School of Education Student from Poster to Profession!


After a full year of teaching 4th grade, School of Education Alumna Krystal Mejia returned to Lehman College to pick up her 2013 undergraduate diploma and finally saw a poster of her edTPA video work decorating the walls of Carman Hall! Admitttedly picking up her diploma a little later than planned, Krystal recalled her first year of teaching as both rewarding and challenging. She spoke highly about the Common Core curriculum resources available on the EngageNY website and reflected on the “assessment” section of her edTPA requirements and how they impacted her teaching and student learning. Kudos to Krystal!

As teachers across NYC begin to get ready for incoming students in September, the School of Education wishes Krystal and all our alumni a successful academic year — one filled with learning, growth and mastery.

Candidate to Candidate: Reflections on Taking edTPA

Roshawna Cooper, a graduate of Lehman College in Childhood Education and participant in our School of Education Spring 2013 edTPA pilot, is in a series of videos now posted on the AACTE edTPA webste. Along with three other teacher candidates, Roshawna was recruited to talk about her experience in completing the edTPA and how it has impacted her teaching practices. The four field test participants to talk about major takeaways, biggest challenges and decision points and to offer advice to other candidates for successfully completing the edTPA process.

NEW! Anti-Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention Training Spring 2014


The School of Continuing and Professional Studies has scheduled a DASA training for Sunday, February 9 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Registration is now open! Call 718-960-8512 or visit Carman Hall, Room 128 to register in person. There will be another training on Saturday, June 7 (9:30-4pm).

Information flyer about DASA training and other teacher preparation workshops [PDF]

Spotlight about Danielle

Distinguished_New_FacultyAward_Magaldi-Dopman_000Dr. Danielle Magaldi-Dopman was recently presented with The Distinguished New Faculty Award! This award was designed to pay tribute to new (3 years or less full-time teaching) educators who are guiding millennial students into the future. New pedagogical techniques and creative thinking are needed to engage and motivate the students of tomorrow. Today’s new faculty are responsible for this challenge – and thus, Dr. Magaldi-Dopman was recognized and celebrated for meeting this challenge and making contributions to advancing education and the teaching profession. It was sponsored by the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. The key note speakers included Dr. Jon Copley and Dr. Philip Zimbardo.

Message from Dean Harriet Fayne


Our second issue of LUTE Update showcases six “Rising Scholars,” assistant professors who are doing very exciting research and publishing their findings. While topics and methods may vary, one thread runs through their collective work: LUTE Theme II- Educate for Equity. Their research reminds us that we should be mindful of inequities and advocate for social justice. We also must look for evidence-based practices that will help to close opportunity and achievement gaps.

These six Rising Scholars are only a subset of the dedicated faculty in the School of Education who are actively engaged in research.  In future issues we will introduce others who have made unique contributions to the profession and enhanced our understanding of schools and society.

Best wishes for an enjoyable and restful summer.

Harriet R. Fayne Signature

Harriet R. Fayne, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education

Dr. Immaculée Harushimana, Asst. Prof. of Language & Literacy

RS-HarushimanaFrom her first scholarly publication in the Journal of Border Education Research to her contributions as co-authorship of a newly published book, Dr. Harushimana is one of the leading advocates for facilitating the educational experience of African-born youth in schools in the United States. Earlier in the year, Dr. Harushimana, an Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy  gave several guest talks in Botswana and presented in Belgium on the issues of language and literacy among African youth.
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Dr. Gillian Bayne, Asst. Prof. of Science Education

RS-Bayne“Creating opportunities to align teaching and learning with students’ needs” captures Dr. Bayne’s overarching agenda in research. Dr. Bayne, an Assistant Professor of Middle and High School Education, has two publications and three “in-press” manuscripts in scholarly journals and books, this year alone. She continues to push for the use of novel approaches in addressing challenges in science education. Read More