Educational leadership students publish in research journal |

While it is not uncommon for alumni of the School of Professional Development in Educational Leadership (EDL) to have their work published, it is less common for students to publish before graduation. So it was a welcome surprise when four EDL students had their research accepted for publication in the October 2021 issue of New York Academy of Public Education Research Journal. The journal also features a paper written by two EDL faculty members, Robert Scheidet and Cheryl Scheidet, further amplifying Stony Brook University’s contribution to the field of K-12 research.

The students, Wei Ee (Katie) Cheng, Mauricio Gonzalez, Dafny Irizarry and Jennifer Lopez, were all mentored by EDL Program Director Craig Markson, who encouraged them to submit their work for publication.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with this group of exceptional teachers and to see their research turned into publications, even before they graduated from the Educational Leadership Program,” said Markson. “They inspired me to encourage future students to follow their example and publish before graduation.”

The student research explores many of the diverse areas that are relevant to today’s educators, including how to increase parent involvement, why workplace bullying is persistent even in progressive workplaces, how to bridge the gap between teachers and students of color, and what administrators should know about current best practices in teaching reading.

“Dr. Craig Markson was an integral part of the idea development process for this research done in my project seminar paper. It was overwhelming to do and he broke it down into manageable parts and when I needed help. nudge to write it, he helped me so much in advising me to do it,” Jennifer Lopez said.

Learn more about the students who have been published below and read their full articles on the NYAPE Research Journal website.


EDL students and their work

Wei Ee (Katie) Cheng

The title of the article: Effective Ways to Increase Parent Involvement

Graduation date: December 2021

Current position: ENL teacher for the NYC Department of Education (NYCDOE)

Summary of research paper: This study examined the types of parental involvement that positively affect students’ academic achievement, how leadership styles play an important role in parental involvement, and best practices for using technology to increase parental involvement. . The results indicated that home-based parent involvement and a transformational leadership style were the most effective in promoting student academic achievement.

Inspiration: I decided to write about this subject because I feel that raising children is a true partnership between parents and school. I have seen a drastic drop in parent involvement at the NYCDOE schools I have worked in over the years. With the coronavirus pandemic and the shift to remote and blended learning in New York, there has been an increased use of technology and an even more urgent need to find effective ways to increase parent engagement. Therefore, I was interested in how leaders of urban K-12 schools can effectively engage parents in order to positively impact their children’s education.

Mauricio Gonzalez

The title of the article: Pride and Prejudice: How Workplace Bullying Has No Place in Schools

Graduation date: 2021

Current position: Marine Biology Research Instructor and Workplace Learning Coordinator at Urban Assembly New York Harbor School

Summary of research paper: Shining a light on the fact that nearly 50% of working adults in the United States and Europe report being bullied or otherwise bullied in their workplace by co-workers and managers, we might come to to understand why this is happening, how it may affect the well-being of our students, school and staff, and how it might be addressed. Uncovering the psychological underpinnings of workplace bullying, legally protecting victims, and understanding its effects on educational outcomes are burning ethical dilemmas facing our society today. No one should have to go to work feeling terrified, rejected and humiliated and then go home scared after the ordeal.

Inspiration: It’s a subject I’m very passionate about because it has gone largely ignored in one of the most progressive cities with powerful unions in the world.

Dafny Irizarry

The title of the article:: The growing gap between teachers and students of color: What are the benefits and barriers, policies, procedures and programs to close the gap

Graduation date: May 2022

Current position: ENL teacher in the Central Islip School District as well as founder and president of the Long Island Latino Teachers Association (LILTA)

Summary of research paper: The article investigated how the lack of teacher diversity affects the academic achievement of minority students. Additionally, the study examined the benefits and barriers to recruiting and retaining teachers of color and how policies, practices, and programs are succeeding in closing the growing gap between teachers and students of color.

Inspiration: Diversity in the teaching profession is one of my passions as an educator and as a leader. As a teacher of color, I know firsthand the significant impact of having teachers as role models who look and sound like you.

Jennifer Lopez

The title of the article: Reading Research for the School Administrator: Best Practices for General Education, Special Education (SWD), English Language Learner (ELL), and ELL SWD

Graduation date: December 2021

Current position: Director of Student Personnel in the Hauppauge Union Free School District

Summary of research paper: This document is a sample of what administrators need to know about current research on best practices in reading instruction. It also looked at best practices for subsets of populations, including; Special Education (SWD) students, English Language Learners (ELL) and the SWD ELL interface.

Inspiration: Reading is such a critical skill for the academic success of our students and with the amount of research on the subject, what are the critical points an administrator should know about what the research says about best practices in teaching reading for the critical populations we serve? This article serves as a “guide to what to look for” and where to research further when considering a reading program in your school or district.

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