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Dr. Michelle Maher publishes on development of academic writers and writing mentors

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Higher Education Administration Associate Professor Dr. Michelle Maher has published a book chapter on "The transparent transaction: Writing groups in the development of academic writers and writing mentors" in Writing Groups for Doctoral Education and Beyond Innovations in practice and theory.

The book provides detailed illustrationsfrom international authorities of their collaborative writing pedagogies which are powerfully enabling. Through theoretical and conceptual interrogation of these practices, the authors point the way for individuals as well as institutions to establish writing groups that are lively, responsive and context-specific.

Key topics include:
- new pedagogical responses for increased writing productivity and the ‘push to publish’;
- innovations for supporting academic writing quality, confidence and output;
- scaffolding the thesis writing process;
- new theoretical explorations of collaborative writing approaches;
- writing group formulations and pedagogical approaches;
- writing groups for non-native speakers of English;and
-writing as women in higher education.

A particular strength of this book is that it showcases the potential of writing groups for advanced academic writing by pulling together a unique mix of authors and scholarly approaches, representing a wide range of new theoretical and pedagogical frames from diverse countries.

Writing Groups for Doctoral Education and Beyond will be attractive to academics seeking new ways to advance their writing productivity, doctoral students, their supervisors and those who are tasked with the job of supporting them through the completion and dissemination of their research.

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Dr. Ryan Carlson is recognized with prestigious award from the American Counseling Association

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Educational Studies Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program Dr. Ryan Carlson was awarded the Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award from the American Counseling Association. This national award was presented to Dr. Carlson at the gala ceremony during the 2014 ACA Annual Conference & Expo in Honolulu, HI, March 27-30. Picture of Dr. Carlson with the Executive Director of ACA and award's committee chair

Each year, the ACA recognizes and celebrates achievements of counseling professionals who have distinguished themselves professionally, as well as through service to others. The Don Dinkmeyer Award recognizes an individual or organization that has used counseling to support families and promote a positive influence on families and family life. Dr. Carlson's research is recognized in counselor education for making a significant difference in the lives of diverse families who face tough challenges. Dinkmeyer was the founding editor of the Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal. He encouraged education and training to help families.

At the 2014 ACA National Convention, Dr. Carlson and his longtime colleague Andrew P. Daire were featured in the ACA Client-Focused Research Series for Couples & Family Counseling. They presented Parental Alliance for Low-Income Couples and Individuals Participating in Relationship Education Workshops. They found that "Couples and relationship education(CRE) programs indicate positive results for low-income couples who attend. However, most studies examined relationship satisfaction or communication patterns with few addressing the influence of CRE on parental alliance and even fewer examining parental alliance for those who attend without a partner. Thus, we examined changes in parental alliance for low-income participants who attended CRE alone (n= 182) or with their partner (n= 190). Participants who attended with a partner reported significant parental alliance improvements at post-assessments, while those who attended alone did not. Practical applications and implications for future research were discussed."

Carlson's 16 peer-reviewed publications and 35 presentations have focused on effective recruitment and engagement of low-income couples into research and practice, outcomes in relationship education, and intimate partner violence typologies. Dr. Carlson has conducted local workshops and trainings for parents of children with special needs, and worked with families who have a member recovering from substance abuse. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. Dr. Carlson is a current member of ACA and 5 divisions (ACES, SACES, ASERVIC, IAMFC, and AARC). He is a past SACES emerging leader fellow, and recipient of UCF’s Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.

For the Don Dinkmeyer Award, Carlson received an engraved trophy, a $1,000 honorarium and his accomplishments were featured in the Conference program book and in an upcoming issue of Counseling Today. The college celebrates Dr. Carlson's latest achievement and has recognized him as a Featured Scholar upon joining the its faculty in 2012.

[Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education, and advocacy services for its more than 54,000 members.]

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Civil rights documentary to receive the USC Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film

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The University of South Carolina’s Museum of Education will present the documentary film, 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?, on Tuesday, April 15, from 4:30-6:00 pm in Room 126 of Wardlaw Hall which is FREE and open to the public.

This documentary is the first recipient of the USC Museum of Education’s Charles and Margaret Witten Award for Distinguished Documentary Film in Education. The screening is a part of USC's 1963-2013:Desegregation—Integration commemoration the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the University of South Carolina System. It's significance has also been highlighted in the 8th Annual Indie Grits Festival which is a juried film competition of Southern filmakers.

40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? tells the story of the first African Americans to integrate the white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in 1967–1969. A provocative and moving conversation emerges from separate discussions with African American alumni, white alumni, and a third dialogue that brings the two groups face-to-face. Michelle Fine of the Graduate Center, CUNY, describes the film “as a window on American educational history, from racialized bodies to the national body politic.

After the screening, producer Lee Anne Bell and filmmaker Markie Hancock will discuss the conception and filming of the documentary. Lee Anne Bell is professor of education and the Barbara Silver Horowitz Director of Education at Barnard College and Director of Barnard’s Storytelling Project: Teaching about Race and Racism through Storytelling and the Arts. Filmmaker Markie Hancock of New York City-based Hancock Productions has released numerous documentaries including Off-Track: Classroom Privilege for All, Echoes of Brown v. Board, and Exclusions & Awakenings: The Life of Maxine Greene.

Visit the USC Museum of Education for more information

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Day Trip for Education Majors to see Three Education Exhibits

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ITE Clinical Assistant Professor Meir Muller led a group of education major students up to Greenville, SC to visit three Education Exhibits: Wonder of Learning tells the story of Reggio educational method; Protest, Prayers, and Progress follows the struggles and victories of local civil rights activists of 1960; and The World of Jan Brett features this popular children's book author. They had a lot of fun!"The best part was the student dialogue, particularly about the possibilities of introducing difficult concepts such as civil rights to children in K-3rd grade," said Muller.

Students ranged from freshman to seniors. Their focus was on the civil rights exhibit and the Reggio exhibit and had good conversation on both topics. Students left on April 4th via a USC bus at 8:00 a.m. for Greenville and returned to USC about 3:00 p.m..

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Dr. Yow's EDTE J 710 course is having an impact

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Assistant Principal Shaun F. Jacques of Frances Mack Intermediate School in Lexington School District 4 is also a student in the College of Education's Ed.S. program. Upon completing ITE Professor Jan Yow's EDTE J 710 course , Shaun and the rest of the class were required to submit an article for publication. Shaun's article "Parents in the Age of Common Core - Transforming Education through Engaging Parents in Meaningful Dialogue about Common Core" has just been published in the on pages 16-17of the 2014 Winter Palmetto Administrator Magazine

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Dr. Hébert & his formers students publish article in Gifted Child Today

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Dr. Thomas P. Hébert collaborates with his former students -- Jamie A. Corcoran, MEd, John M. Coté, MEd, Mihaela C. Ene, MA, Elizabeth A. Leighton, MSW, Ashley M. Holmes, MEd, and Diane D. Padula, MEd -- to publish their article for Gifted Child Today Journal - It’s Safe to Be Smart, Strategies for Creating a Supportive Classroom Environment...
Article Abstract: "Gifted teenagers in middle and high school benefit from classroom environments that support their social and emotional development. Teachers of gifted adolescents may create classroom environments in which young people know it is safe to be smart and where they feel valued and respected for their intellect, creativity, and passions. By utilizing available strategies for creating such environments, teachers enhance the psychosocial well-being of gifted adolescents."

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College faculty working on $60,750 in grant projects

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PEAT Associate Professor David Stodden is working on a $55,750 grant from the Texas Tech University & the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a research USC Subaward: Impact of Video Games on Underserved Children’s Health. The research began in July 2013 and will conclude on June 30, 2015.

Director and Research Associate Professor Dr. Tammiee Dickenson within the Office of Program Evaluation in Educational Studies is working with Co-PI Ashee Lewis on a $5,000 grant called the Marion County School District Arts Assessment Program from 1/1/14-9/30/14. It is sponsored by the Marion County School District and the SC Department of Education.

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Dr. Ed Dickey comments on the math standards in Common Core

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...Common Core calls for greater focus in mathematics, according to the Common Core website, That means in kindergarten through second grade, teachers teach concepts, skills and problem-solving related to addition and subtraction. Grades three to five focus on multiplication, division and fractions. Much of the math related to statistics was pushed to middle school, Dickey said. “In elementary school they wanted students to do numbers and fractions really well. They wanted to not throw in everything in K-5, and something had to be moved.” While some concepts were rearranged, a state committee of educators who reviewed the new standards found a lot of commonality among South Carolina’s old standards and Common Core. According to the study, 97 percent of the standards were a match. “Yes, there were differences, but there aren’t any gaps of any consequence,” Dickey said of the math standards. “It’s hard to divorce how you teach from what you teach,” he said. “It is changing the way teachers teach. If all a student is asked to learn are multiplication tables, you can use a drill and skill approach. But when the standards call for a different level of understanding, you have to change how you teach so students get a practical, in-depth understanding. Common Core is not telling teachers how to teach, but it is changing the way they teach...” - [Read the entire Greenville Journal article]

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Professors DeFord and Dickey disagree with proposed education legislation

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Language and Literacy Professor Deford, Diane, Ed.D. and Professor & Associate ITE Department Chair Ed Dickey were interviewed by WJBF-TV about the bill requiring students learn how to read and write cursive and memorize multiplication tables.Professors DeFord and Dickey disagree with proposed education legislation.

A bill that would require South Carolina students to learn how to read and write cursive and memorize multiplication tables comes up for a vote Tuesday at the Statehouse. North Carolina passed a similar law last year.

Diane DeFord used to teach third grade students cursive and thinks being able to read and write it is a valuable skill to have. But she doesn't think it should be a requirement. "That, to me, does not make any sense at all," she says of the bill to mandate cursive. "It's going to be costly. There's now going to be another issue that testing has to take place."

Ed Dickey says he also doesn't agree with the bill's requirement for students to memorize multiplication tables.

"A child who can't remember that 7 times 9 is 63 is going to have problems in certain types of mathematics. But I'd rather have them learn it the ways that countries like Singapore teach it, by emphasizing skills and concept development at the same time. Stating that mathematics is just to be memorized is going to create another generation of kids who view mathematics as something they can't do," he says.

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PEAT's Drs. Monsma & Torres-McGhee publish articles concerning female athletes

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Monsma and Torres-McGhee publish articles concerning female athletes:

PEAT's Pediatric Sports Psychology Associate Professor Dr. Eva V. Monsma has collaborated with E. V., Perreault, M.E., & Seiler, B.D. to write about Sex differences for the Encyclopedia of Sport and Exercise Psychology by R. C. Eklund & G. Tenenbaum, (pp.669-673).

PEAT's Associate Professor Dr. Eva Monsma and Associate Professor/Graduate Athletic Training Program Director Dr. Toni Torres-McGehee have collaborated with Gay, J.M, Smith, A. and Defreese,J. on Assessment of growth and maturation in female athletes at a single point in time (In press) featured in the Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal.

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Drs. Brown and Stevick publish The Globalizing Labor Market in Education...

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Comparative & International Educational Studies Associate Professor in Social Foundations of Education Dr. Kara Brown and Educational Leadership & Policies Associate Professor in Educational Administration Dr. Doyle Stevick have published “The Globalizing Labor Market in Education: Teachers as Cultural Ambassadors or Agents of Institutional Isomorphism?” in the Peabody Journal of Education.

ABSTRACT BRIEF: Institutional isomorphists and other proponents of world culture theory argue that schools around the world are converging in many ways, whereas anthropologists and others question this conclusion, often arguing that local cultural differences belie superficial similarities. These viewpoints are not merely academic explanations of the spread and apparent convergence of education policies and practices around the world but are often present in policy and practice.

The authors seek both to shed new light on these often-entrenched positions and to refocus the debate by considering the presence and influence of such views in the policies and practices of international teacher exchanges. In the context of the expanding global labor market for teachers, the authors consider the implicit theories underpinning international exchange policies and the ways in which the exchange teachers themselves make sense of these policies.

In particular, they recognize that although extensive work has been done on the dynamics of policy borrowing, little attention has been paid to international exchange teachers as potential agents of isomorphism, adopting and disseminating practices at the local level. Paradoxically, the exchange policies construct a universal teacher who is interchangeable across national (and cultural) contexts, a view resonant with institutional isomorphists, while justifying the exchanges rhetorically on the basis of their value as a cultural exchange, a view more consistent with the culturalists. The teachers who participate, however—and who effectively self-select by their beliefs that such exchanges are possible—accept the interchangeability thesis and view such exchanges as a professional development opportunity.

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Dr. Payal Shah will moderate a discussion on Beyond Bollywood screening of "Pink Saris"

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March 18 at 5:30PM
Nickelodeon Theatre Screening of "Pink Saris"
1607 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

This film is part of the Beyond Bollywood screening series. Dr. Payal Shah will be moderating the discussion following the film. The film depicts issues related to women's activism and women's rights in India.

Documentarian Kim Longinotto relates the powerful story of Sampat Pal Devi, the tough-minded leader of the Gulabi Gang, a group devoted to obtaining equal rights for women in India and ending the violent discrimination that still plagues them. The Gulabi Gang, whose members wear bright pink saris, protest dowry deaths, the marrying off of very young girls, and India's strict caste system, even though their own violent methods raise questions.


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USC certified athletic trainer graduate student saves a life

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USC Head athletic trainer Karen Edwards said, "Everybody sees us taping ankles and looking at a shoulder during a football game. What they don't see is that we are educated to help out in emergency situations. deWeber acted immediately, relying on his training. Several USC undergrads assisted and two nurses who were sitting in the stands came to his aide." Certified athletic trainer and University of South Carolina graduate student Shea deWeber rushed onto the field from the sidelines at an Airport High School soccer game to save a referee who collapsed.

"We resuscitated him using CPR we put the AED on him, and delivered one shock," said deWeber. "After that, his vitals came back and he seemed to be stable until EMS arrived."

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Athletic Training program saves lives

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Head athletic trainer Karen Edwards says "Everybody sees us taping ankles and looking at a shoulder during a football game. What they don't see is that we are educated to help out in emergency situations." And thankfully that assistance was available for referee Ramon Gil at the Airport High lady Eagles' scrimmage...

Certified athletic trainer and University of South Carolina graduate student Shea deWeber rushed onto the field from the sidelines. "We resuscitated him using CPR, we put the AED on him, and delivered one shock," said deWeber. "After that, his vitals came back and he seemed to be stable until EMS arrived." Certified athletic trainer and University of South Carolina graduate student Shea deWeber rushed onto the field from the sidelines.READ MORE

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Mulvey's article on Children's Ingroup Preferences Is heralded

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The article on "Context Differences in Children’s Ingroup Preferences" by Educational Studies Assistant Professor Kelly Lynn Mulvey, along with Aline Hitti, Adam Rutland, Dominic Abrams, and Melanie Killen has been published by the APA's February 3rd issue of Developmental Psychology and the Journal of Social Issues

Ingroup preferences when deciding who to include in 2 distinct intergroup contexts, gender and school affiliation, were investigated.READ MORE

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CRIEI Biannual Conference features CoE faculty & student presentations

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In February 2014, the major focus of 9th Biannual Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention (CRIEI)in San Diego, CA. was examining access to early intervention for children and families experiencing poverty.

The theme for this conference was highlighted both in the opening poster session and the keynote presentation. As in the past, the panel presentations and poster sessions were designed to promote dialogue and participation. Different from many other conferences, the primary purpose of CRIEI was to provide the opportunity for colleagues from the early intervention arena to engage in thought-provoking discussions about research characterized by informality within an atmosphere of critical debate.

Dr. Herman Knopf co-presented "Keeping It Real: Using State Administrative Data as a Mechanism to Conduct Policy Relevant Research" with Rena Hallam,Ph.D & Martha Buell,Ph.D.(Univ. of Delaware) Beth Rous,Ed.D.(Univ. of Kentucky)for a concurrent panel presentation.
Abstract:State administrative data can serve as a useful resource to respond to complex policy research questions. Early intervention researchers from three states presented on their efforts to use state administrative data to conduct rigorous research. Three different studies will be overviewed highlighting the research design, linkage of data across early childhood systems, and research findings. Study topics integrate child care quality,workforce issues, and services to high needs children and their families. The benefits and challenges of secondary analysis of state administrative data will be discussed.

The purpose of the Poster Presentations were:
• To understand issues, policies, and practices that affect access to and efficacy of early identification and intervention for children with disabilities and their families experiencing poverty.
• To identify promising practices and models ensuring access to early identification and intervention for children with disabilities and their families experiencing poverty.
• To describe promising practices that minimize risk of delay and disability in young children and their families experiencing poverty.
• To share successful strategies for including children with disabilities and their families experiencing poverty into early intervention research.

College of Education Poster Presentations included:
Dr. Bethany Bell, Vasanthi Rao, and Dr. Herman Knopf were among the featured presenters for the CRIEI Opening Night Poster Symposium and Panel Discussion. They presented "Community Characteristics Associated with the Quality of Child Care Centers who Serve Children Receiving Low-Income Subsidy."

Other poster presentations were given in segments per the research area...
- Vasanthi Rao, Dr. Herman Knopf, Heather Googe, and Dr. William Brown on "Are multiple scales in CLASS © delivering the same information?"
- Fred Greer, Dr. William Brown, Phil Sherlock, Dr. Christine DiStefano on "Comparison of Two Instruments for Universal Behavioral Screening"

- Dr. William Brown on "A Decade of Inquiry into Preschoolers’ Physical Activity: A Few Things You 'Oughta' to Know"

- Assistant Professor Katie Wolfe and Timothy Slocum on "An Evaluation of Trainings on the Visual Analysis of Single-Subject Data"
- Heather Googe, Dr. Herman Knopf, and Michelle Grace-Williams on "Preparing Child Care Providers to Conduct Valid and Reliable Developmental Screening"

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CoE faculty shine at the AMTE Conference

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The 2014 Annual Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)Conference was held in Irvine California on February 6-8 where faculty from USC's College of Education provided thought-provoking sessions and were also able to network and collaborate with other mathematics teacher educators.

Session 93 Pre-service Teacher Field Experiences Individual Session
”Theorizing from Practice: Designing Field Based Mathematics Methods Courses” was presented by CoE’s ITE Elementary Education Assistant Professor Thomas E. Hodges and ITE Assistant Professor George J. Roy. They focused on their design of field-based elementary mathematics methods coursework organized around embedded live demonstrations, engagements, and reflections on work with real students in real classroom settings, providing critical experiences on which theory-practice connections are constructed.

Session 101 Mathematics Education Policy and Program Issues Brief Reports Session
”Actions Elementary Mathematics Teacher Educators Use to Develop Prospective Teachers‘ Awareness of the CCSSM” was given by CoE’s ITE Assistant Professor Dr. Kelley Elizabeth Buchheister joined by Cynthia E. Taylor (Millersville University of Pennsylvania) and Christa Jackson ( University of Kentucky). Participants were engaged in discussion around actions elementary mathematics teacher educators implement to provide an opportunity for prospective teachers to develop an awareness of the mathematical practices and content standards within the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

Session 143 Equity and Mathematics Education Brief Reports Session
”Preservice Teachers' Conceptions in Context: Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice” was led by CoE’s ITE Elementary Education Assistant Professor Thomas E. Hodges and Cindy Jong (University of Kentucky). Their presentation used the Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice-Beliefs scale to explore changes in pre-service teachers‘ beliefs about teaching mathematics for social justice and related factors. Implications for measuring beliefs about teaching mathematics for social justice and coursework are discussed.

Session 146 Teacher Professional Development Individual Session ”Teaching with Technology: Two-Tiers of Professional Development” presented by ITE Assistant Professor George J. Roy and Vivian Fueyo (University of South Florida St. Petersburg) focused on two-tiers of professional development that served as an impetus for educational change. Findings document a significant increase in the participating middle school teachers‘ mathematical understanding when using curriculum units that integrate dynamic technology.

Session 170 Pre-service Teacher Field Experiences Individual Session
“Incorporating Lesson Study into Pre-service Teachers‘ Field Experiences” by CoE’s ITE Assistant Professor Dr. Kelley Elizabeth Buchheister described data that: (a) demonstrated how lesson study enhanced pre-service teachers‘ lesson reflections, (b) described how the collaborative process contributed to pre-service teachers‘ mathematical disposition, and (c) identified areas in which improvement and attention are needed.

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CoE awarded $549,036 in grant funding that will increase to $1M+ when projects are completed!

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College of Education faculty awarded $549,036 in funding for evaluation and qualification grants that will increase to $1,111,356 upon completion of those projects.

PI: Diane Monrad
Title: Evaluation of Lexington-Richland School District 5’s Project ACCESS
Sponsor: Lexington-Richland School
District 5/US Department of Education
Project Dates: 10/1/13-9/30/16
Amount: $168,840 (Full Year 1 award amount with OPE subaccount = $225,000. Full award amount for entire project period will be $675,000)

PI: Tammiee Dickenson
Title: Subaccount: Evaluation of Lexington-Richland School District 5’s Project ACCESS
Sponsor: Lexington-Richland School
District 5/US Department of Education
Project Dates: 10/1/13-9/30/16
Amount: $56,160 (Full sub-account amount for entire project period will be $168,480)

PI: Tammiee Dickenson
Title: Evaluation of SC Gateways: From Cradle to Career
Sponsor: SC Dept of Education/US
Department of Education
Project Dates: 10/1/13-9/30/14
Amount: $50,000 (additional funding, full award amount to date = $210,000)

PI: Erik Drasgow
Title: Provision of Contract Courses for BACB Examination Qualification Requirements
Sponsor: SC Department of Disabilities & Special Needs (SCDDSN)
Project Dates: 2/23/12-2/22/15
Amount: $11,319 (additional funding, full award amount to date = $57,876)

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Mills and O’Keefe named the winners of the 2014 Outstanding Educator in the English Language

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Dr. Heidi Mills and Tim O’Keefe from Columbia, South Carolina, have been named the winners of the 2014 Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

This prestigious award recognizes a distinguished national or international educator who has made major contributions to the field of language arts in elementary education. Heidi Mills is a n endowed professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina and the Curriculum and Development Specialist at the Center for Inquiry. Tim O’Keefe is a teacher of grades 2—3 at the Center for Inquiry. Both graduated with degrees in education from Indiana University, where they met and became a team professionally and personally.READ MORE

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Congratulations Dean Watson for being elected to AACTE Board of Directors

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Congratulations to Dean Lemuel W. Watson for being elected to AACTE’s Board of Directors . Dr. Watson's 3-year term of service (2013-2016) begins March 1, 2014 under Chair-Elect Fayneese Miller (University of Vermont). Additional new Board members will be named later this month after AACTE’s Advisory Council of State Representatives, which is composed of leaders of the Association’s state chapters, completes an election for its executive committee.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Watson served as an Affiliate Representative to AACTE through his involvement as an Executive Committee member for the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI).

Congratulations Dean Watson!

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Dr. Hébert contributes to definitive reference book on gifted education

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Dr. Thomas P. Hébert has contributed two chapters to the 2nd edition book on Gifted Education edited by Carolyn Callahan & Jonathan Plucker. Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says. Dr. Hébert authored Chapter 20 - Gender Issues -- with Carolyn Callahan and Chapter 44 - Social and Emotional Traits of Gifted Youth -- with Kristofor Wiley.

This is the definitive reference book for those searching for a summary and evaluation of the literature on giftedness, gifted education, and talent development.

The book presents more than 50 summaries of important topics in the field, providing relevant research and a guide to how the research applies to gifted education and the lives of gifted children. This second edition updates every topic with new research and introduces several critically important topics such as cluster grouping, Response to Intervention, programming standards, the Common Core State Standards, educational leadership, and legal issues. This book provides an objective assessment of the available knowledge on each topic, offers guidance in the application of the research, and suggests areas of needed research.

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College receives $401,346 grant for Training and Special Events to Improve the Quality of Child Care

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Kerrie L. Schnake, director of S.C.’s Infant/Toddler Specialist Network at USC’s Child Development Research Center (CDRC) has been awarded a $347,346 grant from the SC Dept of Social Services/US Dept of Health and Human Services for Training and Special Events to Improve the Quality of Child Care for SC Families 2013-14. Project dates are 10/1/13-9/30/14. Dr. Tammie Dickenson, Director of the Office of Program Evaluation in the College of Education, will be working on a subaccount of this same grant and has been awarded $54,000 in additional monies to implement it.

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Ashlye V. Wilkerson elected to Winthrop Board of Trustees

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It is with great pride that the college recognizes that Ashlye V. Wilkerson - a PhD Candidate and graduate research and teaching assistant at the College of Education and who is also an adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College - has been elected to the Winthrop University Board Trustees.

The Joint Legislative Committee to Screen Candidates for College and University Boards of Trustees confirmed that The Honorable Ashlye V. Wilkerson will fill the the 6th Congressional District seat on Winthrop University's Board of Trustees. Her term will begin July 1, 2013 and serve through 2014.
Joint Legislative Committee Report

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