Spring Event Highlights
This past semester the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) hosted numerous events on campus for the community, and to advocate for social justice.
In March, Pierre Orelus, PhD, chair and associate professor of educational studies and teacher preparation, welcomed scholar-activist Sonia Nieto, PhD, to deliver a keynote entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching: What Educators Need to Know.” Focusing on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of linguistically diverse backgrounds, Dr. Nieto has written extensively on equity in education.
During her keynote she discussed the respectful and effective manner in which teachers and administrators can responsibly engage students and parents of diverse backgrounds. Dr. Nieto also highlighted the importance of culturally responsive teaching and discussed pedagogy that builds on students’ diverse backgrounds and prior knowledge.
Following her presentation, Stephanie Burrell Storms, EdD, GSEAP associate dean and associate professor of educational studies and teacher preparation, facilitated the audience Q&A with a panel of experts, including Mr. William King MA’16, ESL educator at Bassick High School; Stephaney Morrison, PhD, GSEAP assistant professor of counselor education; Mr. Hector Sanchez, principal of Cesar Batalla School; and Antonio Simoes, PhD, GSEAP dean emeritus and adjunct professor. GSEAP Dean Bob Hannafin, PhD, reflected that “we value bringing national leaders to engage in dialogue and challenge our understandings.”
In April, GSEAP welcomed 400 students, parents, faculty, and staff from the Bridgeport community to campus for the Bridgeport Higher Education Alliance (BHEA) Excellence in Education Awards Night. The evening was dedicated to honoring 140 Bridgeport Public School K-8 students, parents, teachers, and administrators for their hard work, dedication, and support during the school year. The evening was marked by a video address from Congressman Jim Himes who congratulated attendees for their academic improvement and for the difference they are making for the city of Bridgeport.
Dr. Hannafin planned the evening in collaboration with Bridgeport school liaisons, principals, and administrators. Bryan Ripley Crandall, PhD, assistant professor and director of the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, and Bassick High School graduate and Poet Akbar Niyonkuru served as masters of ceremonies for the evening. The awards night celebration included music from talented young musicians from Blackham School’s Percussion Ensemble.
Dean Hannafin shared, “It was a fabulous evening. We are so proud of the students in Bridgeport Schools and it’s important to show them that. We are also thrilled to take a moment to recognize our talented and hard-working colleagues who teach them and the parents who love and support them.”