University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2019

Spring 2019: School of Education

Leading the Way Around the Globe

Dr. Jennifer Grace, assistant professor of educational leadership, presented “State Takeover and Black Communities: Discussing Educational Equity and Educational Racism Beyond Test Scores” at the International School Choice and Reform Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

Dr. Grace and Dr. John Somers, associate professor and School of Education graduate programs director, presented at the University Council for Education Administration Conference.

Dr. John Kuykendall, School of Education dean, presented research at the National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference and the Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference.

Dr. Angelia Ridgway, professor and director of secondary education, Dr. Katrina Reinhardt, secondary coordinator for teaching and learning, and Mizraim Lorenzo-Aguilar ’17 (education) presented in November at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nearly a dozen School of Education students participated in the 2018 Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Indianapolis, a conference where educators exchange teaching and learning ideas and engage in networking opportunities. Deborah Sachs, assistant professor of teacher education, Donna Stephenson, instructor and licensing advisor, Dr. Somers and Dr. Ridgway presented at the convocation.

Dr. Greta Pennell, professor of teacher education, presented “Going to the dogs: A growing trend in Toyland” in December, along with Dr. Jim Pennell, professor of sociology. The video conference presentation was hosted by the Federal University of Paraíba in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil. The Pennells also presented a paper entitled, “Becoming a WWOOFer: The Challenges and Rewards of a Bartered Exchange Relationship Mediated by a Loosely Coupled Organization” at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology (AHS) in Detroit, Michigan, in November.

Dr. Greta Pennell participated in the 18th International Symposium, Workshop and Exhibition on Toy Design and Inclusive Play in Berlin, Germany, in January 2019. She was recently honored with a research fellowship at The Strong National Museum of Play and was elected vice president of the International Toy Research Association at the World Congress in Paris, France, during the summer of 2018, where she presented a paper with Dr. Jim Pennell. In August 2018, she was honored with the Teaching in the Core Award at the Faculty-Staff Institute for her first-year seminar, “Doing Gender in Toyland.”

Dr. Jean Lee, associate professor of teacher education, edited a book, “Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships: Making Mathematics Come Alive with Project-Based Learning.” She also was invited to present a conference session, “UDL + PBL = A Perfect Match,” at IUPUC’s Symposium on Universal Design for Instruction & Learning.

Donna Stephenson Retirement

Donna Stephenson retired from her full-time instructor position in the School of Education at the end of the fall 2018 semester. “Donna has been a wonderful addition to the University, students and department for 18 years. We are thrilled she will continue as a School of Education adjunct after retirement,” said Dr. John Kuykendall, School of Education dean. Stephenson is also looking forward to taking care of her grandson, volunteering and taking photography classes.

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