Education students and faculty in the spotlight

The School of Education community is made up of passionate educators, leaders and lifelong learners, Below, you'll find highlights of their work, achievements and focal points of the school.


Fay Brown speaks with two other people in the School of Education

Leading the conversation

Guest speaker Fay Brown, PhD, Director, Child and Adolescent Development School Development Program Yale Child Study Center, speaks with Judy Puglisi, principal of Metro Business Academy in New Haven, and members of the School of Education.


Social and Emotional Development Forum


Different perspectives

Judy Puglisi, former principal of Metro Business Academy in New Haven, was a guest speaker at the event.

Weaving social and emotional development into education

The most effective tools for reducing school violence are not metal detectors and surveillance cameras but compassionate school climates and engaged, student-teacher relationships, educators said at a recent School of Education forum, “The Real Story Behind Safe Schools.”

The event was a follow-up to a previous forum, “Gun and School Violence: An Interdisciplinary Concern.” Both programs were held on Quinnipiac’s North Haven Campus.

“Social and emotional learning is essential to improved school climate, academic achievement and equitable education for all students,” said Anne Dichele, dean of the School of Education. “The research now supports what teachers have always known — it is the relationships we build with students and families that lead to school success; it is the respect and deep caring that we, as adults, promote and model that matters to keep schools safe and to sustain engaging environments for learning.”

Speaker Promotes Inclusive Classrooms

Educator uses personal story to create inclusive classrooms

Creating a classroom culture where everyone is accepted and valued requires open dialogue about disabilities and other differences with schoolchildren, according to former elementary school teacher and public speaker Sam Drazin, who was born with Treacher Collins Syndrome.

Treacher Collins Syndrome is a very rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss. The condition was vaulted into mainstream awareness by the release of the 2017 film “Wonder.” Drazin spoke to students and faculty from the School of Education about living with TCS, creating an inclusive learning environment and the importance of changing the way we perceive students with disabilities.

Sam Drazin speaks in an auditorium on the North Haven Campus.

Empathy advocate

Changing Perspectives founder Sam Drazin speaks to raise awareness for Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as to advocate for more empathy in schools.

“People with disabilities represent the biggest minority group in the world,” Drazin told his audience in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. “It’s a group that can be joined at any moment by anybody, anywhere.”



State Championship Spelling Bee

The state championship spelling bee

By hosting the state round of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Quinnipiac School of Education contributed not only to Connecticut’s intellectual and academic life, but put into practice its mission to educate. Faculty, administrators, and students in the School of Education helped with the logistics and organization of the competition — and witnessed firsthand the drama and power of 63 young scholars attempting to be the best at doing something difficult. Quinnipiac University sponsored the state champion’s trip to the national finals.

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