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How Sito Narcisse Transformed the Worst Public School in Boston

Published on 9/28/2011 9:10:00 AM

Sito Narcisse welcomes a woman and her son into his office at The English High School in Boston to discuss the upcoming school year’s enrollment. Narcisse’s nurturing yet demanding attitude is obvious. He asks the young student what his aspirations are for high school and as the boy attempts to ans... Read More...

Cynthia Wallace - Empowerment and Inspiration: The Building Blocks of a Learning Community

Published on 9/21/2011 12:39:00 PM

Cynthia Wallace was already a highly successful educator and school administrator with degrees from the University of Chicago and University of Michigan when she arrived in Pittsburgh six years ago to obtain her Pennsylvania teaching certification. Today, she is a doctoral candidate and principal a... Read More...

Michael Quigley - Fixing the System and Empowering Students

Published on 9/6/2011 12:33:00 PM

Michael Quigley is a PhD candidate in the School of Education’s Social and Comparative Analysis in Education program, but his relationship to the University of Pittsburgh goes back to when he was a young boy growing up in the Hill District, an economically challenged area located near the universit... Read More...

Christina Groark - Giving Children Around the World a Place to Call Home

Published on 8/29/2011 12:31:00 PM

From youth mentoring to inter-generational issues. From the impact of pre-natal care to the effects of homelessness. And from the issues that face orphanages, to the challenges that face children around the globe, Christina (Chris) Groark, PhD, associate professor of education and co-director of th... Read More...

Daniel Winston - From the Stage to the Classroom

Published on 8/5/2011 12:20:00 PM

Some of Dan Winston’s earliest memories involve being in a play, and from elementary school on, the stage became an important part of his life. Dan’s love of theater led to his involvement in a program called Creating Landscapes that sponsored a three-week camp each summer. Dan stayed involved with... Read More...

Centennial Conference on Motivation and Engagement - Presentation Videos

Published on 7/19/2011 10:35:00 AM

The University of Pittsburgh School of Education’s Centennial Conference on Motivation and Engagement took place May 5-6, 2011. As part of the conference, some of the leading scholars studying motivation made presentations. These were recorded and can now be replayed from the links below. In each c... Read More...

Sean Langnecker - Inquiry Leads to Inspiration

Published on 7/9/2011 12:04:00 PM

Sean Langnecker understands firsthand that children learn differently and that finding the right approach can have a powerful impact on someone’s educational experience and life in general. “I had trouble paying attention [in elementary school] which led to behavior problems. Until fourth grade, th... Read More...

Alumni Bobbie Gaunt: A Passion for Education

Published on 6/7/2011 3:18:00 PM

Pitt Trustee Bobbie Gaunt (EDUC '72) learned the value of education from her parents. A trailblazer for women executives in the automotive industry, Gaunt is co-owner and president of Capitol Holdings LLC, a small collection of automotive dealerships. In an effort to provide Pitt students with simi... Read More...

SOE Alum Named MCPS Teacher of the Year

Published on 5/2/2011 3:47:00 PM

The School of Education is excited to announce that alumnus Brian Freiss has been named Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) and will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Freiss is a 2001 graduate of the Professional Year Certification program. While at Pitt,... Read More...

Faculty Members Receive Promotions

Published on 4/27/2011 3:49:00 PM

Associate Professor Linda Kucan Associate Professor Heather Bachman The School of Education is pleased to announce that two of its faculty members have received promotions from Chancellor Nordenberg. Dr. Linda Kucan, full time faculty in the Department of Instruction and Learning, has received appo... Read More...
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