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Amber Gentile, EdD

Graduate Secondary Education Program Coordinator

Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Amber Gentile, EdD, taught as an adjunct at Cabrini in 2012 and joined the Teacher Education department full time in 2013.

She is now the Coordinator of the Graduate Secondary Education Program and the Middle Level Education program. “Being a part of the Cabrini family has been such a blessing,” Gentile says.

“The University is always growing and changing according to the needs of its students and I love being a part of it all.”

Gentile says her teaching philosophy is centered on the belief that everyone can learn, but in their own way. “It is our responsibility as educators to identify what works for each of our students and to help them build the skills to assist them in lifelong learning,” she says.

To Gentile, education and lifelong learning are essential to improving society, which ties into her passion for the unique Cabrinian education.

“I truly believe in an Education of the Heart and the core values embraced in the mission of Cabrini University.”

Her belief in the University’s values is illuminated through Gentile’s many roles in the community.

She is an executive board member of Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives, which is a nonprofit organization that provides local youth with quality programs through academic enrichment, social development and athletic programming and a member of Soroptimist International, a volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls.

Gentile’s research and academic interests include best practices for teaching and learning, teacher and student mindsets, small learning communities and professional learning communities. She leads professional development for teachers and faculty. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology and secondary education (social studies) at Dickinson College, a master’s in counseling (with Secondary and Higher Education School Counseling) at West Chester University, and a special education certificate, Superintendent’s certificate and doctorate in educational leadership at Immaculata University.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Inducted into Kappa Gamma Pi (2014)
  • Inducted into Delta Epsilon Sigma (2015)
  • Chosen as a 1976 Faculty Fellow (2016-17, 2017-18, 2019-20, 2020-21)
  • Earned certification in Youth Mental Health and First Aid and as a trainer (2018)
  • Earned certification in QPR Suicide Prevention and as a trainer (2019)
  • Awarded Cabrini University Faculty Development Summer Grant (2019)
  • Recipient of the “The Core Value of Dedication to Excellence Award” (2019)
  • Recipient of The Buzzalino Family Faculty Scholar Award (2019, 2020)
  • Co-PI of a National Professional Development Grant funded by the United States Department of Education (2021)

Publications

Bryde, B. & Gentile, A. (2018). Student Teacher Perceptions on Teaching Social Justice, Pennsylvania Teacher Educator, 17, 11-22.

Stone, A. (May/June, 2018). Math Scores: Why is this a Problem?, TEACH Magazine.   *Quoted on page 8

Gentile, A. (2020, October). Two trauma informed strategies for starting the school year. KDP Knowledge Hub. https://blog.kdp.org

Ge  Gentile, A. & Oswald, A. M. (2021). The Oswald-Gentile Model of Instruction: A holistic approach. International Journal of Technology in Education (IJTE), 4(2), 229-246. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijte.49

Ballard, K., Gentile, A., & Lelli, C. (2021). Navigating the barriers presented by the COVID 19 pandemic: Reflections and innovative educational solutions. In A. Bozkurt (Ed.), Examining emerging pedagogies for the future of education: Trauma-informed, care, and pandemic pedagogy. (pp. 44-65). IGI-Global. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7275-7.ch003

Gentile, A. (2022, February). 2 trauma informed strategies for your classroom. Teacher Advocate.https://www.kdp.org/knowledge-hub/teacher-advocate

 

Presentations

Pierson, S. Gentile, A. Lelli, C. & Budzilowicz. (2014, October).  The Come Alive Classroom Implications and Applications of Universal Design for Learning for Teacher Educators. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 22-24, 2014.  

Pierson, S., Gentile, A., & Budzilowicz, M. (2015, January). Collaboration by Design: Applying the Principles of Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education. Poster Presentation for the 13th Annual Faculty               Conference on Teaching Excellence, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January 8, 2015.

Pierson, S., Gentile, A., & Budzilowicz, M. (2015, May). Using Student Data on the Preparation of Faculty to Utilize the Principles of Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education Classrooms.  Poster presentation for The Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, Faculty Development Conference, Rosemont, PA.  May 12, 2015.

Bryde, B. & Gentile, A. (2016, February). Making Choices to Teach Social Justice and Improve Student Learning. Roundtable Presentation for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Las Vegas, NV. February 21-25, 2016.  

Gentile, A., Pierson, S., Ahmad, R., Budzilowicz, M. (2017, August). Integrating UDL & SIOP to Pursue Social Justice. Presentation at the CAST’s 3rd Annual UDL Symposium: UDL for Social Justice Conference, Boston, MA.

Gentile, A. & Conway, T. (2017, October).  Making Professional Development Meaningful for Secondary Education Teachers: Differentiating by Need and Relevance. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 26-28, 2016.

Gentile, A., & Bryde, B. (2017, October).  Educating for a Lifetime through Partnerships and Immersion Field Experiences: Preparing Pre-Service Teachers to Face Social Justice Issues in the Classroom. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-27, 2017.

Gentile, A., & Conway, T. (2017, October). Secondary Education Teachers: Making Professional Development Relevant through the use of Professional Learning Communities and other High Impact Practices. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-27, 2017.

Pierson, S., Gentile, A., & Budzilowicz, M. (2017, October).  UDL & SIOP for Social Justice. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-27, 2017.

Gentile, A., & Wassel, E. (2018, July). Coaching 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Creating a Culture of Instructional Coaching. Presentation at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Conference, Washington, D.C. July 17, 2018.    

Gentile, A., & Budzilowicz, M. (2018, August). Integrating Culturally Responsive Teaching and Mindset into the UDL Framework. Presentation at the CAST’s 4th Annual International UDL Symposium: Empowering Learners Conference, Boston, MA. August 1, 2018.

Gentile, A., Ritter, M., & Pierson, S. (2018, October). Educators for Change: Pre-Service Teachers Learning in Community. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 31, 2018.

Bryde, B. & Gentile, A. (2018, October). Student Teacher Perceptions on Teaching Social Justice. Roundtable Presentation for the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 31, 2018.

Gentile, A., & Bryde, B. (2018, October). Using Voices through Partnerships and   Immersion Experiences to Prepare Pre-Service Teachers to Face Democracy and Social Justice Issues in the Classroom. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. November 1, 2018.

Gentile, A., Budzilowicz, M., & Whitaker, R. (2019, August). Developing Expert Learners: A Partnership Focused on UDL, Equity, and Improvement. Presentation at the CAST’s 5th Annual International UDL Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners, Boston, MA. August 8, 2019.

Gentile, A., Budzilowicz, M., & Whitaker, R. (2019, October). Empowering Future Educators: UDL, CRT, & Growth Mindset. Presentation at the UDL-HE Digicon: Inaugural Global Event. October 18, 2019.

Gentile, A., Ritter, M., & Pierson, S. (2019, October). Listening, Learning, Leading in Community: Educators for Change. A Report of a Learning Community from Student and Teacher Perspectives. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 23, 2019.

Gentile, A., Bryde, B., Pierantozzi, M.J. (2019, October). Listen, Learn, Lead: Listen to Students and Faculty from Two Universities and Lead an Immersion Field Experience for Teacher Candidates with a Social Justice Lens. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24, 2019.

Conway, T., Gentile, A., Ritter, M., & Whitaker, R. (2019, October). Listening, to the Needs of Teacher Candidates: Leading the Way on Creating a Sustainable Model for Teacher Residency Programs in Pennsylvania. Presentation at the conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24, 2019.

Gentile, A., & Budzilowicz, M., (2019, November). Empowering Future Educators: UDL, CRT, & Growth Mindset. Presentation at the UDL-HE Conference: Transformation by Design. Goodwin College, CT. November 8, 2019.

Lelli, C. & Gentile, A. (2020). How do we help children of trauma focus on a brighter future? Beyond School Hours Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. February 26-28, 2020

Budzilowicz, M., Gentile, A., & Whitaker, R. (2020). HELPing teachers with equity through UDL. Presentation at the CAST UDL Symposium: UDL Rising. Virtual International UDL Symposium, August, 2020.

Budzilowicz, M., Gentile, A., & Whitaker, R. (2020). HELPing teachers with equity through UDL. Presentation at the PACEC Annual Conference: Advocating Equity for all Learners, October, 2020.

Lelli, C. & Gentile, A. (2020). Sharpening trauma informed practices in teacher preparation practices. Presentation at the virtual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, October 29, 2020.

Sheety, A., Gentile, A., & Ahmad, R. (2021). Support networks that influence resilience, persistence, and graduation of Black female doctoral students in predominantly white institutions. Presentation at the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates National Conference, 2021. Virtual presentation: February 15, 2021.

Lelli, C. & Gentile, A. (2021). Trauma, resilience, and mindset during a pandemic. Presentation at the virtual Foundation Beyond School Hours National Conference, 2021. Virtual presentation, February 19, 2021.

Gentile, A. (2021). Trauma and a pandemic: Supporting students during extraordinary times. Presentation at the virtual ResilienceCon International Conference, 2021. Virtual presentation, April 13, 2021.

Budzilowicz, M., Gentile, A., Whitaker, R., Barry, E., Benfield, L., Gluckman, J., & Misner, S. (2021). UDL Partners: A K-12 higher education implementation partnership. Presentation at the 2021 UDL-IRN Summit. Virtual presentation, April 14, 2021.

Budzilowicz, M., Gentile, A., Whitaker, R., Barry, E., Benfield, L., Gluckman, J., & Misner, S. (2021). UDL Partners: A partnership committed to equity. Presentation at the 2021 CAST UDL Symposium: The Future Designed. Virtual pre-recorded presentation, July 28-30, 2021.

Budzilowicz, M., Gentile, A., Whitaker, R., Barry, E., Benfield, L., Gluckman, J., & Misner, S. (2021). UDL Partners: A partnership committed to inclusion. Presentation at the 2021 PACEC Conference & Expo: Thinking about Things Differently. Presentation, October 2, 2021.

    Ballard, K., Gentile, A., & Lelli, C. (2021). Navigating the barriers presented by the COVID 19 pandemic: Reflections and innovative educational solutions. Presentation at the 2021 PAC-TE 50th Teacher Education Assembly. Presentation, October 27, 2021.

   Gentile, A., & Oswald, A. M.  (2021). The Oswald-Gentile model of instruction: A holistic approach. Presentation at the 2021 PAC-TE 50th Teacher Education Assembly. Presentation, October 28, 2021.

  Gentile, A., & Oswald, A. M.  (2022). Challenges, barriers, bias, oh my: Designing instruction for all students. The Oswald-Gentile model of instruction. Presentation at the 2022 Association of Teacher Educators Annual Meeting. Presentation, February 16, 2022