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PATRICE ARMSTRONG-LEACH

ASSISTANT DEAN

HARVEY HALL
ROOM 114

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Diplomas/Degrees

Specialist Diploma in School Administration and Supervision with Honors, Queens College, CUNY (2003)
M.A. Education, Teacher's College, Columbia University (1989)
B.A. Communication Arts and Sciences, Queens College, CUNY. (1984)

Recent Courses

First Year Seminar Perspectives On Language And Identity

Personal Statement

As an educator, I have learned that it is not nearly as important to have aspirations for our students as it is to aspire to provide the tools and scaffolding of experiences they need to identify and work toward the fulfillment of their own dreams. I am a practitioner, my work has been focused on how teaching and learning takes place and the interpersonal dynamics that constrain and promote the process, in and out of the traditional classroom. Learning can and does take place anywhere there are people who are open to the process of communicating, who are eager to share what they know and feel with each other and who genuinely want the best for each other. For me and the students I have been privileged to serve, it's about the relationships we take the time to build.

Teaching Specializations/Interests

For more than twenty five years, I have participated in what is loosely referred to as the "school reform movement". As Deputy Director for Teen Inititatives at Planned Parenthood of New York City, Regional Director for the New York City Department of Education and Director of Educational Programs for the Institute for Student Achievement, I have been engaged in examining what works in the education of children and young adults and replicating those models. Critical to that process is determining the socio-cultural impacts of poverty and disenfranchisement in the classroom and how we, as educational leaders, can work to level the playing field and ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Most recently, as the Assistant Dean for the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, I have lead my students on an exploration of Sociolinguistic Perspectives in Childhood Education, examining language and the attitudes and sterotypes that poeple hold about language. I continue to approach the educational process with a reformer's perspective with the goal of continuous improvement as we work to prepare young professionals for our Nation's classrooms.

Honors and Accomplishments

YWCA "Woman of Influence" Award, 1997
"Now We're Talking: Facts and Feelings About Teenage Sexuality" video,PPNYC
"Just Another Girl on the IRT", feature film, editorial support.

Professional Activities

Adelphi University Committee on Diversity
RSASOE Advisory Council
Early Learning Center Advisory Committee
Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Community and Corporate Leadership

Mentor, BSU - Black Students United Student Organization, Adelphi University 2010-12.