Dr. Barbara Swaby, professor in the Curriculum and Instruction department, was recently interviewed on KXRM Fox News. Dr. Swaby's Reading for L.I.F.E. Program has made a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of children. To view visit: http://mediawatch.uccs.edu/?p=6297
Dr. Elaine Cheesman, assistant professor in the Special Education department, co-authored the Reading Intervention Study, “Teachers’ Knowledge Base for Implementing Response-to-Intervention Models in Reading,” Springer Publications. The UCCS Communique sites that the publication is a "study that examines the knowledge base of 142 elementary-level educators for implementing response to intervention models in reading". To review the publication abstract visit: http://www.springerlink.com/content/t055466612p25383/.
Dr. Julaine Field, Megan Morgan, Keely Garren and Erin Barnett, Department of Counseling and Human Services, presented the workshop, “Contributing to Recovery: The Role of School Counselors in Supporting Students Who Have Been Sexually Abused” on Friday, November 11th at the annual conference of the Colorado School Counselor Association in Vail, Colorado.
The workshop description: Sexual abuse is perpetrated against countless school aged children. This highly destructive social and cultural phenomenon violates trust, disrupts social and emotional development, desecrates personal boundaries and alters a child’s ego, self-concept or sense of identity. The role of the school counselor does not permit ongoing therapy in school; however, school counselors are frequently required to provide support to students who have been sexually abused or intervene due to behavioral manifestations exhibited by the child that often stem from the abuse. This workshop will focus on specific theory and research necessary for understanding the impact of sexual abuse on children as well as highlight practical strategies for providing counseling support and effective consultation to parents and teachers on behalf of these students.
Dr. Marcus Winters of COE's Leadership, Research and Foundations department and and 2 other colleagues from the Manhatten Institute will have a brief published in the Economics of Education Review. The brief summarizes four years of longitudinal data research from Florida that link elementary teachers' training and student learning gains. Visit Education Weeks blog to read more about the brief. For more information about the department of Leadership, Research and Foundations please visit the website: http://www.uccs.edu/coe/acaddepts/lrf.html or contact Catherine Archibald 719-255-4120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling student, Keely Garren was chosen by the Colorado School Counselor Association to be the recipient of the Carol Hacker Memorial Scholar award. She received the award at the 51st Annual CSCA Conference in Vail, Colorado Thursday, November 10. Keely is the only graduate student in the state of Colorado to win this accolade. Congratulations Keely from the College of Education!
The College of Education's Office of Global Programs will be offering a special program with the Institut Catholique d'Études Supérieures (ICES) during the first half of the Spring semester at UCCS. The academic goal of the program is to provide students with a better understanding of American governmental systems on the local and state level. ICES students will develop and demonstrate this understanding by conducting primary research for their thesis project at ICES, focusing on a specific, local political issue that interests each student and then conduct interviews with resident politicians, lobbyists and activists.
Chris Sauer, assistant director, visited ICES in October to meet with students involved with the program. Mr. Sauer also discussed future opportunities for student exchange and programs with ICES administration, including a semester-long exchange involving UCCS students studying French and ICES students studying English, American culture and history. ICES has additionally expressed strong interest in partnering to enroll students in the College of Education's Linguistically Diverse Education graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction. For more information about the department of Office of Global Programs, please visit the website: http://www.uccs.edu/coe/international/ogp.html or contact Chris Sauer 719-255-3718 email@example.com
Drs. Field, Wehrman and Fenell from the Department of Counseling and Human Services (DCHS) presented at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference on Saturday, October 29th in Nashville, TN. The session was entitled, “ How Do We Know They Are ‘Self Aware” Counselors in Training” and featured qualitative research that was conducted with 27 School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling students from UCCS. The purpose of the research was to explore changes in cognitive, moral and empathy development among DCHS graduate students as a result of participating in the laboratory sequence that is required of all students in the department. This laboratory sequence is a unique feature of the DCHS counselor training programs and requires students to focus on self-awareness, personal growth, and their own development in order to facilitate their effectiveness as future counseling practitioners.
Dr. Dick Carpenter of COE's Leadership, Research and Foundations department and Dr. Haning Hughes of the United States Air Force Academy have a new analysis published in the International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership. The analysis is a detailed review of governors' views on "state of the state" addresses between 2001 and 2008, specifically on education. Visit Education Weeks blog to read more about their analysis. For more information about the department of Leadership, Research and Foundations please visit the website: http://www.uccs.edu/coe/acaddepts/lrf.html or contact Catherine Archibald 719-255-4120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Janet Sauer and Special Education graduate student, Jenny Romano presented a poster presentation, "Disability Portraiture in Preservice Teacher Education.” The presentation at the Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology in Challenging Economic Environments was held Thursday, October 13, 2011 at the Westin Westminster Hotel, Westminster, Colorado. For the presentation Dr. Sauer and Ms. Romano described Ms. Romano’s portrait research project based upon using Skype as a research tool. Her project is one of about a hundred research projects used in an on-going study of the impact of having preservice teachers learn about special education from the families of students with disabilities. In this project portraits of people with disabilities and their families are created based on interviews and time spent interacting with them. For more information on this project or the College of Education's Special Education Department contact Hettie Myers 719-255-4121 email@example.com
The College of Education and the Department of Counseling and Human Services would like to congratulate
Dr. David Fenell, Professor, in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, who has been selected to receive the Distinguished Education Alumni Award from Purdue University. Dr. and Mrs. Fenell will be attending the 6 October 2011 ceremony at Purdue University. Purdue's College of Education presents Distinguished Education Alumni Awards to recognize notable professional achievements of college alumni. The honorees are selected by the college leadership and are recognized biannually. While at Purdue, Dr. Fenell will visit the Purdue Military Family Research Institute. He is looking forward to the visit to the Institute since his research and service with the department of Counseling and Human Services at UCCS is focused on working with combat veterans and their families.
Dr. Pat McGuire Selected to Receive AECT Award The College of Education and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction congratulate Dr. Pat McGuire, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, who was selected to receive one of nine national early career awards from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Pat will be attending the 2011 Early Career Symposium in Jacksonville, Florida this November. The symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and will engage participants in a day and a half of focused career mentoring and networking. The intended outcomes of the Early Career Symposium include, mentoring of early career faculty and advanced doctoral students into the social/professional network as partners in idea-making, supporting early career faculty and advanced doctoral students in developing viable technology-oriented research agendas, providing specific feedback and guidance to early career faculty and advanced doctoral students about their research agendas and providing information about building a research agenda, pursuing funding, and building collaborations, developing a community of researchers interested in ways technology can transform teaching and learning. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is honored to have Dr. McGuire as a faculty member and colleague.
The College of Education is pleased to introduce Dr. James Saunders as a Senior Instructor with the Counseling and Human Services Department. Dr. Saunders served with the United States Air Force as a chaplain for 22 years; following his Air Force career he received his Master's Degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs CHS department. He has spent his second career working as a therapist in the area of substance abuse with soldiers returning from the war zone for Penrose-St. Francis Behavioral Health here in the Springs. He recently completed his doctorate in Counseling Psychology. The College of Education warmly welcomes Dr. Saunders. For more information about Dr. Saunders or the Counseling and Human Services Department contact 719-255-4121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The College of Education is proud to honor and highlight 2 of our Student Affairs in Higher Education 2011 graduates, Nick Goodsell and Megan Woods. The curriculum of the Masters Degree in Leadership in Student Affairs in Higher Education has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform institutions into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. This curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of leadership, administration, student development theory, social and cultural development, and budgeting and legal and ethical issues, and technology. The program adheres to the Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in higher education. Congratulations to Nick and Megan on their job placements!
Nick Goodsell, Spring 2011 SAHE Graduate
Position: Program Specialist for TRiO Student Support Services - Project Success, Pueblo Community College Description: TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program that serves first-generation, low-income, and students with documented disabilities. At Pueblo Community College, SSS - Project Success offers an array of services to assist persistence towards graduation, high academic achievement, and promotion towards transferring to a four-year college. SSS - Project Success offers tutoring in various subjects, Educational Action Plans to keep students on track towards a certificate or associates degree program, equipment check-out to offset personal financial burdens, academic and cultural workshops and experiences, and many more! “The Educational Leadership – SAHE Master’s degree, that I am proud to have earned, can be summarized in one word, Practicality. This program used and promoted practical application within the vast spectrum of the student affairs field. It enabled me to fine tune many of my goals within higher education. The professors posses and share experiences that inspired me to contribute to student affairs long term. I do hope that many other students would consider this program as it will prepare them for a long term career in higher education.”
Megan Woods, Spring 2012 SAHE Graduate
Position: Upward Bound Program Coordinator, Utah State University Eastern - Upward Bound is a federally funded TRiO program that helps prepare traditionally under-represented high school students for higher education. As par the position the Coordinator performs many duties related to student learning and development; holds afterschool tutoring and workshop sessions, plans campus visits, and prepares supplemental programming every month. Megan said, "The SAHE program prepared me for my current position by giving me a strong foundation to succeed within the Student Affairs profession. I have the confidence and understanding of all the possibilities available to me within the student affairs profession thanks to the focus on CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) and the practical field experience I participated in as a graduate assistant."
Thursday, July 21, 2011, Dr. Julaine Field, Department of Counseling and Human services, presented the paper, "Helping the Weeping, Worried and Weary: Psychological First Aid for Students" at the 2nd International Conference on Education at Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya. The 2nd International Conference on Education (ICE) took place July 20-22, 2011 at the Kenyatta University Conference Centre. The conference theme was,"Quality Education for Societal Transformation." The conference was opened by the Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology Prof. Hellen Sambili. There were over 100 participants from at least 10 countries—Canada, England, Ethiopia, India,Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, Tanzania, Uganda, United States. The conference was closed by Mr. Enos Oyaya, Director, Quality Assurance and Standards, Ministry of Education. If you would like more information on Dr. Fields' presentation, please contact email@example.com 719-255-5145
The COE’s office of Global Programs in collaboration with Yeungjin College and the Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village, Daegu South Korea, welcomed its first group of students for the Children’s Summer Camp for English Language Learners 18 July. For one month, the children ages 8-13 will experience English as a Second Language immersion and culture program. The program focuses on the four skills- listening, speaking, writing and reading through real situations, ESL development in content area as well as cultural experiences in Colorado Springs. The UCCS College of Education’s Office of Global programs specializes in customized programs to provide and ESL immersion and Culture program. For information please contact Anthony Shull 719-255-7528 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Leslie Grant, Curriculum & Instruction, and Chris Sauer, College of Education's Office of Global Programs, will travel to Korea on Saturday, July 9th to visit the Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village (DGEV). Accompanying them will be four summer interns who will be teaching for six weeks at DGEV after a short orientation and training program, supervised by Dr. Grant and Mr. Sauer. The village, a joint project with Yeungjin College, currently has fifty English teachers teaching more than 22,000 students a year at a state of the art facility in the mountains of Gyeongbuk province. More information about the project, including pictures and video materials, can be found at http://www.uccs.edu/coe/International/Daegu-Gyeongbuk-English-Village-(DGEV).html
Dr. Mary L. Snyder joined the College of Education, 1 July 2011. She previously served as dean for 8 years at the University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Education. She replaces Dr. David Fenell who has served as interim dean since July 2010. Dr. Fenell intends to resume faculty duties in the Department of Counseling and Human Services. Dr. Snyder has said, "I am thrilled to have been selected as dean of UCCS's College of Education, during my campus visit, I was pleasantly surprised with the scope of the College's initiatives and impressed by the commitment demonstrated by faculty and staff. I'm confident my experience with distance education, data systems and diversity can support the exciting efforts already underway. I look forward to serving the College of Education in expanding and enhancing their good work." The College of Education warmly welcomes Dr. Snyder.
As a board member for the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), Dr. Joseph Wehrman, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, was invited to lecture at the nation of Bhutan's first annual counseling conference. Additionally, Dr. Wehrman was elected to Secretary of the NBCC board. NBCC is a national/international organization that credentials more than 47,000 counselors. Dr. Wehrman is pictured far left.
Drs. Rhonda Williams and Julaine Field, Associate Professors in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, conducted a training for approximately fifty counselors from April 18 - April 21 in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
The presentation was on the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model and a majority of the attendees are school counselors in the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Public School System.
The 2011 American Educational Research Association's annual meeting was recently held in New Orleans from April 8 to 12.
Amongst the many awards received was a 1st-place award for Outstanding Research Poster by Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, an LRF student, titled "Standing in the Gap: Higher Education Professionals Providing Support for Undocumented Students."
According to the press release, "Each poster was evaluated by three committee members using a five-point scale to assess the theoretical grounding, methods, conclusions, contributions to the field, and overall presentation. Total possible points for each poster was 25 points. Scores were tallied and averaged to determine the overall highest points earned. The high point poster earned 21.7 points."
"The topic of the winning poster, undocumented students and the support they receive on campus, was deemed timely and important and the presentation of ideas was clear and easy to read. Reviewers commented that the poster was 'clearly laid out,' 'identified key issues,' and included a 'clear delineation of theory, methods, and findings.'"
Lizardy-Hajbi will receive a plaque for the acheivement.
The COE Office of Global Programs is planning, in collaboration with our partners at the Daegu Gyeongbuk English Village, an English Immersion Summer Camp to be held from July 11 – August 4.
We will be hosting 30 middle-school students from the Daegu area and 2 accompanying faculty members of Yeungjin College. The program will focus on English as a Second Language, English across the content area, and cultural activities.
Dr. Barbara Swaby will be teaching this summer's Reading Clinic, Introduction to Clinical Experience, CURR 5403, for the summer semester.
This class will introduce teachers to:
Teachers will work directly with a remedial reader to increase reading peformance by a minimum of 6 months.
For more information and course dates view the course flyer
Heather Albanesi of Sociology, Dr. Janet Sauer and Dr. Randy DePry of SPED, and Ann Schmiesing from UCB's Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, submitted a grant proposal for a CU System Diversity Grant in October 2010.
The grant was recently issued along with a matching $3000 from the Coleman Institute.
Dr. Sylvia Martinez of the College of Education's Leadership, Research and Foundations department will be presenting two papers at the 2011 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association (AERA) in New Orleans on Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, April 12th, 2011.
The first paper presentation, Academic Probation: Exploring Freshmen who are Identified as Deficient upon Acceptance to the University, will be assisted with by Ph.D. students Robert Haight, Janeen Miller, Jennifer Pierceall Herman, Arlene Reilly-Sandoval, Lisa Sissom, Dana Wallner, and Wendi Clous.
The second paper will be prsented with the aid of Dr. Joe Wehrman and Dr. Rhonda Williams of the College of Education's Counseling and Human Services Department. The paper title is School Counselor and Leadership Field Internship Experiences: Positive Modeling, Role Confusion, and Need to Cooperate and Educate.
Lynsey R. Yoder of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been awarded the 2010 NBCC Foundation Military Scholarship. The military scholarship is awarded to service members and veterans who are pursuing a counseling education and who commit to serving fellow military personnel upon graduation.
Ms. Yoder will receive $3,000 to support her counseling education and to facilitate her service to military populations. She is currently a student at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs pursuing a Master's Degree in School Counseling and holds a bachelor's degree from University of Central Florida. Having experience within both Florida's and Colorado's Army National Guard, Ms. Yoder plans to serve active, reserve and retired military personnel in the school setting and also through her own practice. She hopes to work as a counselor in a school with a large military demographic where she can use her skills to help families of deployed servicemembers. In addition, she plans to further aid soldiers and their families within her own practice by offering services focused on coping mechanisms for deployments and the process of reintegration.
The Office of Global Programs (OGP) within the College of Education at UCCS will be collaborating with the Daegu Gyeongbuk English (DGEV) Village and Yeungjin College partners by sponsoring an English Immersion Summer Camp for South Korea middle-school students from July 11 thru August 4 at the UCCS campus in Colorado Springs. The summer camp is designed to both improve student fluency in the English language and inform participants on certain aspects of the American culture. The four-week camp will involve a combination of classroom interaction and cultural activities in the Pikes Peak Region.
The OGP is currently accepting applications for instructors and volunteers. Individuals interested may refer to the job descriptions below or contact Chris Sauer email@example.com 719-255-3718
Dr. Sylvia Martinez will be presenting two papers at the 2011 Annual Convention of American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in Baltimore, MD on March 26-30th, 2011.
The first paper, It's all in the Book: Graduate Student Perspectives of CAS, will be presented with Student Affairs Higher Education (SAHE) students Megan Woods and Amanda Koba, and the other paper, Predicting Academic Probation: Exploring First-time Freshmen Credit Completion, will be presented with Ph.D. students Dana Wallner, Lia Sissom, Jennifer Pierceall Herman, and Robert Haight.
Dr. Corinne Harmon of the Leadership, Research, & Foundations Department will be presenting at the Association for Positive Support (APBS) Conference in Denver on March 10th with Dr. Randall De Pry of the College of Education's Special Education Department.
The presentation will be accompanied by Ph.D. candidate Richard Niezen. The title of the presentation is Transformational Leadership in PBIS Schools: Learning from Experts in PBIS/RtI. School and district leaders provided data on their successful implementation of PBIS/RtI.
This presentation will relate this data to the construct of Transformational Leadership in educational settings. Relevant implications for practice will be presented.
The Colorado Association of School Personnel Administrators is holding registration for its annual teacher job fair. Registration is available throughthe 23rd of February. Please refer to the flyer and parking instructions for more information about the fair, UCCS campus, and parking instructions.
If you have specific questions, please contact Melissa Schecter at 719-255-4526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Randall L. De Pry, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Special Education was recently re-elected as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS). His third term will begin this March when APBS comes to Denver for their 8th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support (March 10-12, 2011) entitled The Expanding World of PBS: Science, Values, and Vision.
De Pry was first elected to the board in 2005 and has served as Secretary and Treasurer (current appointment) on the Executive Board. At the conference, he will be joined by Dr. Corinne Harmon and Richard Niezen (doctoral candidate), Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations, where they will present a paper titled Transformational Leadership in PBIS Schools: Learning from Experts in PBIS/RtI.
Dr. Julaine Field, Counseling and Human Services, Dr. Corinne Harmon, Leadership, Research and Foundations, and Catharine Beecher, Counseling and Human Services will be presenting at the CU Women Succeeding 8th Annual Faculty Development Symposium. Visit the CU Connections site for the event overview.
This event will be held at the UCCS campus ballroom February 24 & 25, 2011.
Dr. Field will be presenting on the topic of Managing Power at Work: Bullying Others or Building Relationships, Dr. Harmon will be co-presenting with Colleen Stiles of the College of Business on the topic of Excellence in Leadership: Creating and Sustaining Change at the International Level and Catherine Beecher will be co-presenting with Darlene Garcia of Colorado College on the topic of Do You See What I See? Comparing Apples to Apples, which will be a focus on Myers Briggs Personality types.
Mark the symposium on your schedule and hear these wonderful presentations from our knowledgeable faculty.
Dr. Al Ramirez will present at the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) Winter Conference on February 5, 2011.
Presenting with Dr. Ramirez will be Kristyn White, a Ph.D. graduate student, and Wendi Clouse, a Ph.D. candidate from the Leadership, Research and Foundations Ph.D. Program. To be presented will be the preliminary findings from a survey of over 400 Colorado school administrators on the topic of teacher evaluation. The survey is part of a bigger study exploring barriers and facilitators to effective teacher evaluation.
On January 28 - 29th at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, an assembly of SPED faculty, students, and graduates presented at the 2011 Colorado Council for Exceptional Children's Courage to Risk Conference.
The presentation, titled Self-advocacy, Teaching, and Learning: Personal Learning Profiles, was presented by Assistant Professor Dr. Janet Sauer and Instructor Laura Marshall from SPED; Bennaé Pastor-Clark, a SPED teacher at James Monroe Elementary and recent UCCS graduate; and Emily McCandless-Beard, currently a student tacher and M. Ed. candidate for 2011.