The Education Division at Queens College in the City University of New York has a long history in the field of teacher education. Graduates from the various programs are highly sought after by school principals. Queens College education graduates have made a difference in New York City Schools by building learning communities, valuing diversity, addressing the needs of individual learners and believing in students.
Recently, two school principals had this to say about QC graduates: “Queens College provides its students with appropriate opportunities to understand, reflect upon, and apply standards and evidence-based pedagogy. QC students arrive to the teaching profession with the necessary foundation on which to build their teaching craft.” Another declared, “Queens College graduates are exemplary in what they bring to the school, children and community…It has been a joy to have them in our school and a positive experience for all involved. Each brings attributes worthy of emulating.”
New York Hall of Science
Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City's hands-on science and technology center. NYSCI's mission is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. NYSCI features the largest collection of hands-on science exhibits in New York City. Visitors of all ages can explore over 450 interactive exhibits.
New York Public Secondary Schools
There are five schools that are partnered with Queens College for this venture namely: Flushing High School, Forest Hills High School, Francis Lewis High School, Long Island City High School, and Newton High School. The Principals and the Assistant Principals for Science in each of these schools are enthusiastic about this program and will participate in professional development work, helping students during their practice teaching and mentoring student teachers.
The SPIRITAS program to prepare and educate science teachers is an innovative and collaborative effort in which Queens College, The New York Hall of Science and NYC public secondary schools work together to graduate students who can, and will, make a difference in the schools of today and tomorrow.