An official opening of the $40 million Daegu English Village drew dignitaries from throughout Korea and from UCCS Oct. 30. A Nov. 12 campus event is planned to celebrate the first collaborative effort between Korean and American universities to create a full-scale immersion experience in American culture.
Lindy Crawford was recently appointed to the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Board members meet once annually in the city of New York and contribute their time throughout the year to work on various projects related to the education of students with learning disabilities.
Learn more about NCLD at their website.
The College of Education received the 2007 Community Service Award from the Autism Society of America and the Pikes Peak region. The award was accepted on behalf of the College of Education by Dr. Lindy Crawford.
Randall L. DePry, Ph.D. (Department of Special Education) was re-elected to serve as a member of the APBS Board of Directors by this international organization's membership. Dr. DePry currently serves as the Secretary of APBS and was elected to serve on the board in March 2005.
The mission of APBS states that "The Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS) is an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies that combine applied behavior analysis and biomedical science with person-centered values and systems change to increase quality of life and decrease problem behaviors. The Association is made up of professionals, family members, trainers, consumers, researchers, and administrators who are involved and interested in positive behavior support."
La Vonne I. Neal, Dean of the College of Education, presented a keynote address at the George C. Marshall JROTC Leadership Symposium on October 11, 2007 in Lexington, Virginia. Her address was titled, "The Legs of JROTC Leadership: Character and Service."
La Vonne I. Neal, Dean of the College of Education, presented an all-day "Teachers' Workshop on Culturally Responsive Teaching" at the 92nd Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) on October 4, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Social Studies teachers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, one of the largest school districts in North Carolina and other conference participants attended the workshop.
With help from the UCCS College of Education, dedication ceremonies are set for Oct. 30 for the Daegu English Village.
In collaboration with the University of Colorado Foundation and the College of Education, this endowed professorship honors not only Dr. Swaby, but the individual who will hold this position.
Dr. Barbara Swaby has been changing lives one child at a time. For more than 30 years, she has worked with thousands of children. Her contributions and accomplishments span the local, state, national, and international levels.
La Vonne I. Neal, Dean of the College of Education, presented a keynote address at the Colorado ACT Annual Conference on Friday, September 7, 2007. The title of her keynote address was, "Partners in Education: Moving from Vision to Action."
Dean Neal presented new research-based initiatives in colleges of education to prepare administrators, counselors, and teachers to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. Specific strategies such as "culturally responsive teaching and counseling" were illuminated to help partners in education move from intention to action.
Randall L. De Pry, Department of Special Education, presented at the 3rd Annual Colorado Positive Behavior Support Symposium on July 24-25, 2007. His presentation topics included: Effective Instructional and Behavioral Feedback within a PBS School and Students with Chronic or Persistent Challenging Behavior: Providing Differentiated Support that Promotes Learning and Inclusion.
As a member of the State Leadership Team for the Colorado School wide. Positive Behavior Support Initiative, Randy joined with his colleagues in welcoming John H. Hager, Assistant Secretary, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education to the conference. Assistant Secretary Hager and Anne Todd from the Office of Special Education Program's Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions met with the State Leadership Team and discussed current and future directions for PBS implementation in the state of Colorado.
For the 2007-2008 academic year 510 schools from all eight regions of Colorado will be implementing school-wide PBS.
Dr. Lindy Crawford, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Special Education at UCCS, will be presenting findings of a recent report she authored on the testing of students with disabilities to the Senate Democratic Steering Committee in Washington D.C. on July 13, 2007. Dr. Crawford, along with a team of researchers and special education advocates, will conduct two briefings. The objective of the briefings is to contribute to ongoing discussions concerning the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The report titled, State Testing Accommodations: A Look at their Value and Validity, can be found on the National Center for Learning Disabilities website: http://www.ncld.org. The report investigates the variability of test accommodations across states on large-scale tests of student achievement.
Congratulations to Drs. Cheesman, Crawford, and De Pry of the Department of Special Education for their recent publications in the 3rd Edition of the Encyclopedia of Special Education. The Encyclopedia of Special Education is a 3 volume, 2100 page work that is considered to be the preeminent reference work in field of special education and is found in libraries around the world.
Dr. De Pry also served as a contributing editor for the encyclopedia editing over 100 entries on topics such as applied behavior analysis, positive behavior support, and emotional and behavioral disorders.
Building English Learners. Think the Austin Bluffs are the only place where UCCS is building? Go east. Way east. The Daegu English Village in South Korea is taking shape and will offer English as a Second Language programs as well as weekend family experiences and English experience programs. The UCCS College of Education joined with Yeunghin College to create the site and to build its curriculum. [
Congratulations! Dr. La Vonne I. Neal, Dean of the College of Education, received the "Gateway to Opportunity Award" from the Black Student Union at Pikes Peak Community College.
Congratulations! - Dr. Kyla Hammond has been invited to participate in the American Council on Education's 69th National Leadership Forum for Women in Higher Education - June, 2007.
Congratulations to Gabriel Ortega, Master of Arts in Special Education (SPED) from UCCS was elected to the Fountain City Council.
Congratulations to Debbie E. Lapioli, assistant to the dean, College of Education, to executive assistant to the vice chancellor for administration and finance and coordinator of property, space and leases, effective April 23.
The Faculty Minority Affairs Committee awarded grants to attend the White Privilige Conference to the following people:
The College of Education has received the 2007 President's Diversity Award in the academic unit category. The College will be receiving $1,000.00 as part of this award.
Congratulations to Dr. Crawford, Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Bryant, who were all chosen to present at the AERA Annual Conference in April 2007.
Congratulations to Rhonda Williams, Counseling and Human Services Department, and Clint Fisher, Curriculum and Instruction Department. The Faculty Minority Affairs Committee announced that they are both recipients of the WPC-FMAC faculty grants.
La Vonne I. Neal, Dean, College of Education, gave a keynote address on March 5, 2007 at the United States Air Force Academy Cadet National Prayer Event. Her speech was titled, "The Legs of Leadership: Spirituality and Vision."
La Vonne I. Neal, Dean, College of Education, gave a keynote address on February 23, 2007 at an event at UCCS to celebrate African American history. Her speech was titled, "Communalism: Through Collaboration African Americans Can Overcome Crippling Obstacles of Slavery."
La Vonne I. Neal, Dean, College of Education, was a keynote speaker at the Colorado Trailblazer Schools to Watch Annual Conference on February 10, 2007. Her speech was titled, "Sparking the Genius of all Students."
Drs. Randall De Pry and Gerry Olvey from the Department of Special Education were appointed to the Program for Licensing Assessment for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Content Advisory Committee for the Special Education Generalist PLACE Test. The first meeting was held in Denver on February 7, 2007 and sponsored by the National Evaluation Systems (NES) and the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).
Congratulations to Dr. Rhonda Williams who was just named this year's recipient of the annual UCCS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD. The campus is invited to attend this year's Campus Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2007 at 3:30 pm in the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre in University Hall where Dr. Williams' award will be presented.
Welcome back Dr. Fennel! David Fenell is a Colonel in the US Army Medical Service Corps Reserve. He has been on military leave from the Department of Counseling and Human Services until January 2007. Colonel Fenell recently completed a tour in Iraq, serving as the Command Psychologist for the Joint Special Operations Task Force. He performed both clinical and tactical psychology missions.