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MARCH 2007

Special Education Conference


Women have come a long way since the days of our grandmothers who were content to raise children, stoke the proverbial fire in the hearth, and be the ballast in the family, maintaining a sense of equilibrium and security.

The women appearing in this issue, may do all that their forbears did, but in addition, have used their talents to improve the lives of others and increase our knowledge base.

Education Update is proud to have interviewed illustrious women who have made significant changes in the world.

Women of Valor
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Although the four women who received Wings WorldQUEST (WWQ)’s Women of Discovery Fellowship Awards for 2007 are each, on average, only a little bit older than the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation, founded in 1977, an extraordinary event brought them all together on March 1 with Dr. Goodall at the National Arts Club. . . READ MORE

My Meeting with Jane Goodall
By Dr. Pola Rosen
The mere mention of her name conjures images of apes and chimps, living alone in the jungles and forests of the world, collecting data, intellectuality and courage. . . READ MORE

Dr. Charlotte Frank
Upon graduation, having been the only girl in my high school physics class and success in my mathematic classes, I decided to enroll at CCNY thinking that I was going to be an engineer but after one year of many professors saying that this isn’t a career for a female, I changed majors and graduated with a BBA majoring in Statistics and minoring in Economics. . . READ MORE

Freedom Writers: Erin Gruwell
By Gillian Granoff
Recently, at the Hilton Hotel, the AACTE (American Association for Colleges of Teachers Education) kicked off the opening night of their annual meeting of administrators, principals, and teachers, and its “Challenge for Change” with the inspiring and heartfelt words of Erin Gruwell. . . READ MORE

Rosemarie Reed:
Award-Winning Filmmaker Documents Pioneering Women in Science
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
Documentary filmmaker Rosemarie Reed likes dramatizing the lives of little-known women scientists and showing that their relatively unfamiliar stories are really big stories, achievements that dramatically advanced knowledge in their fields, despite political or societal conditions that denied them opportunity or recognition in their day. . . READ MORE

Inauguration of Columbia TC
President Susan Fuhrman

By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
In a gala afternoon of grand academic discourse by top thinkers in the field of education, Columbia University’s Teachers College (TC) welcomed Susan Fuhrman as its tenth president (and first woman president) during a pre-inaugural convocation at its newly renovated Cowin Center last month. . . READ MORE

President Catherine Bond Hill: Vassar College
By Lisa K. Winkler
Two days after Catherine Bond Hill was inaugurated as Vassar College’s 10th president on October 29, she sponsored a Halloween party for the Vassar community. . . READ MORE

President Donna Shalala: University of Miami
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
She has an impressive honors-strewn record in both academe and government—Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, President of Hunter College, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Associate Professor and Chair of the Program in Politics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia, and a stint in the Peace Corps in its founding years. . . READ MORE

The Aesthetic Education Conference at Queens
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
On March 24 the first-ever national conference on Aesthetic Education, co-sponsored by the Equity Studies Research Center at Queens College, CUNY, founded a few years ago, and the Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), a 32-year-old artist-in-residence program that links students and schools according to the philosophy of Aesthetic Education (AE), will take place at the Queens School for Mathematics, Science and Technology (PS/IS 499) located on the QC campus. . . READ MORE

Mariel Hemingway Speaks at the Oxonian Society
By Liza Young
Mariel Hemingway, talented Hollywood actress, granddaughter of the beloved writer Ernest Hemingway, and most recently author of books promoting health and well-being, recently appeared before an audience through an event coordinated by the Oxonian Society sharing insights regarding her latest book: Healthy Living from the Inside and Out: Every Woman’s Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life, the challenges of a career in Hollywood, and life as a Hemingway. . . READ MORE

Jhumpa Lahiri: The Namesake
Reviewed By Jan Aaron
Director Mira Nair’s adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s best-selling novel, The Namesake, is her finest movie to date. . . READ MORE

World Perspectives on Women
The Education of Muslim Women
By Lisa K. Winkler
Shadha al-Jubori, a BBC Arab language radio reporter in Iraq, worries about the education of the next generation of Iraqis. . . READ MORE

World Perspectives on Women
Thousands of North Korean Women Sold as Slaves in China
By Han Min
Thousands of North Korean women who fled famine in their homeland in recent years are believed to have been sold as “brides” to Chinese men, who often put them to backbreaking labor and subject them to constant fear, physical assault, and sexual abuse. . . READ MORE

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Special Education Superintendent Bonnie Brown Discusses Challenges and Opportunities for NYC’s Most Fragile Students
By Emily Sherwood, Ph.D.
New York City’s special education system has an old friend at its helm. . . READ MORE

The Tragedy and Triumph of Facing Muscular Dystrophy: The Story of Charley
By Joan Baum, Ph.D.
There is arguably no greater pain than learning that your child has a fatal disease. . . READ MORE

“Autism Everyday” Gives A Glimpse Into Life In The Shadows Of Autism
By Gillian Granoff
At the 2007 Sundance Film Festival a compelling documentary, Autism Everyday, gives a portrait of a day living in the shadows of the illness. . . READ MORE

What Does A Student With Asperger Syndrome Need In A School Program?
By Glenn S. Hirsch, M.D. 
Anyone who knows children and adults with Asperger Syndrome is aware that every person’s manifestation of the disorder is very different. . . READ MORE

Special Education Program Funded by Center for Arts Education
Hungerford School in Staten Island’s Clifton neighborhood, serves a special needs population ages 12-21 that includes students classified as medically fragile and severely and profoundly retarded. . . READ MORE


Guest Editorial in Honor of Women's History Month
The Warrior Instinct
By Janis Karpinski
Women are as much entitled to warrior status as men. . . READ MORE

Letters to the Editor - March 2007


Superintendents Reflect on Education in Israel
Twelve educators from across the United States recently joined together on an education mission to Israel under the aegis of the America Israel Friendship League (AIFL), spear-headed by Dr. Charlotte Frank, Senior Vice President of McGraw-Hill. The following are their reflections. . . READ MORE

When in Doubt—Reorganize
New Structure Raises More Questions Than Answers

By Ernest Logan
Today, (as I write this,) marks my 30th day as President of CSA. . . READ MORE

Relinquishing the Driver’s Seat
By Dr. Carole G. Hankin with Randi T. Sachs
Your child’s sixteenth birthday is one that is sure to cause some excitement in your household. . . READ MORE

Principals & Parents Support NYC Middle Schools at Conference
By Richard Kagan
Over 400 teachers, middle school principals, and parents met recently at the 52nd annual Middle School Principals’ Association (MSPA) Education Leadership Conference at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Brooklyn. . . READ MORE

A Century of Service to the Community: Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School
By Dr. Pola Rosen
Hawthorne Cedar Knolls School in Westchester grew out of a need to care for children that were troubled, abused, violent and probably headed for a life of despair, perhaps even prison. . . READ MORE

Cisco Inspires Students at Groundhog Job Shadow Day
By Liza Young
Information Technology (IT) as a growing and lucrative field was the predominant message at the recent Groundhog Job Shadow Day at Cisco Systems where approximately 4,000 students from schools across the country had the opportunity to interact directly with Cisco employees. . . READ MORE

Student Expression Rights Revisited
By Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.
On December 1, 2006, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review Morse v. Frederick, which will be its first student expression decision in almost 20 years. . . READ MORE


The Pigeonhole Principle
By Dr. Alfred S. Posamentier
One of the famous problem-solving techniques is to consider the pigeonhole principle. . . READ MORE

Best Selling Author Colson Whitehead Speaks At Marymount
By Dr. Pola Rosen
When Lewis Burke Frumkes, author, talk-show-host and Director of the prestigious Writing Center of Marymount Manhattan College introduced Colson Whitehead recently he said, “Okay, I want to clear this up right away. Our guest tonight is not Alfred North Whitehead, the mathematician and philosopher, or John Whitehead of Wall Street, or Edwin Whitehead who founded Technicon. Our guest is Colson Whitehead, one of the best writers on the literary scene these days. Colson is a MacArthur Fellow, a Whiting Award winner, and the author of “The Intuitionist,” “John Henry Days,” “The Colossus of New York,” and “Apex Hides The Hurt,” which has just been released in paperback and was re-reviewed and re-recommended by the New York Times recently. . . READ MORE

Oxford Holds Conference on Relationship Between Humans & Animals 
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics was founded in 2006 to enhance the ethical status of animals through academic research, teaching and publication. . . READ MORE

$25.5 Million In Kauffman Campus Grants For Entrepreneurship Education
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation recently announced a total of $25.5 million in grants to nine U.S. universities that pledged to make entrepreneurship education a campus-wide opportunity, leading a more than $200 million effort to transform the way entrepreneurship education is taught in the nation’s colleges and universities. . . READ MORE


Ken Burns Speaks at the Oxonian Society
By Dr. Pola Rosen and Liza Young
Ken Burns, legendary documentary film maker of American history, nominated for two academy awards, and several Emmy awards, and for whom the intriguing “Ken Burns” cinematic effect was named recently appeared at the Oxonian Society, participating in an engaging discussion with Joe Pascal, Oxonian Society President, regarding his earliest roots in documentary film-making, his passion for the civil war and challenges and triumphs in documentary film-making.. . .READ MORE


Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations - March 2007

Students Who Read Are The Ones Who Succeed!
By Selene Vasquez
Is Edwardo the noisiest, nastiest, dirtiest boy as negative grown-ups like to postulate?. . . READ MORE

The Lonely Patient:
How We Experience Illness

Reviewed by Joan Baum, Ph.D.
The most significant word in the full title turns out to be “we.”. . . READ MORE


Global Health Luminaries Gather at Weill Cornell in Push for Action on Neglected Diseases in Developing World
Thought leaders in global health convened at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City recently to push for a new role for America’s universities in bringing lifesaving medicines to the world’s poor. . . READ MORE


Bank Street Summer Camp & the NY Hall of Science Ensure Fun with Science
By Judith Aquino
As the temperature continues to drop, summer seems to move further away. . . READ MORE

Lycée Français de New York Summer Camp



April 27 – 29

Marcus M. Reidenberg
"The Feel of the Place"
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
April 17-27, 2007
Marquis Gallery
M-F 10 am to 5 pm


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