Dr. Polizzi had the honor of giving a presentation entitled Documentary Photography and Films as Intercultural Learning at the 36th Annual Fulbright Association Conference in Washington, DC. The conference was aimed at empowering Fulbright alumni to utilize their Fulbright experiences in service to their local, national, and international communities while carrying on their commitment to public diplomacy and intellectual exhange. Dr. Polizzi is pictured above with Harriet Fulbright in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Rooms in the State Department.
On November 7, Dr. Arter, Dr. DeMatteo, and graduate students Kelsey Uppling and Trina Williams presented their research, Transition: It Takes a Village and Bridging the Gap at the annual Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This national conference offered opportunties to share reasearch as well as attend sessions on relevant topics and current research, and engage with other educatators and individuals in related fields.
Dr. Patricia Arter and Dr. Frank DeMatteo recently trained and certified their dogs, Mocha and Moose, as therapy dogs in the local Welcome Waggers chapter through Therapy Dogs International.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer organization dedicated to regulating, testing and registration of therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, other institutions and wherever else therapy dogs are needed. Therapy dogs have been found to reduce anxiety, stress, and improve overall mood of those they visit. Mocha and Moose have recently visited the sisters at Our Lady of Peace and homesick freshmen at Nazareth Hall.
Additionally, the dogs participate in the Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Read to the Dogs program. The main objective of this program is to provide a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere, which allows students to practice the skill of reading. Many of the children chosen for this program have difficulties reading and as a result have developed self-esteem issues. They are often self-conscious when reading aloud in front of other classmates. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are put aside. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant.
On Thursday, October 10th, Dr. Kerri Tobin has a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Dr. Tobin discussed and sign her book, Homelessness Comes to School. Her discussion focused on helping teachers prepare to deal with the special challenges of teaching children who are experiencing homelessness.
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