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A Survival Guide for New and Aspiring Teachers - Woman at Chalkboard

During this 90-minute workshop, you will learn commonly used acronyms in the education world, tips to finding teaching positions and strategies that will help you keep your current position. In an event held on May 14, 2015 Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center and the Stony Brook University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa shared the wealth of professional resources that are available to you in your career as a classroom teacher.


  • Robert Cangero, Coordinator, South Huntington Teacher Mentor Program
  • Kristine Cucinello, Executive Director, Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center
  • Ken Lindblom, Associate Professor in the Department of English, Director of the English Teacher Education Program, Stony Brook University

2014 Friends of Ed

Friends of Education Awards

Each year, the Stony Brook University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International bestows "Friends of Education" awards to honor the commitment and accomplishments of outstanding educators, staff members, and community members throughout Nassau and Suffolk County. We are pleased to announce the 2015 award recipients, who were honored at a dinner that was held on June 12.

2015 Friends of Education Honorees

Claudia Carpenter, Sayville
Lonny Dugger, Bayshore
Brian Dunn, City School District of Troy
Laura Ferone, Sewanhaka
Lisa Gray, Sayville

William Hender, Kings Park
Bryan Horan, Northport-East Northport
Angelique Johnson-Dingle, Western Suffolk BOCES
Dean Painter, Sayville
Joanne Williams, North Babylon

Multiple Literacies, Access, and Disability: Teaching Writing and Young Adult Lit

Patirica A DunnOn Thursday, May 7, Dr. Patricia Dunn gave a presentation on how multiple literacies—including talk, visual representations, movement, and technologies—can be used as effective classroom strategies in the teaching of writing. She also discussed her most recent book, Disabling Characters: Representation of Disability in Young Adult Literature, just published by Peter Lang (2015).

Author of three well-regarded books on the teaching of writing and a new book on disability and young adult literature, Patricia Dunn is Associate Professor of English and Writing at Stony Brook University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in English education, writing instruction, composition theory, adolescent literature, and disability studies. Having started her career as a high school English teacher and then moved to teaching at the community college, four-year-college, and university levels, Dr. Dunn has a wide understanding of the challenges many students face as they work to develop effective writing, reading and critical thinking skills. She is a frequent conference keynote speaker, and she won the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

Her latest post on the Writers Who Care blog: "Three Things My Ukulele Taught Me About Teaching Writing"

How to Obtain a Position in K-12 Education:
For Veteran and Aspiring Teachers & Administrators

On Tuesday, February 3, experts with hiring responsibilities shared tips and tools to help prepare current and aspiring educators to become successful job candidates.


  • Dr. Carl Bonuso, Interim Superintendent of Hicksville Public Schools and Retired Superintendent of Wantagh Union Free School District
  • Ms. Rose Castello, Principal, Sayville Public Schools
  • Dr. Joseph Centamore, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and District Services, South Huntington Schools
  • Dr. John Stimmel, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Sayville Public Schools


  • Dr. Geri Sullivan-Keck, PDK and Stony Brook University
  • Dr. Sherry Alessandro, PDK and Stony Brook University

PDK Share-A-Thon Slideshow

Phi Delta Kappa's Technology Share-A-Thon was a two-hour showcase featuring tips, tools and best practices from experienced teachers. Each presenter was given just 10 minutes to demonstrate their favorite and most creative ways to incorporate technology into their teaching.

We are grateful to the following teachers, administrators and students for generously sharing their best tech tips and pointing us to incredibly useful resources.

Vicki Alessi, Smithtown Central School District Faculty
Nicole Galante, Stony Brook University Faculty
Sharon Holzman, Half Hollow Hills Faculty
Kevin Keane, Connetquot Central School District Faculty; PDK Officer
Steve Lando, Great Neck Public Schools Administrator/SBU Adjunct Instructor
Ken Lindblom, SBU Faculty/Administrator
Stephanie O'Brien, SBU doctoral student/High School Chemistry Teacher Candidate
George Ober, William Floyd School District Faculty
Katina Price, Commack High School Faculty
Michael Zanfardino, Bayside High School Faculty/PDK Officer

We look forward to planning a similar event next spring or fall. 

Scenes from The Future of Education

On October 14, PDK welcomed New York State policy makers to discuss "The Future of Education on Long Island." For two hours, Assemblymember Steve Englebright (member of the New York State Assembly Committee on Education), Senator John J. Flanagan (chair of the New York State Senate Committee on Education) and Regent Roger Tilles (representing Judicial District X) fielded questions and spoke frankly about the issues that are important to educators — including charter schools, APPR, state funding, ELL policy, and the influence of business on education. The program was moderated by Prof. Ken Lindblom, PDK at SBU Chapter President, who noted that the panelists' "experience, advice, candor, and good humor provided productive direction as we approach the important and challenging work that faces us."

Friends of Education 2014 Awards Dinner
Friday, June 13, 2014
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Securing a Job in K-12 Education
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6:00pm. In the current economic and political climate, it is harder than ever to secure a teaching or administrative position. How do you maximize your chances of success in your job search? Experts with hiring responsibilities will share tips and tools to make you a better candidate.

PDK Authors' Night: Reading and Panel Discussion
Wednesday, October 9, 2013. PDK at SBU was pleased to host five leaders in the Long Island K-12 community who are also published authors. » Details and photos




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