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Marylyn Gainan

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Our Students: Carolyn Buckley '03,'22, M.Ed. in Education, 5-12

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on July 30, 2019 at 12:13 PM

Are you interested in Fitchburg State's education programs? As part of the GCE Blog's "Our Students" series, we introduce Carolyn Buckley and thank her for sharing this post about her experience in the M.Ed. in Education, 5-12 (initial licensure) degree program. If you're interested in our education programs, please come to our upcoming information session on August 6.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Carolyn Buckley and I just finished my first year with cohort two in the M.Ed. in Education, 5-12 program.  I live in Greenfield, MA with my fiancé, Marcus, and two stepchildren, Trevor and Jacqueline, ages 15 and 13.  I love to read, play Tetris, and travel.  I am a sixth and seventh grade math teacher at Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School.  Between working full-time and tutoring part-time, my family’s activities keep me busy.  Trevor plays football and runs both winter and spring track and Jackie plays soccer and is on the cheer squad.   My family is my biggest cheerleader; their support keeps me grounded and drives me to succeed. 

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Topics: Programs, Our Students

5 questions you’re afraid to ask, but should!

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on June 17, 2019 at 12:54 PM

When advising students we often hear “If you don’t mind my asking”. Typically accompanying that statement are questions that students feel are embarrassing to ask and don’t want to bring up. As advisors we’re here to answer any and all questions you have, so of course we don’t mind your asking, we encourage you to ask as many questions as you want. The following are the top 5 questions you’re afraid to ask, but should be asking first!

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Topics: General, Advising

Get started this summer on the path to becoming a school administrator

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on May 13, 2019 at 3:27 PM

If you are interested in becoming an effective school leader our Educational Leadership and Management (EDLM) programs can help you achieve this goal.  We have a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in both School Principal and Supervisor/Director, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS). Courses are now offered in 7-week terms, a low-residency hybrid model, with one or two Saturday meetings for select classes.

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Topics: Programs

Occupational/Vocational Education Webinar FAQs

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on December 7, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Vocational educators, if you missed our webinar, no worries. We've got you covered. Here's the video of the recorded webinar and a list of all the questions asked during the webinar. If you still have questions, just click on the "Speak to an advisor" button at the end of this post and get all of your questions answered.

Watch our video recording of the webinar.

 

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Topics: Programs, Webinars

Did you miss the Moderate and Severe Disabilities webinar? We've got you covered.

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on August 3, 2018 at 3:47 PM

If you missed our webinar, no worries.  Here's the video of the recorded webinar and a list of all the questions asked. If you still have questions, just click on the "Speak to an advisor" button at the end of this post and get all of your questions answered.

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Topics: Programs, Webinars

Did you miss the dyslexia specialist webinar? We've got you covered.

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on May 7, 2018 at 11:28 AM

Educators, if you missed our webinar, no worries.  Here's the video of the recorded webinar and a list of all the questions asked. And if you still have questions, just click on the "Speak to an advisor" button at the end of this post and get all of your questions answered.

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Topics: Programs, Webinars

Are you Wilson certified? Consider the dyslexia concentration in our special education master's program.

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on April 26, 2018 at 11:01 AM

We've partnered for your success! Fitchburg State’s master of education in special education, guided studies with a focus in dyslexia provides elementary and secondary school teachers not only the foundation to better understand language based disorders like dyslexia, but also certifies teachers in both WRS Levels I & II  through its unique one-of-a-kind partnership with the internationally renowned Wilson Language Program®.

Students complete four required courses, including a capstone course on implementation of best practices, and 27 credits in three goal areas with content meeting the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading set forth by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Three courses are associated with Wilson Reading Level I Certification, three courses are associated with Wilson Reading Level II Certification, and the three courses in the Foundations of Literacy goal area have been selected to meet IDA standards.

Read on for some frequently asked questions and answers about our program. Or better yet, attend our webinar on May 3 at 5 pm!

Register for our Dyslexia Specialist Webinar

May I complete the Wilson Language Training® program through Fitchburg State University?
Wilson Language Training® is not offered on campus. Students must complete Wilson Level 1 and 2 in partnership with a school district. If you have questions related to course availability or content, please contact the Wilson Language Training customer service center at 1-800-899-8454 or email them at info@wilsonlanguage.com.

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Topics: Programs, Webinars

Missed the Middle School Webinar? We've got  you covered!

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on March 30, 2018 at 11:31 AM

Educators, if you missed our webinar, no worries. We've got you covered! Here's the video of the recorded webinar and a list of all the questions asked. And if you still have questions, just click on the "Speak to an advisor" button at the end of this post and get all of your questions answered.

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Topics: Programs, Webinars

Did you miss the Special Education webinar? Don't worry we've got your answers.

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on February 27, 2018 at 10:03 AM

If you missed our webinar, no worries. We've got you covered! Here's the video of the recorded webinar and a list of all the questions asked. And if you still have questions, follow the "Speak to an advisor" link at the end of this post and get all of your questions answered.

Watch our video recording of the webinar.

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Topics: Programs, Webinars

Picture yourself here at Fitchburg State!

Posted by Marylyn Gainan on January 19, 2018 at 3:07 PM

When exploring graduate programs, it's important to discover not only if a school has the academic program you're looking for, but to also see if the school fits you. 

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Topics: General, Advising