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How to Pass edTPA (1): Sample Middle School Activity-Based Lesson Plan with Video Link

Alan Singer | Posted 01.09.2017 | Education
Alan Singer

This is the first of three Huffington Posts on how to pass the teacher certification exam known as edTPA. This article provides background information...

Teaching Election 2016 the Morning After and for the Next Four Years

Alan Singer | Posted 11.13.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

I apologize for the length of this post; it is really two posts combined into one. Part 1 is Alan's Analysis of Election 2016. I open with my views as...

Hofstra in Hindsight

Meena Bose | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
Meena Bose

With the second presidential debate two weeks away, both candidates have some time to review the first debate and prepare for the next one. For Trump, practice may be key, particularly extended sessions with one opponent, rather than the many that he had during the primaries.

Beyond polls and pundits, how to measure who won the debate

Dave R. Jacobson | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Dave R. Jacobson

Co-Authored by Maclen Zilber, Democratic Strategist and Campaign Consultant based in Hollywood, CA Thank you to the political intelligentsia, the pun...

17 Times Black Twitter Shut Down Trump During The Debate

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 09.29.2016 | Black Voices

If Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s goal was to win black voters at Monday night’s debate against Hillary Clinton at Hofstra Univers...

Hofstra Hosts First Presidential Debate & Educational Panel

Alan Singer | Posted 09.08.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

The first stop on the Donald versus Hillary 2016 Presidential Debate reality television show will be at Hofstra University in suburban New York City o...

Defending Science in the Age of Trump

Alan Singer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Democracy means an educated public gets to decide policy issues. But it also requires that people have enough education to understand and evaluate scientific findings.

Astoria Characters: The Woman With the World at Her Fingertips

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 10.12.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

She's traveled all over the world, but today, and nearly every day, the longest journey that Anastasia Damianeas will take is from her home to her office.

8 Ways to Avoid the Freshman 15

Margaret Marshall | Posted 08.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Margaret Marshall

Students may also be sampling different foods and tastes for the first time, and they may indulge in over eating and excess alcohol in an effort to fit in and make new friends. Advice for students entering freshman year:

Research Institutions Are a Vital Economic Engine on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 06.10.2016 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Long Island's research institutions are key to the region's economic activity and potential growth. We should see them not as ivory towers but as vital parts of the engine that powers the region -- and its future prosperity.

Live, Learn -- and Let Live

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is a fact that the story of America cannot be truthfully told without the story of people of African descent. If we are going to close the gap and confront racism, we need to learn and understand others' history and way of life.

New Data Illuminates Long Island's Education Inequities

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 03.31.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Given that New York has the most segregated schools in America, according to the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, these studies should be the basis for a regional commitment to addressing these inequities.

Arne and Barack Target Schools of Education

Alan Singer | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Congress is Republican. ISIS is on the march. Common Core and high-stakes testing are under attack. The Affordable Health Care Act may be torpedoed by the Supreme Court. Arne Duncan and Barack Obama evidently need a softer opponent to pad their legacy. The hapless Knicks were probably not available for a pick-up basketball game.

The Army Is Making Me Choose Between My Faith and My Country

Iknoor Singh | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion
Iknoor Singh

I follow the Sikh faith, which requires that I keep my hair long and wear a turban and beard. The ROTC recruiters said I would not be able to enlist unless I complied with all Army grooming and uniform rules.

Invest in New York's Children

Anthony Figliola | Posted 01.04.2015 | New York
Anthony Figliola

It's vital that New Yorker's not let the chance to expand our children's horizons and secure our country's future slip by. The New York Bonds for School Technology Act is a creative first step and deserves the voter's attention.

Report: Miss America Was Kicked Out Of Her Sorority For Hazing

Jezebel | Posted 09.22.2014 | College

On paper, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev reads like a forward-thinking person's dream of what a beauty queen could be. She's a trilingual honors stu...

Japanese Educators Learn From American Teachers and Schools

Alan Singer | Posted 11.15.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Who would have thought that educators from Japan, whose school system is always paraded before the American public as one that the United States should emulate, would actually visit New York City to learn how to improve education in Japanese schools?

Where Does Your Food Preference Originate?

Margaret Marshall | Posted 11.09.2014 | Taste
Margaret Marshall

You may normally think you eat food because it's food, and don't eat other things, because they're not. But a look at other cultures will show you tha...

Lainie Kazan Loves Her Work -- Her Music -- and Teaching All About It

Ellen Sterling | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment
Ellen Sterling

"I think it's wonderful that she'll be here. Our patrons love the fact that we're bringing her in." The speaker is Myron Martin, president and CEO ...

Problems With Pearson's Student Teacher Evaluation System -- It's Like Déjà Vu All Over Again

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Hofstra University administrators recently received access to closed online edTPA material with sample teaching videos in different subject areas, but these were also unevaluated so again I could only guess at how they were rated.

Veterans Day 2013

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Let us remember not only America's war dead. Let us redouble our efforts to care for those veterans who have returned home in the hopes of having productive and meaningful lives.

Common Core: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Common Core standard needs to be separated from the push by publishers to sell for material, the high-stakes testing of children, and from the evaluation of teachers.

High School Students Celebrate Emancipation Jubilee -- and Look to the Future

Alan Singer | Posted 06.23.2013 | New York
Alan Singer

A giant portrait of Frederick Douglass stared down at the audience of about three hundred high school students who gathered in the Hofstra University student center to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

No Such Thing as a Snow Day for Entrepreneurs -- And That's a Good Thing!

Nell Merlino | Posted 04.14.2013 | Small Business
Nell Merlino

Entrepreneurs need to keep in mind that it's up to them to make things happen for their business and not let every day bumps in the road throw them off course.

Helping Secondary School Students Understand Climate Change

Alan Singer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Alan Singer

In response to Hurricane Sandy I have been working with teacher education students to develop lessons secondary school teachers can use to help students understand global climate change, how hurricanes develop, and how young people can be involved in their communities.