Workshops & Events & Educational Workshop

Workshops & Events

GSEAP - A Great Place for Professional Education Development and Events

Fairfield University's Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions offers several workshops and special, intensive classes in Counselor Education, Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation, Educational Technology, Marriage & Family Therapy, Psychology, and Special Education throughout the year. All programs are on campus or at the Fairfield University Bookstore in Fairfield, CT.

To learn more, contact:

Linnea May, GSEAP Dean's Office
(203) 254-4000, ext. 2225

Please note: If you would like to take a course for graduate course credit, you must be an accepted student or apply for non-matriculated status which allows you to earn up to six credits before formally applying to a program. Please read our policies for more information.



Workshops are ideal for all k-12 teachers, academic support specialists, and administrators.

All workshops are free and open to the public.



Thursday, March 22, 2018
"Writing Models Everywhere" - Constructing Your Own Elementary Classroom Writing Curriculum
5-7 pm
Alumni House
Fairfield University

In this workshop, educators will explore how children’s literature, teacher-writing, and student-writing can serve as powerful models to help elementary students write across multiple genres. Participants will leave with a piece of their own writing, ideas for integrating published mentor texts, and strategies for using students’ writing as instructional models. No matter what writing programs you have been asked to teach, writing models are often the most powerful resources at your disposal to help you build your elementary classroom writing curriculum.


Dr. Ryan Colwell is an assistant professor of Elementary Education and director of the Elementary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University. Prior to coming to Fairfield University, Dr. Colwell was a second and third grade teacher in two Connecticut school districts.


Thursday, April 19, 2018
Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom
5-7 pm
Alumni House
Fairfield University

This workshop provides an overview of the inquiry arc that undergirds the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks and can be utilized throughout social studies curriculum and beyond. With an emphasis on bolstering student engagement, participants in this session will learn about the value of embedding inquiry throughout their lesson plans and will become familiar with specific instructional strategies in support of fostering inquiry, such as the Question Formulation Technique. Regardless of your grade level, years of experience, or academic setting, by gaining a deeper understanding of inquiry, you will be better positioned to enrich students’ learning experiences and expand the capacity of your colleagues to implement innovative and engaging instructional practices.


Dr. David Bosso, social studies teacher at Berlin High School in Berlin, Connecticut; 2012 Connecticut State Teacher of the Year; and 2012 National Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year.


An Evening with Multicultural Education Icon Sonia Nieto, PhD

"Culturally Responsive Teaching: What Educators Need to Know"


Sonia Nieto, PhD.Wednesday, March 28, 2018
4:30 - 7:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: Oak Room in the Barone Campus Center
Fairfield University


The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) invites students, educators and the community to attend a workshop led by scholar-activist Sonia Nieto, PhD. The author of 11 books, including the popular textbook Affirming Diversity, Dr. Nieto's research focuses on multicultural education, teacher education, and the education of students of linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Following Dr. Nieto's keynote will be an audience Q&A with a panel of experts.

The event is free and open to the public.




Workshops are sponsored by the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University. For more information, contact the GSEAP Dean's Office at or call (203) 254-4250.



Second Annual Educational Technology Collaboration Day

Thursday, March 15, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dolan School of Business Dining Room


Join us for an opportunity to meet educators from around the state, to hear how they’re using technology in the classroom, and to share your own strategies for success.


See photos from the 2017 Ed Tech Day


For questions about the event please contact Joshua Elliott, PhD, Educational Technology program director, at or 203-254-4000 x2540. You may also contact the Dean’s Office at 203-254-4000 x4250.

Unlock Your Potential Workshop Series

Workshop Leader

Dr. Paul Maloney headshotDr. Paul Maloney, assistant professor of the practice in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Fairfield's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, has led professional development workshops for many years. Dr. Maloney has consulted on organizational and human resource issues worldwide. His career includes senior level positions in management and organization development at NBC, Mobil, and PepsiCo.

Dr. Maloney's specialties include change management, communications, consulting skills, executive feedback and coaching, leadership development, presentation skills, and teambuilding and development. He received his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Maloney served as a Lieutenant in the Navy. He is Past Commodore of The Black Rock Yacht Club and recently served a four year term as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Thomas Merton Center which serves needy individuals and families in Bridgeport.

"I attended Paul Maloney's Effective Presentation Skills workshop. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone who has felt nervous during a presentation. The workshop included actual practice, immediate feedback, and supplied methods to improve your confidence, content, and overall effectiveness of a presentation." - Lisbeth T., Seymour, CT 

2017-18 Workshop Series


Spring 2018 Workshops


***New Date***
Saturday, March 24, 2018              Dealing with “Difficult” People
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University
Canisius Hall
Room 9 (ground floor)

How many times at work have you avoided interaction with that difficult peer or employee or boss? This program has been designed to provide you with the tools and techniques to manage these situations. Using the behavioral models, cases, and role plays, participants will be able to apply the key principles and skills back on the job.

Some of the difficult people you may have to deal with are:

  • The Aggressor
  • The Sniper
  • The Controller
  • The Staller
  • The Toady
  • The Complainer
  • The Know-it-all
  • The Narcissist


Saturday, April 28, 2018          Team Development
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fairfield University
Canisius Hall
Room 9 (ground floor)

Team development can lead to higher levels of commitment, cooperation, and productivity. This program incorporates team best practices, role definitions and leadership practices. Our interactive program uses case discussions, practice exercises, feedback, and action planning to develop your skills to:

  • Clarify, define, and communicate the team's mission, vision, and objectives.
  • Analyze, assess, and develop communications skills for effective team management.
  • Develop problem solving skills to deal more effectively with operational issues and challenges.
  • Conduct a strategic performance analysis for your unit and team.
  • Action plan for their own individual and team development continues improvement.


All workshops are free and open to the public.

Workshops are sponsored by the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University. For more information, contact the GSEAP Dean's Office at or call (203) 254-4250. 

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