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School of Education Highlights

It is an exciting time of year as we start the 2014-2015 academic year.  New students are being welcomed into the School of Education and nervous and excited student teachers are beginning their final semester before bridging over to become teachers with their own classrooms.  We are also delighted to welcome our new faculty member, Dr. Anna Consalvo.  Dr. Consalvo is an expert in secondary literacy.  We’re delighted to have her join the School of Education family!

Here are some highlights from the summer and a few notes of interest for the fall!

  • School of Education faculty were active grant writers this summer.  SOE Faculty submitted grants to:
    • The U.S. Department of Education,
    • The National Institute of Health,
    • The Toyota Foundation,
    • The Texas Regional Collaboratives
    • The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
    • The William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.
  • Three additional faculty joined the PATSS group this summer.  Dr. Frank Dykes, Dr. Kathleen Everling, and Dr. Jessi Rueter were busy working with other PATSS faculty to provide high quality hybrid courses for our EC-6 program.  Dr. Julie Delello, Dr. Chip Fischer, and Dr. Olga Fischer were past of the PATSS program last summer.
  • Mrs. Cindy Sherman and Dr. Nathan Smith, from the mathematics department, hosted multiple weeks of professional development for mathematics teachers this summer.
  • Mrs. Donna Wise and others from the Ingenuity Center hosted science teachers for Project Lead the Way professional development experiences.
  • Dr. Kouider Mokhtari worked in Moroccan schools this May as a consultant for Creative Associates International to help analyze the need for early literacy instruction in Moroccan schools, and contribute to the writing of a major grant to support this work.
  • Dr. Kouider Mokhtari and four other colleagues had a new book, Educating English Learners: What Every Classroom Teacher Needs to Know, published by Harvard Education Press.
  • Dr. Julie Delello and colleague Dr. Rochell McWhorter, received a Collaborative Research Initiation Award to purchase iPads for their work with senior adults at the Salvation Army.
  • Dr. Jessi Rueter submitted an application allowing the School of Education to receive fifteen (15) Woodcock Johnson Fourth Edition Achievement Form A kits and fifteen (15) Woodcock Johnson Fourth Edition Cognitive Battery kits. These are fantastic resources for students in our educational diagnostician program!
  • This fall, UT Tyler’s School of Education, the Ingenuity Center, and TAMU at Commerce are starting the Texas Residency Grant program.  This grant was funded by the Texas Education Agency.
  • During September through November of 2014, Dr. Teresa Kennedy will serve as a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Education at National University of Comahue, Argentina.  We wish Dr. Kennedy a successful semester abroad!

As you can tell, it has been an active summer and we anticipate a wonderful fall 2014 term. If you are interested in joining us as we prepare the next generation of educators and addressing pressing educational problems, we would be delighted to welcome you into the School of Education family!

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