Summer/Fall 2020University Updates

Summer/Fall 2020: School of Education

Dr. John Somers, associate professor and director of graduate programs, and Dr. Nancy Steffel, professor emerita, worked with partner school districts to support students and teachers transitioning to e-learning. 

Somers co-presented “Strategies for Supporting Technology in Mathematics Teacher Education” at the 2020 Annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Dr. Angelia J. Ridgway, professor and coordinator of the MAT program, was named UIndy’s 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Ridgway and her son Nate Ridgway ’14 (history and special education), co-authors of “Don’t Ditch That Tech,” have been offering support for K-12 teachers from across the country related to their need to transition to remote learning and remote teaching. 

Dr. John Kuykendall, dean, associate professor, and Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education executive board member, hosted the IACTE Winter Meeting at UIndy. 

Kuykendall was featured in a video produced by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education titled, “The Importance of Equitable Disciplinary Actions in Schools.”

Dr. Jean Lee, associate professor, and Deb Sachs, assistant professor, presented “Threading Project-Based Learning In Teacher Preparation Clinical Residency Program,” at the 2020 Annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lee, Sachs, and Cohort 3 ’20 Teach (STEM)³ Scholars Julianna Briere, Jennifer Gliessman, Kaylin Klosterman, and Mikalea Walther presented “Energize Your Students With PBL: Explore Sample Units” at the 2020 Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc. Conference in Indianapolis. 

Dr. Jennifer Grace, assistant professor, joined the Board of Directors of the Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana.

Dr. Greta Pennell, professor, was featured in Stories in Agriculture and Life Sciences by Iowa State University for her research on gender, play, and toy design.

Three photographs by Pennell were selected for a virtual exhibit, “Aging Well for All,” in conjunction with the National Council on Aging 2020 Age+Action Conference.