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  • Hunter College: the School of Education

    by Virginia M. Tong, Ph.D.

    Over the last two years, several changes have taken place in the Division of Programs in Education of Hunter College. In 1998, it became the Hunter College School of Education (HCSE), and in January of 2000 Dr. Hugh J. Scott retired as dean after 25 years, succeeded by Dr. Courtland Lee.

    This fall, the School of Education announced the establishment of its chapter of the Hunter College Alumni Association, the primary purpose of which is to connect alumni of the School with their fellow graduates and faculty. This goal will be accomplished through professional networking forums and events such as special topic lecture series, workshops, and conferences. News and achievements about alumni will be shared with the larger community through the publication of a newsletter, EdTalk, a collaborative effort by the alumni chapter and the HCSE.

    Another initiative sponsored by the HCSE is the formation of the Leadership Circle that is dedicated to promoting educational innovation by sponsoring teacher education candidates, fostering faculty development and strengthening collaborative activities between the HCSE and urban schools. Participation in the Leadership Circle represents special recognition of individuals who support excellence in urban education.

    Programs in the School of Education prepare teachers and school administrators in the urban elementary and secondary schools to meet the challenge of the diverse learning needs found among New York City’s students. The HCSE consists of four departments and offers teacher education programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies. The HCSE trains educators in music, health and physical education, administration and supervision, counseling, and special education and the specialty areas of bilingual education, TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), deaf and hearing impaired, vision, and rehabilitation teaching and counseling.

    HCSE’s collaborations with community school districts—particularly District 4 in Manhattan—and partnerships with institutions create opportunities for exchange of ideas and resources.

    For information please contact, Assistant Dean Marsha Lupi, (212) 772-4661. #

    Dr. Tong is an assistant professor of education, M.A. in TESOL Program, Department of Curriculum and Teaching at the School of Education of Hunter College/CUNY.

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