School of Education Hosts HigherEdCamp

On November 2nd, Arcadia University and the School of Education hosted HigherEdCamp – an unconference dedicated to exploring how to design meaningful learning in higher education. Seventy five administrators, faculty, and students came together from 11 different colleges and universities to engage in participant-led conversations around flipping the college classroom, moving classrooms to learning spaces, designing certificates and workshops, podcasting, and globalizing curriculum. The unconference was designed and organized by Leif Gustavson, David Timony from Girard College, and Joanne Caione Keating from Widener University. An intrepid group of students helped set up and support the day as well: RJ Otto (Class of 2015), Brianna Miller (Class of 2016), Rachel Chan (Class of 2016), Megan D’Avella (Class of 2016), and Tori Plymouth (Class of 2017).

Skilton-Sylvester and Shultz Present Workshop at the American Council on Education’s At Home in the World Institute


Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester

Dr. Jeff Shultz

Dr. Jeff Shultz

Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, director of global connections and professor of education, and Dr. Jeff Shultz, professor of education and director of educational studies and innovative graduate programs, presented two sessions focused on the Global Connections Experience and Reflection portions of the Arcadia University undergraduate curriculum at an institute sponsored by the American Council on Education’s At Home in the World (AHITW) initiative in Alexandria, Virginia on October 18.

Baker-Doyle Presents Workshop on Teacher Research at the Diverse Literacies Conference in Macungie, PA


Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle

Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle, Director of Programs in Literacies, Technologies and Citizenship Studies and Mrs. Jennifer Kaplan, an English teacher at Upper Dublin High School presented a workshop on teacher research and tracing students’ writing identities at the Diverse Literacies Conference in September.

Baker-Doyle’s Research on Educational Community Organizing presented at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference (UCEA) in Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Kira Baker-Doyle and her colleague, Dr. Michael Evans of Miami University of Ohio are currently collaborating on a research project that explores networking practices of community organizers in schools and education. Dr. Evan presented their paper at the UCEA conference in Chicago, IL this November.

Dr. Clare Papay

Dr. Clare Papay

Papay Presents Poster at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) Conference in Williamsburg, VA

Dr. Clare Papay, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Special Education Programs, presented at the 17th International DCDT Conference “Leaders for Life No Limits…. No Boundaries”  in Williamsburg, VA this November. Papay presented a poster entitled “Strategies for Developing Inclusive Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disability” based on her recent publication co-authored with Dr. Megan Griffin of the University of New Mexico. DCDT is the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition.

Macalalag participated in developing the Professional Development Standards for K-12 Teachers of Engineering


Dr. Augusto Macalalag

Dr. Augusto Macalalag Jr., assistant professor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, joined researchers and educators from selected universities in the U.S. to develop rubrics for the Professional Development (PD) Standards for K-12 Teachers of Engineering. The rubrics were designed to guide the school leaders, teachers and developers in planning, implementing and assessing PD programs for STEM teachers. The meeting was held at the Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN on October 14-16, 2013. It was funded by the American Society for Engineering Education and supported by the National Academy of Engineering.

Macalalag and Chance receive Steve Goldberg Faculty Development Awards

On October 31, Dr. Augusto Macalalag Jr., Assistant Professor of Education, and Janet Chance, Director of the School’s Office of School and Community Collaborations, each received $1,300 from the Steve Goldberg Faculty Development Award.  Dr. Macalalag’s grant will support his work to develop the Arcadia University’s Teacher Workshops in STEM Education (AUT-WISE). The AUT-WISE program will engage pre-service and in-service elementary teachers in workshops to learn the engineering design process, explore resources, review education standards, and discuss ways to incorporate STEM in elementary classrooms.  The workshops will utilize the science and engineering practices to promote knowledge and 21st century skills of elementary students. AUT-WISE will help develop the capacity for the STEM education certificate and graduate program, which is being conceptualized by the faculty members in the School of Education with the school leaders and teachers at the Lower Merion School District.  The first in a series of STEM workshops is going to be held at the University Commons Meeting Rooms of Arcadia University on Friday, April 11th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Please email Dr. Macalalag at for detail and application.

Ms. Chance’s grant will enable her to deepen her two years of collaborative work with School of Education faculty in the development of a culture of thinking for pre-service teachers; this collaborative work has included introducing thinking routines, discussing approaches for making thinking visible, and providing opportunities for collaborative inquiry within professional learning communities.  Funding from the Goldberg Award will enable Chance to explore powerful ways to document student thinking within inclusive, diverse communities. This spring and summer, she will be collaborating with colleagues, partner schools, and student teacher supervisors to integrate Reggio-inspired, project-based practices and documentation more fully into our pre-service teacher program.

School of Education faculty and students present at National Association of Multicultural Education Conference in Oakland, CA

Campbell, Bruce

Dr. Bruce Campbell

Dr. Bruce Campbell, Director of the Educational Leadership and Supervisory Certification Programs and Mr. Chett Farbstein, graduate student in Elementary/Special Education facilitated an interactive workshop: Multiculturalism at the Crossroads: HBO’s The Wire as a Roadmap for Exploring the Opportunity Gap. The workshop offered a reflection as well as shared strategies on the experience of creating a college course that couples HBO’s The Wire Season 4  and scholarly articles and other  media.  This framework is to inspire cultural critical consciousness and vigorous discussion around the “the opportunity gap” and its many interrelated political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions. To join the conversation about the course on Twitter by follow Dr. Campbell (@DrBCampbell) and Mr. Farbstein (@CFarbstein) or use #AUTheWire.


Dr. Erica Davila

Dr. Erica R. Davila, Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning facilitated a workshop entitled Sustainability, Urban Permaculture in K-12 Science and Math Curriculum which focused on empowering communities and schools in light of the food access crises in many urban spaces. Permaculture and more specifically school and community gardens can support individuals and communities critique systems of power that dismiss their rights and offer a vision and a powerful hope for the future. The workshop provided the audience with a curriculum map to support the design of interdisciplinary lessons that are culturally responsive.

Marc Brasof and his social studies pre-service students  attend the Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies Conference in Harrisburg, PA

Marc Brasof

Dr. Marc Brasof

New full-time faculty member Marc Brasof and his ED 412.562 Secondary Social Studies Methods students participated in a full day of professional development and networking on October 18th at Pennsylvania Council for Social Studies 60th annual professional conference held in Harrisburg, PA.  Professor Brasof, a PCSS board member, pushed for this year’s theme to be Social Studies in the Era of Accountability.  Students Tayla Poltke, Jessica Pastore, Joshua Kurtz and Andrew Bowers learned about innovative pedagogical methods such as using senses to teacher history, avoiding presentism when students interpret history, and utilizing the arts to teach about the Civil Rights Movement.  Students also attended a mock session on how to interview where Professor Brasof served on the panel of interviewers.  Brasof also presented in another session on how teachers can use values to interpret and debate public policy.  Students made connections with other educators and organizations from across Pennsylvania and shared their new knowledge and skills with peers upon returning to class.

Brasof presenting during Faculty Forum on April 17

During Faculty Forum on April 17, Professor Brasof will be presenting on Democratic Leadership in Education: How can student-faculty governance model make school better? Can students be trusted to govern their own educational institutions?

The research and work Marc is engaged in investigates the role of youth-adult partnerships in creating more democratically driven organizations capable of adapting and growing.  To be discussed is a year-long ethnographic study of a Philadelphia high school’s youth-adult governance model that revealed how to use constitutional principles and processes to distribute leadership and trigger organizational learning.  Also to be presented is work being done at Arcadia University and the National Constitution Center to further the aims of cultivating more socially-just and effective schools.


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