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Thomas Conway, EdD

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education 

Thomas R. Conway, EdD is an expert in Instructional Coaching, Curriculum Development, Socio-Cultural Education, Secondary Education, and Educational Leadership. In 2015, he joined Cabrini Faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department.

Since coming to Cabrini, Conway was a panelist for the School to Prison Pipeline on Cabrini Day 2015. He has managed the partnership for Instructional Coaching with three local universities. He teaches courses that prepares both undergrad and post-baccalaureate students in their pursuit of certification on the secondary level. Additionally, Conway has expertise in designing, building, and instructing hybrid and online courses. He has presented at conferences on the topic of virtual learning.

Conway has several publications with the last one researching the best practices for integrating Web 2.0 applications into a high school curriculum. In addition to his writings, Conway has presented both at the state and national level with his latest research area of Instructional Coaching and the use of this model for an improved student/intern teaching experience.

Conway earned a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education/Social Studies and a Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies from La Salle University. He earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University.

Areas of Expertise

Instructional coach, curriculum development, socio-cultural issues in education, secondary education and urban education and leadership

Publications

  • Conway, T. (2017). Educating pre-service and novice teachers on the best practices for curriculum integration of web 2.0 tools and instructional technology. In D. Polly & O. Dreon (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teacher Education for Ethical Professional Practice in the 21st Century. Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publications.
  • Horn, R. A., Conway, T., & Williams, M. (Spring, 2007). Scholar-practitioner reflections on the    urban education contexts of race and social class in the current climate of standards and accountability. ScholarlyPartnershipsEdu, 2(1), 45-58.
  • Conway, T. (2007). Introducing Jerome Bruner. In J. L. Kincheloe, & R. A. Horn (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology (52-67). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.
  • Conway, T., & Crawford-Fisher, R. (2008). The need for continued research on gay straight alliances. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy 4(2). Troy, NY: Educator’s International Press, Inc.
  • Conway, T. (2012). From an “outsider’s” perspective. In J.M. Meloy (Eds.), Twenty-first century learning by doing (7, 11, 23, 60-61, 64, 96, 102-103, 108). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 
  • Conway, T. (2013). Pennsylvania. In J. Ainsworth & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A to Z Guide. Sage Publications.
  • Conway, T. (2013). School mobility and education. In J. Ainsworth & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of Education: An A to Z Guide. Sage Publications.

Presentations

  • Using an Instructional Coach Framework to Improve the Student Teaching Experience – Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Summer Conference – Pittsburgh, PA (August 2017)
  • The Need for Teacher Leadership and Its Inherent Potential to Redefine Public Education from Institutional and “Extra-Institutional” Perspectives – Association for Teacher Educators (ATE) Summer Conference – Pittsburgh, PA (August 2017)
  • Culturally Relevant Pedagogy for students with different Faith Traditions - The 2017 Center for Urban Education (CUE) Summer Educator Forum – Philadelphia, PA (June 2017)
  • Professional Learning Communities supporting new teacher and teacher development create a culture of continuous improvement for IHE and LEA partners – American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Annual Meeting – Tampa, FL (March 2017)
  • When Saying No is Better Than Saying Yes: A Case Study of Partnership that was Intentionally Stopped – National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) Conference – Washington, DC (March 2017)
  • Cooperating Teachers Take Initiative: Learning to be Instructional Coaches to Support Student Teachers and Lead PLCs and Faculty Development – Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) – Harrisburg, PA (October 2016)
  • Rethinking School Partnerships to Increase Teacher Capacity as Instructional Coaches to Change the Culture in Educational Settings – Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) – Harrisburg, PA (October 2016)
  • Making Professional Development Meaningful for Secondary Education Teachers: Differentiating by Need and Relevance - Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) – Harrisburg, PA (October 2016)
  • Program Development and Collaboration at the Graduate Level – Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) – Harrisburg, PA (October 2016)
  • Changing your School’s Culture for the Better through Instructional Coaching and PLCs – PA Educational Leadership Summit – Penn State Conference Center (July 2016)
  • Instructional Coaching: Meaningful Pre-service and In-service Teacher Development Through High Quality Experiences in Professional Development Partnerships - The Association for Teacher Educators 2016 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (February 2016)
  • School to Prison Pipeline Panelist – Cabrini College, Radnor, PA (November 2015)
  • Trainer and Teacher for Collaboration Online Plus – La Salle University (June 2015)
  • Presenter for COP – La Salle University (February 2015) 
  • Presenter at the Title I – School Improvement Conference entitled, “Helping secondary students GROW in literacy and numeracy skills” (January 2010)
  • Presenter at the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals entitled, “How do you help the secondary student reader to GROW in four years?” (October 2009)

Awards and Recognition

  • Project Manager for Cabrini University’s sub-award – Greater Philadelphia Instructional Coach Program (PDE – Eligible Partnership Grants) January 2016 – September 2016
  • Lead Faculty for Cabrini University’s sub-award - Early Learning Principal Instructional Coach Program (PDE – Eligible Partnership Grants) December 2016 – Present
  • Top graduate honors from Master’s program

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