Educators Share Insights at Conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking, Co-Sponsored by Berkeley College

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More than 70 teachers and scholars got a chance to share their ideas in workshops and panel discussions at the recent 2nd Annual Conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking at St. John’s University in New York City. The Conference was co-sponsored by Berkeley College.

“We stayed true to our goal, and that was to encourage the ongoing discussion of how all faculty members in higher education can help students become more critically engaged readers, writers, and thinkers,” said Michael Jacobs, DA, Berkeley College Associate Chair, English, and Director of the Conference.

The keynote speaker, Susan Albertine, Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student  Success, Association of American Colleges and Universities, talked about writing pedagogy in unexpected places.  

The Conference also featured presenters from regional colleges and universities, including Berkeley College, Boston University, CUNY: New York College of Technology, Eastern Connecticut State University, Iona College, New York University, Queensborough Community College, Ramapo College, Richland College, St. John’s University and St. Thomas Aquinas College.

Marianne Vakalis, EdD, Berkeley College Provost, said she and Dr. Jacobs both recognize the importance of the Conference and hope to continue it each year.  “This event offered proposals on pedagogy and improved student learning as they relate to the teaching and learning of critical reading, writing, and thinking in higher education.  We need to continue our focus in these areas,” she said.

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Berkeley College English professors Michael Frew, Sara-Ann Bermont and James Pacello at the Conference of the Consortium for Reading, Writing and Thinking

Photo Caption:  Berkeley College recently co-sponsored the 2nd Annual Conference of the Consortium for Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking at St. John’s University in New York City.  Left to right are Berkeley College English professors Michael Frew, who spoke at the Conference, and attendees Sara-Ann Bermont and James Pacello.   

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