Lehman Lecture with Dr. John King and Spring “Focus on Education” Events

Speaker: Dr. John B. King, Jr., President and CEO of the Education Trust

Title of Speech: Leveling the Playing Field: Closing the Achievement Gap in the Nation’s Schools and Universities
Date: April 10, 2018 at 4pm
Location: Lehman College Lovinger Theatre
About Dr. John B. King Jr.

RSVP: events.rsvp@lehman.cuny.edu by April 2

School of Education Activities or Co-sponsored Events Supporting the Lehman Lecture

April Events

@ Lehman
Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination: Celebrating the Maxine Greene Collection at Lehman College

Exhibit Open: April 10-April 25th
Time: Daily, during library hours
Location: Leonard Lief Library Gallery

On Being Maxine Greene

Speaker(s): Film Showing and reception
Date: April 12th, 2018
Time: 6:00 -7:30
Location: Leonard Lief Library Fine Arts Classroom

@ CUNY Graduate Center
Culturally Responsive Education: A Necessity for Equity and Excellence with Dr. Geneva Gay

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: CUNY Graduate Center, NY, Segal Theater

Dr. Geneva Gay is nationally and internationally known for her scholarship in multicultural education. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Culturally Responsive Teaching, which received the 2001 Outstanding Writing Award from the American Association of College’s for Teacher Education (AACTE).

FLYER: Culturally Responsive Education: A Necessity for Equity and Excellence

May Events

4th Annual Restorative Practices & Transformative Justice Conference: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: May 4, 2018 
Time: 7:30am – 5:30pm
Location: Lehman College, CUNY
Registration (no register fees for students or faculty or staff) and conference information 

For additional information, contact David Fletcher  –  restorative.justice@lehman.cuny.edu

#curriculumsowhite: Teacher Education’s Responsibility for Racial Justice in Schools

Speaker: Dr. Bree Picower- Montclair State
Date: May 15, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Location: To be announced

FLYER: Teacher Education’s Responsibility for Racial Justice in Schools

Description: In this talk, Dr. Picower will share recent examples of racist curriculum that have gone viral over social media. Rather than seeing these as isolated occurrences, Picower will situate these examples in the broader context of historical and institutional racism and its role in US schooling. The presentation lifts up the responsibility of teacher education in the production and enactment of racist curriculum and asks what role teacher education must play in working toward racial justice in schools. Through a close examination of pre-service teachers’ racial ideology and the curriculum they ultimately end up teaching, this presentation provides concrete strategies on how teacher education can interrupt patterns of racism in schools.

NYCWP Teacher-to-Teacher Conference

Keynote Speaker: Imbolo Mbue – NY Times best-selling author, Behold the Dreamers
Date: May 19, 2018 
Time: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Location: East Dining Room, Music Bldg., Lehman College, CUNY
Registration and conference information 

February 2018

Voices From Inside & Outside the Walls: The Power of Education, Leadership & the Arts

Event: Movie Dramatic Escape, Pizza and Conversation with Rehabilitation Through the Arts Alumni
Date: February 28, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 7:45 pm
Location: Music Building, Faculty Dining Room, RTA & Lehman Program Details >>






March 2018

What is Choice? Who Benefits? Wanting In (Charters & High School Admissions) & Opting Out (High Stakes Testing)

Speaker(s): Jamaal Bowman (Founding principal, CASA Middle School)
Dr. Madeline Pérez De Jesús
, Associate Professor, Dept. of Social Work & Equitable Community Practice, University of St. Joseph and
Dr. Ric Campbell, Executive Director & Co-Founder of the South Bronx Early College Academy Charter School
Moderated By: Dr. Deborah Shanley, Interim Dean, School of Education, Lehman College
Discussion: Dr. Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Lehman College

Date: March 12, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Faculty Dining Room – School Choice March 20 2018 Flyer

“It’s Never Too Late:” Adult Learners Discussing Their Experiences – a Panel and Community Discussion

Speaker(s): Panelists – Adult learners Discussing Their Experiences
Date: March 13, 2018
Time: 10am – 12:30pm
Location: Music Building, East Dining Room alc.center@lehman.cuny.edu – Adult Literacy at Lehman College “It’s Never Too Late” Flyer

Life-Numbing Lessons: Teaching in the Pain, Drama and Circumstance

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 4pm – 6pm
Location: Faculty Dining Room

Join the New York City Writing Project and Frederick Douglass Academy III teachers and students for a workshop and panel discussion. The discussion will focus on the connections among teaching, learning, and living in the Bronx. Mr. William Green, Chemistry and Forensics teacher, will share the lessons he has learned as student and teacher. Dr. Christopher Emdin, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of Mr. Green’s teachers, will be our special guest for the evening.
Join us for this important conversation to learn more about:
• lesson planning in the sciences
• using Dr. Emdin’s reality pedagogy in your practice
• strategies for teaching new language learners in the science classroom
• why students value these approaches and how they achieve some of the highest pass rates on the Chemistry Regents in the NYCDOE

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/life-numbing-lessons-teaching-in-the-pain-drama-and-circumstance-tickets-43900204694\

Teaming Up Together for Turkey Trot & Lehman L.I.F.E. Student Volunteers!

Teaming up together with students, staff, faculty and administration from the School of Education, Center for School/College Collaboratives, Provost Office, Budget Office, Admin/Finance, Office of Online Education and National Society of Black Engineers, we surpassed last year’s fundraising goals and raised $2,000! Every penny of the proceeds provides students with travel scholarships for Lehman L.I.F.E. Alternative Break programs, where they serve communities in need and develop a sense of global citizenship.


Winter Break 2018: Students will travel to Apopka, FL to volunteer at the Hope Community Center with migrant farm workers and undocumented youth.

Spring Break 2018: Lehman students will volunteer in Nicaragua with Global Medical Brigades providing support, leading workshops and learning from medical professionals in the community.

Summer of 2018: Students will travel to Malawi and build Lehman’s own school with the community! Also for the first time ever, Lehman L.I.F.E. will be tied to a Credit Bearing course: A writing intensive senior seminar focusing on “Global Africa,” taught by Lehman’s own School of Education Faculty, Immaculee Harushimana and Faith Muturia!

Kudos and thanks to everyone who also participated in the Annual Turkey Trot! Always fun on the field! Save the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to join us next year!

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Congratulations to TESOL Graduate Robert O’Leary Selected as English Language Fellow

We are pleased to announce that Robert O’Leary, Lehman College TESOL graduate, is among the 140 U.S. citizens selected for an English Language Fellow project by the U.S. Department of State in 2017-2018.  He will be spending the year at the Ministry of Education, in Lima.

Candidates are selected based on a carefully considered match of applicant experience to project needs. One of the most important criteria is always the candidate’s credentials in the field of TESOL, and being a graduate of your program was an important factor in this selection.

The English Language Fellow Program is the premier international exchange program that allows American English teachers to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, Fellows work directly with local teachers, students, and educational professionals to improve the quality of English language instruction offered at prestigious universities and other academic institutions. English Language Fellows are counted among the more than 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs eachyear.

Since 1969, the English Language Fellow Program has sent thousands of TESOL scholars and educators abroad to promote English language learning, enhance English teaching capacity, and build relations between the United States and other countries. On assignment, Fellows conduct teacher training, teach English, develop resources, and organize events and conferences. These projects are challenging and the teachers selected represent the best of the U.S. TESOL community. In return, the program provides professional development opportunities to help participants experience different cultures and build skills that can greatly enhance their TESOL careers back home.

For further information about the program, please visit the websites of the English Language Fellow Program and the U.S. Department of State.

2017 Lehman College School of Education Commencement!

The smiles of our 2017 graduates and faculty speaks volumes! Pride and joy was palpable, family and friends were in the crowd, the temperature was perfect as our School of Education graduates looked sharp in cap and gown at Lehman’s 2017 Commencement. Lehman News reported the 49th Commencement — the first for President José Luis Cruz — was a day of hope and dreams and was an amazing success.


Photo display includes graduates, faculty, administrators, staff, college assistants, Buildings & Grounds crew, other department faculty… Enjoy!

Here are just a few:

NYC Men Teach Scholars Visit National Museum of African American History and Culture

Reflections from Larry Patterson, Program Manager, NYC Men Teach @ Lehman College
What the museum signified to me was that Africa finally came for its lost brothers and sister. As you approach the museum from Connecticut Avenue and the building reveals itself, it looks like the bow of a majestic ship where the corners meet. A ship that has crossed the Atlantic to reclaim the human “cargo” that was lost to the triangular slave trade eons ago. It is a magnificent edifice, the scale of the structure is awe inspiring. It seems to represent the scope and prominence of the people whose stories are contained within its walls.

Reflections from Fatima Sherif, Program Director, NYC Men Teach @ Lehman College
Lehman College and Bronx Community College recently partnered to bring NYC Men Teach Scholars to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It was a life changing experience for many of our scholars and an opportunity that allowed them to reflect upon their “Teacher Identity.” As future educators it’s important that students develop their teacher identity and see their communities as classrooms. Visit a Museum, visit another school, engage in meaningful conversations regarding education.

Upon NYCMT scholars returning from Washington D.C., scholars had the opportunity to speak with Phil Weinberg, Deputy Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the NYC DOE.  New York City’s Department of Education. NYCMT Scholars asked questions about the State Certification Exams, provided feedback on ways to improve cross cultural pedagogy, and were invited to visit the central office next semester.

Joining Mr. Patterson and Ms. Sherif were scholars: Musa Trawalleh, Corey V. Sapp, Elisa Cruz, Romello Rashad (BCC), Robert Rivera (BCC), Alderson Magloire (BCC, Program Director).    

Buildings & Grounds Employee Recognized at School of Education’s LUTE Honors Ceremony

A Tribute to Lehman Employee from 1969 – 1992

By Dr. Abigail McNamee
Award presentation speech

I thought that I would say that I am pleased to give this next award.  Pleased, however, is too weak a word.  Sometimes professors and administrators experience a time when they feel great joy professionally and personally.  This is one of those times for me as I present this special LUTE (Lehman Urban Transformative Education) award.  The receiver of this award did transform education.  He is in the room, but does not know that he is an award recipient.

Victor Morales began working at Lehman in 1969.  He was then a custodian with responsibility mainly for the library and gymnasium.  At the time, there was no Apex, no concert hall, no separate library.

Mrs. Morales worked at the Rose Marie Reed bathing suit factory.  Two working parents with a four, then five-year-old daughter.  What decision could they make for her care while they worked? There was no Universal pre-K for fours and Kindergarten was half day.  There were concerns about trusting other people to take care of their daughter in day care or Head Start.  Mrs. Morales could not take their daughter to the factory.

So…it was decided that Mr. Morales would take her to work at Lehman. He put her in one of those big canvas carts on wheels and rolled her through the tunnels as he worked in the Old Gym Building and Shuster Hall. She experienced it as a joy ride, sitting on top of the paper trash.

Some days it was not possible to take her everywhere with him.  On those days he took her to the library, which was then in Shuster Hall, and left her among the books and Peggy, the tall, brash, Irish librarian. He didn’t know where the children’s books were, so his daughter sat among the maps and looked through atlases, medical books, and anything else that had pictures…until Peggy introduced her to the children’s books.

If she behaved, her papi took her to the White Castle on Fordham Road on the way home.

Mr. Morales retired in 1992.

His daughter entered Lehman as a freshman in 1989, three years before he retired.  She met her husband Tom that summer in one of the Carman Hall Lecture rooms.  He was a Poli Sci Syracuse student taking a summer course.  She was a Psych major minoring in Early Childhood. When she went on for her master’s degree in early childhood I was her child development professor and  thesis advisor.

Coming to Lehman while her father worked transformed her education.  His daughter is our Yasmin Morales-Alexander. [See full LUTE Honors Reception]

Her work at Lehman, which you heard, has transformed the education of many more.

Mr. Morales, we thank you, so very much.

Would you come up and bring your girl…

LUTE Honors Reception: May 18, 2017

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, education candidates who demonstrated excellence throughout his/her program were recognized and presented with awards at the School of Education LUTE (Lehman Urban Transformative Education) Honors Reception. They were applauded by deans, department chairs, faculty, staff, cooperating teachers, candidates, family and friends. Tributes to the awardees were made by: President José Luis Cruz (via video), Interim Provost Niki Fayne, and Master of Ceremony and Interim Dean Deborah Shanley. During this special evening, Dr. Yasmin Morales-Alexander was presented with this year’s Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) Award recognizing her outstanding contribution to urban education, early childhood education and long commitment and relationship to Lehman College.

Please download and enjoy the full LUTE Honors Reception program (PDF).

Lehman Urban Transformative Education (LUTE) Award 2017: Dr. Yasmin Morales-Alexander
Special LUTE Award: Victor Morales
Excellence in Student Teaching Awards: Carissa Benitez (MHSE), Natasha Moore (ECCE), Kiomarie Torres (CLLSE)
Special LUTE Service Award: Naliza Sadik
English Education Awards: Sheema Alamari, Katherine Cray, Rebecca Watkins
Aspiring Educational Leader Award: Eileen T. Cruz
Ronald Ellis Award in Graduate Science Education: Nelson Caro
Excellence in Social Studies Education Awards: Phoebe Nolan, Corey Sapp
Excellence in Literacy Education Award: Brenda Schoenfeld
Graduate Research/ePortfolio Awards: Eden Antalan • David Asuo • Nelson Caro • Millicent Della Posta • Alicia Heinemann• Shivani Lall • Tina Lewis-Elserafy • Cassandra Lynch • Doreen Manzella • Joseph Wolff

Counselor Education students were inducted into Chi Sigma Iota, Tau Chapter, International Counseling and Professional Honor Society.

The LUTE ceremony organizer extraordinaire behind the scenes: Karen Fairclough