The HASC Of Today
HASC, a name synonymous with the camp, the concert, and the preeminent nonprofit organization servicing our community’s special-needs population for half a century, is poised to embark on a new era as they celebrate their jubilee. Building on their 50-year tradition of excellence as one of the first and foremost providers of special education, HASC is embracing the future with a dynamic new logo and branding campaign. To better parlay the breadth of their multifaceted programs and services, HASC has revamped the overall corporate identity. It is reflective of their vast scope of services and the remarkable transformations that their programs yield.
HASC has won accolades for outstanding work with the severely challenged and special-needs population. However, far less known, HASC provides year-round educational and clinical services to children of all ages—addressing all delays and disabilities, from mild to severe. Any child in need of extra assistance in order to thrive—whether it takes the form of early intervention, a SEIT in the classroom, or play therapy—will benefit from HASC’s wealth of resources. Individualized treatment plans are crafted for any child in need of therapy and personalized learning strategies. Parents are included in the educational process and provided with HASC’s distinctive level of support.
The results of HASC’s multiple programs are self-evident as children achieve remarkable growth and are amazingly transformed—educationally, emotionally, physically, and socially. The 3‑D star in the HASC logo represents an adult teacher and two children reaching upward. This encapsulates the magical, life-changing experience that takes place child by child, on a one-to-one basis. Every child deserves to taste success. By effectively melding their extensive expertise with the newest educational techniques, technologies, and cutting-edge therapies, HASC provides every child with that opportunity.
To learn more about HASC’s far-reaching scope of bilingual and culturally sensitive services, call 718-686-5927. v
New Nursing Programs
The State of New York has given final approval to the Touro College and University System to offer two new Bachelor of Science degrees beginning this fall at the Brooklyn campus of Touro’s School of Health Sciences.
The first degree is a four-year Bachelor of Science program with a major in nursing. The second degree is known as an “RN to B.S.,” a one-to-two-year program for licensed registered nurses who have already graduated from an accredited nursing program and who wish to apply those credits toward a B.S. degree.
“Touro College is one of America’s largest educational providers in the health-science field, and these two new degrees further bolster our national leadership status as teachers of the next generation of healthcare providers,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president of Touro. “Nurses today are required to address increasingly complex health challenges faced by the patients they serve. Because of advances in health science and technology, nurses must also possess a more comprehensive array of skills than in years past.”
Professor Sandra Russo, M.S., RN, chairperson and program director of the Touro College School of Health Sciences nursing department, said that while nurses to date have generally not been required to carry a bachelor’s degree to enter the profession, that pattern is changing.
“Growing numbers of employers in New York state and elsewhere are strongly encouraging nurses to earn their bachelor’s degrees,” Professor Russo said. “In fact, we expect that the degree will be required by virtually all major employers down the road. The bachelor’s degree is rapidly becoming a critical stepping stone for professional advancement, especially for nurses aiming to take on management responsibilities.”
In addition to the new bachelor’s programs, Touro will also offer a combined Associate in Applied Science/Bachelor of Science (A.A.S./B.S.), which will qualify students to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
Since its founding in 2005, Touro’s nursing program has offered the two-year A.A.S. degree, with a major in nursing. Graduates qualify to take the NCLEX-RN. Touro graduates’ scores have exceeded state and national averages for the past two years, with graduates receiving a 94-percent pass rate in 2012.
Students in the nursing program also participate in rotations at prestigious clinical sites, including Maimonides Medical Center, Lutheran Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital, Coney Island Hospital, Richmond University Medical Center, and Bayley Seton Hospital.
Touro’s nursing department is now hiring new faculty to teach the new programs. The department is moving to new facilities at 902 Quentin Road in the Midwood section of Brooklyn for the fall semester to accommodate the expanded offerings. The new site will have more classroom space, state-of-the-art technology, and a new nursing skills laboratory.
For further information about Touro’s new nursing degree programs, please visit www.touro.edu/shs or call 718-236-2661, ext. 2. v
Touro Dean Elected President Of NY Deans Association
Dr. Steven Huberman, dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at Touro College in New York, has been elected president of the New York State Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work.
The association is a coalition of deans of social work at private and public institutions of higher education from across the state. As president, Dr. Huberman will promote the social work profession and advocate for expanded educational opportunities for social workers in New York State.
Dr. Huberman has served as Touro’s dean of the Graduate School of Social Work since its founding in 2006. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in social-work training, management of nonprofit organizations, and policy research. For over 30 years, he has coordinated staff development, participated in graduate-school education, and conducted groundbreaking research on human-service delivery in the United States. He attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received his Ph.D. from the Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University, and has produced more than 50 publications.
Dr. Huberman’s research has focused on social-work program evaluation, management, and administration; growing old in America; the demography of the Jewish community; creating learning communities of excellence; the human aftereffects of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; and sexual abuse. He has taught at the Boston University and UCLA graduate schools of social work. For over a decade, he also served as an executive director of the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Los Angeles.
The New York State Association of Deans of Schools of Social Work includes Adelphi University, Columbia University, Fordham University, Hunter College, Nazareth-Brockport, Lehman College, Long Island University CW Post Campus, New York University, Roberts Wesleyan College, Syracuse Univeristy, SUNY–Albany, SUNY–Binghamton, SUNY- Buffalo, SUNY–Stony Brook, and Yeshiva University. v
Touro School Ranks
First In Special Ed.
The Touro College Graduate School of Education ranked first in two categories of teacher preparation and rated highly overall, a New York City Department of Education survey found.
The DOE analyzed new hires at 12 teacher-education programs supplying new teachers to the New York City school system. Touro ranked first in the percentage of its graduates who earned licenses in “high needs” fields, and first in the proportion of its teachers earning special-education licenses.
Among teachers hired from the 2009–10 through 2011–12 school years, Touro led all programs, with 92 percent of its graduates earning licenses in high-needs subject areas, which primarily include special education, English as a second language, math, and science.
Eighty-six percent of Touro graduates received special-education licenses, a proportion that far exceeds that of any other school, and is double the overall average of 43 percent for this high-needs subject area. Touro officials pointed out that the school’s graduate program was expressly structured to enable students to gain certification in both general and special education by earning a single degree.
“The results confirm what we have always known: that our Graduate School of Education is among the very best in preparing teachers for a career in a New York City classroom,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of Touro College and University System. “We are proud that we have supplied thousands upon thousands of teachers to New York City schools, and that they rank very highly among their peers.”
The DOE survey of local colleges, including Columbia University, St. John’s, NYU, and CUNY, also ranked Touro’s Graduate School of Education third in retention, which measures the percentage of teachers who stay on the job after three years. This retention analysis covers teachers hired during the 2008–09 and 2009–10 school years.
The survey also ranked Touro among the top four schools supplying qualified teachers overall. Among teachers hired from the 2008–09 through 2011–12 school years, 97 percent of their graduates—the same ratio as that of Queens College—were ranked “highly effective,” “effective,” or “developing.” Only City College and Hunter College, at 98 percent, did slightly better.
“This is a very positive report in terms of what we are doing,” said Dr. Arnold Spinner, associate dean of Touro’s Graduate School of Education. “It shows that not only are we on the right track, but in many ways we are leading the way.”
Touro’s Graduate School of Education—which also supplies teachers to a small number of private schools—graduates more than 1,100 new teachers a year.
City officials said the survey was designed to see if the colleges and universities providing the city with the most teachers were successfully preparing them for a career in education, and to determine which schools were doing the most to meet the school system’s most critical educational needs.
Established in 1993, Touro’s Graduate School of Education currently enrolls approximately 3,600 students, most of whom are in the Master of Science programs in education and special education. Other M.S. programs are offered in teaching literacy, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), mathematics education, instructional technology, and school leadership.
In addition to its degree programs, the school conducts significant research through its Lander Center for Educational Research, a federally funded operation that helps public schools address problems that impact student achievement and equality of educational opportunity. This year, the school also received a $1.9 million grant from the federal government to operate one of ten “Equity Assistance Centers” in the U.S. to help public schools address issues of race, gender, and national origin that impact on student achievement and opportunity. v
JEP–LI Yeshiva Scholarship Bake Sale
By T. Mayerfeld
While driving a couple of Nageela campers home from our Tishah B’Av event last summer, I was privy to the following unbelievable conversation.
“Do you keep kosher?” Amanda (a pseudonym) asked Sarah. To my surprise, Sarah answered, “Yup. Ever since last summer.” I quickly tried to figure out how many years Sarah had been in camp before taking on such a large commitment. I couldn’t believe it. Last year had been her first summer in Camp Nageela! The surprises kept coming as the girls continued talking.
Amanda, a longtime camper, nodded knowingly. “You’re on the Nageela high. Mine lasted the whole year. I went to public school in a high-necked shirt every day last year. I know there’s more to tzniyus than that, but that’s the step I took. For myself.”
For four short but powerful weeks this past July, Camp Nageela girls’ staff members have given their all to provide over 100 campers with an unforgettable, exciting, and motivational Jewish experience. The inspiration at JEP‑LI’s Camp Nageela continued for another amazing four weeks in August with the boys’ half. Each camper receives personal attention and the opportunity to form close connections with staff members. Our campers are exposed to the Torah and mitzvos lifestyle like they’ve never seen before and they can’t tear their eyes away.
It is so beautiful to see the light in a camper’s eyes as he describes the first Shabbos he’s ever experienced. There’s fire, there’s excitement, there’s wonder. There is pure happiness. He wants such experiences to last forever. But what happens when camp ends?
Like the girls in my car, many campers take on mitzvos to carry with them throughout the year. A small connection to their “Nageela high.” Some, though, go even further. They decide to switch from public school to yeshiva. But who will pay their tuition?
For the past four years, the JEP‑LI Yeshiva Scholarship Bake Sale has been a huge success due to the outpouring of support from the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community. The community has rallied together to help these campers achieve their dreams through baking, spreading the word, and supporting the bake sale. Mothers and daughters, and even some fathers and sons, have baked delicious, attractive treats; and people spread the word through phone calls, texts, e-mails, and when passing each other in the supermarket. The past four bake sales have been marked by palpable excitement as buyers perused cakes, cookies, and challahs baked by their friends and neighbors. In an exhilarating show of teamwork, our community has raised over $35,000 to provide Jewish children with a yeshiva education and a Jewish future.
This year, as we approach Rosh Hashanah and the start of a new year, we once again have the opportunity to help bring Hashem’s children, who are asking for the opportunity to learn and grow, back to Him. With Hashem’s help, let us make this JEP‑LI Yeshiva Scholarship Bake Sale the most resounding success yet. And let us help as many Jewish children as we can achieve their dream of attending yeshiva this year. Wishing you all a shanah tovah.
The fifth annual Five Towns bake sale will be this coming Monday and Tuesday, September 2–3, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. at the Biderman home, 130 Rand Place in Lawrence. Please contact Nava at 347-683-0763 for more information or to volunteer your homemade goods. v