School of Education News & Events

Summer Literacy and Summer Special Education programs

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Literacy program and Special Education program are designed to provide assistance to elementary and middle school children who are having difficulty learning reading and writing skills.  The programs take place during July on the college campus.  Teachers work with children both individually and in small groups. An instructional plan is developed and implemented for each child based on assessment of academic needs. The focus for the program is on the development of reading and writing skills. All teachers are certified and are currently enrolled in the St. Thomas Aquinas College Graduate Program in either Literacy/Reading or Special Education. Members of the graduate education faculty supervise teachers.

Schedule for 2017
Children attend half day sessions in the morning, 9:00am-12:00pm.

Literacy Program
July 5th – August 1st, Monday through Thursday.

Special Education Program
July 5th – August 1st, Monday through Friday.

How to Apply
Families must complete and submit all parts of the APPLICATION form.  In addition, the child’s teacher(s) must complete the TEACHER REFERRAL form. All applications must be submitted by April 152017. Families will receive notice about acceptance into the program after May 12017. Due to limited space we may not be able to accept all applicants into the program.

A non-refundable fee of $200 is required when a child is accepted into the program.  Please make checks payable to St. Thomas Aquinas College. The program takes place on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas College.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the program. Families will receive additional information about the schedule and specific location within the college upon acceptance into the program.

For further information, please telephone Mrs. Paula Hughes, Graduate Education Program Office Assistant, at 845-398-4150, Monday through Friday, 9am - 4pm.

Use the Following Links to Apply

Application for Parents to Complete

Teacher Referral and Survey

PLEASE NOTE: If your child is accepted to the program and you take your child on vacation during July, you will not only disrupt the momentum and therefore, the effectiveness of the tutoring for your child, but you will jeopardize the tutor’s degree. Do not register for the program unless you have every intention of having your child participate throughout the month of July. Thank you for considering the needs of everyone involved. Also, if your child has participated in the program for more than two years, he/she will not be accepted for a third term. We would like to give every child the opportunity to experience the benefits that our program offers.

If your child is accepted into the program and you decide not to enroll, please notify the Graduate Education Program secretary immediately or you will not be permitted to apply in future years.


Education Students Present at NYSCEC Conference

Three students from St. Thomas Aquinas College attended this year’s New York State Federation of Chapters of the Council for Exceptional Children’s (NYSCEC) Annual conference in Buffalo, NY on November 4th, 2016. The Council for Exceptional Children is a national organization which works to improve the educational success of children and youth with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. The state conference attracts educators and students from across the state. Read more.

 


STAC HOSTED a series of stem CAMPs FOR elementary & MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

All STEM Camps were made possible through the support of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.  

Robotics Camp
St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted a Robotics Camp for middle school students.  Check out the photos from the Robotics Camp.

Forensic Science Camp
St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted a Forensic Science Camp for middle school students.  Check out the photos from the Forensic Science Camp.

Fibonacci Numbers Camp
St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted a Fibonacci Numbers Camp for elementary school students.  Check out the photos from the Fibonacci Numbers Camp.

Encryption Camp
St. Thomas Aquinas College hosted a Encryption Camp for middle school students.

 


MSED Literacy Specialist Co-Presents at the 2016 Annual International Literacy Association Professional Conference

Terri Komar (Closter, NJ), a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Education, co-presented with Dr. Michael Shaw, Professor of Education at the College, at the International Literacy Association Professional Conference in Boston (MA) on July 9, 2016. The International Literacy Association, based in the United States, works to enhance literacy instruction through research and professional development around the world.  Read the full story.


School of Education Graduate, filomena grillo, Receives "Best First Year Teacher" Award

Filomena Grillo graduated from STAC in 2012 with a degree in Childhood & Special Education and is currently pursuing her MSED in Literacy from the College.  She works at PS/MS 004 in the Bronx, NY. Her school presents awards to teachers at the end of the year where colleagues vote for each other. Filomena's colleagues voted her "Best First Year Teacher K-2."  


STAC & Rockland Reading Council Celebrate young authors writing contest winners

St. Thomas Aquinas College and the Rockland Reading Council celebrated the Grand Winners of the 2nd Annual 2016 Young Authors Writing Contest.  This year's theme was "My Dream Life." Students and their families joined together while the Grand Winners received a Certificate of Achievement and chose five books to add to their home libraries. Ramapo Central Principal, Lynda Hammond, joined in the festivities. The students' stories and poems were awesome!

Students featured in photos from left to right: Ethan, Emma and Maeve and Kevin, Ethan, Kali, and Gabrielle.  Ethan, Emma and Maeve are from Viola Elementary School (Ramapo Central School District) and Kevin, Kali and Gabrielle are from Link Elementary School (Clarkstown Central School District).


Summer STEM Camps for elementary & Middle School Level students

St. Thomas Aquinas College will be offering four different summer science/math enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students.  The camps include Robotics, Forensic Science, Exploring the Fibonacci Numbers, and Explorations in Encryption.

The camps are made possible through the support of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.  The camps are supervised by faculty from the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Education.  A limited number of students can be accepted so parents are urged to register as early as possible.  Visit our STEM CAMPS page for more information and to register.


School of Education Recognized First Dual Degree Program Entrants


(L to R) Angela Santoro, Kaitlyn Lonergan, Marissa Zito, Natalie DiCola, Bridget Humphrey.

The School of Education congratulates the first five entrants of the Dual Degree programs on their recent graduation. Natalie DiCola (Verplanck, NY), Bridget Humphrey (Spring Valley, NY), Kaitlyn Lonergan (Stony Point, NY), Angela Santoro (New City, NY) and Marissa Zito (New City, NY) graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education this May.  They will complete their graduate studies in the 2016-2017 academic year.  Read more.


The SChool of education's summer literacy and special education programs

The St. Thomas Aquinas College Literacy program and Special Education program are designed to provide assistance to elementary and middle school children who are having difficulty learning reading and writing skills.  The programs take place during July on the college campus.  Teachers work with children both individually and in small groups. An instructional plan is developed and implemented for each child based on assessment of academic needs. The focus for the program is on the development of reading and writing skills. All teachers are certified and are currently enrolled in the St. Thomas Aquinas College Graduate Program in either Literacy/Reading or Special Education. Members of the graduate education faculty supervise teachers.

Schedule for 2016
Children attend half day sessions in the morning, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Literacy program: July 5, 2016 – July 29, 2016, Monday through Thursday with a special learning celebration on Friday, July 29, 2016.
Special Education Program: July 5, 2016 – July 29, 2016, Monday through Friday.

For further information, please telephone Mrs. Paula Hughes, Graduate Education Program Office Assistant, at 845-398-4150, Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM. 


STAC Hosted Zumba for Autism, Event raised Money for Ability Builders

St. Thomas Aquinas College's School of Education hosted Zumba for Autism, an event to raise money for Ability Builders, a local organization which serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The event, planned as part of Autism Awareness Month, was sponsored by members of the Rockland County Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.  Over 40 people attended the event which raised almost $1000 for Ability Builders.


STAC GRADUATE'S ARTICLE FEATURED IN TEACH MAGAZINE

Teach Magazine cover

Catherine Hickey, who earned her Post Master's Certificate from St. Thomas Aquinas College, had an article published in Teach Magazine.  Catherine's article is focused on incorporating gratitude in the classroom. Catherine is a teacher in Rockland BOCES Intensive Day Treatment Program in NY.  Read Catherine's article.

 



2nd Annual Rockland Reading Council (RRC) Book Collection Initiative and Read- In
elementary students reading

The College collected over 1,000 new and slightly used children’s books to support Margetts Elementary School in the high-needs district of East Ramapo.  This school serves many low-income families from diverse backgrounds including a large number of students who are African-American, Haitian-Creole, and Hispanic. The school’s reading specialist is a STAC graduate along with a number of classroom teachers who graduated the STAC MSEd. Literacy Program. Our student RRC members made the formal donation with Dr. Michael Shaw, STAC Professor Education, at the end of the drive and also participated in a Read-In as guest readers in classes. Last year’s 1st Annual Book Collection provided more than 900 books for Grandview Elementary School in East Ramapo.