Dr. Rosa Rivera-McCutchen, Asst. Prof. of Education Leadership


RS-Rivera-McCutchenThe success of a school is subject to a host of forces that lay both within and outside its walls. As one of the School of Education’s Rising Scholars, Dr. Rivera-McCutchen, a former high school Humanities teacher, has an interest in understanding and identifying what and how some factors influence student success. In her research she focuses on urban high school reform which aims to highlight the role that socio-economic,-cultural and -political contexts play in shaping educational policies and practices. Read More

Dr. Wesley Pitts, Asst. Prof. of Science Education


RS-PittsAs one of the School of Education’s Rising Scholars, Dr. Pitts focuses on the teaching and learning of science as cultural enactment in urban schools and out-of-school programs. Dr. Pitts has notably embodied the spirit of collaboration through his use of cogens both in and outside of the sciences. Cogens are conversations with stakeholders that are geared toward creating agreed upon measures by which improvements can be made in the science learning environment.
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Dr. Laura Roberts, Asst. Prof. of Counselor Education


RS-RobertsOver the past five years, Dr. Roberts has focused her research on improving transition outcomes and increasing opportunities for students with disabilities in post-secondary education and/or employment.  Her research indicates a link between inadequate transition planning and poor outcomes for individuals with disabilities in adult life. Using this and other findings, she has recommended best practices for transition planning to professionals in the field of education.

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Pre-service special education teachers’ multicultural competence


My experience “joining the FARM” has been challenging yet rewarding and fulfilling. It has provided me with the opportunity to use grounded theory to conduct a full scale research study from beginning to end.  The study on novice special education teachers’ experiences building relationships with parents beyond the IEP process has been a really good one.  Read More

Novice Urban Educators’ Perceptions of Immigrant Students, Culture and Family


Becoming a student-researcher in FARM, has been such a fulfilling experience for me.  Along with all the resources provided by Lehman College, Professor Magaldi-Dopman’s guidance has provided for a fully immersive research experience. I have inherited so much knowledge even beyond my teaching craft.  Read More

Urban FARMing in the School of Education: Faculty-Assisted Research Mentorship


I started FARM (faculty-assisted research mentorship) my second semester at Lehman College, as a way to extend classroom discussion with students and also develop students in their research skills. Interested students work directly with me to develop their research ideas and conduct a study of importance to them and their teaching.  Read More