Dr. René Hauser, director of differentiated education, presented a half day workshop on differentiated instructional strategies to 30 teachers in the Jamestown school district. Teachers from Love Elementary School participated in activities to help them clearly identify learning outcomes, differentiate their instruction based on student needs and interests, and develop differentiated assessments.
Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, assistant professor of educational leadership, had an article published titled "Shifting the Paradigm of the Classroom to Respond to the Demands of a Global World" in edCircuit magazine. The article offers practical solutions for bringing global competency into the K-12 classroom. It can be viewed here.
Faculty, students and alumni shared their experience with unified sports at the 79th Annual New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in Verona, N.Y. The presentation at NYSAHPERD was titled “Unifed Sports: Competitive Sports and Leadership Skills for an Inclusive Future.” Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team to compete. Presenters included faculty members Dr. Paula Scraba, associate professor of physical education and Allison Barnes, adjunct instructor of physical education, and physical education majors/Physical Activities Club leadership students Abigail Lagoner, Abbey Marchewka and Kerry McCarthy, along with Nate Johnson, state director of Unified Sports. This year, St. Bonaventure and Special Olympics New York representatives invited a coaches panel from various school districts to co-present with them. Jessica Byerwalters from Amsterdam High School and Marc Vitticore from Fairport High School were joined by SBU physical education alumni Colleen Quinn, ’08, who was part of the original organization of Special Olympics sports on campus and Quinlan Shoen, ’15, one of the first student directors of unified sports events at the university. The coaches panel at the conference illustrated how inclusive sports build community, improve skills for positive social interaction and create acceptance in the sporting arena.
Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, director of the educational leadership program, presented on infusing disciplinary literacy in undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs at the American Reading Forum Conference. This was her third time presenting at this annual conference.
Dr. Willy K. Rotich, associate professor of physical education, published an article in the journal Strategies on Nov. 4, 2016, titled "Leveraging the Habit-forming Aspects of Technology to Increase Levels of Physical Activity." The article highlighted potential uses of habit-forming technology (like video games) in ways that could promote physical activity and in the process make these technologies an ally rather than obstacle in combating inactivity. Dr. Rotich also presented at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio on Nov. 9-13. His presentation was titled "The Expanding English Premier League Soccer Fan base: Reverse drain of sports benefits in the wake of globalization," discussing the globalization that has led to an increased fan base for the English Premier League Soccer, especially in the developing world.
Dr. Margaret Jones-Carey, director of the educational leadership program, presented at the Global Education Forum in Philadelphia, P.A., on October 15, 2016, on the topic: Using Teacher Leaders to Infuse Global Competence in K-12 classrooms.
Dr. René Hauser, associate professor in the School of Education and director of the Master’s in Differentiated Instruction programs, received a $3,089 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds will be used to purchase materials for enrichment kits for graduate students in the Differentiated Instruction program to use with students in Olean and Buffalo area schools. Included are materials designed to facilitate higher order thinking and creativity, such as Lego and other building materials, engaging literature for book discussions and math, science and art games. The grant monies used to support this award were raised through the efforts of McDonald’s restaurants in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families by supporting programs that benefit the lives of children in our community.
Three faculty members were nominated by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to participate in the Academic Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education. The 2015-16 participants were Dr. Nancy Casey, associate professor of education and acting dean of the School of Education; Dr. René Hauser, associate professor of education and director of the Differentiated Instruction program; and Dr. Anne Foerst, director of the Individualized Major program, Teagle Team Leader and associate professor of computer science. Each of the faculty members attended sessions provided by regional education leaders and worked with small groups to develop presentations on pertinent higher education topics. Dr. Hauser's presentation can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Yrj8300AqGU, and Dr. Casey's can be viewed at http://ow.ly/Krhs300AqMy.
Mary Kay Worth presented a skill-building workshop at the Fall Leadership Summit for the New York State Council of School Superintendents Sept. 27-29. Worth, a retired superintendent, is an adjunct professor in St. Bonaventure’s School of Education. She presented “Engaging Students and Teachers in Storytelling, Writing, and Technology ~ Cultivating Authors,” at the summit. Participants were able to explore their own storytelling capabilities as well as how to start an author-in-residence program at their school. Worth serves as an author-in-residence at Washington West Elementary School in Olean. Her skillset includes connection to the Common Core Curriculum and building text sets. She credits the Elementary Education Department Field Block program and her exceptional colleagues for enhancing her skills that have opened new doors.
On Oct. 2, Dr. Anne-Claire Fisher and Dr. Paul Brawdy, with seniors Micaela Young and Nicole Dailey, presented at the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) in New Orleans. They presented on the preliminary results of joint research pursued during the spring semester of 2015 with six St. Bonaventure education undergraduate and graduate students (Samantha Arias, Nicole Dailey, Chloe Laundrie, Maria Liotta, Micaela Young and Jessica Zummo).
The presentation was titled “The other side of otherness: Fitting in or branching out?” and it was well received.
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