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SOE Featured Faculty - VT's got game!

Sept. 23, 2013 – Wow Hokies, from across the School of Education there is so much great work going on with teaching and learning, leading and discovery. Here is a mere snapshot.

Dawn Knight Congrats to the team that was awarded the NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant, "Virginia Teach, Phase II: A Community-Based Approach to Serving Mathematics Students in Need," in the amount of $800,000. Katy Ulrich is the PI. Other faculty from the Department of Teaching and Learning, Professor Jay Wilkins and Associate Clinical Professor Betti Kreye are co-PIs, with contributions from colleagues in the Department of Mathematics. This was one of about 20 Noyce Phase II grants funded out of a total of 103 proposals!


Katy Ulrich Assistant Professor Katy Ulrich Assistant Professor


Jay Wilkins Jay Wilkins Professor


Betti Kreye Associate Clinical Professor Betti Kreye Associate Clinical Professor

David Hicks, Associate Professor of History and Social Science Education, has exciting news. This is part of the official press release for the ABMC Transatlantic Scholar Program.

ABMC Announces New Education Partnership with University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Virginia Tech 
ARLINGTON, VA -The American Battle Monuments Commission announces a new partnership with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC) and Virginia Tech (VT) to create a World War I-focused, education program developed by teachers that will help students better understand the service, experience and sacrifice of Americans that served and died during the Great War.

With the approach of the World War I centennial in 2014, this partnership, a first-of-its-kind for ABMC, creates a teacher-scholar program that helps teachers create and develop lesson plans for fellow teachers. "The ABMC was created because of World War I, a war that changed not only the history of our country, but the history of the world," said ABMC Secretary Max Cleland. "This is a great opportunity to introduce American children to all those we honor at our World War I overseas cemeteries." The team of education experts from three universities and colleges, and twelve middle and high schools will lead the effort to create a hands-on curriculum using the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Verdun, France. "The Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program: Change Over Time and Place in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial is a very exciting and innovative collaboration that will serve as a powerful educational portal into America’s forgotten war," said Carol Mullen, Director of the School of Education and Associate Dean for Professional Education in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech. "The program reflects the School of Education's commitment to facilitating inquiry-based digital history/humanities professional development initiatives that are designed to ultimately maximize students' opportunities for authentic learning. I am also thrilled to see two of our School of Education alumni - Chris Bunin and Patrick Touart - involved in the leadership team and transatlantic teacher-scholars program respectively."

This experiential professional development program, based on a contract award of $357,298.00, will provide the resources, support and opportunities for teachers across the country to craft inquiry-based units and lessons that are grounded in best practices as well as Common Core and state standards. This curriculum will also be supported by emerging instructional technologies, including geospatial and augmented reality tools. "This partnership between universities and K-12 educators demonstrates the power of bringing together teacher-scholars, higher education faculty, and digital technologies to produce opportunities for students to develop a deeper understanding of key historical events - in this case, World War I," said Dr. Bill McDiarmid, Dean of the School of Education at UNC - Chapel Hill. "We are grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for providing the resources to support teachers in creating the kind of powerful learning experiences that we want for all our students."

By fall 2014, lessons plans and teaching materials created during this teacher-scholar program will be publicly available online and free to download. The education experts and the teacher-scholars who have been selected to develop these materials are:

University Education Team:

  • Nicole Bauer, Graduate Assistant, LEARN NC/Department of History, UNC
  • Chris Bunin, Assistant Professor of Geography, Piedmont Virginia Community College-Albemarle
  • High School, Albemarle County Public Schools
  • David Hicks, Associate Professor of History and Social Science Education, School of Education, Virginia Tech
  • Joseph Hooper, Graduate Assistant, LEARN NC/School of Education
  • Andy Mink, Executive Director, LEARN NC - Principal Investigator
  • Todd Ogle, Senior Director, Networked Knowledge Environments Technology-Enhanced Learning & Online Strategies, Virginia Tech
  • Danielle Parker, Graduate Assistant, LEARN NC/School of Education
  • Lisa Pennington, Graduate Assistant, School of Education - Virginia Tech
  • Lynn Rainville, Research Professor in the Humanities, Sweet Briar College


The participating Teacher Scholars are from different counties

ABOUT ABMC: Established in 1923, ABMC commemorates the service, achievements and sacrifice of the U.S. Armed forces. ABMC administers 24 cemeteries and 25 monuments, memorials and markers overseas. Facebook:\abmcpage

Joan Hirt, Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, offered her first session today in a series of workshops to pre-tenure faculty about the P&T process. Her hope is "to bring together pre-tenure faculty at all levels so we can demystify the process as much as possible and prepare our colleagues for each step in the 6-year path to P&T review." We have scheduled all sessions in 216 E. Eggleston so we can teleconference in participants.

Session 1: What matters in the tenure review process?
Monday, September 23, 12:00-1:30, 216 E. Eggleston

Kami Patrizio, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Northern Virginia, participated in the workshop and had this to say about it:"Joan, thank you for taking the time to present such a clear view of the tenure process to SOE pre-tenure faculty P&T info session today. I appreciate any opportunity that I am given to hear from senior colleagues about the P&T process. When those opportunities are as well organized and productive as today's meeting, they are time well spent. I'm grateful for the thought and effort that went into the planning."

Session 2: How can I be sure I am focusing on what matters in P&T
Monday, October 14, 12:00-1:30, 216 E. Eggleston

Session 3: How can I organize the materials that matter in P&T?
Monday, November 4, 12:00-1:30, 216 E. Eggleston

SOE faculty presented at the European Conference on Educational Research 2013, sponsored by the European Educational Research Association, in Istanbul, Turkey, September 10-13, 2013. Elizabeth Creamer, Nancy Bodenhorn, Penny Burge, and Joan Hirt all offered sessions as other VT folks from the Office of Assessment and Evaluation (Ray van Dyke, Steve Culver, & David Kniola) so we were well represented. Topics of presentation included the challenges that women administrators in higher education face. Joan co-presented with an HED alum who is on faculty at Rowan University in NH (Ane Johnson).

VT’s got game!!! ~ On Saturday we experienced one of the most exciting game endings in Hokie history - as SOE Associate Director Barbara Lockee said, "The rain seemed to intensify to match the level of drama!" Some folks (we won’t say who) are driving around with Hokiestone in their vehicle, hoping to contribute to a season-long winning streak! :-) Go Hokies!!!

We had a terrific superintendents' meeting on Saturday morning with a welcome shared by the President, Provost, and Dean. Carol Mullen was the speaker. Wayne Tripp, affiliate faculty in the Educational Leadership Program, prepared speaking points for her. Barbara Lockee provided list of externally funded research awards. Paulette Gardner organized the event. Because of our IT instructional specialist Diana Wu our morning was captured in videotape and photography.

Our new SOE Utube Channel is going live this week so you can watch the posted talks and other talks too. Send your academic utube videos (featuring teaching, learning, engagement, or outreach) directly to Diana Wu for posting on our worldwide channel.

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