University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2020

Spring 2020: School of Education

The UIndy Education MakerSpace opened in Fall 2019, providing a collaborative workspace for pre-service teachers to learn and create new teaching devices and modules for students.

The School of Education launched two new graduate programs in Fall 2019: the Master of Arts in School Leadership and Management to prepare school leaders to bring schools up to world-class levels, and the Master of Arts in Special Education Leadership and Practice to prepare high-quality leaders with the best practices in special education and make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Dr. Angelia Ridgway, professor and director of secondary education, along with co-authors Nate Ridgway ’14 (history and special education) and Matt Miller, released a book, Don’t Ditch That Tech, a teacher-tailored guide that provides tips on how to develop attention-grabbing strategies and build metacognitive practices.

The Ridgways also presented “Don’t Ditch that Tech: Using Technology to Upgrade to a Differentiated Classroom” at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in June and at three of Indiana’s Summer of e-Learning Conferences.

In October, Dr. Greta Pennell, professor of teacher education, presented “SOS: The Selling of Our Schools” at the annual meeting of the Association for Humanist Sociology in El Paso, Texas.

Dr. Pennell’s intalgio print, “My Sweet Baboon” was awarded first place by the Indiana Wildlife Artists Association at their annual exhibition.

Beth Kiggins, assistant professor and instructional technologist, along with co-presenter Dr. Julie Gahimer, professor of physical therapy, led a half-day workshop titled “Harnessing the Power of Google Tools” at the 35th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning in Madison, Wisconsin.

Deb Sachs, assistant professor of education, co-authored a book chapter, “A clinical residency model for preparing effective STEM teachers,” in the book, “Best Practices in Chemistry Teacher Education.”

Sachs presented “Brain Research and Its Implications for EE: Making the Connection” in November at the Environmental

Education Association of Indiana 50th Annual Conference. She also presented two sessions, “Getting Beyond Forgetting: Capitalizing on What We Know About Learning and Memory” and “The Adolescent Brain: What’s Going On In There” in September at the Indiana Middle Level Educators Association Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

Dr. Jean Lee, associate professor of secondary education and Department of Teaching & Learning chair, received a grant through the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning’s STEM Teach IV program to host a workshop supporting elementary and secondary teachers in designing project-based learning units. Lee also received a National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Cummins Partner Affiliate Grant to support beginning math teachers. She presented a talk at the Indiana Council for Teaching of Mathematics in the fall.

Dr. John Somers, associate professor of education and co-chair of the Department of Leadership & Educational Studies, received a grant through the CELL STEM Teach IV program to host a workshop for elementary educators on the utilization of a makerspace within a formal learning environment.

Somers also received a 100Kin10 Collaboration Grant to establish a partnership between the University of Indianapolis and Purdue University to improve preparation of elementary teachers to teach STEM content and explore how to integrate makerspace activities for students with disabilities and diverse needs.

Somers and Lynn Wheeler, assistant professor emerita of education, received a Lilly Endowment Comprehensive School Counseling Grant to produce curricular materials that will increase principals’ knowledge of Comprehensive School Counseling models. This grant supports the development of 11 case studies, five mixed-media simulations, and three webinars.

Dr. John Kuykendall, School of Education dean and associate professor, presented research at the National Symposium for Student Success and the National Association for Black School Educators fall professional conferences. He also contributed to the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education EdPrepMatters blog.

Dr. Jennifer Grace, assistant professor of education, presented research at the University Council for Education Administrators conference.

The School of Education hosted Indiana’s Third Annual Computer Science Conference at the University of Indianapolis through a partnership with the CS Higher Education Advisory Board, the Indiana Department of Education, and Indiana University School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering.

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