College of Education Newsletter
Message from the Dean:
Belonging. There may be nothing more agonizing than not belonging or more sweet as belonging. We can all identify with times in our lives when we genuinely felt a part of a group. We can also identify times where we were excluded, for one reason or another. Our experiences of exclusion are often so powerful that we carry that hurt from childhood to adulthood. For those of us who work in P-12 schools or have children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews in school, it's often the thing we most worry about. As a special education teacher, I can't tell you how many times I've heard a parent say, "I just want him/her to be accepted and belong." The power of belonging was the central theme in our Disruptive Educational Equity Project (DEEP) workshops on January 7th and 8th. With a focus on racial equity, structural barriers to success, and exploring our unconscious bias, we learned that if we can create classrooms, schools, institutions, and communities where people feel a sense of belonging then we have the greatest change of closing the opportunity gap. The two day workshop was powerful. Here's what the participants had to say:
This training has challenged my thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion. It has provided me with a new language and a different way to approach the topic of equity with my students, peer circle, and others - Dr. Candice Barnes
Thinking about diversity is only the starting point in moving toward equity - Dr. Donna Wake
The first two days of DEEP training provided us with a profound and meaningful glimpse into how oppression is not only created, but how it is maintained, reinforced, and strengthened through our systems and ways of being. DEEP encourages us to use a lens of empathy and humility as we engage in difficult conversations with a desire to understand and take bold, courageous action to eliminate pervasive inequities - Dr. Patty Kohler-Evans
Our fear of loss keeps us from dismantling structures and processes of power and privilege - Dr. Rhonda McClellan
DEEP has empowered me to lean into discomfort while consistently and unapologetically being my authentic self. As a result, I can lead future teachers in recognizing or appreciating this superpower in themselves and in others - Ms. T.K. Gault
The first two days of DEEP provided me with the confidence to be open and honest with myself and my peers. I love that we are having difficult conversations and growing together to become better educators and people - Ms. Sunny Styles-Foster
I have not been in a professional development in awhile where the speakers were so engaging, the topic so profound, and leaning into discomfort was so scaffolded. I realized we have but scratched the surface of diversity, and we have much work to do, vitally important work, to reach equity - Dr. Amy Thompson
One statement made during the training that really resonated with me was that "stories are the communal currency of humanity." This really brought home to me the power of story to bridge divisions that go back centuries. If we can lean into each other's stories and build personal connections, we can also find the courage to advocate for changes to systems that perpetuate inequity - Ms. Jessica Herring Watson
My take away that I can't stop thinking about is...Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson’s lecture on the four “I’s” of oppression: In a system where a dominant group shares the idea that their group is more privileged than another can lead to a collective narrative that becomes the set of shared ideologies designed to separate people into groups. Shared ideologies shape institutional, interpersonal, and internalized policies and practices that support the dominant group’s shared ideas and practices to perpetuate a collective narrative that oppresses the "others." - Dr. Shelly Albritton
DEEP training informs the head, inspires the heart, and aspires our hands to work for the future. - Dr. Angela Webster
The College of Education is participating in a two day workshop from the Harvard Disruptive Educational Equity Project (DEEP). Dr. Darnisa Asante-Jackson and Ms. Mikel Brand Oliver are asking participants to lean into uncomfortable conversations regarding race and equity.
To read more about UCA DEEP and the six key stages of DEEP please visit https://uca.edu/education/uca-deep/.
2019 COE Fall Graduation Open House:
Why They Want to Teach:
Online Teaching Endorsement (K-12):
The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) recently approved the UCA College of Education (COE) to offer an endorsement program for the Online Teaching Endorsement (K-12).
The COE will work with the ADE in the development process for the Online Teaching Endorsement test. The test and program should be ready to go live in Spring 2021.
Where Are They Now:
Charles "Tony" Bertram:
Where Are They Now Submissions:
Dr. Nancy Gallavan:
The Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators (ArATE) announced a new award at its annual meeting in October. The Nancy P. Gallavan ArATE Distinguished Service Award was established to honor Arkansas teacher educators at university and colleges, in K-12 schools and school districts, and with the Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This prestigious award honors Arkansas teacher educators for their leadership of and contributions to ArATE and teacher education. This new award is named for Nancy P. Gallavan, Ph.D., UCA Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, for her distinguished leadership of and generous contributions to ArATE, SRATE (Southeastern Association of Teacher Educators), and ATE (the national Association of Teacher Educators).
During her 15 years with ArATE, Dr. Gallavan has served as president, conference chair, interim executive secretary, board member, conference speaker/presenter, and ATE delegate. Dr. Gallavan originated the ArATE Electronic Journal and served as editor. Through Dr. Gallavan’s guidance and support, ArATE is honored annually at the ATE meeting as one of the outstanding state units. When the Nancy P. Gallavan ArATE Distinguished Service Award was announced, Dr. Gallavan shared, “Arkansas teacher educators are dedicated to advancing the teaching, learning, and schooling while advocating for equity, ethics, and efficacy in K-12 schools and higher education. This award allows ArATE to lift and celebrate teacher educators whose outstanding leadership and meaningful contributions serve Arkansas schools and students. I have greatly enjoyed being active in ArATE and associated with so many exemplary educators who have positively influenced my rewarding career as a teacher educator.”
Dr. Terry James:
Retired UCA Professor, Dr. Terry James, was honored at the 2019 annual conference of the Arkansas Association of Teacher Educators (ArATE) as the first recipient of the Nancy P. Gallavan ArATE Distinguished Service Award. Dr. James is well known in Arkansas as a leader in ArATE and teacher education; his contributions to teacher education and leadership studies provided insight and inspiration to many university teacher educators, K-12 school personnel, and state educational leaders.
Since his arrival in Arkansas in 1991, Dr. James served ArATE in multiple roles. He was an ArATE board member, conference chair, President, and state unit representative to the Delegate Assembly of national ATE. For a period of over 25 years, he attended every ArATE meeting and mentored many presidents and board members. He was a strong advocate for faculty participation in professional associations that addressed the preparation and career advancement needs of teachers and teacher educators. He was the founding co-editor of the SRATE Journal and this journal became a frequent outlet for Arkansans desiring to publish their research. Dr. James is a past-President for both the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators and national Association of Teacher Educators. He used connections in these two organizations to assist ArATE members who were seeking opportunities to provide service at the regional and national levels as well as for those who wanted direct interaction with many of the most influential scholars in the field. Dr. James has received several honors during his career including the Roy L. Lauter Distinguished Service Award from the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, and the Distinguished Member Award and Hans Olsen Distinguished Educator Award from national ATE.
With regard to the ArATE Nancy P. Gallavan Distinguished Service Award, he said: “While my name is on the plaque, I am mindful that awards such as this one do not occur without the support and contributions of many others. As I accept this award and the honor that goes with it, I do so acknowledging that many others have contributed to my career and to the opportunities that I have been afforded. I am filled with memories of a 50+ year career in education, and this award reminds me of how fulfilling and rewarding my career has been. Thank you, ArATE for this special surprise and honor.”
Dr. Patty Kohler:
According to KUCRL, the award is designed to honor members of the SIM International Professional Developers Network for outstanding contributions they have made to the professional preparation of teachers and administrators. On top of receiving her award, Dr. Kohler was recognized at the Arkansas SIM Update Conference held January 23-24 at the University of Central Arkansas.