Introducing the new GSE Newsroom

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Join us at the new GSE Newsroom:

The updated newsroom will include faculty, students, and alumni news, as well as feature articles, event announcement, professional development opportunities, and more.

This site will be live as old posts are migrated to the new site but be sure to bookmark the Newsroom for all your future GSE news, events, and announcements.


PBIS Intervention Workshop for PES Students, Faculty, and Staff

ProjectREACHTuesday, October 11, 2016
Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge, Gerald Corrigan Conference Center

Workshop 1
4:50-6:50 p.m.
Tier 1 Interventions

Workshop 2
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Tier 2 & 3 Intervention Strategies

Presented by Dr. Laura Riffel
Dr. Laura A Riffel has over 30 years of experience as a general education and special education teacher, resource teacher, state program leader, director of a day clinic, and a parent. Dr. Riffel has studied general education, special education, behavioral interventions, applied behavior analysis, and cognitive and multiple disabilities.

Currently, she is the director of Behavior Doctor Seminars and travels the world sharing behavioral ideas with others who work with children with challenging behaviors. Her website is

This workshop is free and open to all students, faculty and staff. Seats are limited.

Please RVSP to Linda Cheung by October 1, 2016 at


Project REACH, a federally funded grant, is proud to present this professional development workshop. Any question or concerns about the project activities can be addressed to Dr. Su Je Cho (

Webinar: Innovations in Education: Wednesday, August 17

f4d58-bondieDr. Rhonda Bondie will be a panelist for an Innovation in Education webinar on Wednesday, August 17th from 4-5pm EST.

Learn from leading experts about innovations in education. The webinar will include guidance and advice from five panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions.

Gain insight about educational needs, solutions, and innovations. What are the best strategies for early childhood education? How can schools best inspire and motivate creativity and quality learning? How do programs connect with and offer opportunities to talented low-income students?

Leading experts will discuss a range of education topics which are applicable to anyone interested or involved in education in the U.S. or internationally.


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.

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

How to Raise Your Performance to Expert Levels with Deliberate Practice: A Summary of the New Book PEAK

Fordham Law School

Thursday, April 7th, 5:00pm
Law School Building, Room Law 3-03

K. Anders Ericsson
Department of Psychology
Florida State University

Researchers have generally assumed that general abilities of memory, intelligence, and creativity matured during development until the beginning of adulthood, but could not be changed and thus limited the acquisition of expert performance. Recent research in many domains of expertise, such as chess, music, medicine, and sports, shows that some types of experience, such as focused appropriate training activities – deliberate practice – can dramatically change the human body (enlargement of hearts and arteries and growth of capillaries) and brain (myelinization and blood supply of nerve fibers), and over extended time modify virtually all characteristics relevant to superior performance, with the exception of body size and height.

The acquisition of expert and elite performance involves a successive development of increasingly refined mental mechanisms that afford experts increased control over their performance. A theoretical analysis of the full range of elite performers’ learning, skill acquisition, and physiological adaptations is now providing the foundation for a scientifically-based account of the human potential that is attainable through optimal development and deliberate practice.

The research has shown that the acquisition of reproducibly superior (expert) performance corresponds to a successive development of increasingly refined mental mechanisms that afford experts increased control over their performance in representative situations. This successive improvements can typically be linked to a sequence of appropriate deliberate practice activities, which a coach or teachers has selected for a particular learner based on their current level of performance. The learners can engage in the practice task which provides immediate accurate feedback, and opportunities for repetition and gradual modifications after reflection.

About the Speaker

K. Anders Ericsson, PhD, is presently Conradi Eminent Scholar and Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. After his PhD in Sweden, he collaborated with the Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Herbert A. Simon on verbal reports of thinking leading to their classic book “Protocol Analysis: Verbal Reports as Data” (1984). Currently he studies the measurement of expert performance in domains, such as music, chess, nursing, law enforcement, and sports, and how expert performers attain their superior performance by acquiring complex cognitive mechanisms and physiological adaptations through extended deliberate practice.

He has edited several books on expertise, the influential Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance consisted of over 40 chapters and 900 pages and the recent Development of Professional Expertise, which appeared in 2009. In 2016 his co-authored book Peak: Secrets from the new science of expertise will be released. He has published articles in prestigious journals, such as Science, Academic Medicine, Psychological Review, Psychological BulletinAcademic Emergency Medicine, Current Biology, and Trends of Cognitive Science.

He is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and a member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. His research has been featured in cover stories in Scientific American, Time, Fortune, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He has been invited to give keynote presentations at conferences of surgeons, musicians, teachers, clinical psychologists, athletes, and coaches as well as professional sports organizations, such as the Philadelphia Eagles and Manchester City.

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.

Video: Reforming Education Reform: Leadership and Transmitting Inequality in Schools

On December 7, 2015, James Earl Davis, PhD, Bernard C. Watson Endowed Chair in Urban Education at Temple University, delivered the third Barbara Jackson, EdD, Memorial Lecture titled Reforming Education Reform: Leadership and Transmitting Inequality in Schools. He spoke about the need for school leaders to question education reforms that do not address racial inequality. Read more about the lecture or watch the video below.