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Student Success Series

Bookmark this page as we will be adding new events as the term progresses. Participating in a webinar? Read these instructions. Contact Kim Giacalone at or call 631-632-7896 with questions.

New Student Orientation, Online Learning and Research Webinars

New to SPD? Sign up for one of our orientation webinars and get the information you need to start off right. If you missed the webinar when it was offered, please click on the links below to review the PowerPoint and watch the recorded session.

All SPD students—new and returning—are encouraged to participate in the following webinars hosted by the University librarians.

SPD's student success series offers these and other webinars and events. »View upcoming programs

Recent Events

Phi Delta Kappa Friends of Education Award Dinner
Friday, June 13 at 6 PM EST. Wang Center Details»

Online Learning Orientation Webinars - Online via SB Connect at 

  • Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 PM Eastern
  • Wednesday, May 21 at 12:30 PM Eastern

Did you miss it? Watch a recording and download the PowerPoint (PDF).

NYSED Licensure Exams: Do public/private partnerships produce reliable assessments?
Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00PM Eastern • Online via SB Connect
Join Dr. Craig Markson, Assistant Dean for SPD’s Teachers Professional Development Institute, for a presentation of his research on the (mis)alignment among the exams, the standards and the curriculum that prepares K-12 candidates for leadership. Dr. Markson is the co-author of “Holding the Test Maker Accountable: The ISLLC Standards and the New York State School Building Leader Licensure Assessments” (Long Island Education Review, Fall 2013). 

For those who want to review the webinar or were unable to attend, we are pleased to provide links to the video recordingthe PowerPoint presentation (PDF) and the journal article (PDF) referenced in the presentation. 

Dowling University Doctoral Program for Educational Administration
Thursday, April 24@ 12 Noon Eastern
N-244 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building and Online via SB Connect at
HEA students and alumni are invited to an information session to find out more about Dowling College's EdD program in Educational Administration. If you live locally and are considering pursuing a doctoral degree, you should plan to attend.

»Details and Registration

St. John's Open House For EDL/SDBL Alumni Interested in Doctoral Studies 
Thursday, March 27 at 6:30PM
 • N112 Social & Behavioral Sciences
Current EDL and SDBL students and alumni are invited to attend an open house to learn how they can transfer their SBU credits into the St. John's EdD program, thus reducing the overall cost and time to completion. Details»

The New NYS School Building Leader Examination Wednesday, March 19 at 4:00PM Eastern | Webinar via SB Connect
Are you planning to take the New York State School Building Leader examination in the near future? You should know that the test has changed significantly. Join Educational Leadership faculty Dr. Kenneth Forman and Dr. Terrance O'Connor for an informative webinar as they explain what you need to know about the new tests.

For those who want to review the webinar or for those who were unable to attend, we are pleased to provide a link to the video recording as well as the PowerPoint presentation

Research Skills for SPD Students
Monday, February 3@ 6 PM EST-
Online via SB Connect at
Join us for this online workshop that covers the basic research skills needed to complete assignments quickly and easily, using the specific, subscription resources available through the Stony Brook University Libraries. While this online, evening workshop is designed with working/returning students and distance learners in the SPD program in mind, all are welcome.

Find out about:

  • Online subscription resources only available to SBU students and available off-campus
  • The benefits of subject searching and how it can save you time
  • Peer-reviewed articles - how to identify them and how to find them quickly
  • Google Scholar and how to maximize effective use when off-campus
  • Citation searching
  • How to check if we have an online subscription to a specific journal Using WorldCat to find resources close to home or work

Instructors: Elaine Hoffman and Bonnie Gallagher
»Register at

Hofstra University Doctoral Program for Leadership in Higher Education
Monday, February 3@ 6 PM EST

N-244 of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building and Online via SB Connect at
Representatives from Hofstra will be visiting SBU to meet with interested HEA students about Hofstra University's EdD in Educational and Policy Leadership program. Hofstra has recently launched a new "Leadership in Higher Education" strand within its doctoral program as part of a K-20 approach that is designed to strengthen the educational pipeline for all students and leaders in the field. 
»Details and registration.

Securing a Job in K-12 Education (A Phi Delta Kappa Event)
Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 6 PM EST • Wang Center
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
»Details and registration.

Citation Skills for SPD Students
Wednesday, February 12 @ 6:00 PM EST- Online via SB Connect at
This informal, online workshop is designed to help students understand the basic citation skills needed for their course work. We will discuss:

  • When citations are necessary and when not
  • When to use direct quotations vs. paraphrasing How to paraphrase correctly
  • How format citations for common resource types in APA and MLA
  • Both in-text citations and the references or works cited page
  • Where to get additional information on uncommon resource types
  • Tools available for managing your research material.

Instructors: Bonnie Gallagher and/or Fiona Grady
»Register at

LinkedIn and Your HR Career — Tuesday, November 19. Online via SB Connect
Learn how to successfully use the LinkedIn platform to further your HR career. Webinar hosted by José Miguel Longo, On Campus Recruitment Coordinator/ Social Media Strategist/ Internship Consultant at the Career Center.

Pursuing Doctoral Studies — Thursday, November 21. In-person in N244 SBS Building and Online via SB Connect
Once you complete your graduate degree in Higher Education Administration, what’s your next step?  Should you consider pursuing a doctorate?  What types of program options exist and what is the best route to achieve your professional goals?  What’s the difference between an EdD and PhD?  We’ll explore these questions and more as you consider your career path in higher education.
»To be scheduled for

Preparing for Your Job Interview in Higher Education — Thursday, Nov. 7. In-person in N244 SBS Building and Online via SB Connect
You've probably had interviews before: how did they go?  Are you nervous about your next one?  This workshop will cover across-the-board tips for reducing anxiety and making sure you're prepared, and also particulars you're likely to encounter when interviewing for jobs in higher education administration.
»Register online

Developing an Effective Resume and Cover Letter (for Higher Education Administration Students) — Thursday, Oct. 17. In-person in N244 SBS Building and Online via SB Connect
You can't get a job if you don't get an interview, so what will get you in the door?  Your resume and cover letter, of course! These aren't just documents; they're an advertisement for you.  Like any irresistible commercial, they should make your future employer want to know more - and this workshop will show you how to do that.

Higher Education Administration Association Informational Meeting – Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 PM Eastern. In-person in N244 SBS Building and Online via SB Connect. The purpose of the HEAA is to help students:

  • Network with other students, professionals and colleagues in the field
  • Make the most out of their graduate experience
  • Have their voices heard by faculty and administration

»Complete details

Job Search and Networking Strategies in Higher Education — Thursday, Sept. 19 at 4:00PM Eastern. In-person in N244 SBS Building and Online via SB Connect
Welcome to the higher education job market!  Can you identify the schools at which you'd like to work?  Do you know where to find out about open positions?  And is it true that it's all about who you know?  This workshop will help you cast as wide a net as possible to catch your dream job!




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