Press and Awards

Awards

We are pleased to announce that professional development research and services associated with the Transformation Education LLC have received the following awards.

Dr. Kathleen King Receives the 2007 UCEA Frandson Book Award

The University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) has awarded Dr. Kathleen P. King, professor of adult education GSE and director Fordham RETC Center for Professional Development the 2007 UCEA Frandson Book Award for her recent book publication Harnessing Innovative Technology in Higher Education: Access, Equity, Policy & Instruction. She has also been invited to deliver a presentation on the book's topic of distance learning innovation in higher education at the association's annual conference in Vancouver British Columbia in mid-April 2007 where she and co-editor Dr. Joan Krejci Griggs, National Training Officer at the National Archives and Records Administration and former Program Officer of USDOE FIPSE, will be receiving the award. "UCEA 2007 Association Awards Program The University Continuing Education Association Award Program recognizes institutional excellence, individual achievement, and contributions to the Association and to the field of continuing higher education. These awards demonstrate the Association's commitment to principles of good professional practice by recognizing and rewarding:

  • extraordinary accomplishments and contributions of individuals and member institutions identified through a peer nomination and selection process, and
  • award winners who demonstrate high standards of professional practice and/or personal achievement.

    The Association Awards Program is conducted by UCEA's Awards and Honors Committee, and includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement on an Association-wide basis. The Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Continuing Higher Education encourages submissions of books published during 2006 that are important to the theory or practice of continuing higher education in American colleges and universities." (http://www.ucea.edu/pages/2007assnawards.html) Information about the book, published by Atwood Publishing, maybe found at: http://www.atwoodpublishing.com/

Dr. Kathy King Honored by NYACCE at Annual Meeting


              

On May 9, 2006, Dr. Kathleen King, director of the RETC and professor of adult education, was honored as a co-recipient of The Lawrence S. Levin Professional Award from the New York Association of Continuing/Community Education (NYACCE) at their annual award luncheon in Albany, NY.

This award is given annually to “an administrator of an adult education program and/or professional involved in adult continuing/community education programs for at least five years, who is a current member of NYACCE, and has made unique contributions to adult continuing/community education.”

NYACCE President Sue Licata cited Dr. King’s contributions to the field of adult education and to NYACCE in particular through her past presidency of the association, her founding of the state journal of research and practice, Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning, her leadership on the Board of Directors as a voice of higher education, research, practice and innovation, and her leadership in technology innovation for the association. Dr. King’s many publications as an adult educator researcher, author, and conference presenter were identified as foundational to the leadership in NYACCE.

Dr. King said about the award, “NYACCE has been a vital part of my career and development as a researcher because it has given me the opportunity to continue to be enmeshed in the issues of practice and weave them with research and theory; this could not have happened anywhere else. Most of all I appreciate that NYACCE recognizes my love to teach any and all adults and my identity with their role as adult educators. This organization has given so much back to me.”

NYACCE web site: www.nyacce.org
Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning: www.retc.fordham.edu/perspectives

Fordham's 'Podcast for Teachers' Receives National Award

Dr. Kathy King and Mark Gura of Fordham University, co hosts of the Center's weekly podcast, Techpod, Podcast for Teachers, were honored with the 2005 Innovation Award for educational leadership in the field of professional development on Oct. 28 at the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network's annual conference in Milwaukee, Wis.

The weekly podcast, which is broadcast over the Web and can be accessed on a computer or MP3 player, was developed by Kathy King, Ed.D., director of the RETC, and Mark Gura, a professional developer and outreach coordinator for the RETC. Since its launch in August 2005, more than 9,000 listeners have tuned into an edition of Techpod, Podcast for Teachers, which focuses on professional development for educators on the topic of educational technology, curriculum and innovations. (11/15/05)

To tune into the podcast check out the web site at http://www.podcastforteachers.org and catch all the episodes and resources; they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Or visit Itunes and other media and podcast directories and do a search for "RETC" and hear the shows as well.

To read this article in its entirety [click here]

http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/Public_Affairs/topstories_591.html

"United Who's Who" Lifetime Member

Dr. Kathy King has been named to United Who's Who. United Who's Who is an annual, biographical publication that lists thousands of accomplished individuals in the fields of business, the arts and sciences, law, engineering and government. The professional men and women that we generally accept into our publication have achieved a level of excellence in their professions.
http://www.unitedwhoswho.com

K-12 Online Professional Development

he Association for Continuing Higher Education, Inc. (ACHE) presented its Creative Use of Technology Award to Fordham University's Graduate School of Education for its Anytime, Anywhere Learning Professional Development School (AALPDS) in November, 2002. Dr. Kathleen King, Professor, Fordham, and the program's director, accepted the award from ACHE's Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Network in recognition of the project's "innovative uses of instructional and distance learning technologies in lifelong learning." AALPDS's nationwide portal provides online continuing education courses for teachers. Over 1,300 teachers from across the nation have completed courses. Project link: http://www.retc.fordham.edu/aalpds

Higher Education Faculty Development Research

Kathleen P. King, EdD received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation Award in October 2003 from the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). King, director of Fordham’s Regional Educational Technology Center and a professor in the Graduate School of Education, received the award in recognition of her international study of faculty development in higher education. Widener University Professor Patricia Lawler, EdD, collaborated on the project. The Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation Award was established in 2000 in honor of Bob Menges, a scholar who made lasting contributions to teaching, learning and faculty development in higher education. Project link: http://www.fordham.edu/gse/kpking/profdevstudy.htm
[Full article available at http://www.fordham.edu/general/Whats_New/King_Receives_Honor_13007.html]

 

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JULY 2007

Learning from Adult Education Ingenuity and Efforts around the Globe- Book Provides New Perspectives

In Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe, chapters depicting education in Thailand, Egypt, and China, to name a a few areas, reveal new views of international adult learning. This book provides compelling insights into culture and commerce.

Comparative Adult Education Book Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe

Dr. Kathleen P King & Dr. Victor C X Wang (Editors)

ISBN 7-308-04892-6

296 pp.


Whether you are directly involved in the educational field, or a business person, general interest reader, or are a lifelong learner yourself, this is a book to read and reconsider for a lifetime…

In Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe, an international team of authors collaborated on this book to create an exciting synergy for the field of adult learning and training. They reveal previously unseen perspectives of adult learning from around the globe including Egypt, Thailand, Africa, China, The Middle East, and more. This book provides a different way for people to look at their worlds and ways of thinking.


Overview:
• How do adults learn?
• In what ways is learning in adulthood different than in childhood?
• What are current trends in adult learning across the world?
• How have religion, politics, economics and war impact learning for adults in countries around the globe?
• What can we, as individuals and communities, learn from other countries and cultures' experiences of adult education?

These are just a few of the questions addressed in the chapters of this compelling and extensive book. Readers gain the benefit of reading cross cultural and international perspectives of experienced educators and experts in adult education in this book.
Background: Adult learning theory has developed as a discipline and literature over the last several decades. During this time, hundreds of scholarly articles and books on this theory have been produced. This theory has provided, much needed guidance to the field of education professionals and trainers who educate and train today’s adult learners in a multitude of content areas, contexts and demanding situations.

In the midst of the development of the literature of adult learning, including theories entitled andragogy, there has been controversial discussions and debates. Trainers and educators of adults have needed a resource that can effectively address issues of international perspectives and interpretations associated with the theory of andragogy. Such a work can help adult educators in different social settings more effectively reflect upon and apply theory to practice.

Solution: This book provides chapters that cover adult learning practice and perspectives in Africa, Thailand, Middle East, Asia, Brazil, Confucianism, North America, and Egypt. The authors use several methods to effectively communicate the powerful information including narratives, explorations, comparative studies, case studies, and, of course, rich multiple perspectives.

In addition to the talented scholars who wrote original chapters for the book, the Paulo Freire Institute also gave permission for a chapter of Paulo Freire’s work to be included in the volume. The other authors have many years of extensive academic, research and field experience in adult education and include among them Drs. John Henschke, Judith Cochran, Sandra Ratcliff Daffron, Mary Cooper, Fedrick Muyia Nafukhon, Gabriele Strohschen, Amy Riedel, Victor Wang, and Kathleen King.

Readers, whether they are learners or educators of others, can gain new insights and knowledge when addressing adult learning in different social contexts. Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe offers an opportunity to tour “the constellation of adult learning” and this book provides a basis for readers to reflect upon these many world communities and critically examine our practice and perspectives, in order to develop valuable personal and professional insight.

The uniqueness of this cutting edge book has prompted many journals, academic publications and university websites to already anticipate its availability. Indeed, like Dr. Kathleen P. King said, “We have had the opportunity to bring together the work of people from around the world, but primarily to break down some theoretical walls.” Together, the authors of this book have brought a real synergy to the field of adult learning and training and to the way that people look at their worlds and ways of thinking. Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe is available from Transformation Education LLC (http://www.transformationed.com/books.html)

Book Information:
King, K. P. & Wang, V. C. X. (Eds.) (2007) Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe Hangzhou, PR China: Zhejiang University Press. (ISBN 7-308-04892-6) Distributed by Transformation Education LL

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http://www.transformationed.com/7308048926.html


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Learning from Adult Education Ingenuity and Efforts around the Globe- Book Provides New Perspectives

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About Transformation Education LLC:
Transformation Education LLC is a closely held company which provides innovative education consulting services to organizations and individuals in varied settings and content areas. The firm is includes a team of educational experts with many years of valuable experience across educational settings. Building upon the expertise of its founder, Dr. Kathleen P. King, the firm’s experience spans four decades and a robust track record of creating pioneering education programs, projects and proposals, providing top notch keynote speakers, conducting virtual seminars and developing distance education solutions while providing custom professional service. The company’s web site has vital educational value for visitors, who will want to frequently return to keep up to date on new advancements, books, materials, resources and presentations. More information about Transformation Education LLC can be found at http://www.transformationed.com

 

JULY 2007

Launch of Innovative Education Services with Vision: Transformation Education LLC, Dr. Kathleen P. King at Helm.

Dr. Kathleen P. King, president, expands her consulting service established in 1987 to include a team of educational experts. With a vibrant track record of creating innovative education programs, and projects, Transformation Education LLC is formed as a new education consulting service. The firm specializes in developing and delivering innovative education plans and programs, distance and virtual learning, and publications for organizations. Projects already underway include developing a cutting edge podcast series for a large corporation, forming a partnership with a software producer, and adding select authors and titles to our major publishing book series .

Teaneck , NJ- July 15, 2007—Building upon many years of successful innovative professional, consulting and academic experiences of Dr. Kathleen P. King and her team, Transformation Education LLC’s launch is focusing on providing innovative educational solutions. Marked by its leader’s notable strides in the distance learning field since the early 1990’s, the firm is able to develop, produce and deliver state of the art technology solutions with sound, yet creative, educational foundations. This consulting team is already in action providing innovative expert educational services with vision to address current and emergent needs and the potential of organizations, schools, institutions, and non-profits.

With roots in consulting and organizational program experiences spanning a collective 40 years, Transformation Education LLC is able to optimize the team’s efforts and service offerings. This launch expands Dr. King’s prior consulting company established in 1987 to include a team of educational experts. The company’s web site has vital educational value for visitors, who will want to frequently return to keep up to date on new materials, resources and advancements.

While providing essential descriptions of company services, and latest developments, the firm’s web site resources include topics such as training, distance learning podcasting, instructional technology and transformative learning. A unique new-media area is the “house-branded” TE Resources which previews the firm’s varied expertise through free articles, audio and visual presentations for visitors to download. Visitors will also find information about books, articles, professional associations and journal recommendations written or highly recommended by team members at the site.

Kathleen P. King, Ed.D. is president and founder of Transformation Education, LLC. She is also professor of education at Fordham University and former director of a university R&D center. Dr. King designed many multi-partner projects, innovative programs, distance learning, staff development and technology integration plans across grades and content levels including corporate organizations and educational settings.

She is recognized for her ability to combine lifelong learning perspectives with technology, online learning, staff development, transformative learning and new media production for mainstream and educational innovations. Since 2005, Dr. King has launched numerous podcast series which have served over 3.2 million listeners. She has secured over $17 million in external funding for organizations and has authored 10 books in podcasting, distance learning, transformative learning and program planning. She is a popular international keynote speaker and has received numerous awards for her writing, leadership and research from UCEA, POD, NYACCE and ACHE.

Mark Gura, education and curriculum specialist, is a former director of the Office of Instructional Technology of the NYC Board of Education. While contributing to the leadership and creativity of Transformation Education, LLC, Mark is co-creator and co-host, with Dr. Kathy King, of the highly successful series Podcast for Teachers.

Mark Gura is an accomplished author having published numerous articles, and coauthored several books on instructional technology, literacy and project based learning. He has won many awards and fellowships and frequently speaks about instructional technology nationally and internationally.

Other members of the team include experts, Barbara Heuer, Ed. D., education and information technology specialist, and John Adamo, MCSE, technical services specialist.

The synergistic team of Transformation Education LLC has unique expertise and backgrounds focused on developing the best solutions to match clients’ needs. Our flexibility in working in most settings is seen in our extensive experience serving in professional development, corporate, K-12, distance learning, workplace, health care, and higher education settings. Our team and expanded network of resources provide a broad base for sustaining short-term and long-term solutions. For additional information about the background and launch of Transformation Education LLC, contact Dr. Kathleen P. King or visit www.transformationed.com

About Transformation Education LLC:

Transformation Education LLC is a closely held LLC which provides innovative education consulting services to organizations and individuals in varied settings and content areas. Building upon the expertise of its founder, Dr. Kathleen P. King, the firm’s experience spans four decades and a robust track record of creating pioneering education programs, projects and proposals, providing top notch keynote speakers, conducting virtual seminars and developing distance education solutions while providing custom professional service. More information about Transformation Education LLC can be found at www.transformationed.com

Contact:

Dr. Kathleen P. King, President
Transformation Education LLC
201-916-0575
http://www.transformationed.com

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June 2007

June 7, 2007 --- Podcast for Teachers of Fordham University Announces the Winners of the 2nd Annual Best Educational Podcast Awards.

We are pleased to announce 3 extraordinary winners: one in each of the categories as listed above. This year the winners' school/institution receive a cash award of $100 to be used towards the project, a signed award certificate for display, assorted items compliments of PFT and Fordham University and are highlighted in Episode 92 and may be interviewed over the coming months in the podcast. (www.podcastforteachers.org)

   Podcast    Award    Category
Title of Podcast
Podcaster and Affiliation

   BEST

   Professional    Development
   Podcast

Science Teaching Tips

Stephanie Chasteen, Ph. D.
Exploratorium Teacher Institute


"I'm a physicist at the Exploratorium museum of science and was once an NPR intern. Because audio is intimate and immediate, I love using it to bring information to people. Podcasting lets me do this without being at NPR." Podcast Link:
http://scienceteachingtips.podomatic.com/

   BEST

   Teacher
   Created
   Podcast

 

Mrs. Horton's School of Advanced Art

Anita Horton
Trinity Christian Academy

With the help of many creative and talented friends, I dreamed up a "paperless homework" curriculum, incorporating various podcasts, for my high school students that would allow them to express themselves creatively and learn about technology simultaneously.

Podcast (feed) Link:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/MrsHortonsSchoolOfAdvancedArt

   BEST
   Overall    Educational    Podcast -
   Higher    Education

 

SkillSoup

"A tasty mix of academic chit-chat from the ANU's students and staff"

Producer: Megan Poore, Teacher,
Co-host: Darien Williams

Academic Skills and Learning Centre
Australian National University

"Meg and Daz podcast SkillSoup for the Academic Skills and Learning Centre at the Australian National University. Our podcasting keywords are access, community, relevance, and extension. Jump in the bowl! "

Podcast Link:
http://academicskills.anu.edu.au/podcasts/skillsoup.php

Thank you for all the excellent entries that were received and congratulations to our winners, we look forward to seeing this emerging field continue to advance teaching and learning in un foretold ways in the coming years.

Full details and information about the contest can be found at http://www.podcastforteachers.org/PFTbestpodcastawards.html

The 3rd annual contest will commence in the fall of 2007 and end May 1, 2008. Full details will be posted on the web page listed above!

 

January 2007

Breaking News--- January 30, 2007 Fordham RETC Announces Second Annual Award Competition: The Podcast for Teachers, Techpod SM Best Education Podcast Awards  

NEW YORK - Fordham University’s RETC Center for Professional Development has announced its second annualpft logo PFT Best Education Podcast Awards Competition. Sponsored by Fordham’s Podcast for Teachers, Techpod SM, this juried competition began in November 2006 and has a deadline of May 1, 2007 for all submissions. The competition recognizes outstanding teacher, student and school work in educational podcasting, with five award categories and educational levels from pre-k to higher education. Last year’s participants included entries from NY to Nevada, Long Island to Polynesian Islands and Alaska to South Africa. ALL are welcome to participate in the contest by reading the rules, producing a podcast which follows the guidelines, and send it in!

The awards program was developed by Dr. Kathleen P. King, professor of the Graduate School of education and Director of the Center, and Mark Gura, Coordinator of Outreach of the Center, and the producers and co-hosts of the Fordham’s Podcast for Teachers, Techpod SM. The purpose of the awards programs is to encourage the use of podcast technology as a way to enhance and improve teaching, learning and professional development, and to establish a body of models by which other educators may learn about the most effective approaches to use podcasting as a medium in education.


The Podcast for Teachers, Techpod SM (PFT) network of podcasts serves educators with audio, and very soon video, broadcasts distributed via the web. These broadcasts can be played on any computer and also transferred to MP3 players such as IPODs for portable, convenient listening.

The award-winning Podcast for Teachers™ (PFT) weekly podcast explores educational technology with co-hosts Mark Gura and Dr. Kathleen P. King of Fordham University. The co-hosts have also authored a forthcoming book (March 2007) on the topic, and are frequently sought after consultants to assist schools, organizations and colleges in establishing or improving their podcasting and distance education efforts.

“The podcasts we identified in the 2006 awards were an example of what can happen when teachers and students are allowed to be creative in learning experiences. They demonstrate work which goes much further than basic requirements and illustrate the commitment and excellence among teachers and students which RETC and Podcast for Teachers, Techpod SM supports and empowers.” said Kathleen King, Ed.D, director of the RETC and professor at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education. “Our desire is that these awards will recognize and highlight excellence, innovation, lifelong learning skills, and a growing passion for learning by these students and their teachers. The Center and Podcast for Teachers, Techpod are proud to provide this ‘grassroots support’, voice, platform and service to educators around the globe.”


In this competition the best podcasts are selected by a panel of experts who evaluate entries in the areas of creativity, efficacy and practicality. The first place recipient in each category will receive $100 and will be featured in a future interview on the PFT podcast series. This year Fordham’s RETC and Podcast for Teachers, Techpod (PFT) welcomes an additional sponsor for the awards: Fast Lane LLC (www.fast-lane.net) ,

For full details about the competition categories, guidelines and submission instructions visit: http://www.podcastforteachers.org/PFTbestpodcastawards.html.

About Podcast for Teachers, Techpod
SM (PFT): Podcast for Teachers SM is a popular weekly podcast that explores the use of technology, especially podcasting, to enhance teaching and learning. It was created in August 2005 by Kathleen R. King, director of RETC, and Mark Gura, former director of instructional technology of the New York City public school system. Since its founding, it has been accessed by more than 1,240,000 listeners and was honored with the 2005 Innovation Award for educational leadership by the Professional Organizational Development Network, numerous public speaking engagements, interviews and a soon to be released book on podcasting: Podcasting for Educators (3/2007).

For more information about Podcast for Teachers, Techpod SM, its archive of past podcast episodes, or to review its many educational technology and podcasting resources visit: www.podcastforteachers.org. The podcast feed is located at www.podcastforteachers.org/feed.xml. The podcast may be conveniently found in podcast databases such as itunes.com, www.odeo.com, podcasts.yahoo.com, and podcastpickle.com.



Podcast for Teachers SM and PFT SM  are service marks of Fordham University.  For more information regarding copyright and partnerships, please contact Dr. Kathy King at  kpking @ transformationed.com



Adult Education Professor Named Leader in Field


Kathleen P. King, Ed. D., director of Fordham University’s RETC: Center for Professional Development, has been featured as one of 50 adult educators leading the field in social change, theory and research in North American Adult Educators: Phyllis M. Cunningham Archive of Quintessential Autobiographies for the 21st Century (Discovery Association Publishing House, 2006).

The book, published in December, includes autobiographies of 50 acclaimed adult educators, who chronicle their visionary work and accomplishments in the field of adult education.

King has been on the Fordham faculty since 1997. At RETC, she oversees projects designed to provide professional development in educational technology to educators. In 2005-2006, the center reached more than 3,000 learners through local programs and over 100,000 through distance learning.

In August 2005, King and Mark Gura, coordinator of outreach programs at RETC, created Techpod, a weekly educational technology professional development podcast for educators, which has drawn some 450,000 listeners.



http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/Public_Affairs/topstories_778.asp



King Invited to Write Popular, High-Profile Column about Digital Media & Education

Professor Dr. Kathleen P. King has been tapped as the official guest writer/correspondent for a monthly online column about podcasting and education for About.com, the Web's leading provider of practical solutions to everyday problems. About.com’s expert Guides offer advice and tutorials on hundreds of topics and has become a popular web resource since 1996. In 2005 it was purchased by the New York Times and today over 29 million people visit About.com each month.

Dr. King has taken on this column as an opportunity to share insights about teaching and learning with distance learning, digital media, podcasting and other innovative technologies with an even wider audience than usual. Check out the links below as you read the rest of this article:

http://podcasting.about.com/od/podcastingineducation/a/kinginterview.htm
http://podcasting.about.com/

Dr. King, who is a Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Fordham’s Graduate School of Education, has many articles about distance learning, and podcasting and education and currently has a book in press titled Podcasting for Educators, written with Podcast for Teachers, Techpod (SM) co-host Mark Gura. Their book is due to be published by Information Age Publishing in April, 2007.

In an interview with About.com, Dr. King explained, “We are really working with our podcasts to push the envelope of teaching and learning. We look at technology as a means to help us communicate content and also to extend teaching and learning further. The education podcast efforts I am producing illustrate a few of the ways that podcasting can be used to support lifelong learning of people of all ages (iLearn Radio), professional development of teachers, and extend the field of knowledge, research, and development.”

Fordham’s popular Podcast for Teachers, Techpod (SM) ( www.podcastforteachers.org ) is a weekly web-based podcast that made its debut in August 2005 and provides educators with audio and video broadcasts distributed via the web. More than 1.1 million listeners have tuned in to this weekly podcast since its debut. Dr. Kathleen King now produces a total of six different podcast series.


DOJ-Serrano Grant Concludes with More than 100 Teachers, Parents, and Students Completing Computer Training

Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen P. King, the final cycle of teacher, parent, and student computer training and testing as part of a Department of Justice grant opportunity at Fordham’s RETC comes to a conclusion this month. During the year-long project, more than 100 teachers, parents, and students from Career and Technical Education (CTE) schools in the Bronx completed computer training classes, 50 took a computer credentialing exam, and another 150 teachers and parents participated in CTE career awareness workshops.

This Department of Justice earmark grant, totaling $295,000, was received September 2005 as an appropriation from Congressman Jose E. Serrano of New York’s 16 th Congressional District to help more people use technology and increase their computer skills for the workplace. Congressman Serrano visited the RETC in February 2006 to see first-hand the equipment and start-up of the first certified Computer Testing Center in the Bronx, which is located at the RETC, 557 E. Fordham Road.

Teachers and parents participated in computer training and test prep classes at the RETC in content areas such as Microsoft Office Word and Excel, A+ certification, and Internet Computing Core & Certification (IC3). They were led in their classes and test prep by RETC certified instructors Albert Robinson, Vanelle Matthews, and Kraig DeMatteis. In addition, participating teachers also received professional development visits at their schools during their computer training to learn about CTE careers and how to incorporate CTE career awareness in their classes.

The DOJ-Serrano grant initiative was overseen at the RETC by Dr. Kathleen King; coordinated by program manager and associate director Dr. Susan Biro; and CTE manager and curriculum developer, Albert Robinson; and supported by Anna Criscuolo, testing center proctor; and John Adamo, technical services manager.

Since 2005, the RETC has become a certified Certiport Testing Center, an Authorized Prometric Testing Center, and a PearsonVUE Authorized Center. To learn more about computer testing or to schedule your appointment, contact Anna Criscuolo at 718-817-2490 or visit our web site at http://www.retc.fordham.edu/retc_certandtesting.html


Podcast for Teachers © Reaches More than 1 Million Listeners

Podcast for Teachers © Fordham University’s popular Podcast for Teachers’ © (www.podcastforteachers.org ) is a weekly web-based podcast that made its debut in August 2005 and provides educators with audio and video broadcasts distributed via the web. These broadcasts can be played on any computer and also transferred to MP3 players such as iPods for portable, convenient listening.

All of these podcasts are “powered by” Podcast for Teachers. They have been developed, produced and hosted by Fordham’s RETC: Center for Professional Development in the Bronx, NY (www.retc.fordham.edu. Educational organizations, community organizations, and individuals interested in learning to podcast should check out the Podcast for Teachers web site www.podcastforteachers.org and Podcast for Teachers episodes.

October 2006

Fordham and Transformation Education LLC Staff to Present at NYC Policy and Leadership Forum on Educational Technology  
Drs. Steve D’Agustino and Leah Tillman, along with RETC outreach consultant and podcast host/author Mark Gura, will be part of the New York City Policy and Leadership Forum on Educational Technology to be held Tuesday, October 24, at Columbia University. The RETC staff will make the following presentation, “Tech-to-Go: Low Cost/No Cost Tech Resources for New York City Classrooms,” as part of this forum. This afternoon session will share practical technology for use by NYC educators.

Dr. D’Agustino is assistant director at the RETC and project manager for the Region 2 Title IID (R2DII) Professional Development Grant program. Dr. Tillman is a professional developer for the R2DII project.

This free conference is open to all. To learn more about details and registration, visit their web site at http://www.centerdigitaled.com/conference/php?confid=340


Drs. King, Heuer Publish Article about Worker Empowerment in the International Journal of Learning
Drs. Kathleen King and Barbara Heuer have published an article, “Empowering Literacy Workers Through Learner Centered Environments,” in the upcoming issue of the International Journal of Learning ( Volume 12 , Issue 9 , pp.109-114). This case study presents the design, delivery, and evaluation of a professional development curriculum developed in response to educators’ and departmental needs in urban schools.

Results include a model that addresses active learning, learner-centered learning, constructivist perspectives, and action research. Illustrating the model, educators participate in interactive environments and professional collaboration while gaining specific content knowledge, and practicing classroom strategies that engage at-risk students. A qualitative approach used multiple data gathering methods to guide and evaluate the initiative with over 100 educators.

Kathleen King is director of the Regional Educational Technology Center and Professor of Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education in New York City. She has 20 years experience in adult education, teaching, and research in a variety of settings and is author/co-author of three books on the professional development of educators.

Barbara Heuer currently teaches in and coordinates the Masters Program in Adult Education and Human Resource Development at Fordham University. With 20 years experience in adult education and information technology, her research interests are adult development and online learning.


Teachers, Parents Begin Computer Training and Testing through DOJ-Congressman Serrano Grant
The second and final cycle of teachers and parents have started computer training courses and certification exams at Fordham’s RETC as part of a Department of Justice grant opportunity. A three-week class for parents in Internet Computing Core and Certification (IC3) began Saturday, October 7 and will conclude October 21. RETC professional developer and certified instructor Kraig DeMatteis is teaching IC3 content to the parents’ group and providing test prep opportunities.

Teachers are participating in instructional classes in either Microsoft Word or Excel, led by instructors Albert Robinson and Vanelle Matthews. The teachers’ weekly class began October 11 and will conclude December 6. All participating teachers and parents receive free computer training and testing vouchers as part of this grant initiative.

Cycle one of this grant resulted in nearly 40 teachers, 30 parents, and 12 students completing computer training and testing in the spring of 2006. This earmark grant, totaling $295,000, was received September 22, 2005, and was the result of an appropriation from Congressman Jose E. Serrano of New York’s 16 th Congressional District, who shared his vision that more people could learn to use technology and increase their skills for the workplace. Rep. Serrano visited the RETC in February to see first-hand the equipment and start-up of the first certified Computer Testing Center in the Bronx.

The DOJ-Serrano Grant initiative is led by Dr. Kathleen King, director of the RETC Center for Professional Development, Dr. Susan Biro, associate director and CTE coordinator; Albert Robinson, CTE manager/technical and curriculum developer; Anna Criscuolo, testing proctor; and John Adamo, technical services manager.


Podcast for Teachers © Reaches 873,300 Overall Listeners
Podcast for Teachers © Fordham University’s Regional Education Technology Center’s popular Podcast for Teachers’ © ( www.podcastforteachers.org ) is a weekly web-based podcast that made its debut in August 2005 and provides educators with audio and video broadcasts distributed via the web. These broadcasts can be played on any computer and also transferred to MP3 players such as iPods for portable, convenient listening.

All of these podcasts are “powered by” Podcast for Teachers. They have been developed, produced and hosted by Fordham’s RETC: Center for Professional Development in the Bronx, NY ( www.retc.fordham.edu telephone: 718-817-3503). Educational organizations, community organizations, and individuals interested in learning to podcast should check out the Podcast for Teachers website www.podcastforteachers.org and Podcast for Teachers episodes.

September 2006





Transforming Education, Educators And Students With Technology

Click on the link below to read this article

http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/Public_Affairs/Inside_Fordham/September_11_2006/
In_Focus_Faculty_and/Transforming_Educati_23797.asp

 

Dr. Kathleen P. King Presents at the 2006 Women's Podcasting Expo

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The seminar schedule for the online Women's Podcasting Expo, being held July 14-16, 2006, has been announced. Over 25 experts in women's issues, business and online media will present over 30 seminars and podcasts.

Three (3) seminars are open to the public, including:

  • "How To Create A Powerful Platform - Learn How To Consistently Out-Compete & Outperform Your Competition," Annie Jennings of Annie Jennings PR
  • "Podcasting 101 - Learn the Basics of Podcasting for Business or Pleasure," Penny Haynes of 1st Podcast Publishing and the Family Friendly Podcasting Directory
  • "How Do You Deal with Change? Women in Transformation Across Our Lifetimes," Dr. Kathy King, Professor and Director of the RETC for Professional Development at Fordham University in New York City, and co-host of "Podcast for Teachers" and "Adventures in Transformative Learning."

The event is a virtual expo, held online. Attendees can interact using a computer microphone and speakers or headphones.

Other sessions feature Pat Lynch, of Women's Radio and other podcasts; Terri Levine of The Coaching Institute; Kelly McCausey of Work At Home Mom Talk Radio; Jody Colvard of The Women In Podcasting Directory; Bonnie Ross Parker of The Joy of Connecting; and Lesley Scott of FashionTribes.com.

3-day tickets for unlimited access to all of the seminars, women's networking events and seminar recordings are available for $25. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants.

Registration information is available at the Expo site.

http://www.podcastingnews.com/archives/2006/07/womens_podcasti.html



 



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