STAC to Host Sustainability Day: Poverty & Education

Jan 25, 2018

STAC to Host Sustainability Day: Poverty & Education

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and School of Education will host a panel discussion focused on poverty and education on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 9:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the College’s Lougheed Library.

Scheduled panelists include: Dr. Andrea Caputo, Interim Principal, St. Anthony’s School in Nanuet, NY; Ileana Eckert, Superintendent, North Rockland School District; Miguelina Lopez, Executive Director K-6 Curriculum and ENL Services, North Rockland School District; and Lori Grant, Principal, Lime Kiln Elementary School, East Ramapo School District.  The panelists’ discussion will take a closer look at effects of poverty in their areas of educational work.

Dr. Caputo will discuss how engagement inspires rigor and share some instructional strategies that help engage students in learning.  

Ms. Eckert and Ms. Lopez will share the significant socio-economic and demographic shift they have experienced over the past 8 years, what they have learned about poverty's impact on learning and some effective strategies that can lay the groundwork to help students rise above it. 

Ms. Grant will discuss her role as a principal of Lime Kiln Elementary School and how she is working toward "leveling the playing field" in education for children growing up in poverty.

Following the panel presentation, the College will host an information fair focused on “Poverty and Education” in the lower level of the Lougheed Library. Representatives at the fair will provide a more visceral look at this trying issue with students, faculty and staff attending the fair. The complex and multifaceted concept of poverty and education in today’s society will be explored.

image with arrows representing education and success versus poverty

St. Thomas Aquinas College’s School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business and School of Education will host a panel discussion focused on poverty and education on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 9:50 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the College’s Lougheed Library.

Scheduled panelists include: Dr. Andrea Caputo, Interim Principal, St. Anthony’s School in Nanuet, NY; Ileana Eckert, Superintendent, North Rockland School District; Miguelina Lopez, Executive Director K-6 Curriculum and ENL Services, North Rockland School District; and Lori Grant, Principal, Lime Kiln Elementary School, East Ramapo School District.  The panelists’ discussion will take a closer look at effects of poverty in their areas of educational work.

Dr. Caputo will discuss how engagement inspires rigor and share some instructional strategies that help engage students in learning.  

Ms. Eckert and Ms. Lopez will share the significant socio-economic and demographic shift they have experienced over the past 8 years, what they have learned about poverty's impact on learning and some effective strategies that can lay the groundwork to help students rise above it. 

Ms. Grant will discuss her role as a principal of Lime Kiln Elementary School and how she is working toward "leveling the playing field" in education for children growing up in poverty.

Following the panel presentation, the College will host an information fair focused on “Poverty and Education” in the lower level of the Lougheed Library. Representatives at the fair will provide a more visceral look at this trying issue with students, faculty and staff attending the fair. The complex and multifaceted concept of poverty and education in today’s society will be explored.

The panel presentation and fair are open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Communications at news@stac.edu.


St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education(NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).