Just two weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to represent Niagara University at the Kappa Delta Pi international conference in Orlando, Fla.! Kappa Delta Pi is Niagara University’s graduate education honor society that education and counseling students are invited to join. Andrea Nicolia, a graduate student in Niagara’s school counseling program, and I were initially there to accept a Literacy Alive! gold award for Niagara University’s Halloween-themed children’s literacy program, “Spooktacular.”
Niagara’s Family Literacy Center, with partnership from the New York Power Authority, presented Spooktacular last year as an event that linked literacy skills to various Halloween-themed activities. Literacy Alive! is Kappa Delta Pi’s signature service initiative that invites its chapters to create different programs and events that empower literacy skills in their community. Through the work of all Kappa chapter’s Literacy Alive! programs across the country, 44,625 books were collected for distribution and 57,052 people participated!
In addition to accepting the gold award from Kappa Delta Pi, Andrea and I volunteered at various events during conference and also were able to attend some workshops over the course of the three-day conference! As I’m pursuing my M.S.Ed. in TESOL, I was able to attend workshops that focused on teaching ELLs (English Language Learners) and even some strategies to use as a first-year teacher. Andrea and I were able to engage and network with students, teachers and administrative professionals in education from around the world, which truly gave us invaluable opportunities to learn and even take back to our Niagara community what others in the field of education are doing!
Pursuing my graduate degree at Niagara University has allowed me so many opportunities, first initially to be involved with Kappa Delta Pi and then to be able to represent Niagara at an international conference! In particular, the college of education has provided me with so many openings for professional development as I work on finishing up my M.S.Ed. in TESOL and graduating this upcoming May!
For more information about Niagara's M.S.Ed. TESOL, contact Dr. Mary Ellen Bardsley via email or at 716.286.8695!