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Lakeland Educators Co-Author Books

Teachers from the Lakeland school district discussed their book at an educator reception.
Teachers from the Lakeland school district discussed their book at an educator reception. Photo Credit: James VanDevelde

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Four authors, three with ties to the Lakeland school district, discussed their book and signed copies at an educator reception at Barnes & Noble in Mohegan Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 4:30-7 p.m.

The reception was part of Barnes & Noble's celebration of Educator Week.

The authors in attendance were Janet D. Mulvey, Ph.D; Bruce Cooper; Kathryn Accurso, Ed.D; and Karen Gagliardi.

Mulvey is currently the educational director in a college support program and assistant professor in school leadership at Pace University in New York City. She also served as principal of Van Cortlandville Elementary School.

Cooper, a retired full professor at Fordham University, taught in the Doctoral Educational Leadership program, and mentored aspiring school leaders. He has published more than 35 books.

Accurso has been an elementary school teacher in the Lakeland Central School District for 22 years. She currently teaches second grade at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School. Accurso also teaches in the Mercy College School of Education.

Gagliardi has been principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in the Lakeland school district for eight years. She has also served as an assistant principal and a fourth-grade teacher.

The publishers Rowman and Littlefield reported on its website about the book:

"This book researches and reports on issues of current practice: e.g., teacher preparation, placement of students with special needs, implications for the average and above in the classroom and the financial costs driving placement decisions in the education system.

"We examine the lowering of standards so all can pass tests, report on loss of engagement of students by middle school, and mourn the squandering of creativity to appease a mandate."

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