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Back to School: How to Be the Best Advocate for Your Child

Shirly Ulfan with students at Aleph Bet Academy, a preschool she founded last year. Photo by Irene Ulfan-Coopersmith


It’s the start of a new school year. As a parent, you want to give your child every chance to succeed. But what’s the best way for you to help? How can you work with teachers and other school staff—who, let’s face it, see more of your child than you do—to make sure your favorite student is getting what they need?

FORDHAM magazine checked in with some alumni of the University’s Graduate School of Education—professionals who work with students ranging in age from preschool to high school—to ask them for some guidance. Here’s what they had to say.

Read the full story in Fordham Magazine.

GSE Talks Innovation in Education Models with Students from Zhejiang University


This week, Fordham GSE hosts a group of students from the College of Education at Zhejiang University, located in Hangzhou, China, as part of their American Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Camp. The students spent a week touring Los Angeles prior to coming to New York and then will spend a week in Hawaii.

While at Fordham, they will meet with various faculty members and administrators from across the university, as well as visit the JCC Manhattan and the Brooklyn Waldorf School, to learn about the systems and models of American education. ZJUstudents1Fordham lectures will cover topics such as innovation in teaching and learning, entrepreneurship, innovative educational models, and historical and comparative education systems.

On Tuesday morning, the group spoke with Drs. Marilyn Bisberg and Tiedan Huang about Fordham and early childhood education in America before touring the Rose Hill campus and speaking with Kate Kennon of the Gabelli School of Business.

The group prepared a presentation to introduce Fordham to Zhejiang University (ZJU), a leading research university in China with seven campuses and over 48,000 students. The university boasts strong international partnerships and over 700 undergraduate and graduate programs.



Tread Carefully in Teen’s Social Media Spaces, Says Researcher

Teenagers haven’t left Facebook, but they’re more involved than ever in a virtual archipelago of social media spaces that educators can take advantage of—if they tread lightly, a researcher told educators on July 13.

“We need to unpack the myth … that young people are technological wizards. There certainly are some who are, but not every kid is like that. I think before we use these

spaces in the classroom, we have to think about why we’re doing it, and what we’re walking into,” said Amanda Lenhart, speaking at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus.

Lenhart, a researcher with the Data & Society Research Institute, delivered a keynote, “The Shifting Landscape of American Teens’ Social & Digital Media Use,” at the fourth annual Developing Digital Literacies Conference, hosted by the Graduate School of Education.

“If [educators] ask young people to use a social space, we want to give them options so they don’t necessarily have to have their personal space invaded by the academic and vice versa.”

She tackled topics such as the rise of the smart phone, and teens’ need for constant access, texting, relationships, and privacy.

Read the full article at Fordham News.

Get more insights from conference participants via #FordhamDLC on Twitter.

“A Salute to ‘Old Glory’ from the Eyes of a 7th Grader”

Photo via the VAntage Point blog

Joseph Pizzo is a member of the Fordham Digital Literacies Collaborative, led by Dr. Kristen Turner. He is an English teacher at Black River Middle School in Chester, NJ and an adjunct professor at Union County College and Centenary College. The following excerpt is from Joe’s guest post on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VAntage Point blog.

Patriotism is a belief that inspires us to pay tribute to all who have sacrificed by serving our great nation.  Patriotism also recognizes the bravery both of those who have served and the families, friends, and fellow citizens who have supported the efforts of our brave men and women of the military.

As a middle school English teacher of 42 years, I have encouraged my students often to recognize the fact that it is only through the efforts of our dedicated military personnel that we are able to live in a society in which our freedom is guaranteed and defended daily.  Whenever the opportunity presents itself to recognize our military, I encourage my students to do so.  It is that encouragement that led my student Michael to author one of the finest tributes to our flag that I have ever had a student produce.

Let me explain how this poem was created.  During May of 2015, I assigned Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver to my seventh grade integrated language arts class to read.  We discussed the importance of color and the prominent place color plays for the main character Jonas.  After my students wrote their poems, I gave them the opportunity to use technology to celebrate color in a more vivid manner.  The students created online animations and a couple of iMovies.  When I saw the potential to use technology for this project, I decided to expand the use of technology on a larger scale when I would be teaching Lowry’s novel again this May.

Read the full post at the VAntage Point blog.

Learn more about digital literacy and integrating technology into the classroom at the annual Fordham DLC conference on Wednesday, July 13th.





July 13th: Developing Digital Literacies Conference

822e8-lcoutdoorpic-bmpWednesday, July 13th
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

How do digital tools affect our lives as individuals? As educators? How might we use digital tools to engage students in critical and creative thinking? How can we help students to understand technology as an aid to learning, rather than a distraction from it? Participants will explore these questions and more as they consider the impact of technology on literacy.

Featured speakers include Amanda Lenhart, Researcher with the Data & Society Research Institute, and practicing elementary, middle, and high school teachers, who will give classroom demonstrations.


8:30 Registration

9:00 Welcome and Keynote
Amanda Lenhart, “The Shifting Landscape of American Teens’ Social & Digital Media Use”

10:45 Classroom Demonstrations by Teachers

12:00 Lunch on your own in NYC (not included in cost of attendance)

1:00 Classroom Demonstrations by Teachers

3:00 Apps & Tools Share and Closing Remarks

Additional Information

  • The event will be held at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus (113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue)
  • Payment of $100 may be paid by credit card, purchase order, check, or money order by July 13
  • Early bird registration: $85 if payment is received by June 15
  • Fordham discount: $75 for Fordham staff, students, or alumni if payment is received by June 15
  • Professional Development Certificates Provided. NYC vendor # available

Contact Kristen Turner ( with questions.

Catholic School Leadership Celebrated for Devotion to Faith and Rigor

Photos by Dana Maxson


Catholic schools have done a great job staying true to their unique identity.

But if they are going to thrive, said a Jesuit bishop at a June 1 Fordham event, they need to improve academic standards.

Speaking at the 22nd Annual Catholic School Executive Leadership Dinner hosted by the Graduate School of Education (GSE), Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, cautioned that demographic shifts have brought Catholic schools to a crossroads. When parents can choose a public education that’s free, tuition-dependent schools need to raise their bar.

“Many of our Catholic schools are exceptional in the quality of education. But we also know that if we’re honest, we have many schools that are mediocre,” said Bishop Murry, who is chairman of the board of directors of the National Catholic Education Association. “We have to challenge ourselves in terms of quality of education to not simply be good enough, but to be … better than the public schools that are around us.”

Bishop Murry, who acts as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Education Committee, said that a “living faith, academic achievement, and self-discipline have long been hallmarks” that are worth preserving in Catholic schools.

Read the full story at Fordham News.

U.S. News Ranks Fordham GSE #45 in Nation


In its America’s Best Graduate Schools, 2017 edition, U.S. News and World Report ranked Fordham GSE #45 among 180 U.S. Schools of Education. This rank marks a fourteen spot jump over last year’s #59 ranking.

View the full list.

Demystifying the Business of Performing Arts


It’s been six years since Fordham and the Juilliard School first collaborated on a course focusing on the business of the performing arts.

Now course instructor William F. Baker, PhD, the Claudio Acquaviva SJ Chair and Journalist in Residence, has compiled a new book that culls some of that class’s major notes.

Baker, together with Evan Leatherwood and Warren Gibson, PhD, has published The World’s a Stage: How performing artists can make a living while still doing what they love (American Management Association, 2016). The book follows the storied history of the performing arts and finds that, while the artists’ world has changed, their struggle to make a living has not.

Read the full story at Fordham News.

Love, Dialogue, Service: Center for Catholic School Leadership Leads Delegation to World Congress


Dr. Gerald Cattaro (left) presenting at World Congress on Catholic Education.


Dr. Gerald Cattaro, EdD, executive director of the Center for Catholic School Leadership and Faith-Based Education, recently led an 80 member U.S. delegation to the World Congress on Catholic Education celebrating the 50th anniversary of Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis, and the 25th anniversary of the apostolic constitution, Ex Corde Ecclesia. The three-day Congress, held in Rome, aimed to reinvigorate the church’s commitment to education.

Themes of the Congress, according to Archbishop Zani, coordinator of the Congress and and Secretary General of the Congregation of Catholic Education, were

  • Catholic education is love: an issue of the heart which involves knowledge and relationship.
  • Catholic education is dialogue: an open house, a project that has Christ at its center.
  • Catholic education is service: offered in the search for truth, beauty, and what is right and good.
Professor Elinor R. Ford

Dr. Elinor R. Ford, Emerita Professor, presented on “The Subjects of Education.”

Experts from around the world attended the Congress to discuss how the Christian community globally can contribute to education. The U.S. delegation coordinated and led by Cattaro comprised superintendents of diocese, professors, religious superiors and vicars of Catholic education, and higher education administrators. Among Fordham attendees were Dean Virginia Roach, EdD, and Anita Batisti, PhD. Fordham provided two of four American speakers, Dr. Cattaro and Dr. Elinor Ford, Professor Emerita and former Director of the Center for Catholic School Leadership.

“This was the first Global convening of Catholic School Educators and Fordham played a major role in providing a voice for the American Church amid the current struggles to keep Catholics Schools open,” said Cattaro.

Dr. Cattaro presented on Initial Formation and On-Going Formation, Quality and Evaluation of Formators, which emphasized the need for Catholic school leaders to affirm the Catholic faith, connect with all people, and understand and address the human condition. He stressed that leadership preparation programs move from skills training to contextual training to create transformational leaders who touch the hearts and minds of the students, families, and teachers with whom they work.

Dr. Anita Batisti, PhD, director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, attended the All World Congress Sessions – University level, where Catholic higher educators presented position papers. She was among 2,000 total participants in the Congress where topics ranged from immigrants to multi-religious students to technology.

For Dr. Batisti, the audience with Pope Francis was the highlight of the Congress. “He radiates loves, warmth, sincerity, and true concern and understanding.” Pope Francis mentioned that “Education involves the head, heart and hands are working together in symmetry. An educator not willing to take risks has no place in education.” He warned against education becoming elitist and selective and spoke about expanding educational opportunities to all people.

According to Dr. Cattaro, “It is my hope that the dialogue and momentum brought about by those attended the Congress keep the conversations alive to sustain Catholic schools. That we also offer Catholic education to those at the peripheries, the economically poor. That we keep Catholic schools open to intercultural and interfaith dialogues. In essence, that schools become witnesses of charity and mercy.”

Dr. Virginia Roach FordhamAt the closing session, Dean Virginia Roach was asked to comment on her experiences at the Congress. She synthesized her comments into three ideas: Context, Dialogue, and Living and Serving With and For Others. According to Dean Roach, these ideas led her to consider a number of questions.

“Do we really know our context? What do we consider our context? How do we know our context? Do we engage in our context? Do we really engage in dialogue with our students or do we wait politely until they stop talking so we can talk? So we can impart both knowledge and wisdom? Do we really ask questions of our students and faculty or do we play an elaborate game of “guess what I am thinking”? Is our research focused on enhancing the common good?  What is motivating the research agendas, social justice? Personal ego or gain? Do we respect the inherent dignity of all learners to help them succeed? For each other? Are we brave enough, humble enough to try new things, admit we don’t have all the answers, try and then try again in pursuit of new knowledge?

“Also, we need to act on the answers to these questions. Too often in the academy we think but don’t do. Most importantly, this Congress has given me an opportunity to stop and reflect and in doing so, has renewed by devotion to the mission, to my work, and to my belief that we can and do make the world a better place – what we are called to do.”

Learn more about the Center for Catholic School Leadership.