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Faculty Lecture Series: Creating a Culture of Critical Thinkers: Novice and Veteran Teachers Embrace Educational Reforms

Faculty Lecture Series: Creating a Culture of Critical Thinkers: Novice and Veteran Teachers Embrace Educational Reforms

Educational standards in the US have shifted in the last decade emphasizing the promotion of students’ critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving.  Students are now expected to be able to construct arguments based on evidence to explain a phenomenon—the focus now is on why and how rather than merely what. Dr. Mangiante’s research reveals how teachers, both prospective and veteran, have embraced innovative pedagogical strategies and educational reforms to create a classroom culture for collaborative problem-solving.  

Elaine Silva Mangiante, PhD is an Associate Professor of Elementary Science, Mathematics and Engineering Design Education at Salve Regina University.  Formerly, she served as a professional development specialist with The Education Alliance at Brown University for educational reform in high-poverty districts as well as a science specialist and mathematics curriculum coordinator for a K-8 school where she mentored early career teachers.  Currently, as a university teacher educator, her research interests include examining how teachers who work in high-poverty school districts plan for reform-based science education and create a collaborative climate for elementary students’ scientific discourse and engineering problem-solving.  Her scholarly publications, presentations, and consulting work focus on effective teaching practices for science and engineering design education in urban schools, elementary science pedagogy for critical thinking, elementary students’ negotiation of engineering design ideas, purposeful on-going mentoring, and teacher development from novice to expert. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
McKillop Library - East Wing
Library Lecture > Faculty Lecture Series

Displays in the Library

1st Floor

Dr. Cornel West

We have many books in our collection authored by Dr. Cornel West, as well as many titles that feature an introduction of support by Dr. West. Join Dr. West in a conversation with Salve President Dr. Kelli Armstrong on Tuesday, Feb. 25th, from 7-9 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall in O’Hare.

1st Floor - DVDs

Black History Month

Display by: Alicia Vaandering, Education and Instructional Design Librarian

1st Floor

“Word Have Power,” a display of books celebrating Black History

Display by: Alicia Vaandering, Education and Instructional Design Librarian

1st Floor

The Life of Saint John Henry Newman

Come and learn more about the life of Saint John Henry Newman in a new display from the personal collection of English professor Dr. Stephen Trainor. Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman was declared a saint in a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in Rome on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Dr. Trainor, who attended the ceremony, has graciously provided first edition copies of Newman’s works, as well as mementos from the ceremony in October. The display is located on the first floor of the library, near the library café.

3rd Floor

diversity display

Calligraphy as Expression of Devotion

University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Genna Duplisea first noticed in the collection Maria Thomas’s beautiful calligraphic art used for the Mission Statement, Christmas cards for Sister Therese Antone, and other Salve celebrations. Such pieces recall religious manuscripts, in which the meaning and the form of words were both important. Writing is both an expression of the self and, in some cases, a practice of devotion.

She sought to find examples of hand-lettering, everyday handwriting, and designed fonts in the archives. The collaboration between Special Collections and Jamestown artist Johannes von Gumppenberg, whose paintings hang on the mezzanine, also provided many examples of calligraphy design. Many of the selections relate to Christmas because of Salve Regina’s Sisters of Mercy heritage, and so only represents a small fraction of the possibilities of writing as art and religious practice. Duplisea hopes that this display will spark conversation about writing across all faith traditions.

Display by:Genna Duplisea,Archivist & Special Collections Librarian; co-curated with Kylee Babcock ’20, Poulin Archives Fellow

1st Floor

new releases display

New Releases

Browse our new arrivals as they come in! Updated weekly. Find your next read or movie here!

Display by: Nancy Barta-Norton, Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian