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Congratulations on the following recent publications! 1. Klechaya, R. & Glasson, G.E. (2017). Mindfulness and Place-based Education in Buddhist-oriented Schools in Thailand. In M. Powietrzynska and K. Tobin (Eds.) Weaving Complementary Knowledge Systems and Mindfulness to Educate Literate Citizenry for Sustainable and Healthy Lives (pp. 159-170). Rotterdam/Boston/Taipei: Sense Publishers. 2. Duer, Z., Piilonen, L, & Glasson, G. E. (in press). Belle2VR - A virtual reality visualization of subatomic particle physics in the Belle II experiment. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. 3. Azano, A. P., Callahan, C. M., Brodersen, A., & Caughey, M. (2017). Responding to the challenges of gifted education in rural communities. Global Education Review, 4(1), 1-16. 4. Azano, A. P. (2017). Book review of Serving gifted students in rural settings. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 32(2), 1-3. 5. Morris, D., Meyer, C., Trathen, W., McGee, J., Vines, N., Stewart, T., Gill, T., & Schlagal, R. (2017). The simple view, instructional level, and the plight of struggling fifth-/sixth-grade readers. Reading & Writing Quarterly, 33(3), 278-289.

Congratulations to Jim Egenrieder, director of Thinkabit Lab, on being featured in Virginia Tech news(Full Story).

Congratulations on the following new jobs! Mae Hey, a PhD graduate from Science Education accepted a job as Research Fellow: Indigenous Community Liaison, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Virginia Tech. Mary Tackett, a PhD graduate from English Education, is now an assistant professor at Sweet Briar College. Miranda Sigmon, a PhD graduate from English Education is now an assistant professor at Winthrop University

Congratulations on the following new graduate students' presentations! Glasson, G.E., Piilonen, L., Spytek, S., & Dobson, C. (November, 2017). Particle Physics Virtual Reality Project at Virginia Tech. Presentation at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Roanoke, VA. (Samantha Spytek and Christopher Dobson are MAED students in Science Education). Maguire, J., Brand, B, & Glasson, G.E. (November, 2017). Inquiry, Incorporated. Presentation at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, Roanoke, VA. (Jennifer Maguire is a PhD student in Science Education)

Congratulations! External Funding: New Awards. Kaufman E. (PI), Patrizio, K., Archibald, T., Anderson, J. (Co-PIs), Cash, C. & Bond, A. (Senior Personnel). Professional Development Delivery Model for DoDEA Leadership DoD Schools - Phase II. Total Award: $910,000. Awarded 9/1/17-8/31/18.

Congratulations! External Funding: New Submissions. Brand, B. (Co-PI). Developing a National Center of Science Teaching Effectiveness to Explore Science Teaching in Elementary Classrooms. Institute of Education Sciences. Requested Sub award from University of Virginia: $72,000. Pending. Lockee, B. (Co-PI). NEA Research Labs. National Endowment for the Arts. Requested Sub award from Barter Foundation: $150,000. Pending.

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 - available during March and April, 2018! Funding: SAFE: Supporting Autism Friendly Environments. Read more about the project and SAFE Facebook page. With her co-authors, Amy Azano has a new 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.

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.


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