Fall 2017: School of Education Update

National Science Foundation grants $1 million to STEM teaching program

Kathy Stickney, associate professor of chemistry, was the principal investigator for a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Deb Sachs, director of the Teach (STEM)³ Program, and Kim Baker, assistant professor of biology, were co-principal investigators. STEM refers to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The University’s Teach (STEM)³ program, a unique clinical experience for career changers interested in becoming elementary or secondary teachers, builds on the University’s strong history of teacher preparation. The Noyce Grant will enhance collaboration between high-need, local schools to prepare and mentor 36 teacher candidates, who commit to serve as high school STEM teachers after graduation. The grant — the first of its kind for the program — will help candidates complete the intensive, one-year program without undue financial hardship. Graduates will emerge with a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and fill a critical need to support STEM education.

Master craftsman receives honorary degree

Marc Adams ’81, a master craftsman and UIndy education major who founded the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, was one of three alumni who received an honorary degree during May Commencement, along with Dr. Katherine Welch and Kenneth “Doc” Borden. Adams combines his love for woodworking with a passion for teaching at his internationally acclaimed school in Whiteland, Ind. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading voices in the craft, and his school is one of the top training grounds in North America. Adams said he was humbled to be chosen as an honorary degree recipient.

L to R: Molly Beal, Molly Wolfe, current ISEA President Mikaela Gerba, and Lyndsy Eslinger, newly elected ISEA President

L to R: Molly Beal, Molly Wolfe, current ISEA President Mikaela Gerba, and Lyndsy Eslinger,
newly elected ISEA President

iLEAD earns national ELCC accreditation

The University of Indianapolis School of Education’s iLEAD program, which prepares future school leaders with field experience, decision-making skills and mentorship from leaders in education, received national recognition through its specialized professional accrediting body, the ELCC (Educational Leadership Constituent Council). iLEAD is a School of Education graduate program offering a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership, leading to a principal’s license.

School of Education sweeps ISEA student awards

The University’s School of Education swept the awards categories at the Indiana State Education Association earlier this year, with two students (Lyndsy Eslinger ’18 and Molly Wolfe ’18, elementary education) elected into leadership roles and three others winning scholarships (Molly Beal ’17, Andria Shook ’17 and Molly Wolfe). Eslinger was awarded the J.D. Miller Student Leadership Award, and Beal was named the Outstanding Senior of the Year. Also at the event, UIndy was named the Outstanding Chapter of the Year.

iLEAD graduates leading change at IPS

Three of the University’s Educational Leadership graduates are at the helm of transformational change at Indianapolis Public Schools. The Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School, also known as IPS School 15, became an Innovation Network School in July 2017. The model puts school administrators in direct control of the school’s structure, staffing and performance, with input from parents and the neighboring community. Executive Director Ross Pippin ’13 and Director of Operations Anuja Petruniw ’14 are graduates of the iLEAD program. Director of Academics Dana Stockton is a graduate of the MBA in Education Leadership program, an interdisciplinary program that combines best practices in business and education leadership.

Adjunct faculty earns doctorate

Todd Hurst, adjunct in the School of Education since 2015, graduated with a doctorate in educational sciences with a focus in school technology leadership from the University of Kentucky in May 2017. His dissertation focused on “The Superintendent’s Feed: An Analysis of Superintendents’ Engagement in Political Discourse on Twitter.” Hurst is the director of education and workforce for Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.