Filling Data Holes
"I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering..." (The Beatles)
Unlike The Beatles, professors in USC civil engineering Dr. Nicole Berge, Dr. Sarah Gassman, Dr. Charles Pierce and Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration Dr. Michelle Maher want students' minds to wander using Concept Mapping to further their research skill development.
This past summer, two USC civil engineering professors – Dr. Charles Pierce and Dr. Sarah Gassman – along with College of Education professor Dr. Michelle Maher, were funded by the Engineering Information Foundation to develop a for-credit course designed to facilitate the development of research skills among undergraduate and graduate engineering students. The course they developed, ECIV 490/790, also leverages support from an existing NSF CAREER grant awarded to Dr. Nicole Berge, an assistant professor in the USC Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Read more
College of Education Recognized with Two Prestigious SASTE Conference Awards
Members of Southeastern Association of Science Teacher Education (SASTE) foster leadership in and support for those involved in the professional development of teachers of science, primarily for those working in or concerned with states in the Southeast (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). The 2013 SASTE annual conference was held on October 11-12 in Statesboro, Georgia and addressed the overarching theme: "Success in Science Education: Where are we and where are we headed?" Read more
Past, present and future HESA scholars collaborate
Past, present and future Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) scholars from USC's College of Education presented their findings at the 2013 Emory Student Affairs Assessment Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
This collegial group was comprised of USC's School of Library and Information Science Student Services Manager Dr. Sarah Keeling, who is a graduate of the college's Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration program; Coordinator for the Gamecock Gateway and recent graduate of the college's HESA Master's degree program Mr. Drew Newton; Graduate Assistant for USC's Student Conduct and Academic Integrity Tessa McLain, who is currently enrolled in the HESA Master's Degree program; and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policies Dr. Michelle Maher. Read more
Gifted and Talented Education Courses Offered in the College of Education
"I came to USC to design and deliver a new and challenging graduate program in gifted and talented education" says Educational Studies for Gifted and Talented Education Professor Thomas P. Hébert. He describes that one special feature of the program currently under construction is an emphasis on training educators to identify and nurture the gifts and talents of young people in high poverty environments. "This program will be unique" Hébert continues, "because currently there is no gifted education degree program in the country with this focus. At USC, we are supporting school districts in developing strong programs for underserved gifted students." Read more
College of Education's Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Alan Wieder guest lectures at USC!
Dr. Wieder taught Social Foundations of Education, Antiracist Education, and Qualitative Research at the college for over 20 years. He was instrumental to the college's success as the department chair of educational studies, academic affairs committee chair and as a Fulbright Senior Specialist. He has also served on the faculties of the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. These teaching positions included appointments in both social foundations of education and sociology departments at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Wieder lives in Portland, Oregon and currently works as a senior research consultant for the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ). He also writes at streetpixxwords.blogspot.com.
Since 1999, Wieder has worked on oral histories of political resistance in apartheid South Africa and written extensively on education and desegregation in the American South and in South Africa during apartheid. While he has completed numerous studies on race and education in the United States, Wieder has spent the last 10 years publishing numerous books and articles on South Africans who fought against the apartheid regime. In July, Wieder launched his South African book tour of Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid: Past Lives, Present Lessons and began his U.S. book tour on Ruth and Joe in August. He is scheduled to address USC's African Studies Colloquium on October 24 at 4 p.m. in Gambrell 431. This free lecture is open to the public and sponsored by the USC African Studies Program and the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies. Read more
The College of Education's commitment to excellence through research, leadership and diversity
University of South Carolina's College of Education is actively engaged in assessing and transforming new education models through its collaborations with National Network of Educational Renewal (NNER), the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the South Carolina State Board of Education, and the South Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (SCACTE). As such, productive dialogue ensues that produces the innovative approaches to expand the College's commitment to excellence through research, leadership and diversity because of these opportunities. Read more
Empowering women and girls in India
India is a dynamic country that has experienced rapid economic growth during the past 15 years. Despite its impressive economic achievements, India lags far behind other Asian nations such as China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka in terms of its social development. In particular, India is a country mired by great social stratification where a severe marginalization of women cuts across caste, class and geographic boundaries. In the educational realm, it is estimated that of the 35 million children who still don't attend school, close to 70 percent of them are girls. Read more
Congratulations to our Honor Roll Students!
The 2013 Spring Honor Rolls have just been posted! There were 301 students who made the Dean's List and 213 students who made the President's Honor Roll. Each semester, academic achievement is recognized by joining the prestigious ranks of the Dean's Honor List or President's Honor Roll. To do so, these students must have completed a minimum of 12 credited hours from the preceding semester. The Dean's Honor List requires a GPA of 3.50 or higher (3.25 or higher for freshmen) and the President's Honor Roll are those who have a 4.0 GPA. The college is extremely proud to tout these exemplary Honor Roll students. Please join us in celebrating their success.
Athletic Trainers conduct a concussion study with X2 BioSystems xPatches
College of Education Athletic Trainers are making news with more technology to protect young athletes. In addition to being in the midst of a heat illness study that's the first of its kind, athletic trainers are also studying the effects of repeated head impacts. The study examines the question when a child does sustain a concussion, when should they return to play? Trainers are hoping the study will help provide answers and determine if a child's brain responds differently to impacts than a high school or collegiate brain.
Dr. Yeargin and other USC athletic trainers are currently monitoring 30 youth football players out at the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission League by using what's called an "X2 BioSystems xPatch." Trainers say the patch can measure the force of a hit and its direction. They are hoping that studying the statistics will help them see beyond the impact of concussions and look at the effects of head impacts day after day. "There are lots of players, particularly in the NFL who on autopsy, after they passed away, were never diagnosed with concussion, but they're showing signs of dementia in their brain," said Dr. Yeargin. "So we're actually starting to think there's more to the idea of just the impact itself than actually sustaining a concussion." See WIS News video
Dr. Susan Yeargin's remarkable telemetric temperature study
Dr. Susan Yeargin, Associate Professor in the College of Education's Athletic Training Education Program, is completing a heat illness study that is the first of its kind in the nation!
This study examines youth football players' core body temperature risk factors by using a more exacting method. Players ingest a telemetric temperature pill the night before their game time. Inside of the pill is a tiny radio. "Once it gets down to the intestines it will actually vibrate according to the core body temperature, and it's attached to a radio and so the radio sends me a signal to this receiver," said Yeargin, demonstrating how the device works.
Nearly 40 youth football players in both the Pop Warner and Irmo-Chapin Recreational Leagues are participating in the study. "A lot of research has been done on the NFL level, the collegiate level, and even a little at the high school level, but nothing's been done at this level," said Dr. Susan Yeargin. Read more
The Fulbright Program shines within the College of Education
Associate Professor of Educational Studies Dr. Kara Brown joins other university faculty who serve on scholarship committees for the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs. She also advises students in preparing their applications and actively engages them as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistance Advisor to apply for the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Fulbright grants. Read more
Klasse, jetzt sagen, dass es in Englisch (Great, now say it in English)
Sarah Elizabeth Wojcik, a 2013 Early Childhood Education Summa Cum Laude graduate from the College of Education has been awarded a prestigious 2013-2014 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Grundschule Katharina von Bora elementary school in Wittenberg, Germany.
"I have always seen myself as an ambassador" says Wojcik, "fostering connections and creating meaningful relationships. Whether it is inspiring American children and college students to pursue foreign-language learning, creating games and songs to help German third-graders remember English vocabulary, or modeling open-mindedness to elementary students during my teaching practicums, I strive to be an everyday ambassador for acceptance." Read more
NCTE publishes Reading Assessment: Artful Teachers/Successful Students
NCTE publishes Reading Assessment: Artful Teachers/Successful Students-a book edited by College of Education Professor Dr. Diane Stephens who highlights contributions from several USC faculty and South Carolina teachers. This endeavor is truly a collaborative, statewide, USC-public school partnership. Via case studies and classroom portraits, Stephens and colleagues explore how artful pre-K–5 teachers come to know their students through assessment and use that knowledge to customize reading instruction. Read more
A Positive Approach to Education!
As an all-around student-athlete in high school, Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Physical Education Teaching (K-12 certified). However, while student teaching she decided to switch paths. Fortunately, her neighbors invited her to work as a graduate advisor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Transition Program at the University of Illinois while pursuing her master's degree in Athletic Administration. "It was my first exposure to the field of academic advising and I was immediately hooked for life," says Bloom. Read more
South Carolina Gateways: From Cradle to Careers
Associate Professor Dr. Kathleen J. Marshall in the Special Education Department of Educational Studies at the College of Education has been awarded a one-year, $65,000 USDOE grant to implement the "South Carolina Gateways: From Cradle to Careers" project. This grant is facilitated by the Office of Exceptional Children within the SC Dept. of Education and will incorporate the use of teacher-coaches, state-level assistance and model schools to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities.
Dr. Bell receives the 2013 AERA Early Career Award for Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory
Her classes are packed. Students hang on her every word. The rapid interaction of inquiry and response is electric. One can almost feel the synapses firing as these brilliant minds discuss and torque the equations and theories being discussed. Read more
Beaufort County School District receives 56 new Math & Science MEd graduates from the college's Educational Outreach program
What do you say when a powerful alliance from SC Beaufort County School District, US Department of Education Math-Science Partnership (MSP), SC Department of Education, and Common Core State Standards ask you for your help? You say yes of course! That is exactly what the College of Education did. By working together with the college, members from these entities produced a graduating cohort of 56 new MEd K-12 teachers in Beaufort who were honored by the district on May 10th. Some 20 of those teachers came to Columbia on May 11th and participated in the official College of Education commencement ceremony. Read more
College Donates Books and Food
Cocky, volunteer students and student athletes at the Gamecock Donation Station cheered this morning as Teri DeBruhl and Ryan Brooks drove up in a car full of children’s books and food donations for them from the College of Education! “My RAV 4 was filled to the brim,” said Teri. “The group was very excited to see us.” Both Ryan and Teri work for the Office of Instructional Support at the college – Ryan is a graduate assistant who coordinates room and equipment scheduling and Teri is a program coordinator for OIS. This mission of charity is yet one way the college is participating in OneColumbia CityServe - a week of service involving thousands of volunteers working together to improve Columbia and help its citizenry. The books will go to Cocky’s Reading Express, a reading program that travels the state to underserved public schools for 4K through second grade students where all the children are given books to take home. Harvest Hope feeds the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina and feeds approximately 38,000 people a week.
College of Education Student Awards and Honor Cords Presentation Ceremony
On April 16th, students, parents and faculty gathered at the Courtyard Marriott to celebrate each other's achievements at The College of Education's annual awards ceremony. Student scholarships, fellowships, awards and S.C. Teaching Fellows were recognized preceding the Honor Cords Ceremony for the Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude graduates. Dean Lemuel Watson, Educational Studies Associate Professor Dr. Kara Brown and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies Rob Dedmon proudly bestowed the myriad of well-deserved awards and honors. Read more
Longtime Literacy Leader
"I teach language and literacy courses in the M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Language and Literacy. I am primarily interested in readers who do not find reading easy, reading assessment, reading intervention, and helping teachers better understand and to be able to support each and every student as a reader." – Dr. Diane Stephens.
This basic avowal has been Dr. Stephens' life mission for more than 40 years. Stephens shuns personal recognition for her contributions yet many have benefited from her literacy efforts. She has worked with readers of all ages as a GED instructor, reading resource teacher, reading clinic administrator and, for the last 26 years, as a professor in NC, IL, HI and SC. Read more
Outstanding College Faculty & Staff Earn Awards
The Education Museum was crowded with college faculty and staff on April 16th as everyone waited for the much anticipated 2013 College of Education Faculty and Staff Awards to be announced and the recipients to be recognized. Read more
SC-SIC Celebrating 35 Years of Insight, Impact and Innovation
The College of Education faculty and staff are vested in educational outreach and innovative instructional methods as evidenced by the presentations given at the South Carolina School Improvement Council's (SC-SIC) 2013 Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd at the St. Andrews Middle School in Columbia, SC. As it was the 35th anniversary of SC-SIC, there was much to discuss, many to recognize, and even more to thank for their contributions. So significant was this event that Governor Nikki Haley issued a proclamation that March 2013 was School Improvement Council month! Read more
Congratulations to our Fall 2012 Honor Roll scholars!
These students have demonstrated their dedication to academic achievement. The President's Honor Roll: maintaining a 4.0 grade point / Dean's List: maintaining a 3.5 (3.25 for freshmen) grade point while taking at least 12 credit hours.
Dr. Boutte teaching at a Cape Community School in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
College Faculty Embraces Diversity
COE Faculty Member Dr. DiStefano Recognized.
DiStefano is one of fifteen junior professors selected for the 2013 class of Breakthrough Rising Stars by USC Office of Research. The program recognizes junior faculty whose research and scholarship demonstrate the best in academe. Read the full article Read more
A graduate is distinguished…
Helen Mulhern Halasz, a Ph.D. student in the College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policies, is recognized as a 2013 Distinguished Graduate Scholar! Dr. Mulhern Halasz was nominated by her advisor Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom and ultimately selected to receive this award by a USC panel of senior faculty, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Distinguished Graduate Scholars are students who have demonstrated research and scholarly excellence by successfully obtaining research fellowships or awards, presenting at national conferences, or publishing papers or book chapters. Mulhern Halasz easily met all of these requirements. Read more
College of Education Dean Lemuel W. Watson has been elected to three national boards
College of Education Dean Lemuel W. Watson has been elected to three national boards. Dr. Watson will serve on the executive board for the National Network of Educational Renewal, the executive committee for the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions and the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. "Through these national board appointments," says Watson, " I will be engaged in assessing and transforming new education models as a Research I dean. It is through these collaborations that productive dialogue, innovative strategies, and novel approaches to teaching and learning are achieved. I look forward to expanding the College's commitment to excellence in research, leadership and diversity through these opportunities." Read more