Tuesday, August 30, 2011


There are Work-Study jobs on campus and regular student worker jobs.
Work-Study is money given to you from the government to the school for which you have to work for if you want that money. If you log into UIS- Financial Aid- My Awards, you will see if you were give work-study.
Regular student jobs are when you work for a department and help out in the office or in the library. For this you don't need to meet any financial requirements.
Check out the STJ site for it.

E-mail or comment on the blog if you have any questions.

S.T.A.R. Bulletin Board

Find the S.T.A.R. Bulletin Board in Sullivan Hall. It is located on the Garden/Sub-Basement Level. As you come out of the elevator, it is located on the left side of the wall. Every month we will have a different theme and pictures so make sure to look at it when your going to the SOE office.

Commuter Information

Tutoring at STJ

The School of Education offers tutoring sessions for the LAST. Check with the office when they are holding those sessions.

St.John's offers help for everyone. 
If you need help writing a paper in any subject, we suggest that you visit the Writing Center. You can make an appointment online or call the Writing Center. You can also submit your paper online and have someone comment on it. 
Here is the Writing Center website: http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/centers/iws/writingcenter

If you are taking a foregin language course and need help in it, you can go to The Global Language and Culture Center.
Website: http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/undergraduate/liberalarts/departments/languages/lab.stj

There is tutoring offered for all subjects at the University Learning Commons.
Website: http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/centers/dass/learning 

And there is always S.T.A.R., you can e-mail us or comment on the blog and we will get back to you as quick as we can but definitely within 24 hours; 

Time Management

After we collected the S.T.A.R. Buddy application, we saw that some students have concerns about time management skills so we found a few videos that you can watch and get some ideas. If you have any questions regarding time management, please comment on this blog or send us an email. 

New Student Convocation

It was both a productive and enjoyable day here at St. John's as the new School of Education students received a warm welcome from faculty, staff, and fellow students. We as the S.T.A.R. Coordinators hope that all freshman and transfer students are as excited as we are for the upcoming school year; it was wonderful finally being able to meet all of you!
After welcoming speeches from faculty, staff, and fellow St. John's students,  the new SOE students filled out necessary paperwork which will aid in the pairing of S.T.A.R. mentors and buddies, signed up for the LAST, and finally, set up a TEACH online account, which will prove vital in completing the steps necessary to becoming a teacher. We thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during this process, especially after such a long day!
We look forward to seeing everyone again at the upcoming School of Education events, especially during the barbecue on September 15th, when all the new students' mentors will be revealed.
Again, if you have any questions about S.T.A.R. or the School of Education, please do not hesitate to stop by the School of Education Office in Sullivan Hall, room G-06.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Useful Websites

Kappa Delta Pi - Education Honor Society

Office of Teaching Initiatives

New York State Teaching Certification Examinations

S.T.A.R. Facebook Fan Page


We would like to share different/useful information about education and teaching. As a teacher, you will have to learn new skills throughout your career and also keep yourself updated about what is going on around the world. 

Children with Autism, Connecting via Bus and Train

How City Principals Make Budgets Work 

Bullying Law Puts New Jersey Schools on Spot



Race in the Classroom: An Interview With Dyan Watson 


A Little Give in the Dress Code


Students Find Ways to Thwart Facebook Bans

Teachers Lament Loss of School-Supply Funds


Average Scores Slip on SAT


My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling - Truly inspiring story about a family who moved to Russia from the United States. Three school-aged children had to learn Russian since there weren't any English taught schools in Moscow.  

Fall Semester S.T.A.R. and KDP Events

We would like to inform you of upcoming events for Fall 2011. We will be updating our blog with different events throughout the semester. We hope you are able to join us in some of the events. Leave a comment if you will be at the event or if you have any questions. 

Students Activities Fair 
Thursday, September 8, 2011 
Time: 12pm to 2pm
Location: Great Lawn in front of the library 
Reason to go: Get to know different organizations that exist on campus. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Time: Common Hour 1:50 - 3:30 
Location: Behind St. Vincent Hall 
Reason to go: Meet students and faculty within the School of Education.

October 24, 2011
Monday, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Heroes of Our Faith Lecture – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
St. Thomas More Church

October 27, 2011
Thursday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Women’s Night
Pacini Room (Sullivan Hall, SB Floor)

November 7, 2011
Monday, 1:50 PM – 3:15 PM (Common Hour)
BSED/MSED Luncheon
Sullivan Café (SB Floor)

November  16, 2011

Wednesday, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Child Abuse Seminar (25 RESERVED SPOTS ONLY)
Pacini Room* (Must RSVP at the SOE Undergrad Office)

November 16, 2011
Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Education Job Search Workshop
Sullivan Café (SB Floor)

November 17, 2011
Thursday, 1:50 PM – 3:15 PM or 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kappa Delta Pi Meeting/Assembly
Sullivan Café (SB Floor)

December 1, 2011

Thursday, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Interviewing for Educators Workshop (Career Center)
Sullivan Café (SB Floor)

December 1, 2011
Thursday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Women’s Night
Pacini Room (Sullivan Hall, SB Floor)

December 5, 2011
Monday, 1:50 PM – 3:15 PM or 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Kappa Delta Pi Meeting/Assembly
Sullivan Café (SB Floor) 

What is S.T.A.R.?

Students Teaching Academic Responsibilities   

S.T.A.R is a mentor program within The School of Education that will provide assistance for first year students (freshman and transfer students) in the following areas: 
  • Academic assistance (mentor/tutoring)
  • Peer to Peer conversation about being a teacher
  • Updates about St. John's and The School of Education
  • Group gatherings and trips       
S.T.A.R. is designed to:
  • Provide assistance for freshmen and tranfer students in all areas of college life.
  • Facilitate their transition into St. John's University and the School of Education and become familiar with the resources that the School has to offer (i.e. lecture series, seminars, workshops) to ensure a well-rounded STJ experince.
  • Build a stronger and better comprehensive understanding of the world of education and learn what is expected of them as future teachers.
What are the benefits of participating in S.T.A.R.?
Assist freshmen and transfers to:
  • adjust to the university environment
  • become involved within the community through service
  • build relationships with other students and faculty memebers
The Rules and Regulations of S.T.A.R.:         
-Do not misrepresent the St. John’s University name while being a part of
-Do not use:  Foul language at any university function, on the Internet or
  towards your S.T.A.R. buddy or mentor.


Executive Board Members

Anna Leighton
S.T.A.R. Executive Board Member

Currently a senior majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in English, I am absolutely thrilled to be a new member of the S.T.A.R. team! Also a recent Kappa Delta Pi inductee, I am looking forward to meeting all the freshman and transfer students to the School of Education, showing them all St. John's has to offer. Even though I transferred only a semester ago, my transition was a smooth and enjoyable one. I hope all the new School of Education students will feel the same as they embark on their journey as future teachers. See you this fall!

Michael Fallon
S.T.A.R. Executive Board Member

I am currently a Junior with a double major in Adolescent Education with a Social Studies Concentration along with a second major in History and a Theology minor as well. I am very excited to be a new member of the S.T.A.R. Program. I have spent my time at St. Johns trying a little bit of everything from being a member of the Student Alumni Association to attending soccer games and most of the shows put on in the Little Theater. I spent my last fall semester abroad with St. Johns and am ready to have a great year back here with everybody. 

Wioletta Chmura

Hi everyone, currently I am a senior majoring in Secondary Education concentration in biology. I am also an active member of the KDP society and a former Jumpstart Corp Member. I was born in Poland but I lived in New York for most of my life and absolutely love to travel. I am so excited to meet everyone and hope that everyone has a exciting transition into St. John's and enjoys the wonderful opportunities that we have to offer.

Rita M. Tautonico
S.T.A.R. Executive Board Member

Hey Everyone! My name is Rita and I am currently a sophomore majoring in secondary education with a concentration in math. I am excited to be part of the S.T.A.R. team and cannot wait to start this year together. Last year, I was inducted to KDP and I am thrilled to be so involved in the SOE community and meet everyone! I cannot wait to personally welcome all our newcomers.