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GSE Welcomes New Students at Orientation

Thank you all GSE students, faculty, and staff who helped make our Orientation a success! We wish everyone a great semester.

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.

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.

GSE Welcomes Back Alumni at Inaugural Reunion

On June 9th, GSE welcome back over 40 alumni to the inaugural GSE Reunion. The event was part of the larger Fordham Lincoln Center Reunion that welcomed alumni from Fordham College Lincoln Center, the Gabelli School of Business, the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, and the Graduate School of Social Services.

Dean Virginia Roach welcomed the group back home to Fordham, remarking on GSE’s accomplishments over the past year, including rising 14 spots in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. Watch the GSE video that outlines many of our year’s accomplishments. Later, she reflected on the range of careers and interests of the alumni group, many of whom are using their Fordham degrees to impact their fields in ways they had not anticipated.

Father Joseph McShane, S.J., President of Fordham, spoke to the group about the Graduate School of Education as one of the key mission-driven and mission-focused schools within the university. GSE’s student body reflects Fordham’s founding principle of Service to the Community: they are a group that comes from the city and works to make their home better. He spoke of GSE students as those called into not just a career, but a vocation.

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.

Longtime Fordham Employee Celebrates Family’s First College Grad


When Verenika Lasku reflects on the time she and her husband Bobby spent raising three children in the Bronx on just his custodial salary, she doesn’t sugar coat it, noting plainly, “It was really hard.”

The two immigrated to the Belmont neighborhood from Kosovo in 1995. While her husband worked, Lasku stayed at home and raised their three children. But when their youngest entered kindergarten, she also began looking for work in custodial services. Two years later, she landed a job just a few blocks from their Arthur Avenue home, at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.

On May 21, 10 years of scrubbing, sweeping, mopping, dusting, and setting up for campus events finally paid off, as Valentina, the oldest of their children, earned a master’s from the Graduate School of Education (GSE). Valentina had already earned a bachelor’s in psychology last year from Fordham College at Rose Hill (FCRH), but the day was no less sweet for Verenika.

“I’m so proud of her. It’s even better with a master’s,” she said.

Read the full story at Fordham News.

Connect with Fordham GSE at the AERA Annual Meeting

A number of Fordham GSE faculty members and students will be presenting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from April 9th-12th. Join us in supporting the GSE community at AERA during the sessions listed below.

Fordham GSE alumni are also invited to join us for a reception at Penn Social on Friday, April 8th, at 6pm. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available. Register.

Saturday, April 9th

Communities, Neighborhoods, and Educational Opportunity
Race, Gender, Socioeconomic Status, and Achievement Gap
Convention Center, Level Two, Room 209B
Presenters: Tiedan Huang, Anchala Sobrin, Michele Williams

8:15- 9:45am
Poster Session 1
Working Memory Load and Automaticity in Relation to Mental Multiplication (#29)
Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
Presenter: Yi Ding

Multiculturalism and Social Identities in K-12 Environments
The Association Between Classroom Racial/Ethnic Diversity and Elementary
Marriott Marquis, Level Three, Chinatown
Presenters: Christina Rucinski, Essie Sutton, Richmond Carlton, Joshua L. Brown

Poster Session 2
Studying Racial Differences in Longitudinal Core Profiles: The Profile Analysis via Multidimensional Scaling Approach
Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
Presenters: Se-Kang Kim, Andrea McNamara

Sunday, April 10th

8:15 – 9:45am
Poster Session 6: Social and Cultural Influences on Learning and Motivation
The Impact of Mobile Technology Integration on Elementary School Students’ Academic Engagement
Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
Presenters: Susan J Chambre, Sean Kennedy Adcroft, Mahitot Arnold, Jaymie Paige Stein Green, Tomasita Ortiz, Sarah Skluzacek, Staci Tedrow, Kristen H. Turner, Akane Zusho, Carmina Marcial

Some Engage, Others Don’t: New Directions on the Development of Teachers’ Professional Ethos
Creating and Sustaining Social Justice in Schools: Teachers’ Work Environment and Teaching for Multicultural
Convention Center, Level One, Room 145B
Presenters: Ann Higgins-D’Alessandro, Ping Guo, Tinia R. Merriweather

8:15 – 9:45am
Roundtable Session 29
Catholic School Superintendency: Trends Over Time
Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit D, Section B
Presenters: Gerald M. Cattaro, Joanna Alcruz

Measuring, Enacting, and Persistence: Multinational Women Leaders’ Agency
Does Gender Matter? A Multinational Study of Women Educational Leaders
Convention Center, Level One, Room 160
Presenters: Virginia Roach, Abebayehu Aemero Tekleselassie, Gulay Dalgic

Teacher Leadership and Professional Development
Who’s Known and What’s Important in Forming a School Reputation
Convention Center, Level One, Room
Presenters: Tiedan Huang, Dale Cox, Theron Mott, Courtney Lowe, Roland K. Yoshida

Monday, April 11th

New Developments in Learning Technologies
Integrating Mobile Technology Into Instruction in Elementary Classrooms: Impact on Student Engagement and Learning
Marriott Marquis, Level Two, Marquis Salon 4
Presenters: Jaymie Paige Stein Green, Sara Skluzacek, Sean Kennedy Adcroft, Mahitot Arnold, Susan J Chambre, Tomasita Ortiz, Staci Tedrow, Kristen H. Turner, Akane Zusho, Carmina Marcial

7:45 – 9:15am
Poster Session 9
Current Controversial Issues in History Classrooms: High School History Teachers’ Practices and Views (#50)
Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
Presenter: Eytan Apter

Promising Scholarship in Education: Dissertation Fellows and Their Research
The Opportunity Gap at the Classroom Level: Validation of the Classroom Multicultural Competence Measure (#26)
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom South Foyer
Presenter: Tinia R. Merriweather

Promoting College and Career Readiness Through Self-Regulated Learning in the Classroom
Do-It-Yourself Science: An Urban High School Teacher Develops Student Self-Regulation
Convention Center, Level One, Room 144C
Presenters: Rhonda Suzanne Bondie, Akane Zusho

4:30- 6:00pm
Catholic Schools: A Focus on Leadership, Data-Driven Decision Making, and Partnerships (Paper Session)
Marriott Marquis, Level Four, Independence Salon B
Discussant: Anthony D. Miserandino

Poster Session 13: Motivation in Education, SIG Poster Session 2
Assessing Adolescents’ Motivation to Read (#36)
Convention Center, Level Two, Exhibit Hall D
Presenter: Lauren Zucker

Tuesday, April 12th

April 12, 2:15-3:45pm
Examining Implementation, Process, and Outcomes of Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education for Teachers, a Mindfulness-Based Intervention

  • Enhancing Teachers’ Well-Being and Classroom Quality: Results From a Randomized Controlled Trial of Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education
  • Direct and Moderating Impacts of the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education for Teachers Intervention on Student Outcomes
  • Examining Quality of Implementation: How Facilitator Skill and Training Fidelity Affects Participant Outcomes in Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education

Convention Center, Level One, Room 143B
Presenters: Anna DeWeese, Joshua L. Brown, Regin Tanler, Damira S. Rasheed

Tues, April 12, 2:15-3:45pm
Roundtable Discussion 57
Institutional Factors Impacting Black Students’ Success at an Elite Private Elementary School
Convention Center, Level Three, Ballroom B
Presenters: Jane Bolgatz, Tamar Brown, Susan J. Chambre, Enrique Figueroa