College of Education Newsletter
Message from the Dean:
As Winter Break is fast approaching, many of us are preparing time to spend with our children and/or grandchildren. There is nothing better than the affection of a child. I'm reminded of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Here is an excerpt:
The Children's Hour
Between the dark and the daylight,
When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations,
That is known as the Children's Hour.
I hear in the chamber above me
The patter of little feet,
The sound of a door that is opened,
And voices soft and sweet.
A sudden rush from the stairway,
A sudden raid from the hall!
By three doors left unguarded
They enter my castle wall!
I have you fast in my fortress,
And will not let you depart,
But put you down into the dungeon
In the round-tower of my heart.
And there will I keep you forever,
Yes, forever and a day,
Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,
And moulder in dust away!
Here's to a pleasant winter break filled with love, friends, family, and warmth.
Kappa Delta Pi:
The UCA Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) initiated 23 new members this semester. Initiation was held on November 20th in Mashburn Hall. Dr. Patty Phelps assisted with the festivities.
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society for education majors. The three goals of KDP are:
- Recognize educators who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and commitment to the educational profession.
- Address the needs of members throughout all phases of their career in education.
- Provide a learning community that supports professional growth.
For more information about KDP please contact one of the counselors listed below.
Crystal Voegele firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nancy Gallavan email@example.com
Hour of Code:
EDUC 4210 students hosted an Hour of Code for 90 Conway elementary students on Friday, November 22nd. Third and Fourth grade gifted students from all Conway elementary schools participated in a variety of hands-on coding and robotics activities. These activities included: exploring Swift Playgrounds, programming Dash robots to navigate mazes, creating art with Sphero, navigating a coding-themed escape room, and using Splats to complete a PE-integrated coding activity.
The event was facilitated by EDUC 4210 faculty Dr. Jason Trumble and Ms. Jessica Herring-Watson.
UCA COE Students are Merry and Bright!
Where Are They Now:
Mr. Heath Dow:
Heath shared, "Every Friday, I make popcorn for our teachers, just as a happy Friday surprise. Dr. Tammy Woosley, Theodore Jones Elementary Principal, has been going around to classrooms with a cart with little surprises for our teachers for some time now. Our popcorn and cotton candy machines became extensions of what she started here. I got the idea for the popcorn and cotton candy machines while I was at Florence Mattison Elementary. We also will use it and the cotton candy machine for parties for our students. We have had classes that have earned either a popcorn or cotton candy party for collecting canned goods, raising money for veterans, and to reward their hard work."
Heath said, "I am so proud of the work our school is doing for our kids. We have teachers that go so far beyond what is required for our students. They are helping to change kids' lives!"
Where Are They Now Submissions:
Ms. Jamie Dallas:
Ms. Lisa Herrington:
Dr. Stefanie Sorbet:
Dr. Amy Thompson:
Dr. Thompson presented, "Principles, Practices, Professionalism, and Promise: The P's in ExPeriential Learning" and "Comparative Perceptions of Teacher Candidates’ Reading Clinical Experiences" which is a joint research paper with Dr. Donna Wake (UCA COE Associate Dean). Dr. Thompson, along with ELSE student Taylor Beevers, also presented "Confidence and Its Impact on a Short-Term Literacy Intervention Program" which is a joint research paper with Dr. Shoudong Feng (Associate Professor in ELSE) and Ms. Beevers.
According to the ALER website, they seek to stimulate the self-development and professional growth of professors, teachers, reading specialists and students at all educational levels.
Dr. Jeff Whittingham:
Ms. Ann Broyles:
Recently, Arkansas Online Media Initiatives, in partnership with the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, offered a grant opportunity to increase the capacity of students and educators to utilize and create digital media content for the enhancement of student-focused education in Arkansas (http://adecm.arkansas.gov/ViewApprovedMemo.aspx?Id=4186). Arkansas public school educators will have the opportunity to use grant funds to create innovative classroom projects, develop professional growth activities, and provide students with the tools to create online media content.
In November 2019, some of the UCA Instructional Technology program students participated in this grant writing activity. One of our current students, Ann Broyles, successfully received an award from the Digital Media Production Tools Grant in the amount of $500. She will be able to use these funds to purchase a much-needed HD camcorder for the EAST program at her school. Ann is employed as an EAST facilitator at Maumelle Middle School. Congratulations, Ann! Way to go!
Thanks to Ms. Rachel Schell, Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative Technology Coordinator, who shared the information about the grant!
Ms. Allison Covington:
LIBM Practicum student Allison Covington is already showing success in the field. The grant she wrote with her field supervisor, Amber Heigle of West Junior High in West Memphis, was recently awarded. The Mobile Beacon Grant is worth approximately $25,000.
Thanks to @mobilebeacon’s Connect for Success digital inclusion technology grant, more students at West Junior High School will be able to go online to complete homework assignments, research new topics, and so much more. The grant awarded Includes 25 laptops and 25 4G LTE mobile hotspots with free, unlimited 4G LTE data plans for 12 months. UCA is so excited for the opportunities that this grant will offer the West Junior High students. Congrats to Allison, who graduates with her MS in Library Media and Information Technologies in December.
Ms. Rachel Sanders and Ms. Chayla Rutledge:
Congratulations to Rachel Sanders and Chayla Rutledge, UCA Doctoral Students in School Psychology, on their recent publication titled, Challenges with mathematics response to intervention: A graduate student perspective. This article will be published in Communique.
The Communique is the newsletter of the National Association of School Psychologists. The school psychology program partnered with North Little Rock Middle School - 6th-grade campus to develop Response to Intervention supports at the school. The school psychology practicum students served on Teacher Teams, provided interventions to students, and conducted group counseling with students. This article is an overview of our perspective on the process and the challenges we faced.
Dr. Josh Wilson
Dr. Rhonda McClellan served as chair of Josh's dissertation committee. Other committee members are Drs. Malcolm North, Duston Morris, and Tim Atkinson.
Ms. Marlowe Wilson and Ms. Savannah Raup:
Arkansas SIM Update Conference:
The conference will feature school leaders from Warren, El Dorado, Berryville, and Watson Chapel, to name a few. These leaders will share their successes with implementation of Learning Strategies, Content Enhancement Routines, and Xtreme Reading. In addition, nationally recognized speakers and facilitators include Jocelyn Washburn, Director of Professional Development for the Strategic Instruction Model at KU, Jean Schumaker, Co-founder, Center for Research on Learning, KU, Jim Knight, author of numerous coaching resources and Director, Instructional Coaching Group, and Janice Creneti, Lead Instructional Staff Developer for Florida's State Personnel Development Grant SIM Project. This promises to be an exciting AND free conference, co-hosted by the UCA Mashburn Center and the Arkansas Department of Education.