Monroe College’s New Rochelle campus will host a discussion on how to end violence in schools on May 9. The event, Educating the Educators About Schools Violence,” is open to the public. But space is limited, the school asks that people want to attend call or e-mail to make sure there’s still room.
Here’s the school’s release, with contact information at the end:
School Violence & Pro-active Response is focus of Monroe College Symposium;
Education, Government and Criminal Justice Experts to present, May 9
April 30, 2013—Keeping the discussion going and advocating for a call-to-action to stem the rising tide of school violence, Monroe College’s School of Education and School of Criminal Justice are co-hosting “Educating Educators About School Violence”. The panel presentation, Thursday, May 9, from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, will include seasoned educators, administrators, state government and law enforcement officials. It will be held at the College’s New Rochelle campus, 145 Huguenot St. The event is free and open to all individuals concerned about school safety.
Presenters are Harry Phillips III, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties representative on the state Board of Regents and an outspoken critic of New York State’s new methodology for evaluating teachers. Harold A. Coles, Ph.D., the assistant superintendent for regional services at Southern Westchester BOCES and a former school psychologist. Rosemary Lee of Lee Educational Consulting Services and a former supervisor, Center for Professional Development and Instructional Support at Southern Westchester BOCES, and John Small, Esq. a professor in Monroe College’s criminal justice department. Mr. Small is a practicing attorney, a retired NYPD sergeant, and the owner of a private security firm focusing on demonstrations, special events and other areas requiring specialized training.
Also invited to present is Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Independent- W.F, 35th District), Leader of the Senate Democratic Conference. Senator Stewart-Cousins was instrumental in bringing “Operation SNUG” (which is ‘guns’ spelled backwards) to the City of Yonkers. This front-line anti-gun and gang violence prevention effort helps local law enforcement and anti-violence community groups create innovative programs to steer at-risk New Yorkers away from the culture of gangs and illegal drugs.
Moderating the panel discussion will be Gary Axelbank. Axelbank is host of the Bronxnet cable television show “BronxTalk”, the flagship talk show in the Bronx since 1994.
“Five months after the Newtown, CT shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School children, teachers and staff, the memory of this tragic day remains raw and fresh. While there has been much talk about changing the country’s gun laws, there has been too little action. The recent defeat of gun control legislation proposed by the Obama Administration underscores the divisiveness of this issue, even after the entire world mourned the killing of these innocent victims,” said Josephine Moffett, Ed.D., dean of Monroe’s School of Education. “Today’s teachers have many challenges and state-ordered mandates to consider. In addition to their own academic goals for their students, they also have to be concerned about their personal safety and the safety of the children who have been entrusted to them for seven to eight hours a day.”
Michele Rodney, Esq., dean of Monroe’s School of Criminal Justice and a former assistant district attorney in the Bronx for nearly 20-years, added: “Too many people just don’t understand the magnitude of the problem of firearms being in the hands of the wrong people. I witnessed this as a prosecutor and I saw this in private practice. And now as an educator training a new generation of criminal justice professionals, I have gained a whole other perspective on why people feel they need guns for their personal safety and, yet, don’t take the precautions needed for keeping these guns out of the hands of the wrong people.”
Monroe College prides itself on its “real world” approach to education, providing its students to as much exposure as possible to practical, hands-on experience, in addition to classroom lectures. This symposium featuring working professionals active in their areas of expertise is part of an ongoing program of special events that the college regularly hosts throughout its three-semester, eleven-month academic calendar.
Seating for the event is limited. To RSVP contact: Candice Frazer, 914-740-6781 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.