Digital Portfolio Project Purpose: The purpose of creating and maintaining an electronic portfolio is for teacher candidates to reflect on the course of study at Touro College. The portfolio should include a statement of the teacher candidates’ goals, philosophy of education, and files that showcase the candidate’s best work. The work selected by the student for the electronic portfolio should be organized and reflected upon.
Artifacts: The electronic portfolio shows examples of different kinds of work such as PowerPoint presentations, Excel files, photograph examples, and Word documents. Be creative: You can showcase anchor charts, word walls, student work (without identifying names), assignments you created, papers you wrote during your course of study, etc. Each example is accompanied by a short reflection composed by the teacher candidate.
Carmen Montoya is a career changer, who holds a Masters of Science degree, as well as an Initial Certification in Childhood Education and Special Education, Grades 1-6 from the Touro Graduate School of Education. “I am currently pursuing a TESOL Advanced Certificate for grades K-12 at Touro, due to be completed by the fall of 2020. I have spent the past four years working with grades K – 8 in various capacities that have allowed me to serve this student population within instructional, sports, arts, and literacy programs at different times. This phenomenal experience has further reinforced my passion for cultivating academic excellence and character growth among my students, as well as strong interpersonal skills with administration and fellow staff members. I hope to teach for some time, working with students at the grade and middle school levels, and with the adult population in the future. My varied interests are writing children’s fiction, art, history, science, traveling, dance, and music.”
Website: Carmen Montoya for Practicum 680, Touro College, TESOL and Bilingual Department
Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.)
Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar, SIT Graduate, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally.
Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference.
Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.
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