The Honor


celebrating independence, freedom, and liberty in Education

DID YOU KNOW: One of the men who signed The Declaration of Independence was a teacher! All were men of education who fought adversity, declared their cause worth the risk of treason, and valued liberty more than their lives. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:

"For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

The 4th of July has come and gone but we'd still like to know - how did you celebrate? What does freedom mean to you?

Yours in Education,

Xi Gamma Chapter Executive Board, Seton Hall University

Κ Δ Π International Honor Society in Education

teacher resource: self care

In between lesson planning and project design, take a lazy summer breakfast in the garden, on the balcony, or by an open window and take a moment for yourself! This chia and poached pear spread is easy to make the night before, it can be spread on toast, or used as a porridge or yogurt topping. A great treat to share in the staff lounge! Aaaand relax...

From Amazing Edible Seeds by Vicki Edgson and Heather Thomas (Jacqui Small; $16.95)

Makes: 1 x 350g/12oz jar

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Stand: 1 hour

500g peeled, cored and chopped pears
2 tbsp lemon juice
a good pinch of ground cinnamon
a good pinch of ground nutmeg
2 tbsp runny honey or agave syrup
2 tbsp chia seeds


Step 1: Put the pears, lemon juice, spices and honey or agave in a saucepan and cook gently over a low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes until the fruit is tender and pulpy.

Step 2: Remove from the heat and stir in the chia seeds. Mix well and set aside for 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens.

Step 3: Pour the cold mixture into a sterilized jar and store in the refrigerator. Use within 1 week. Alternatively, you can freeze the mixture for up to 3 months.

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teacher resources: professional

Sesame Street is offering a new free online course for early childhood educators, Make Believe with Math. This self-paced course is designed for all early childhood educators–whether they are working in a classroom, center-based program, or family child-care setting. This self-paced course will enable educators to explore the fun of math in children’s make believe play and how math moments can be incorporated into everyday learning! The free course will be offered twice:
  • Session 1: May 8th – August 11th
  • Session 2: October 2nd – January 12th

To learn more about Make Believe with Math and to register click here!

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Seton Hall University: KDP Members Winners of Awards for Education Excellence!

Daria Pizzuto and Sarah Andrews were recipients of awards this year! Winners will be recognized at Convo 2017 and throughout the KDP Chapter webpages, blogs, and chapter highlights.

Chapter Program Award: Daria will receive this award for demonstrating excellence in professional development. "Seton Hall University — Mindfulness in the Classroom: Tips, Strategies, Implications"

Distinguished Chapter Officer Award: Sarah will receive this award for setting positive examples for her chapter by representing the ideals of Kappa Delta Pi. "Sarah Andrews — Membership Chair, Seton Hall University"

Read more about KDP's Awards for Education Excellence here.



I am a senior, majoring in Secondary Special Education and Spanish. Originally from Connecticut, I enrolled at Seton Hall University due to the fantastic reputation that the School of Education has and the strong community feel of the environment. After I graduate from Seton Hall, I plan to either spend a year abroad teaching English, or to jump right into teaching Spanish in middle school. Since my freshman year, I have volunteered my time as a CEHS Student Ambassador, guiding multiple prospective students to Seton Hall. I joined Kappa Delta Pi this year. As a Secondary Education student, I am excited to bring a different perspective to the executive board, while collaborating with the other sections of the CEHS represented on the board.

VICE PRESIDENT, Jacqueline Murdocca

I’m a senior DVSL major with a 2nd major in Theatre. I am an ambassador for the CEHS, so I am actively involved in helping out at Open Houses and other College events, speaking with future Pirates and their parents about our awesome faculty and programs. I am also the Head RA in Aquinas Hall, so I work with mostly freshmen, programming and acting as a resource to welcome them into our awesome SHU community. Most importantly, I am a proud member of our KDP Xi Gamma chapter, and I would love to be in charge of getting feedback from all of you, getting in touch with you about events and updates, and helping to make our chapter even better! As I go into my last year of being an Education major, I would like to leave as much of an impact for future KDP members and Education members as possible. Thank you!

SECRETARY, Karly Sarnowski

I am going to be a Junior as an Elementary and Special Education major. I was recently inducted into KDP in the spring. As Secretary, I am looking forward to truly becoming engaged with what KDP has to offer and to contribute to such a prestigious society. I am organized and attentive to my work, which are characteristics that will help in fulfilling my role.

HISTORIAN, Katie Collins

I am a Special Education/Elementary Education major from Londonderry, New Hampshire. I am currently substitute teaching in the PALS (Primary Academic Learning) Program- the special education program- at Matthew Thornton Elementary School. Here, I serve as a one-on-one aid to students with a variety of special needs. I love working with children and look forward to becoming a special education teacher. This year I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi and feel as though serving as Historian would give me the opportunity to become more involved in this society. With my experience and enthusiasm, I know I will make a strong addition to the Kappa Delta Pi Executive Board.

TREASURER, Caroline Gartley, MA

I am the mother of 4 awesome, beautiful children, one of which is on the Autism spectrum. I earned my MA in Pastoral Ministries through School of Theology Seton Hall University in Dec 2013 and I am currently working on my MA in Special Education with concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I anticipate graduating in May 2018 and sitting for Board Exam in August 2018 to be a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

I am the director of Budgets and Operations for the College of Education and Human Services of Seton Hall University for the past 3 1/2 years. I also teach CCD, am a Youth Minister and an owner and dance, fitness, and gymnastics instructor for 13 years. My passion and purpose in life is to be an advocate for children and the disabled.


I currently serve as Assistant Director, Career Services at Seton Hall University where I assist students and alumni in their career educational needs as well as work alongside a fabulous team of career specialists. I received my BA in English from The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, and my MA in Higher Education from Seton Hall University. I've moved around quite a bit since then, and am looking forward to making NJ my forever home! Since 2014, I worked hard to become a contributing part of KDP at SHU, and upon graduation, remained an active alumna. My passion is working with students, especially international students, through their pursuit of higher education, and beyond in their career accomplishments. My husband and I have been married 7 years and we love to travel to England, where he is from. I look forward to meeting and getting to know as many members as possible this year.

prevent summer slide!

Read to your child this summer or check out the offerings from organizations like Horizons that provide programs over the summer to prevent slide.

Learn more about Horizons in this clip (below) from American Graduate Day 2016 featuring Alison Williams!

Horizons National: American Graduate Day 2016

calling all CEHS alumni

Dear Alumni,

Are you doing something amazing in your classroom/school/district/institution? A project you are working on? A presentation? A talk? A workshop?

Please get in touch so we can celebrate your accomplishments together! We would love to feature you in this newsletter and do a write up a short narrative about the project.

Please email to share with us.

question of the month

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shu college of education & human services in the news

Student–Mentor Relationship Comes Full Circle at Seton Hall

Maureen Gillette, dean of CEHS, and Timothy Gouraige share their inspired story of mentorship and "paying it forward."

Education Students Globally and Nationally Recognized

Undergraduate students in Educational Studies awarded internationally and nationally renowned grant and scholarships.

Police Studies Alumnus and Professor Honored

The College of Education and Human Services honored alumnus, Charles Binder, and Dr. Grace May at the Spring Alumni Reception.

Disability Takes Center Stage in Diversity Debate

Disability as Diversity frames disability not as an impairment, but rather an important dimension of diversity.

Office of Clinical Experiences and Applied Research

The office places all Educational Studies undergraduate and graduate candidates in their field internships and culminating clinical practice.

CAEP Third-party Comments

The College is hosting an accreditation visit by CAEP on Dec. 3, 2017. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team.

education in the news

need to meet with your career advisor at shu?

Nancy Borkowski, Senior Assistant Director, Vocation and Career Development
Career Assessments, Education, General Studies, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Undeclared and Pre-Majors

Contact Nancy:

The Career Center | (973) 761-9355 | Bayley Hall Rm. 209

career links

Answering email on vacation wipes out your good memories

Limit your smartphone use to vacation-related activities like looking up directions to your hotel; everything else can wait until you’re back home and working.

3 brilliant ways to be your ‘vacation self’ in the office

You can’t live your whole life hunched, waiting for vacation to give you a respite; instead, try to find enjoyment in every day.

conferences in education

About #KDPconvo17
Convocation, or Convo, is more than just a biennial conference—it’s one of KDP’s longest-standing traditions. The workshops, idea exchanges, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities make Convo truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Attendees have an opportunity to meet education rock stars including members of the Laureate Chapter, present workshops or poster sessions, and get training as chapter leaders. Convo is also where chapter and individual award winners are recognized. It is an event that every Kadelpian should experience at least once.
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