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SPIRITAS: Partners

Queens College

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.
NYCSCI website.

New York Public Secondary Schools

There are many schools that work with Queens College in this program. 
Flushing High School, Forest Hills High School, Newton High School and John Bowne High School have particularly strong affiliates with science education at Queens College.  Assistant Principals for Science in each of these schools and many other schools work co-operatively with Queens College to give science education students opportunities to learn the art and skills of teaching.

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.


 Office Information


Chair: Eleanor Armour-Thomas  
Powdermaker Hall, Room 150
65-30 Kissena Blvd.

Flushing, NY 11367

Phone: 718-997-5150
Fax: 718-997-5152

David Laurenson
Program Director
Powdermaker Hall, Room 137A
Telephone: 718-997-5194

Annemarie Nava
Program Assistant
Powdermaker Hall, Room 137
Telephone: 718-997-5178


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