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Literacy Discipline Mission Statement

The mission of the Literacy Discipline is to support our teacher education students in developing a strong theoretical understanding of literacy development and in enacting instructional practices that support students' literacy development at all grade levels and across the curriculum. Literacy includes the cognitive skills of reading and composing, as well as new literacies (digital literacy or "21st Century literacies") and multiple modes of literacy (for example, visual literacy). Our teacher education students will also become critically aware of how literacy is both a product of and a producer of the cultures within which it operates.

Science Discipline Mission Statement

The mission of the Science Discipline is to instill the understanding of the nature of science in the students we prepare as educators through the integration of the Scientific Practices as defined in the NYS MST Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards as listed below:

1.  Asking questions
2.  Developing and using models
3.  Planning and carrying out investigations
4.  Analyzing and interpreting data
5.  Using mathematics and computational thinking
6.  Constructing explanations
7.  Engaging argument from evidence
8.  Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information can support higher 
     achievement in literacy and mathematics.

The Science Discipline program focuses upon scholarship centering on issues of educational practice, intense science content knowledge and pedagogical strategies in the preparation of science teachers and teacher educators. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of scientific literacy so that students become inquisitive learners and effective problem solvers. Our mission is to enhance the relationship between science and society and to stress the concept of global citizenry to the future science educators in the program. Our faculty believes that improved scholarly practice will foster the continued expansion of scientific knowledge, recognizing the increasing impact of science and technology in our daily lives and on the environment.

Social Foundations Mission Statement

Social Foundations courses employ theoretical and methodological tools from at least one of several disciplines, including history, philosophy and sociology. The courses foster the development of a particular set of knowledge, skills, and dispositions significant to becoming a successful teacher. Specifically, Social Foundations courses develop candidates' knowledge of themselves and build their understanding of students, teachers, and schools and their communities, placing them all within the context of the larger society. The courses help candidates connect these understandings to their conceptions of what education means. In developing this knowledge, courses in the Social Foundations promote core skills of observation, listening, questioning, analysis, and argumentation. Finally, Social Foundations courses advance three important dispositions of prospective teachers: 1) civic engagement in issues that affect teaching and learning; 2) empathy for all students, families, and communities and; 3) an inclination to question prevailing assumptions about children and schooling. Through the acquisition, development, and demonstration of this set of knowledge, skills, and dispositions, the Social Foundations prepare candidates to confront the challenges of contemporary learning settings.

Social Studies Discipline Mission Statement

The Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic awareness and engagement. Within the school program, the Social Studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics and natural sciences.  The primary mission of The Social Studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. In essence, The Social Studies promotes open participation on public issues; ensures access to information for the purpose of responsible decision making, in order to develop an educated electorate; acknowledges the diversity of human forms and ideas; supports equal treatment and consideration of all citizens on matters with social implications (this includes, religion, culture, gender, and all areas of diversity); desires maintenance of and a reasoned respect for law, property and human rights; and highlights the acceptance of social obligations to reciprocate service and loyalty to society in exchange for the protection and promotion of individual liberty.

Students of The Social Studies demonstrate the skills and dispositions to: build constructive relationships with others; recognize and appreciate others; identify problems and challenging situations or contexts; practice decision making; workout suggestions and test alternatives; plan and execute ideas and apply findings to everyday life situations. These skills are fostered through the processes of discovery, inquiry, exploration, imagination, problem-solving; decision-making and reflection. The Social Studies promotes a change in how knowledge is being interpreted, by recognizing that what is empowering is the idea of democracy rather than the political ideal of democracy

World Language Mission Statement

The mission of the World Language Discipline is to support our teacher education students in developing a strong theoretical understanding of the acquisition of languages other than English (currently Spanish and Italian) and learning and implementing instructional practices that support students' acquisition of a second language in secondary schools. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Standards undergirds the courses in the World Language Department as well as in the Education Sequence.  They are the five C’s of foreign language education: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities.  The Discipline’s mission is also consistent with the Department of World Language’s and the College of Staten Island's mission to foster international education, to further international understanding and cultural diversity among our students through the study of languages, literatures, and cultures of our interconnected world.