Touro TESOL Candidate Amanda Innamorato’s Digital Portfolio for EDDN 680

As the TESOL Practicum Coordinator it is always exciting to showcase Digital Portfolios for EDDN 680.

Project Description

The purpose of creating and maintaining an electronic portfolio is for Touro TESOL/Bilingual teacher candidates to reflect on their course of study at Touro College and create a digital repository of their work done during the program. The portfolio includes a statement of the teacher candidates’ goals, philosophy of education, and files which showcase the candidates best work.

Touro College TESOL faculty Dr. Ching-Ching Lin who prior to her Touro appointment, taught Social Studies (both general education and Chinese-bilingual) and ESL at the secondary levels for more than 14 years. As a transnational and multilingual learner herself, she embraces asset-based approaches and additive multilingualism in instructional designs. Her goal as a teacher as well as a teacher educator is to build and support a classroom environment where diversity in thought, culture, and traits is viewed as positive assets, where ample opportunities are created for students to share their learning experiences, strengths, backgrounds, interests, and needs and where real life/authentic connections and representations from diverse cultures and life experiences are deeply interwoven into student-centered cooperative learning.

Ms. Amanda Innamorato teaches at the elementary level for the NYC Department of Education in District 21. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from St. Francis College and worked on getting her Masters in TESOL at Touro College. Her goal as a teacher is to support all students in reaching their individual goals. Ms. Innamorato wrote:

Looking at my graduation cap it reads “teaching is a work of heart.” This quote resonates deeply because teaching is not just a job, it’s a game changer. A teacher’s impact is significant to each individual student in their classroom. This leads to my first belief which is in the theory of Asset Approach to Learning. Students need to be viewed as an asset to the classroom with individual strengths and diverse cultural backgrounds.

Here the link to her Digital Portfolio:

Touro TESOL Candidate Amanda Innamorato’s Digital Portfolio for EDDN 680

Author: drcowinj

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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