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New Jersey Teacher of Year, Alum to Speak to Students at Caldwell University

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New Jersey Teacher of the Year and Caldwell University Alum Mark Mautone will visit campus to speak to graduate and undergraduate students in the applied behavior analysis and education programs. The presentation will take place on Tuesday Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Theatre.

Mautone will share his professional insights and experience and his passion for teaching.  He holds a M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Caldwell and teaches preschool children who on the autism spectrum at Wallace Elementary School in Hoboken.

In April Mautone was invited to the White House for a ceremony where President Obama honored the state teachers of the year and the national teacher of the year.

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Education Division to Host “Open Books, Open Minds” Conference

The Caldwell University Education Division will host the fourth annual literacy conference “Open Books, Open Minds” on Friday October 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This conference will provide educators, teachers, writers and publishers with the opportunity to meet one another and to share thoughts about the great world of literature. The forum will shed light on exciting happenings in literature, poetry and writing at the K-12 level.

The keynote speaker will be award-winning author, editor and publisher Marc Aronson, who will present on “What Do We Mean by the Non in Non-Fiction?” Dr. Aronson gives talks, conducts workshops and holds webinars on the Common Core English language arts standards as they pertain to students, librarians, parents and teachers. He is a frequent contributor to the Library Journal and the author of a number of nonfiction books, including “For Boys Only,” “Witch-Hunt,” “The Griffin and the Dinosaur” and “Sugar Changed the World.”

The luncheon speaker will be author Stephen Baker, who will present on “The Future of Knowledge in the Age of Smart Machines.” Baker’s writings provide classroom teachers with much to consider as they are called upon to make decisions about the education of future leaders. His first published book, “The Numerati,” discusses the increasing role that data-mining plays in shaping politics, business, law enforcement and even romance.

The panel discussion “Girls Run the World: Writing for Today’s Independent Teen” will feature dynamic New Jersey young adult authors Kieran Scott, Jen Calonita and Sandra Hall.

There will be a number of workshops throughout the day including:

  • “What’s New in the YA Book World.”
  • “You’re Going to Hate this Book: Getting Young Boys Interested in Reading.”
  • “Teaching the Power of Language in Writing.”
  • “Put It in Drive: How Google Apps and the Common Core Connect.”
  • “Kick It into Over-Drive! Taking Google Apps to a New Level in Education.”
  • “How Argumentative Can We Be? Critical Questioning, Common Core and the Toulmin Writing Model.”
  • “Arrested in the PARCC: Critical Thinking, Common Core and PARCC Readiness.”
  • “The Marriage of Fiction and Non-Fiction: Developing Deeper Understanding.”
  • “Collaborative Puppetry and Literacy: Telling Our Stories, Creating Our Characters.”
  • “Undiscovered Treasures: Free Public Domain Books Online.”

Registration is $75. Information on the conference and a registration form can be found at www.caldwell.edu. For questions, contact Audrey McGowan at 973-618-3523 or AMcGowan@Caldwell.edu or Debbie Giordano at 973-618-3407 or DGiordano@Caldwell.edu.

Click here for registration brochure

Click here to view the presenters

 

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Caldwell University Grad Receives NJ Student Teacher Award

 

Sara Zambelli (3rd from left), a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Pictured with her left to right are:  Dr. Edith Ries, Professor in the Education Division, Caldwell University; Dr. Joan Moriarty, Associate Dean of Education, Caldwell University; Sara; and Sondra Mermelstein, Sara’s cooperating teacher at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange.

Sara Zambelli (3rd from left), a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. Pictured with her left to right are: Dr. Edith Ries, Professor in the Education Division, Caldwell University; Dr. Joan Moriarty, Associate Dean of Education, Caldwell University; Sara; and Sondra Mermelstein, Sara’s cooperating teacher at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange. Photo by: Mike Schwartz

Two Other Outstanding Education Students Are Nominees

Caldwell, N.J., June 26, 2015– Caldwell University recent graduate Sara Zambelli is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Preparation.

 

 

Sara Zambelli, a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. She is pictured here with Mark Mautone, NJ State Teacher of the Year and analum of the Caldwell University graduate program in applied behavior analysis. Mautone spoke at the awards.

Sara Zambelli, a recent graduate of Caldwell University, received a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award. She is pictured here with Mark Mautone, NJ State Teacher of the Year and analum of the Caldwell University graduate program in applied behavior analysis. Mautone spoke at the awards. Photo by: Mike Schwartz

 

Zambelli, a resident of West Milford, New Jersey, did her student teaching in the 4th grade at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange and was thrilled with the experience. “I believe teaching is the most important job in the world. It creates all other professions,” she said. Zambelli received her bachelor’s in Elementary Education and English from Caldwell in May.

Two other outstanding education students from Caldwell University— Karen Kucharski and Gianna Veniero —were nominated for the student teacher award and received certificates. All three students were honored at a NJ Department of Education ceremony on June 24.

Dr. Joan Moriarty, associate dean of education at Caldwell, says the Education Division applauds Sara’s hard work and efforts. The Education Division is honored that students from their program have received this award two years in a row. Melissa Brady ’14 received the honor last year. “What a tribute to the hard work and dedication of the faculty and students,” said Moriarty.

Zambelli said she is grateful to her cooperating teacher, Sondra Mermelstein at Redwood, and Redwood’s principal, Mrs. Kivlon, for their tremendous support throughout this year.

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Education Alumna Receives Teacher-as-Researcher Award

Caldwell, N.J., Sept. 30, 2014 – Recent Caldwell University graduate, Kate Zimmberbaum, is

Education Division Alumna Kate Zimmerbaum Received Teacher-as-Researcher Award

Education Division Alumna Kate Zimmerbaum Received Teacher-as-Researcher Award

being honored for her work as an educator and a researcher. The Pittstown, New Jersey, resident is the recipient of the Northeastern Educational Research Association Teacher-as-Researcher Award for her school-based project entitled “Will the Introduction of a Critical Questioning Technique and the Toulmin Model Improve the Argumentative Essay Writing Scores of Students in an Eighth-Grade English Language Arts Class?” The research was her final project for the master’s in curriculum and instruction that she received in May 2014.

Zimmerbaum, who teaches eighth-grade English language arts at Clinton Township Middle School in New Jersey, was thrilled to learn the news. “I am fortunate to work in a school district that encourages its teachers to continually grow and learn,” she said. “The administration was enthusiastic about my research project and shares my excitement about winning the award from NERA.”

She embarked on the research because she wanted to help students improve their argumentative writing skills and because she saw that there has been a shift in the Common Core standards toward argumentative writing. “I’d noticed a reliance on emotion rather than reason and on personal perception instead of data … I found students would ignore counterarguments,” Zimmerbaum said. Her research allowed her to combine an inquiry-based approach for examination of data with the conceptual framework provided by the Toulmin model of argument. This approach helped students “both interpret text and formulate logical arguments,” she said.

Zimmerbaum will present her research and receive her award at NERA’s annual meeting on Oct. 24. “The research I did was really a reward in itself because it taught me so much about how to be a more effective teacher of argumentative writing in my classroom,” she said. “I am so grateful to Dr. Edith Ries of Caldwell University, not only for encouraging me to submit my research to NERA for consideration, but for her guidance and support during the research process.”

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Melissa Brady ’14 Receives New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award

Two Other Outstanding Education Students Are Nominees

Melissa Brady ’14 (center) is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  She is pictured with the Education Division's Dr. Joan Moriarty (left) and Dr. Edith Dunfee Ries (right).

Melissa Brady ’14 (center) is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She is pictured with the Education Division’s Dr. Joan Moriarty (left) and Dr. Edith Dunfee Ries (right).

Caldwell, N.J., June 30, 2014 – Melissa Brady ’14, of West Orange, is a recipient of a New Jersey Distinguished Student Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Brady, who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and English from Caldwell , was delighted to learn that she had received the honor. “I have been truly blessed to have so many wonderful teachers throughout my educational career who guided me to this path, especially my dedicated professors at Caldwell,” she said. “I am ecstatic to begin my journey as an educator.”

Brady student-taught in a second-grade general education classroom and a first-grade inclusion classroom at Redwood Elementary School in West Orange. Two other outstanding education students—Lindsey Hulin ’14 and Jillian Hruscik ’14—were nominated for the student teacher award and received certificates. The students were honored at a state Department of Education ceremony on June 25.

Dr. Joan Moriarty, interim associate dean of education at Caldwell, said the honor affirms the caliber   of the students in their program.  “We are very excited for our students because this recognition comes from professionals in the field who recognize the student’s passion for teaching and their excellence in the field.”

Brady received the Peggy Harris/Gannon Education Grant Award and the Kappa Gamma Pi St. Catherine of Alexandria Medal at Caldwell’s honors convocation in April and completed her scholar project, “The Portrayal of Characters with Disabilities in Children’s Literature,” with distinction.