From the Chair, Margo DelliCarpini
Welcome to the Department of Middle and High School Education. In keeping with our LUTE (Lehman Urban Transformative Education), we prepare students for initial New York State certification to teach academic and special subjects in middle and high schools, grades 5-12. Read More
Faculty Spotlight - Excellence in Research Award
Wesley Pitts (Middle and High School Education) works to build capacity so that urban science education can flourish where there are mutual interfaces. His research combines frameworks from cultural sociology with critical ethnography, cogenerative dialogue, coteaching, and prosodic analysis technology to investigate teaching and learning in the urban landscape. A complementary avenue of his research investigates the use of electronic portfolios as high-stakes exit projects in science teacher education programs.
Kaitlin Hanson (‘10, B.A.) received a scholarship from the Noyce Foundation for her senior year of undergraduate studies and for her graduate education to become a middle-school math teacher. She interned at MS 45 in the Bronx and hopes to work there full-time in the fall.
Hanson is part of a nationwide cohort of teachers committed to making math and science more creative, exciting, and fun. Their approach is based on a growing body of brain research about how children learn.
“People’s minds work very differently,” said Hanson. “So we give kids a chance to solve math problems in different ways. The results are amazing.”
New teaching strategies don’t come easily, though. “It’s tough,” she said. “But on a good day, when I see that light bulb go on in a student’s head, it’s a powerful adrenaline rush. I feel like I can do anything.” Read More
Last modified: May 21, 2012