PAL Faculty News

Dr. Maria Bacigalupo's work titled,  "An Analysis of the Redesign of a Course on Metacognition," was accepted for presentation at The Teaching Professor Conference held in Boston, May 31 and June 1, 2014. Maria's work is based on a  revision of  summer curriculum for the Program for Advancement of Learning.

A manuscript collaboratively written by Drs. Pat Mytkowicz, Diane Goss, and Bruce Steinberg (Psychology) was published in the spring 2014 issue of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.  The title is "Assessing Metacognition as a Learning Outcome in a Postsecondary Strategic Learning Course."

Dr. Patty Kean's proposal for a workshop titled, "Authentic Identity Asks: Am I my brain? A Workshop Curriculum about Metacognition, Self-Regulation, and Decision Making" has been accepted by the Association of Educational Therapists for their 36th Annual Conference, Bridging Social Neuroscience and Learning, for the fall 2014 conference in Anaheim, CA. 

Dr. Lynn Abrahams delivered the annual George Hein Lecture at Lesley University on May 13, 2014,  to discuss her experience as a doctoral student, her research journey, and how she is extending her research into her ongoing educational practice as a faculty member in the Program for the Advancement of Learning (PAL) at Curry College.  For the last 10 years, the Ph.D. Program in Educational Studies at Lesley University has developed the tradition of having the "George Hein Lecture" in the spring. Dr. George Hein, a chemist, Dewey scholar, Museum scholar, and progressive educator, was the founder of the Ph.D. Program in Educational Studies, as well as the Program Research and Evaluation Group (PERG) at Lesley.

Dr. Laurie Fox's longitudinal research has been accepted for publication in Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, the journal of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.  Her article, entitled "Success Factors 40 Years Later:  The Pioneer Postsecondary Program for Students with LD/ADHD/EF," focuses on a mixed method (quantitative and qualitative) analysis of student response data collected over an 11-year period.  Dr. Fox's analysis makes a contribution to one of the seminal scholarly discussions occurring in the field of Specific Learning Disabilities: What works? 

PAL Professor Lori Lubeski and former PAL Professor Jeannette Landrie have announced a recent publication featuring the former's poetry and the latter's photography in Spot Lit (2014). Over half of the Spot Lit Vol. 7 2014 Issue is devoted to Lubeski's and Landrie's book length poetry-photography collaboration. In addition, Lori Lubeski presented "1861: A Cloud of Dust," at the Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Conference in Chicago, IL.

PAL Professors Paula Cocce and Nancy Winbury presented a workshop entitled The Road to College Success: Essential Readiness & Transition Factors for Students with LD, ADHD, &/or Executive Function Disorder at the November 2014 conference sponsored by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in Orlando.  Dr. Winbury will participate in a panel presentation showcasing several colleges with programs for students with learning differences, and both professors will join Curry admission representatives who will host a reception for consultants at the conference.

Drs. Lynn Abrahams, Patty Kean and Janis Peters hosted a dinner and discussion called Culture Shock for students in the Program for Advancement of Learning who live outside the New England area.  It was a community-building evening in November 2014 sponsored by the PAL Student Events Committee.

Dr. Laurie Fox  has had two book reviews published in recent editions of the journal The Educational Therapist.  They include one for Daniel Kahneman's Thinking Fast and Slow 35(1) and How Children Succeed:  Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character 35(2) by Paul Tough.

Associate Professor Michelle Gabow's book, God Is a Dog: Lost & Found In Paris, will be available in December 2014 via hardback, paperback, and e-book at Lulu Press and Amazon.  It is a collection of short stories, both fiction and creative non-fiction, exploring the fairytale in the ordinary, the re-membering of passion in grief, and the hidden found when lost in the streets of Paris. 

Diane S. Webber, Ph.D. presented her research at the 21st National Conference on Students in Transition in October 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  Her presentation was titled Students with Learning Disabilities in Transition to College: Challenges, Rewards, and Supports.  The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves as the trusted expert, internationally recognized leader, and clearinghouse for scholarship, policy, and best practices for postsecondary student transitions into college and through graduation.

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