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Congratulations! Faculty and students from Counselor Education Program account for three of the five articles in the most recent issue of Counselor Education and Supervision, one of the top two journals on counselor education: 1. Lawson, G., Trepal, H., Lee, R., & Dress, V. (2017). Advocating for Educational Standards in Counselor Licensure Laws. Counselor Education and Supervision, 56(3), 162–176. (Full article) 2. Welfare, L., Wagstaff**, J., & Haynes*, J. (2017). Counselor Education and Title IX: Current Perceptions and Questions, 56(3), 193-207. (Full article) 3. Borders, L., Welfare, L., Sackett**, C., & Cashwell, C. (2017). New Supervisors' Struggles and Successes with Corrective Feedback, 56(3), 208-224.(Full article)

Congratulations! Rachelle Kuehl has received the wonderful news that her recent submission to the Virginia English Journal has been accepted: Kuehl, R. (in press). Writing in the Age of Technology: Using Digital Tools to Enhance Elementary Composition Instruction. Virginia English Journal.

Amy Azano was recently (Sept 1) a featured speaker at the VT Center for Autism Research's (VTCAR) Fall Speaker Series, as well as providing at talk at VTCAR's 2017 Autism Research Symposium (Sept 15), Autism and Rural Schools.

Congratulations David Hicks on the book publication! Book:Teaching Difficult History through Film. The book explores the potential of film to engage young people in controversial or contested histories and how they are represented, ranging from gender and sexuality, to colonialism and slavery. Adding to the education literature of how to teach and learn difficult histories, contributors apply their theoretical and pedagogical expertise and experiences to a variety of historical topics to show the ways that film can create opportunities for challenging conversations in the classroom and attempts to recognize the perspectives of historically marginalized groups. (Amazon)

Congratulations Titilola Obliade on the book publications! Titilola, a graduate of the Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) program, has self-published two books recently, one focused on Visual Literacy and one focused on Nigerian Recipes. Book: Make Me See It: Pedagogical Strategies In Visual Literacy (Amazon) Book: Dr. Titilola Obilade's Nigerian Recipe Cookbook: Africa's Simple Dishes (Amazon)

Congratulations on Amy Azano's SAFE project, the School's first Jump crowfunding project! Book: Fiction and NonFiction: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 4 (Amazon and Prufrock Press). The CLEAR curriculum, developed by University of Virginia's National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, is an evidence-based teaching model that emphasizes Challenge Leading to Engagement, Achievement, and Results. In Fiction and Nonfiction: Language Arts Units for Gifted Students in Grade 4, students will read and analyze short stories and write their own short story in the fiction unit. In the nonfiction unit, students will study nonfiction (and creative nonfiction) texts to examine how writers use many of the same devices to tell nonfiction stories. Students will read a variety of texts and will write their own memoir. These units focus on critical literacy skills including reading diverse content, understanding texts as reflections of culture, and finding bias in fiction and nonfiction. Funding: SAFE: Supporting Autism Friendly Environments. Read more about the project and SAFE Facebook page.

David Hicks's work on augmented reality and historical inquiry are discussed in the U.S. Department of Education's (Office of Educational Technology) Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 National Education Technology Plan Update. This work is based on a $549,000 NSF funded project. Read more about the project and the National Education Technology Plan Update.

Elementary Education Master's Degree Ranked No. 9. Who is in the 30 top master's programs in education? If you're looking to earn a master's and licensure in teaching PK-6, Virginia Tech may be your destination. The School offers a MAT in Elementary Education that leads to licensure in a little as 12 months. With an National Council for Teacher Quality ranking of #138 and student to faculty ratio of 14:1. The cost per credit is reasonable, and falls in the middle for our 30 programs, at $1394. All in all, Virginia Tech's MAT belongs in our top 10. Congratulations to the Mary Alice Barksdale and Donna Fogelsong on the Elementary Education's No. 9 ranking! Here is the full article.

Congratulations Carol Mullen on the book publication and the interview! Book: Creativity and Education in China: Paradox and Possibilities for an Era of Accountability (Amazon link). Published with Kappa Delta Pi, Creativity and Education in China takes readers on a journey through research-supported ideas and practical examples of creative and innovative schooling within a changing regime. Analyzing the consequences of exam-centric accountability on the creative and critical capacities of Chinese students, author Carol A. Mullen's dynamic portrait of a country serves as both a cautionary tale and an inspiring example to emulate. Examining creative endeavors and breakthroughs within a competitive, globalized educational landscape, the chapters are organized around environmental and global issues impacting education, expressions of creativity within pre-12 schools in China, and creative innovation in higher education learning environments. Presenting captivating cases from the field, the book offers novel approaches to fostering creativity as a natural, integrated part of high-stakes education systems in Eastern and Western cultures alike. Interview: On Creativity in China (Education News). Here is the full article.

Congratulations Kris Tilley-Lubbs on the book publication! Book: Re-Assembly Required: Critical Autoethnography and Spiritual Discovery (Amazon link). From an editorial review on Amazon: Re-Assembly Required: Critical Autoethnography and Spiritual Discovery is a gem of a book for those interested in understanding the interface between the personal and political. Gresilda A. Tilley-Lubbs makes a unique and spirited contribution to our understanding of the complexity and richness of 'doing' critical autoethnography. It is a courageous book pursued with rigor and passion throughout. Possibly the single most important dimension of the book is the appeal to affect, that is, the emotional dimensions of knowledge production including trauma, anxiety, doubt, healing, and love. Above all, the book names the injustices of institutional and social arrangements including class, race, and gender and how they constitute power, knowledge, and subjectivity in an increasingly commodified university sector. Tilley-Lubbs shows us how to engage, confront and reconstruct our worlds through a rare combination of intellect, narrative, and moral purpose.---Barry Down, Murdoch University, Australia. Here is the full article.

Carol Mullen, School of Education, received the 2017 Living Legend Award from the National Council of Professors of Education Administration, the country's premier national organization for educational leaders. The award recognizes significant contributions to the field, including exemplary ethics, professionalism in service, and dedication to research and teaching. Mullen has authored or edited 21 scholarly books and 225 refereed journal articles and book chapters. In 2016 she also was recognized with the Jay D. Scribner Mentoring Award from the University Council for Education Administration and earlier this year she received the 2017 Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for Service from the Learning and Teaching in Educational Leadership Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.


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