GSEAP Partners with Bridgeport Public Schools

A significant school-university partnership launched by Bridgeport schools and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP)will have a major impact on Bridgeport high school students, as well as Fairfield University students.

The partnership includes an Early College Dual Enrollment Plan that will allow Bridgeport high school seniors to take introductory courses at Fairfield University, as well as other area colleges.

“The other exciting part of this initiative is the internship component,” says Dean Susan Franzosa. “Bridgeport will have openings for approximately 30 of our students to work in district schools. It’s a wonderful opportunity for Fairfield University to contribute to educational change.”

Teacher interns and interns in counselor education will receive tuition grants from the school district, so the cost of their education at Fairfield will be significantly reduced.

“Instead of substituting for teachers in the classrooms,” said Dr. Joseph Ricciotti, Fairfield’s internship program director, “these interns will be working alongside an experienced teacher. Our students will receive feedback that will help them grow professionally. The internship can be a stepping stone to a job. It’s really a win-win.”

Dr. Gayle Bogel


  • Thanks to a $1.4 million National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education, one of the largest grants in the University’s history, GSEAP faculty members will train educators in four cities to better teach English language learners and students with special education needs.
  • Over the next five years, the B.E.S.T. Education Project (Bilingual Education, Special Education and TESOL) will train about 55 practicing teachers in partner districts of Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk, and Stamford.
  • Dr. Gayle Bogel, director of the Educational Technology program, has developed a partnership between GSEAP and SMART Technologies of Calgary, Alberta, to implement an innovative pilot project in which pre-service teachers receive training in SMART Technologies applications — a group of integrated teaching technologies for the classroom.
  • The department’s five-year integrated B.A./M.A. programs in secondary, elementary, and TESOL/bilingual education are thriving. Under the direction of Dr. Patricia Calderwood, professor of curriculum, the program has admitted 32 students into the 5-year program. There are approximately 20 minors who will be transitioning to the five-year program during 2012, and additional applicants are expected in the upcoming year.
  • The New England Reading Association has chosen three branches of the Connecticut Writing Project, including Fairfield University, to receive the 2012 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literacy in the Northeast U.S.