Spring 2011University Updates

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, Chemistry, Community Programs Center, Community Relations

Distributing $33M in DOE dough

CELL is partnering with the Indiana Department of Education to distribute more than $32 million in Teacher Incentive Fund grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The funding will be used to implement the System for Teacher and Student Advancement (known as TAP™) in low-income schools around Indiana. CELL’s Jen Oliver is managing and coordinating the process of implementation for the participating schools.

In December CELL will host its sixth Indiana Education Transformation Conference. “Indiana’s Future: Investing in Today’s Youth. Ensuring Tomorrow’s Potential” brings together teachers, business and community leaders, and policymakers to promote education change efforts. The conference will host more than 70 presentations from national experts and local leaders who are focused on education transformation.

In October Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine, fellow for research and evaluation, presented at the University Council for Educational Administration. “State Networks as a Catalyst of Reform” presented findings from CELL’s network approach to education reform; “Relational Aspects of Teacher Leader Preparation” presented findings from her dissertation.

Gooey honor

The Association of Educational Publishers honored Dr. Ann Cutler with a Silver Award for Educational Excellence for her editorial “Gooey-Gosh” in the Journal of College Science Teaching. Cutler has served as editor-in-chief of the journal, published by the National Science Teachers Association, since 2005. In the previous year, Cutler’s editorial “Why I Want to Slug My Neighbor” was a finalist for the honor.

Laurelwood program grows

The Community Programs Center partnership with the Laurelwood Community and the YMCA expanded to serve children on two nights per week. The Laurelwood Partnership is one of UIndy’s longest-standing community partnerships and often is used as a model to encourage sustainability of partnerships among institutions of higher education with their surrounding communities. Each week, UIndy student volunteers plan, coordinate, and lead activities for the youth in the low-income housing neighborhood, located just a mile north of campus.

UIndy received 12 minimum-time AmeriCorps members from Indiana Campus Compact. ICC’s Service-Engagement Corps will mobilize 150 volunteers across the state of Indiana on 14 ICC member campuses over the next year. Each member will contribute 300 hours of service to Indiana communities and have opportunities to engage others in service for a total contribution of more than 45,000 hours of service to meet the state’s greatest needs.

Of the 12 AmeriCorps members, nine will serve through the Community Programs Center under the supervision of Marianna Foulkrod ’01 ’04. Three members will serve through a pilot program that ICC has developed in partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core. This is in response to a conversation last November with Dr. Eboo Patel, CEO and founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, asking for support to advance interfaith service and cooperation. Campus co-chaplain Lang Brownlee will coordinate and supervise the members involved in this program.

Food for thought

Dr. David Wantz ’84 submitted 18 essays on food and food-related topics for the 2010 Spirit & Place Conference. The “Food for Thought” essays can be found at http://spiritandplace.wordpress.com/.

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