Thursday, August 18, 2016

Exciting Changes Happening at Professor Patty Cake Consulting, LLC

We are happy to announce that some exciting changes are underway here at Professor Patty Cake Consulting, L.L.C. We are currently in the process of expanding our services, moving into a new office, and enhancing our website. The anticipated completion date for these projects is set for late September 2016. Specific details about these changes and more will be forthcoming.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Annoucement: Professor Patty Cake to present at 2016 National Educators Rising Conference

Dr. Erica Vernold Miller, CEO of Professor Patty Cake Consulting, LLC  will be presenting at the upcoming 2016 Educators Rising National Conference that is being held this year at Boston University! The organizers of the conference liked her presentation topic so much that they have asked her to present two sessions at the conference. Details about her presentation sessions are as follows:

Presentation Title- Too Cool for School: Motivating Students Who Play Down Their Intellectual Abilities

Session #1- 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 25 in the Boston University George Sherman Union (GSU) Conference Auditorium.

Session #2- 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. on Monday, June 27 in the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Building Room B12.

Information about the 2016 Educators Rising National Conference can be found at the following link: 2016 Educators Rising National Conference. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Announcement: Dr. Erica Vernold Miller to present at 2016 NYSAEYC Annual Conference

Conference: 2016 New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYSAEYC) Annual Conference at the Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, New York.
Conference Date: April 7-9, 2016
Conference Link:  
Presentation Title: Unintended Hidden Messages in Our Early Childhood Classroom Libraries
Intended Audience Level: 1; CBK: 1,2; OCFS: 3; AM: 3
Date: Friday, 4/8/2016
Time: 7:00 am - 8:00 am
Room: Poplar
Room Type: Theater
Capacity: 40
Presentation Summary: What unintended hidden messages are lurking in your classroom library? This presentation takes a critical look at the quality of the children's literature found in our early childhood classroom libraries and the unintended hidden messages that the inclusion and/or exclusion of particular texts send to our students and their families.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays from the Professor Patty Cake Team!

The Professor Patty Cake Consulting, L.L.C. Team would like to wish everyone peace, love, and happiness this holiday season. Many thanks to those of you who have utilized our services in 2015. We look forward to working with you again in 2016. Perspective clients, contact us today to learn more about our services and to discuss what Professor Patty Cake Consulting, L.L.C. can do for you!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Announcement: Dr. Erica Vernold Miller to Present at Fall 2015 NYSATE-NYACTE Conference

Presenters: Dr. Erica Vernold Miller and Dr. Tiffany Coyle from Cazenovia College and Dr. Kim Wieczorek from SUNY Cortland

Conference: Fall 2015 NYSATE-NYACTE Conference

Conference Location: Gideon Putnam, Saratoga Springs, NY

Presentation Time/Date: 3:00-3:45 on Thursday, October 15, 2015.

Presentation Location: Geyser Room

Conference Strand:  Strand 2: Nurturing P-12 Partnerships and Professional Collaborations

Presentation Title:  Finding the Right Fit: Challenges of Obtaining and Maintaining Appropriate Field Placements for Inclusive Education Preservice Teachers

Summary: For inclusive teacher education candidates, it is critical to experience field placements with models of respectful and differentiation-oriented teaching approaches provided to all students.  Obtaining and maintaining such field placements in the current reform era is daunting.  Discussion of strategies for nurturing such placements will be facilitated within this interactive panel presentation and roundtable.


Finding the Right Fit: Challenges of Obtaining and Maintaining Appropriate Field Placements for Inclusive Education Preservice Teachers

Field placements within inclusive teacher preparation programs enable preservice teachers to be mentored by practitioners in their field and allow further development of the positive dispositions needed to effectively teach students with disabilities.  Palmer (1998) wrote, “If we want to grow in practice, we have two primary places to go: to the inner ground from which good teaching comes and to the community of fellow teachers from whom we can learn more about ourselves and our craft” (p. 141).  It is of critical importance that preservice teachers are placed with mentors who have positive dispositions regarding students with disabilities and model respectful teaching methods within inclusive placements.  Due to varying factors such as continued and intensified pressure on teachers to demonstrate value-added growth for their students, changing curriculum requirements related to the Common Core and related modules, and a shifting commitment from administrators/districts in relation to inclusive education, such field placements are often a challenge to obtain and maintain.  Levine (2006) states, “Spending substantial time in the field can enrich students and aid their learning, and the lack of such experience can impoverish them. Too many students are likely to graduate insufficiently enriched” (p. 42).  It is the responsibility of teacher educators to “sufficiently enrich” and prepare students for careers in inclusive education; it is important that we work to overcome the challenges that prevent us from obtaining and maintaining appropriate field placements for our preservice teachers. This roundtable discussion will provide a collegial forum to discuss such challenges and brainstorm ways we can ensure that preservice teachers are placed in appropriate inclusive education placements.


Levine, A. (2006). Educating school teachers. Washington, D.C.: Education Schools Project.

Palmer, P. (1998). The courage to teach. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Announcement: Dr. Erica Vernold Miller Sponsors Upcoming ArtRage Exhibition

Professor Patty Cake Consulting, L.L.C. is happy to announce that our CEO, Dr. Erica Vernold Miller is one of the sponsors of the upcoming exhibition,  Blackout: Through the Veiled Eyes of Others. Racist Memorabilia from the Collection of William Berry, Jr.,to be housed at the ArtRage Gallery, Syracuse, NY from February 6, 2016 to March 19, 2016.
Exhibition Details:
[Excerpt from ArtRage website] A retired higher education administrator, Berry currently publishes the online literary journal, aaduna. He has researched and reflected on the variations of racial thinking since the 1960s, and started to collect “differing” images of Black identity in the early 1970s.

Berry’s collection highlights how ordinary household artifacts have distorted how generations of Americans view people of African descent as somehow less than human. Mainstream media may refer to a post-racial 21st century America, but stereotypes and distortions of Black people persist nonetheless. This exhibition invites viewers to confront how everyday objects support and perpetuate racism.

“I remember at a certain point in time there was an argument that Black people should seek to have this stuff destroyed,” says Berry. “My position was that you always want to remember what happens when you allow someone to define who you are.”

Exhibition Link

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Announcement: Recent Publications by Professor Patty Cake

Miller, E.V. (2014, Fall) [Review of the book Future families: Diverse forms, rich possibilities by R. D. Parke] Interdisciplinary Humanities, 31.s, 146-148.
Interdisciplinary Humanities

Miller, E. V. (2015, Winter). Building teacher resiliency. NYSECTA Newsletter, 2(1), 9-11.
NYSECTA Newsletter

Miller, E.V. (2015). The Seminar. In K. Head & P. Blessinger (Eds.), Teaching as a human experience: An anthology of contemporary poems (p.112-113). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.  (ISSN: 2058-2870)
Cambridge Scholars Publishing