's proposal for the NYSABE (New York State Association for Bilingual Education) conference has been accepted. She will be presenting her work titled "Supporting Synergistic Literacy: Linking Reading and Writing Instruction in Superdiverse Classrooms" there in March.

November 2016
Students from Professor A. Vincent Ciardiello and Professor William Zimmerman recently oversaw student collaboration with a Yonkers Middle School teacher on four lessons on American immigration. Read full article.

Brother Dennis Gunn, Ph. D., Instructor, Education & Religious Studies gave a paper at the Religious Education Association Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh in November. The title of the paper was: "Teaching for Cosmopolis: Bernard Lonergan's Hopeful Vision for Education in a Globalized World."
At that same meeting, Brother Dennis was appointed by the REA board as Archivist and Historian for the Religious Education Association at prestigious Yale University Divinity Library.

Dr. Kara Naidoo had one of her scholarly articles published in the JTE - Journal of Teacher Education (Volume 67 - Number 5, November/December 2016). Along with Susan A. Kirch, she co-authored the piece titled "Candidates Use a New Teacher Development Process, Transformative Reflection, to Identify and Address Teaching and Learning Problems in Their Work With Children." The article appears on page 379 of the issue.

October 2016
Dr. Malissa Scheuring Leipold and her family recently saw LAMP Catholic Ministries (Lay Apostolic Ministries with the Poor), an organization they founded in 1981, celebrate its 35th anniversary.

September 2016
Dr. Christine Hardigree (of the Education Department) co-wrote a letter to the editor, which was published, in response to the Houston Chronicle's exposé, "Denied: How Texas keeps tens of thousands of kids out of special education." The actual letter is behind a paywall, but here's a link to the article, which is just devastating and certainly of interest to anyone in education. Dr. Hardigree continues to retweet any updates to the story as they're published (@CNHardigree). If you're on Twitter, Dr. Hardigree highly recommends following the author of this piece, Brian Rosenthal. Thank you, and welcome to Dr. Hardigree; please take the time to read the biography of our three new Faculty members: Dr. Hardigree, Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox and Sarah Noonan (CAEP Coordinator - the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation).

March 2016
Professor Margaret Cunzio, recently presented a proclamation for Women's History month to Mary Fox-Alter, the superintendent of Pleasantville, for her advocacy for students and teachers and her involvement in community. Cunzio is District 3 Legislator for Westchester County, and has an official Facebook page.

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