Education

Dean machine: High honors as Adelphi scores again

By GREGORY ZELLER // Add another rising Pace University faculty member to the roster at Adelphi University, which has plucked a Pace professor for the second time in a week. Just days after naming Xiao-lei Wang, acting dean of Pace University’s School of Education, as the new dean of its College of Education and Health Sciences, Adelphi on Monday announced Susan Dinan as the new dean of its Honors College. Dinan – who was a…


Task Force: Education Key to LI workforce

By GREGORY ZELLER // The State Senate Task Force on Workforce Development is going to school. Educational initiatives including new Pathways in Technology schools and expanded access to tech-focused BOCES programs are among the top recommendations made by the task force, which reported Tuesday on 18 months of research into New York’s current workforce-development programs and best future options. Chaired by State Sens. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and George Amedore (R-Rotterdam), the task force features a baker’s dozen…


It’s all about class as Buncee tops 100K users

By GREGORY ZELLER // Award-winning multimedia presentation platform Buncee has rocketed past a major milestone. This month, the Calverton-based “digital canvas” – which helps users create and share messages and presentations incorporating video, audio and other elements – notched its 100,000th user. That number had climbed past 107,000 by Wednesday morning, noted founder and CEO Marie Arturi, and interest in the innovative platform shows no sign of abating. While Buncee’s easier-than-PowerPoint pitch still attracts its…


Zuckerberg, Powell-Jobs fund ESL startup

Ellevation, a software company that supports educators and English Language Learners – including those in the Central Islip school district – has landed $6.4 million from funds established by Steve Jobs’ window and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Emerson Collective, the venture fund established by Laurene Powell Jobs, and Zuckerberg Education Ventures, funded by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were joined by the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. English Language Learners, or ELLs,…


With Sullstice, keeping the conversation going

By GREGORY ZELLER // Entrepreneur James O’Sullivan has reached a critical point familiar to many innovators, particularly those offering digital services: How to monetize your beta-test hit? In O’Sullivan’s case, the hit is Sullstice, a digital collaboration tool helping teachers and students connect in after-class discussions. The online forum is designed to benefit students, who get answers to sticky problems from multiple sources, and educators, who share the burden of extracurricular instruction and eliminate classroom…


Teq beefs up its teacher dev platform

A major upgrade to Teq’s online professional-development platform will put teachers face-to-face with tech experts via video conferencing, according to the Huntington Station education-technology producer. The firm’s new “Instructional Support Now” feature allows K-12 educators to instantly connect with a member of Teq’s professional-development team, one of several additions to the company’s proprietary Teq Online PD line. The company is also introducing several new online administrative features, including an option that lets school-district clients combine…


The Debrief: Alexander Gann, Watson School of Biological Sciences

In terms of size, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s graduate school is a bit short of Ivy League. With seven new Fall 2015 admissions bumping the student body to 41, the Watson School of Biological Sciences has a ways to go to catch the likes of MIT’s 11,000 students or Harvard’s 6,700. But when your namesake is credited with cracking DNA, your work had better be A-grade, and the Watson School’s focus on biological sciences is…


Hofstra University's Debbi Honorof

DEBRIEF: Debbi Honorof, Hofstra University

As she assembles a summer course for Hofstra’s Precollegiate Career Discovery Institute — “21st Century Skills for Teens: Thriving in a Rapidly Changing, Hyper-Connected Global Economy” — Continuing Education chief Debbi Honorof lets Innovate LI in on a little secret: Even experienced professionals must sharpen the skills required by the innovation economy. In her own words: CONNECTIVITY: The whole premise is that the workplace is very different than it used to be. People used to…


Farmingdale summer program

Farmingdale sets summer academics program

Farmingdale State College’s academic summer camps program kicks off May 23 with a series of weekend sessions on 3-D printing that runs through June 20. A variety of other classes will be offered through August, usually from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Included are: Architectural Modeling, a week-long course on the basics of bridge and building design, July 13-17; Health Science Careers; July 14-16; Introduction to Computer Gaming Design and Animation, Aug. 10-14; and Forensics/Criminalistics,…


LI Stem Hub at three

At age 3, STEM Hub looks back to the future

It’s been three years since the Empire State STEM Learning Network launched the Long Island STEM Hub, an amalgam of industry and academia on a mission to educate LI’s next-generation workforce. To support the region’s economic growth and high-tech vitality, the STEM Hub (for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) provides a focal point for businesses, students, teachers, higher education and worker-retraining operations. A “Back to the Future”-themed celebration will mark the Hub’s third anniversary, scheduled…


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Hofstra, NS-LIJ nursing school unveiled

Hofstra University and the North Shore-LIJ Health System unveiled plans for a School of Graduate Nursing and Health Professions, with school officials saying the initial focus is on health care professionals already at work in the region. North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam told Innovate-LI that the expectation is the student population of the new Hempstead school – jointly announced this week by Hofstra University and the ever-expanding health system – will be largely comprised of…