Over the past several years, the School of Education has established strategic partnerships with numerous organizations and institutions both within and outside the university community. Each of these partnerships plays a critical role in the School of Education's ability to deliver high quality academic programs and learning opportunities to its candidates.
College Experience Immersion Project
The College Experience Immersion Project is a collaboration between Quinnipiac University and selected area public schools that allows traditionally under-represented high school juniors and seniors to take freshman-level courses for credit at Quinnipiac University. The program is coordinated by faculty in the School of Education, who ensure that students receive the support necessary for success. University partners include the Learning Center and the Office of Multicultural and Global Education. The program is very much aligned with the mission of the School of Education, which emphasizes personal and intellectual transformation toward the goal of social justice.
The two schools currently involved with this project are:
Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization
The QFTO is a pre-professional organization of aspiring teachers, most of whom are enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Quinnipiac University. As a service organization, the QFTO engages in outreach activities within the community focused on improving student learning. One current focus area is STEM education, where they are working with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning to provide STEM learning experiences for students in area schools.
Albert Schweitzer Institute
The Albert Schweitzer Institute's goal of a more civil and ethical society closely mirrors the mission of the School of Education and its emphasis on multicultural awareness and social justice. In conjunction with the ASI, candidates in the School of Education participate in a humanitarian effort in Nicaragua focused on school rebuilding and teacher development.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Center for Science Teaching and Learning
The BMS Center provides critical support and outreach toward the School of Education's efforts to enhance teaching and learning in STEM-related fields. The BMS Center also serves as an important resource for the QFTO (Quinnipiac Future Teachers Organization) as it prepares and delivers STEM content to area schools.
Office of Multicultural and Global Education
The Office of Multicultural and Global Education at Quinnipiac University is committed to helping members of the community understand and appreciate diversity in a global context. The School of Education, through its mission, coursework, and faculty participation, plays an important role in helping the OMGE to achieve its goals.
Professional Development Schools
The School of Education at Quinnipiac University has established professional development relationships with two local schools. Professional development schools (or PDSs) are innovative institutions formed through partnerships between professional education programs and P-12 schools, and have a four-fold mission: 1) to enhance new teacher preparation; 2) to strengthen faculty development opportunities; 3) to facilitate inquiry directed at the improvement of practice; and 4) to enhance student achievement.
The two schools with whom the School of Education has establish PDS relationships are:
Community Public Schools
The School of Education at Quinnipiac University has established mutually beneficial relationships with several local public school districts. Teachers and administrators in these school districts regularly participate in SOE events and professional development workshops, serve on the SOE Advisory Council, collaborate with the SOE on projects aimed at improving P-12 student learning and achievement, and serve as mentors to candidates in our academic programs.
Below is a sampling of some of our partner public school districts:
- Bethany Public Schools
- Cheshire Public Schools
- Hamden Public Schools
- New Haven Public Schools
- North Branford Public Schools
- North Haven Public Schools
- Orange Public Schools
- Wallingford Public Schools
School of Education Advisory Council
The School of Education Advisory Council is comprised of professionals from a range of educational settings, and provides the School of Education with advice on feedback on a range of issues and topics including trends and technology in education, curriculum and program improvement, resources and expertise to support SOE candidates, and ideas for new academic programs. The SOE Advisory Council also serves as an important link and means of communication between the School of Education and its external partners.
Current members of the SOE Advisory Council include:
- Gary Alger, Director of Educational Leadership, School of Education at Quinnipiac University
- Kevin G. Basmadjian, Interim Dean, School of Education at Quinnipiac University
- Karen Butler, Principal, Hamden Public Schools
- Russell Dallai, Principal, North Haven Public Schools
- Ellen D'Amore, Literacy Specialist, Hamden Public Schools
- Scott Detrick, Assistant Superintendent, Cheshire Public Schools
- Jan Guarino, Assistant Superintendent, Wallingford Schools
- Lisa Miller, English Teacher, Wallingford Public Schools
- Jan Murphy, Principal, Wallingford Public Schools
- Matthew Nittoly, Principal, Side By Side Charter School
- Sara Querfeld, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, North Branford Public Schools
- Beth Strathy, Associate Dean, School of Education at Quinnipiac University
- Jen Walsh, Teacher, New Haven Public Schools