QSI Graduate Studies: General Cohort


The General Cohort is intended for QSI educators either pursuing a Masters Degree or pursuing graduate level classes for a variety of other purposes.


2019-2020 Schedule: REGISTER

  • Fall 2019
    • SPF 500: Multicultural Education (ONLINE General Cohort) Cultural foundations of education, application of relevant findings of the social sciences to problems and issues of education in culturally plural (multiethnic) settings. 
      • Instructor:  Meredith Harbord, Ed.D, an international educator, and adjunct professor for SUNY Buffalo State, teaches courses in Leadership and Curriculum. She is a former curriculum coordinator, Art and Design teacher in International schools. A consultant for Core 21 Educational Services, delivering ethics modules using real life problems based on Design Thinking, Maker Spaces, Holistic Curriculum with brain based learning, and mindfulness advocate. Meredith is currently writing a curriculum book for Middle Years teachers called Design Thinking for schools: Ethical Dilemmas for International Baccalaureate and PLB curriculum frameworks to be published this year by John Catt Educational Limited UK. 
    • EDL 607: Site-Based Leadership (ONLINE Leadership Cohort A) Principles of school administration and leadership; the changing role of site leadership as it relates to the dominant themes of leadership, change, shared decision-making, school characteristics, standards-based education, and student achievement. 
    • EDL 631: Supervision of Teaching (ONLINE Leadership Cohort B – if enough students) Principles of supervision: classroom observation, evaluating teaching, effect of teachers’ purposes and research on choice of subject matter and teaching procedures, teacher/pupil relationships, group and individual conferences, induction of new teachers, inter-visitation, demonstration teaching, teachers’ meetings, bulletins, workshops, evaluation of programs. 
  • Spring 2020 
    • EDU 604: Strategies for Effective Teaching (ONLINE General Cohort) Strategies for improving instruction through informed decision making, with particular emphasis on the essential elements of instruction; the theoretical framework on which the Hunter Model was based and its practical application in the classroom setting. 
      • Instructor: Dr. Ruth Xiaoqing Guo is a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems at SUNY Buffalo State College. She earned a Ph.D. degree in Technology Studies and an M.A. degree in Education from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. She has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at SUNY Buffalo State College, USA, Canada, China, Colombia, and is going to teach a course at The English Modern School, Doha, Qatar. Dr. Guo’s research interests include the following: · Integrating technology into curriculum, · Multiple Intelligences, · Digital Divide issues, · Constructivist pedagogy, · Video ethnography, · Multiliteracies, · Information and communication technology (ICT) literacy, · ICT assessment 
    • EDL 630: Curriculum Leadership (ONLINE Leadership Cohort A) Educational leader’s role in the design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum, focusing on the principles of curriculum leadership; needs assessment, school improvement, curriculum alignment, and evaluation; leadership roles in curricular decision-making are examined in relationship to current research. 
    • EDL 704: Seminar in Educational Change (ONLINE Leadership Cohort B – if enough students) This course examines the process of change, educational change over the last decade, and how change affects all. Topics include qualities and processes that enhance or inhibit change, and personal and systemic change in the educational setting. 
  • Summer 2020 
    • CRS 559: Principles of Creative Problem Solving (SEATED General Cohort) Theory and application of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process, practice in both individual and group uses for either personal or professional contexts, group work and active participation are expected. 
    • CRS 610: Facilitation of Group Problem Solving (SEATED General Cohort) Advanced strategies for leading small groups through the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process and mastery of facilitation techniques and skills. Students receive expert feedback on their facilitation skills as they apply creative strategies to real issues, examines conceptual relationships between facilitation, and change leadership. Students develop basic change leadership skills. 
    • EDL 606: School/Community Relations (ONLINE Leadership Cohort A) Educational relevance of involving the greater community (parents, neighborhoods, businesses, etc.) to enhance and support student achievement; organizational relationships between schools within and outside schools; power, multicultural awareness; major opinion leaders; vision and mission articulation; interpersonal skills. 
    • EDU 594: Special Education Law (ONLINE Leadership Cohort B – if enough students) This course examines the legal bases of special education policy.  Students will review legal issues and cases in the United States and in the State of Maine. Legal issues of importance to administrators employed in Maine are studied as well.  Special Education  law topics include Federal law, state law and regulations of concern to the school administrator,  FAPE (free appropriate public education), evaluation and program development, LRE (least restrictive environment), procedural due process, parental and student rights, special education remedies and district liability. Students will have the opportunity to analyze case studies of personal interest.  The course also has a focus on best practices and proactive leadership to prevent litigation. 
    • EDU 594: Federal and State Civil Rights and School Law (ONLINE Leadership Cohort B – if enough students) This course examines the legal bases of public education policy. Students will review legal issues and cases in the United States and in the State of Maine. Legal issues of importance to administrators employed in Maine are studied as well. School law topics include Federal law, state law of concern to the school administrator, teacher and student rights, special education, civil rights, school finance, and district liability. Students will have the opportunity to analyze case studies of personal interest. The course also has a focus on best practices and proactive leadership to prevent litigation. 

2018-2019 Schedule: REGISTER

  • Fall 2018: SPF 611 Evaluation in Education: Background and current status of evaluation, principles, purposes, and procedures of evaluation; effective interpretation and use of evaluative data; methods of recording and reporting pupil progress; standards and benchmarks in education.
  • Spring 2019: EDT 603 Instructional Design and Problem Solving with Technology:  The nature of instructional problems and various approaches to solving instructional problems, including the use of technology.  The systematic design and development of instruction, including the use of technology, to create effective instructional design plans, materials, and modules.
    • Instructor Daniel M. Pardy:  Dan is the District Coordinator for 21st Century Learning at Qatar Foundation Schools in Doha, Qatar, where he leads eLearning and EdTech initiatives across a district of 10 schools. He has been an Adjunct Professor for State University New York for 3 years, and also coordinates the SUNY programme in Doha. Dan also works as a Google Certified Trainer for Google partners and delivers presentations at Summits, Bootcamps and EdCamps around Europe and Asia. Lastly, Dan is passionate about the use of instructional technology and the impact it can have in classroom practise, and employs a research-driven approach to the use of technology when working with schools and educators.
    • Method of Instruction:  Online
  • Summer 2019: Kyiv
    • First Week (June 24 – June 28)
      • EDU 534 The Holistic Currciulum:  Teaching to Both Sides of the Brain:  This course is designed to provide participants with a useful paradigm of teaching and learning that is based on current brain research. An eclectic instructional approach that encourages direct involvement will model many of the brain compatible techniques promulgated in the theory. Students will learn what the latest advances in the neurosciences have discovered about knowledge and skills, creating a curriculum that teaches emotional competency, differentiation, memory, discipline, student motivation, attention, and retention of new material.
      • Instructor: Marilyn Hamot Ryan–During the thirty-five years of practical classroom teaching experience (grades k-8), including fifteen years serving as the Coordinator and teacher of Gifted Programming in New Jersey public schools, and ten years creating and delivering professional development workshops, Marilyn obtained a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in technology. She possesses a strong academic background especially in gifted, talented, and creative education utilizing the most current educational strategies to provide effective teaching for all learners. She is a multi-year state and national award winning educator, including The New Jersey Gifted Educator of the Year, The National Energy Foundation Educator of the Year, and A Bergen County Woman of Distinction. Additionally, she is also a local, state, and national workshop/PD presenter. Since 2010, it’s been Marilyn’s distinct privilege to share knowledge and ideas with our global educators as an Adjunct Professor for the SUNY Buffalo State International Graduate Program for Educators. Presenting and modeling lessons through the use of twenty first century teaching skills ensures that all students will be prepared for life and careers in the ever-changing future. Strategies emphasized in the courses that she teaches for the IGPE include: critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving skills, and communication/media skills. These habits of the mind are the cornerstone of more effective teaching and guarantee educators involved in the graduate program are being rigorously prepared as twenty first century leaders.
      • Method of Instruction:  Seated in Kyiv, Ukraine
    • Second Week (July 1 – July 5)
      • CRS 509 Introduction to the GIfted, Talented and Creative Learner:  Introduction to talent development and creativity in students. Characteristics and identification of academically gifted, creative and talented students from diverse backgrounds and areas of ability who learn at a pace and level that are significantly different than their classmates.
      • Instructor: Marilyn Hamot Ryan–During the thirty-five years of practical classroom teaching experience (grades k-8), including fifteen years serving as the Coordinator and teacher of Gifted Programming in New Jersey public schools, and ten years creating and delivering professional development workshops, Marilyn obtained a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in technology. She possesses a strong academic background especially in gifted, talented, and creative education utilizing the most current educational strategies to provide effective teaching for all learners. She is a multi-year state and national award winning educator, including The New Jersey Gifted Educator of the Year, The National Energy Foundation Educator of the Year, and A Bergen County Woman of Distinction. Additionally, she is also a local, state, and national workshop/PD presenter. Since 2010, it’s been Marilyn’s distinct privilege to share knowledge and ideas with our global educators as an Adjunct Professor for the SUNY Buffalo State International Graduate Program for Educators. Presenting and modeling lessons through the use of twenty first century teaching skills ensures that all students will be prepared for life and careers in the ever-changing future. Strategies emphasized in the courses that she teaches for the IGPE include: critical and creative thinking skills, problem solving skills, and communication/media skills. These habits of the mind are the cornerstone of more effective teaching and guarantee educators involved in the graduate program are being rigorously prepared as twenty first century leaders. Method of Instruction:  Seated in Kyiv, Ukraine