Faculty & Staff E-news 9.21.15

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The semester is certainly in full swing, and I was pleased to help recognize many of our students at our annual Scholar Donor Luncheon last week Thursday. With a near record turnout of donors and scholarship recipients, I extend my appreciation to the MANY individuals who had a hand in the event’s success. Our student and alumni speakers (Brittany Espinoza of the IUE, Mirella Flores of CEP and IUE/ELPF alum Harrison Neal) did a wonderful job explaining their journeys to the SOE and how scholarship monies, indeed, make a difference in helping our students meet their career goals to positively impact educational outcomes for others. Near the conclusion of the program we also briefly recognized Ms. Rachael Steele for her commitment to the SOE the past five-and-a-half years and her work with six of our annual Scholar Donor Luncheons. Photos from the event will be available soon.

I was glad to hear that so many of you took advantage of our “back to school” lunch for faculty and staff on September 18th and am sorry I had a prior commitment which kept me from attending. Thanks to the Culture and Climate Team for sponsoring this annual event.

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D., Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education will be our 2016 Urban Education and Community Forum speaker, so please save the date of April 5th. More details will become available later this fall. Dr. Ladson-Billings is a pedagogical theorist, teacher educator and researcher who is well known for her groundbreaking work in the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and critical race theory. She served AERA as president in 2005 and has received acclaim for her work, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children.

Our CAEP professional development series continues this week with a workshop on Wednesday, September 23rd from 3-4:30 p.m. in room 307, focusing on CAEP Standard 1- Clinical partnerships and practice and Standard 2- Candidate quality, recruitment, and selectivity.  Please RSVP.

Another training opportunity will be held this Friday, September 25th (from 9-11:30 a.m.), as Dr. Lance J. Tomei will lead a discussion that focuses on creating high quality rubrics to assess growth of students in teacher education. While the session is primarily intended to move the transition work of programs in teacher education forward, faculty from all three SOE divisions may attend. Lunch and an extended session for Teacher Education faculty (TECC and TE&CS) to create the TE rubric will follow from 12–2 p.m. For those of you wishing to join us for lunch, please RSVP.

My congratulations to Ms. Diane Mora, ELL instructional specialist with the Regional Professional Development Group who, at the Leadership for Change Summit in Washington, D.C., was selected as one of three award-winners from a field of 20 for her pitch, IDEA: Integrating Digital Literacy and English Acquisition. After noticing that consistently one-third of the adult ELL students she teaches by night don’t know how to set up an email account, Diane started thinking about how (or if) these parents were accessing digital school-to-home communications about their child’s education. #IWantKidsToSucceed considers a parent’s first language and a 3-point digital readiness indicator to assist educators. The indicators correspond to a resources and best-practices stored in a digital clearinghouse, organized by state, of community-based resources and 1:1 skill-based best practices helpful to bridging the multiple barriers created by lack of digital access and digital literacy of parents who are also ELLs.

And, another reminder that nominations for the Hugh J. Zimmer Award for Excellence in Urban Education will be accepted through September 30th.

Have a good week.