Leslie Craigo

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Assistant Professor
Teacher Education

EMAIL: lcraigo@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: S-616A

Office Hours: subject to change each semester

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=7451

As an assistant professor here at BMCC, I bring my experience of working with young children to my daily interactions with students. Before teaching here, I worked in early intervention, providing educational services to children under three who have disabilities. I visited their homes and also worked with them in centers. Being part of an evaluative team enabled me to implement programs and services that benefited the families and the children. In addition I worked as a teacher from preschool to high school with children who have a range of abilities and disabilities. My work with children nourishes and informs my practice with students here at BMCC.

I am committed to helping our BMCC college students succeed. Issues of social justice and equity inform my pedagogy and my interactions with all members of the BMCC community.

Expertise

Gender Sensitive Teaching, Educational Policy, Early Childhood Education , Cultural Diversity, Community Colleges, Children with Special Needs, Child Development and Learning, Bilingual Education, Autism, Adult Education, Access to Education,

Degrees

  • M.S. College of Staten Island, Special Education,1994
  • M.A. Gradiate Center. City University of New York, Educational Psychology,2010
  • Ph.D. Gradiate Center. City University of New York, Educational Psychology,2015

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Advocating for teacher candidates from community colleges
    This projects examines the transfer experience and success of preservice teachers from community college students as they transfer to senior colleges. The writing skills, course grades and college experience is investigated as a function of point of college entry: community college or four year college. Preliminary results indicate that students who start at community colleges perform as well as students on start at 4 year colleges on writing tasks, and overall course grade. Additionally, students who start at community colleges describe a more positive college experience during their first two years than students who start at 4 year colleges. The support that community college students receive, tutors, writing center, help from professors may be what enables them to become proficient enough to succeed as well as 4 year college students. One concern noted is that transfer was challenging for most community college students, they had difficulty enrolling in needed courses, needed to go to many offices to obtain needed information and felt that professors were not as available for help.
  • Preservice teachers’ attitudes toward disability and inclusion
    This research is investigating the effects of a special education course on the attitudes of preservice teachers toward disability and inclusion.

    Publications

    • Teaching community college students strategies for learning unknown words as they read expository text. Higher Research Learning Communication,Higher Research and Learning Communication
    • Classroom modification workshop: For students with ASD and other communication disorders. ,BMCC Inquirer
    • Early childhood education: Learning together. Contributing editor,McGraw Hill

    Honors, Awards and Affiliations

    • Psychology Program Award for the Outstanding Psychology Major

      An award to one student each year at the College of Staten Island’s Psychology Department.

    • Williamson Scholarship for Academic Excellence

      This was a competitive scholarship based upon academic achievement.

    • S.I. Council of Negro Women Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Community Service

      This was a competitive scholarship based upon academic achievement and service to the community.

    • NYC Childcare Resource and Referral Consortium Appreciation Award
      This award was given in appreciation for my presentation at the 14 Annual Infant Toddler Conference, a conference that I have been part of since its inception.
    • NYC Childcare Resource and Referral Consortium Appreciation Award
      This award was given in appreciation for my presentation at the 14 Annual Infant Toddler Conference, a conference that I have been part of since its inception.
    • Faculty Leadership Fellows
      The Borough of Manhattan Community College designed and implemented its Faculty Leadership Fellows Program to strengthen faculty leadership from multiple perspectives, including positive organizational development, support for teaching and learning, equity, and governance—not assuming preparation for administration but engaging faculty in their current role(s). The program includes an intensive week-long seminar featuring nationally-recognized experts on major challenges facing community colleges. Five follow up sessions were provided in Spring semster on issues of mentoring, leadership communications, using data to inform decision-making, and developing an identity as a leader.
      Criteria
      Faculty Leadership Fellows were nominated by their department chairs or by administrators (deans, vice presidents). Nominated faculty applied with statements of their understanding of leadership and their experiences as faculty leaders. Fourteen faculty were chosen for the program.

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