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Master of Education, University of Virginia (1985)
B.S. Upper Elementary Education, University of Virginia (1984)

Recent Courses

Master'S Seminar: Inquiry In Teaching And Learning
Reflective Practice Seminar In Childhood Education
Student Teaching I In Childhood Ed.For Uncertified Childhood Ed.Teachers
Student Teaching In Adolescent Education: Pre-Certification
Student Teaching In Childhood Education: Pre-Certification
Student Teaching/Special Ed In Inclusive Settings- Dual Certification
Student Teching In Secondary School Inclusive Settings And Seminar
Teaching And Learning Science- Childhood

Personal Statement

We learn by doing. As active participants engaged in worthwhile hands-on, minds-on experiences, we construct our own meaningful understandings. At all developmental levels, in order to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, and socially, students need a safe, caring, and stimulating environment. Students benefit from working together in a respectful, kind, democratic learning community asking and answering questions and thinking critically to solve problems. It is my privilege and responsibility to nurture rapport and a relationship with each student so she can meet her fullest potential. I need to meet each student where he is and together we can build from there. I need to affirm students’ efforts, progress, and thought processes. It is my responsibility to help students better understand themselves and others and progress towards more sophisticated understandings and advanced skills. Students need to be effective thinkers and lifelong learners. I am committed to fueling a love of learning.

Research Interests

Science Inquiry

Grants/Sponsored Research

Professional Development Provider (March 2014-June 2015)
Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grant 3
Partnership with Freeport Public Schools (804,000)
Partnership with Uniondale School District ($799,250)
Funded by NYS Race To The Top
Emily Kang, AU Faculty Liaison and Services Coordinator

Professional Development Provider (October 2012-June 2014)
Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grant 1
Partnership with Freeport Schools($786,591)
Funded by NYS Race To The Top
Emily Kang, AU Faculty Liaison and Services Coordinator

Tawfeeq, D., deFreitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J. (2008). Adelphi Summer Institute for Mathematics and Science Education. New York State Education Department. (Funded: $300,000). Responsibilities: Co-PI

Danielowich, R. M. & McCarthy, M. J. (2014 February-2015 August)
Identifying the Protocols for Reflecting about Video to Support Student Teachers’ Growth in their Instructional Decision Making [continuing project]. Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant. $1400.

de Freitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J. (February 2013- August 2014) Creative diagramming and embodied mathematics: Exploring Middle School students’ interaction with dynamic software. Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant. $3770.

Danielowich, R. & McCarthy, M.J. (February, 2012- August, 2013) Finding and Shaping Features of Video-Based Reflection Protocols that Support Student Teachers’ Instructional Decision-Making [continuing project]. Adelphi University Instructional Technology Grant. $2100.

Feige, D. & McCarthy, M. (2011). The iPad Initiative. Submitted to Adelphi University Technology Grant Competition. $2000.

Concannon-Gibney, T., McCarthy, M.J. & Kang, E. Fostering Reading Comprehension through Science in Middle and Upper Elementary Classrooms: A Pilot Professional Development Program. Adelphi Faculty Development Grant $3500.

Refereed Articles

Concannon-Gibney, T & McCarthy, M.J (2012), The Explicit Teaching of Reading Comprehension in Science Class: A Pilot Professional Development Program. Improving Schools, (15)1.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Kang, Emily J.S., McCarthy, M., Vaughn-Shavuo, F. (2012, September). Strategies for Implementing Response to Intervention (RtI) in light of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Superintendent’s Conference Day at P.S. 20.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Donovan, C., Kang, E., McCarthy, M.J. (2014). Effects of an NGSS-focused Professional Development on Elementary Teachers’ Self-Efficacy and Teaching Practice. In NARST. Pittsburg, PA.

Donovan, C., Hogan, T., McCarthy M.J. (2014). Taking Action based on Evidence: A Collaboration Between the P-12 Community and a School of Education that Focuses on Improvement for Both Levels. In AACTE. Indianapolis, In.

de Freitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J (2013). Topological thinking in the middle school grades: Rethinking geometry as corporeal space. In American Education Research Association. San Francisco, CA.

de Freitas, E. & McCarthy, M.J. (2013). (Dis)orientation and spatial sense: Topological thinking in the middle grades. In Congress of European Research in Mathematics. Manavgat-Side, Antalya, Turkey.

Danielowich, R. & McCarthy, M. J. (2013). Teacher educators as learners: How supervisors shape their pedagogies by creating and using classroom videos with their student teachers. In American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Orlando, Fl.

Craven, J., Nevárez-La Torre, A., Manocchi-Verrino, C. Kang, E., McCarthy, M.J. & Hogan, T.M. (2011). Reading and Writing for Learning in Science: Practical Classroom Strategies to Engage Young Learners. In . Celebration of Teaching and Learning. New York, New York.

Hogan, T.M. & McCarthy, M.J. (2011). Problem representation in science: How experience matters. In The Fourth International Conference to Review Research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education.. Mumbai, India.

Concannon-Gibney, T., Kang, E. & McCarthy, MJ (2010). Fostering Reading Comprehension through Science in Middle and upper Elementary Classrooms: A Pilot Professional Development Program. In National Reading Conference. Fort Worth, Texas.

Honors and Accomplishments

Adelphi University Student Government Association Professor of The Year, 2013-2014
Adelphi University Student Government Association and the Center for Student Involvement Outstanding Woman Leadership Faculty Award,2013-2014
Adelphi University Adjunct Professor Teaching Excellence Award, 2007

Professional Activities

Member of Phi Delta Kappa International
National Science Teachers Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
National Association for Research in Science Teaching

Community and Corporate Leadership

Board Member Nassau Land Trust Malverne,New York
SPLASH curriculum developer,volunteer
Freeport,New York
Chair, Board Member, Educator Starflower Experiences Interpretation and Environmental Education, Jericho, New York, 1992-present
Chair, Co-Chair, Member, University of Virginia Long Island Jefferson Scholarship Committee, 1990-present
Commit to select two Long Island high school candidates who best exemplify leadership, scholarship and citizenship
Member, Our Lady of Mercy Academy Middle State Planning Committee, Syosset, New York, Spring 2007- 2009