Twelve Receive Doctorates Through PNWBOCES’ Partnership with Manhattanville College

May 15, 2018

On an evening in which it would later become known that tornadoes touched down nearby, Manhattanville College Graduate School of Education hosted a pre-graduation reception for the doctoral class of 2018 at Reid Castle. Amid 100-mile per hour winds, the century-old granite structure held strong—an apt metaphor for the enduring capacity and supportive relationships shaped through Manhattanville's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

The crowd of faculty and administrators, graduates and their guests, and graduates from the prior eight years of the doctoral program as well as many currently enrolled, gathered in the gracious Ophir Room. Renee Gargano, Assistant Director for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, opened the evening, followed by a welcome by Manhattanville College’s Provost Louise H. Feroe and a toast by Dr. Shelley Wepner, Dean of Manhattanville College School of Education.
The graduates were called up one by one by their advisors and presented with a gift and hood for commencement: Dr. Kerry Broderick, Dr. Danielle Da Giau, Dr. Stefanie Maffei, Dr. Gail Duffy, Dr. Shelley Fleischmann, Dr. Mary Foster, Dr. Felicia Gaon, Dr. Renée Leekin, Dr. Drew Patrick, Dr. Letitia Payne, Dr. Lori Roberts, and Dr. Jonathan Woods.

Two members of the class of 2018 were acknowledged for their trailblazing research.

Dr. Stephen Caldas presented Dr. Andrew P. Patrick, currently the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Leadership Development in the Scarsdale Public Schools, with the award for Outstanding Leadership in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

“Drew used his time in the program to research the flaws that he saw within the state’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan,” said Dr. Caldas. “The powerful evidence demonstrated through his research caused the State Education Department to put a moratorium on using growth scores in the APPR—a moratorium which is still in effect today.”

Dr.  Letitia Sabina Payne, a special education teacher at Anne M. Dorner Middle School in the Ossining Union Free School District, was awarded the Academic Excellence in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership:

“Letitia’s diligence led to the completion of an extraordinary dissertation, through which she set out to measure the implementation of Response to Intervention in sixty NYS state school districts,” said Dr. Caldas. “Her results ran counter to accepted wisdom in the field and were only possible due to her going the extra mile in her research. Her dissertation has the potential to change practice in the field.”

Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES and Manhattanville College’s impact on preparing educational leaders is remarkable, far reaching, and deep within many school districts in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Several of the graduates also received their prior degrees from Manhattanville College and the many leadership preparation programs offered through the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, namely the Future School Leaders Academy.

Dr. Letitia Payne began her educational leadership journey at fifteen years old as part of a program called “Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Teachers,” offered by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES as a way of encouraging students of color to consider the teaching profession.

“I have shared the joy of watching several of these new doctors grow since they were very young teachers,” remarked Gargano.

“The Latin root of doctor--doceō, literally means 'I teach,’” said Dr. Monson, Director of the program, in his closing remarks to the graduating class of 2018. “Defending your dissertation to the faculty was your first conversation among peers. As practitioner-scholars, you have the opportunity to effect broader change throughout the field of education.”

About the Center for Educational Leadership
The Center for Educational Leadership (CEL) is a program of PNWBOCES. It provides programs, services and customized offerings to over 800 school leaders and 200 various school personnel from 144 school districts.