National Research Award Received by Partnership Members
In April of 2013, Dr. Linda A. Catelli, professor of education, and partnering teachers and Dowling alumnae, Joan Carlino and Gina Petraglia, of Dowling’s Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership with the North Babylon School District, received the Claudia A. Balach Researcher Award from the prestigious American Educational Research Association (AERA) for their collaborative research. The collaborative school-college research was conducted over the years of partnership with the Belmont Elementary PDS teachers and Dowling College’s graduate students, teacher candidates, and partnering professors and administrators. The trio received the award in San Francisco at the Annual Meeting of the AERA. The AERA is America’s most prominent national and international research association. Its annual meetings are attended by over 13,000 educators and researchers from all parts of the world. The trio also presented a research paper, Measuring Classroom Teaching Effectiveness: A PDS Video-Based Action Research Study, at the meeting which was well-received. It should be noted that the Dowling College-Belmont Elementary PDS Partnership was the “first” formal PDS partnership on Long Island. Principal of the school, Valerie Jackson, and superintendent of the District, Patricia Godek along with Dowling’s new, interim dean of the School of Education, Dr. Robert Manley, are extremely supportive of the partnership. They look forward to advancing and promoting this successful, longitudinal school-college partnership. Special mention goes to Dowling’s graduate students as PDS action researchers who played significant roles in the studies over the years.
PDS Partnership Research Presentations at a National Conference: Dr. Linda A. Catelli, professor of education, and partnering teachers and Dowling alumnae, Joan Carlino and Gina Petraglia, of Dowling’s Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership with the North Babylon School District gave two research presentations at the 2013 Annual Professional Development School Conference in New Orleans, LA. The titles of the presentations were: “Meeting the Challenges of Teacher Performance Assessment,” and “Designed to Impact: A PDS Partnership’s Research Model of Video-Based Action Research Studies to Improve Student and Candidate Learning.” Both presentations were well attended and received.