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School of Education Students Experience Immersive Learning Opportunities in the Heart of New York City

Syracuse University students prepare to thrive in a changing global society by gaining hands-on learning experiences around the world. In addition to a range of study abroad options through the University’s highly ranked study abroad program, students—including from the School of Education—can also take courses and do internships at locations around the United States. This includes opportunities...
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Five Questions for Tara Dunspaugh ’99

Tara Dunspaugh graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education and a minor in Anthropology. Having joined the School of Education not long after the launch of its fully integrated inclusive teacher education program, Dunspaugh says, “SU literally changed my life. Any chance I get, I tell prospective students...
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Professors Theoharis and Myers Reflect on 25 Years of Social Studies and Inclusive Education Team Teaching

It is one of Syracuse University School of Education’s most significant “firsts.” In 1990, student teachers were admitted into a brand new Inclusive Elementary and Special Education bachelor’s degree program, which aligned the School’s teacher preparation curriculum with its commitment to ending the separation of general and special education in American schools. Professor George Theoharis...
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Advancing DEIA: Welcoming InclusiveU Students to First Year Seminar 101

First Year Seminar 101 (FYS 101) is a one-credit course required by the University for all first-year and transfer undergraduates, covering such topics as belonging, interdependence, health and wellness, identity, socialization, prejudice, discrimination, bias, and stereotype. InclusiveU, an initiative of the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education in the School of Education, offers a full...
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Professor George Theoharis: No More Market-Based Reforms—Let’s Invest in Our Public Schools

We are seeing a moment in which K-12 public education is being challenged in myriad ways. Across the United States, we are witnessing a push for more school vouchers; the banning of books, even by Nobel Prize winning authors; an increase of curriculum censorship, away from factual, scientific, and expert developed lessons toward disinformation and...
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For Suzanne Grant Lewis ’78, a Syracuse Education Launched a Stellar International Education Career

Suzanne Grant Lewis ’78 stands as a remarkable example of how a School of Education degree in Selected Studies in Education can be leveraged into a globe-trotting career supporting higher education. Crafting her degree around interests in the interplay of education and development in Africa, Grant Lewis says she launched her career from the firm...
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“Indebted Mobilities”: Professor Susan Thomas Publishes Ethnography of International Students from India

Indebted Mobilities: Indian Youth, Migration, and the Internationalizing University (University of Chicago, 2024) is Susan Thomas’s ethnographic rendering of a group of middle-class Indian migrant men who attended a public university in New York just as the institution sought to “internationalize” its campus in the wake of ongoing withdrawal of state funding. The book observes...
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Professor George Theoharis Pens OpEd on Hate Speech for

We let the Fowler football team down by not confronting hate speech (Syracuse Post-Standard | Oct. 27, 2023) As a former student-athlete, I played soccer through high school and into college. One lasting memory, from almost 35 years ago, was of my father. He was my biggest fan when I walked on the athletic field....
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Doctoral Student Chelsea Bouldin Receives Prestigious Imagining America Fellowship

Syracuse University School of Education doctoral student and University Fellow Chelsea Bouldin has been awarded an Imagining America (IA) Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) fellowship for the 2023-2024 academic year. IA PAGE is a network for publicly engaged graduate students across humanities, arts, and design. The program encourages public scholarship; fosters a national, interdisciplinary community...
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Five Questions for Hafiz Awais Afzal G’22

A resident of Lahore, Pakistan, Hafiz Awais Afzal earned his M.S. in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University School of Education in 2022. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bradford, UK. An education entrepreneur, Afzal is the founder of Rahnumai, an online educational consultancy and universal...
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Syracuse University School of Education Joins $25M USAID Project to Support Inclusive Education in Uzbekistan

Syracuse University School of Education (SOE) has joined a consortium led by not-for-profit development group Creative focused on developing inclusive and equitable early grade education in Uzbekistan. Doctoral Candidate Sara Jo Soldovieri ’18, G’19 with local school students in Uzbekistan. In June 2023, Soldovieri met USAID members and others in the country to plan a...
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CAASD’s Amy Messersmith Offered ODI Administrative Fellowship for Pop-Up Podcasting Initiative

Amy Messersmith, associate director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and TRIO Student Support Services—part of the School of Education’s Center for Academic Achievement and Student Development (CAASD)—has been awarded an Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Administrative Fellowship. Earlier in 2023, ODI invited staff members to apply for the fellowship in an effort...
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Professor Derek Seward Helps NYT Explain “How to Break Up With Your Therapist”

How to Break Up With Your Therapist (The New York Times | Oct. 13, 2023) If you’ve ever been in therapy, you know that the relationship is unique. You might tell your therapist things you wouldn’t share with your loved ones. “It’s the most intimate professional relationship you’ll ever have,” said John Norcross, a professor...
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Accessible Sex Ed: Professor Michael Gill Quoted in Mother Jones

How Accessible Sex Ed Helps Young Adults With Developmental Disabilities Form Healthy Relationships (Mother Jones | Nov/Dec 2023) When he was a teenager, Ben believed that he struggled with friendships and romantic relationships more than others his age. Discerning personal boundaries and finding ways to effectively communicate often bewildered him, and he wasn’t sure what certain...
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Three School of Education Faculty Awarded Engaged Humanities Grants

Three School of Education faculty—Nicole Fonger, Mike Gill, and Courtney Mauldin—have been awarded grants from the Engaged Humanities Network to support their community-oriented projects, addressing mathematics’ intersection with geography, fermentation as a community practice, and Black girl literacies. To build on the community-engaged work already happening across Syracuse University, the city of Syracuse, and Central...
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Professor George Theoharis: Massive Public Investment Needed to Solve Teacher Shortages

School districts across the country continue to struggle with teacher shortages as a new school year begins. There has been a lot of talk about the reasons behind the shortages and what can be done to improve the situation.  George Theoharis, Professor of Educational Leadership and Inclusive Elementary/Early Childhood Education at Syracuse University School of...
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