Education Students Named to “30 Under 30” List

Photo by Patrick Verel

Photo by Patrick Verel

Two Fordham Graduate School of Education (GSE) students have been honored by the International Literacy Association (ILA) for their efforts to advance literacy for all.
Alex Corbitt, 26, FCRH ‘12, GSE ‘13, and John Maldonado, 25, FCRH ’13, a doctoral student, were named to the ILA’s second annual “30 Under 30” list, an honor bestowed to teachers, authors, volunteers, researchers, social entrepreneurs, and leaders from 12 countries.

Maldonado, a Rego Park, Queens native who graduated with a double major in psychology and English, became a NYC teaching fellow and taught special education at P368K Star Academy in Brooklyn. He is working towards a doctorate in contemporary learning and interdisciplinary research while teaching English at his alma mater, Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens.

He said being named to the list is a validation of what he called the “ugly hours” that all teachers put in—time when they put in extra hours at home, trying to figure out how to best convey information to their students and how to attend to their additional needs.

“As educators, we don’t often get the credit we deserve,” said Maldonado, who is interested in equity and culture, and the roles they play in education. He noted that, beyond his teaching he worked to increase his students’ technological literacy, “in order to give them more career and life opportunities.”

“To be recognized for that work is really validating,” he said. “I’m lucky to be the recipient. But a lot of teachers are doing the same thing.”

Read the full post at Fordham News.


Exploring the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) Program

academics We invite you to our Lincoln Center campus to learn more about the Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) program. To meet your schedule, we are offering this opportunity on four dates:

Monday, March 14, 3:30-6:50 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16, 3:30-6:50 p.m.
Monday, April 4, 3:30-6:50 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6, 3:30-6:50 p.m.

The event will begin with a reception and Admissions presentation. Afterward, you will attend a CLAIR class.

Class Visits
Understanding Contemporary Literacies
Instructor: Dr. Molly Ness
Mondays, March 14th and April 4th

Foundations of Interdisciplinary Research
Instructor: Dr. Rhonda Bondie
Wednesdays, March 16th and April 6th

Please contact the Admissions Office at or 212-636-6400 with any questions.

CLAIR Celebration of Research

df3e3-fordham1What are your plans for April 22? We suggest you include a Celebration of Research!

The CLAIR program invites you to come celebrate our students and their research.

April 22
4:00-8:00 pm
Lincoln Center Campus

Please join us for an evening of light snacks and an introduction to contributions that our students are making to bettering learners and learning.

Please contact Fran Blumberg at for more information and to learn how you may be part of this event.

REMINDER: Information Sessions for CLAIR & AMPEL This Week!

The GSE Office of Admissions invites prospective students and applicants to our NEW doctoral program in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR) and our Accelerated Master’s Program in Educational Leadership (A.M.P.E.L.) to attend Information Sessions this week! Our goal is to give you the opportunity to interact with admissions personnel and faculty to learn more about these innovative learning experiences. Attendees will be able to ask academic, admissions and financial aid-related questions.

Online Session for CLAIR:
     Monday, April 2nd
     5:00 pm
Click here for further details.

In-Person Session for A.M.P.E.L@ Fordham Westchester.:
     Tuesday, April 3rd
     6:30 pm
     Westchester Campus
     400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY
Click here for further details
If you would like to attend either of these sessions, please RSVP to Linda Horisk (Assistant Dean of Admissions) at

NEW Ph.D. in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR)

The Fordham University Graduate School of Education is pleased to announce our NEW Ph.D. in Contemporary Learning and Interdisciplinary Research (CLAIR)!

CLAIR is a distinctive and innovative doctoral experience, dedicated to exploring new solutions that address the multiple challenges of 21st century learning and education in a technologically complex, globalized world. Focused around a three-year research course sequence that engages students in real investigative situations, this unique program at Fordham provides a model for interdisciplinary collaboration amongst research scholars.

In addition, students in CLAIR will gain expertise in one of four specialization areas that center on learning and schooling in the 21st century:

  • Contemporary Literacy: Explores literacy and learning in a contemporary world
  • Learning Sciences: Applies cognitive, developmental, and motivational science to understand emerging learning technologies
  • Language, Culture, and Equity: Examines impact of equity and excellence in education
  • Special Education: Explores contemporary interventions for students at risk or with disabilities

Graduates of the program are prepared for a variety of roles including: 
     Instructional leaders
     Teacher educators
     Program evaluators
     Educational researchers
     Diversity trainers/multicultural educators
     Professionals who work in industries that design educational materials, curriculum and assessments

We are currently accepting applications to CLAIR for Fall 2012.  Please visit our website for further information about the program, faculty, courses, admissions and financial aid- or click here to apply today!

To assist you in finding out more about this exceptional learning experience, we would like to invite prospective students to join us for an In-Person or Online Information Session:
          Wednesday, March 14th         
          Tuesday, April 17th
          Wednesday, March 28th (@Lincoln Center)
Click here for further information on any of these sessions. Please RSVP to Linda Horisk (Assistant Dean of Admissions) at