Every human being deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. May kindness never be taken as weakness, but as a strength for building a better worldLM
My Major in Mathematics at University of Tirana (Albania) since 1984 has allowed me to work as Teacher of Mathematics in Secondary Education for about ten years(Albania). My qualitative hard work and dedication as well as the continued professional development gave me the chance in the second decade of my career to be upgraded and promoted as “First Category Math Teacher”, Citywide PD Leader, and Assistant Principal until I came here in USA in December 2005.
Once I came to USA I was facing challenges, like everyone else, trying to adapt and integrate socially, economically, culturally, and professionally in american life. The love for my profession was demanding to my continuation of education. I studied English Language Arts and Computer Literacy at Globe Institute of Technology to get some Language and Computer skills before going to Masters Degree at Mercy College. During the time that I was studying for my Masters Degree at Mercy College I was preparing for New York State Teacher Certification Tests and taking them. Working as Substitute Teacher during these years, and later on as Teacher of Mathematics in different levels and schools in the City (NYC DOE) was a great experience.
I have always considered professional development a very important part of my professional life. The need for constant update with a new vision, pedagogical methods of teaching, technology incorporation, differentiated instructions, and assessments, etc have driven me to continue the education for the Gifted & Talented Program at Brooklyn College, online Webinars, workshops, and conferences related to CCSS, PARCC, College, Career readiness, blended learning, Math Labs, technology use in classrooms, and Leadership, etc.
I have been working in the Higher Education level since 2011 in many colleges and universities in NYC. In 2014, I started teaching at CUNY/City Tech and later on at BMCC, and I am currently teaching in both colleges. During this time have actively participated, presented, and co-presented in many CUNY conferences and broader. I have attended annual research conferences at the institutions where I am teaching and the CUNY central research conferences and IT conferences.
My Personal Statement of Education and Inclusion
I BELIEVE THAT TRUE EDUCATION IS NEVER JUST WALKING ON KNOWN ROADS, IT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF DISCOVERING AND BUILDING NEW BETTER ONES
My personal goal as educator is to create a great environment where every individual can grow and learn in the best capacity and interests. I believe that every person can bring something special and unique in this world. My responsibility is to help them develop their potential by believing that they are capable to achieve their goals and have a sense of pride.
Using various strategies, resources and interactive activities, using the LMS effectively for information, discussions, group activities, and assessments has defined my courses as effective and interactive. It also helps students grow as critical thinkers, problem solvers and creators by giving them the strength and the freedom to think differently and connect to the real-world.
My consistency in attending professional developments in both colleges that I am teaching, attending, and presenting on webinars and conferences at CUNY and broader at the National level have always enriched my knowledge and skills as a professional. I am a facilitator that enhances learning through inspiring using advanced strategies and methods based on curriculum, diversity of population that I teach multiple intelligence,
Some of the conferences that I have presented or co-presented & the Latest Major Qualifications and Participations
An Introduction to Desmos, 30th International Conference on Technology in Collegiate Mathematics, Washington, DC, USA, March 15 – 18, 2018 (joint presentation with Arianne Masuda).Link
Using Technology for Interactive STEM Applications, MAA Hofstra Metro New York Annual Meeting, NewYork, USA, May 13, 2018 (Presenter) Link New York City College of Technology, CUNY Program
Creating OER-s and Interactive STEM Applications in Mathematics Higher Education, Global Education Conference, November 2019,
Lucie Mingla Math Educator, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
MAA Metro NY 2021 Meeting on Saturday, May 1, 2021
Presentation: Writng Syllabi that Promote and embrase Inclussion
Engaging College Algebra and Trigonometry students with OERs, Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM), Baltimore, MD, US, January 16-19, 2019 (joint presentation with Arianne Masuda). Link
Some of my lates qualifications in CUNY:
1- MSEIP grant: Computing in the Classroom two days Professional Development, January 26-27, 2017 link
2- MSEIP grant: Inquiry-Based Learning – an Active Learning Pedagogy, two-days professional development, August 23 and 24, 2017 Link
3- Opening Gateways to Completion: Open Digital Pedagogies for Student Success in STEM”, grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Four years of senior fellowship: the Year 2016-2017, the Year 2017-2018, the Year 2018-2019, Year 2019-2020
4- OER Fellowship. June OER Fellowship intensive program. Creating OER courses in City Tech Open Lab. link
5- Currently I am part of the ACUE NASH one-year round Cohort
The link to Badges earned by now in the ACUE Cohort Program
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6-CUNY Online Teaching Essentials (Section 13 January 2021)
Friday, May 7, 2021 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM participation
CUNY CELEBRATES WOMEN IN COMPUTING (CUNY CWiC) 2021 Program
The syllabus is the main document that establishes communication and behavior throughout the course. Not only it sets all the expectations in terms of the course objectives and outcomes, but it must state clearly the methodology, pedagogy, and approaches that we use to achieve the goal. Without an inclusive syllabus, we always will leave some students behind. I have used multiple ways of active learning and inclusive strategies from semester to semester, and I have seen a lot of changes speaking to the quality, retention, and much more. I have seen struggles in trying to keep up with work, family socioeconomic issues, health crises, and schoolwork struggles. Many of them are solved, but much more can be done as I reflect.
Some things to be considered:
1–Including my own Diversity Statement as a self-reflective process that gives the chance to students consider their own background and understand other peoples’ backgrounds.
2-Understanding the dialogue from different points of view.
a-Communicating and setting expectations for a constructive dialogue despite differences. Respecting each other’s opinions, clarifying, explaining, and providing scientific facts for making the main conclusions based on all the above.
b-Modeling a respectful dialogue by providing scenarios where different points of view are exposed and discussed with the class the major approaches for a healthy dialogue. Giving the opinion and asking (Surveying) students about their opinion and feelings.
3- Using inclusive resources such as texts, videos articles, films, that are inclusive considering racial, gender, geographic, socioeconomic, and ability status. Consider: Who is it, who it is directed to, who is the producer.
4- Create statements and policies, statements, and information that establish communication and behaviors that are inclusive and consider such prospective as disabilities, mental health issues, transgender, financial challenges, underrepresented groups, etc.
Your Opinion Matters
If you are a student:
Consider one of your courses syllabus:
1- Write one thing that makes you feel included
2- Write one thing that you want to see in that syllabus (missing thing), so it makes you feel included.
If you are a Professor:
Consider one of your courses syllabus:
1 -Write one thing that you think has worked well and your students feel included and have a great sense of belonging.
2- Write one thing that you would like to add/revise and make it better for all students.