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Professor Zdanys Publishes Cormorants

July 10, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University English professor Jonas Zdanys recently published a volume of poetry entitled Cormorants, which consists of 25 modified sonnets that are thematically linked together. This work was published in a fine arts, letterpress edition this past winter by Timberline Press in Boston. Zdanys worked on this book for a year before it was published.

SHU Responds to Changes in Teaching Certification Requirements

June 25, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In response to changes in some of the qualifications for teacher certification in Connecticut, Sacred Heart University’s Master of Arts in teaching program is being revised to keep current with the new regulations. Legislation passed in 2012 requires that applicants for a professional educator certificate complete a master’s degree in a subject related to his or her area of educational expertise. The law takes effect on July 1, 2016; certifications earned before then will not be impacted by the new requirements. Prospective teachers are encouraged to enroll now to earn their degrees before the new legislation takes effect.

Book Ends Program is a Win-Win

June 5, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Karen Waters, a clinical assistant professor of education at Sacred Heart University and director of the Connecticut Literacy Specialist Program, has been giving back to the community through an initiative she began back in 2008 called Book Ends. The Book Ends program was first developed in response to a state requirement for state literacy certification for aspiring teachers pursuing advanced reading certification in Connecticut. Candidates needed to fulfill a 36-hour clinical experience by working with diverse struggling readers. The Book Ends program uses tutors, who are certified teachers and are enrolled in Sacred Heart’s CT Literacy Specialist program. They help children in grades 1-6 from the surrounding area.

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