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P. Buckley Moss dinner, Faculty Awards, Student Activities


Moss Faculty Development Grant Award winners were honored with a dinner attended by P. Buckley Moss (cohosted by SOE and ICAT) !!!

   

Moss_Faculty In this photo: (top left to right): Carol Mullen, Rebecca (Pat Moss's daughter), Lois Badey, Mary Alice Barksdale, Pat Buckley Moss (bottom left to right): Liesl Baum Walker, Joan Hirt, Ruth Waalkes, Michele Seibert, Kelly Parkes (Sue Magliaro and Emily Fielder, not depicted)

April 7, 2014 – "Pat Buckley Moss, thanks for celebrating with us ~ know how much we are inspired by your creative life and artistry. We really appreciate your sponsorship of the school's excellent, innovative work!" ~ Your friends, School of Education

Great Work Moss Faculty Awardees!

Sue Magliaro, professor, Teaching and Learning, Education Psychology & Liesl Baum Walker, Studio Head, IDEA Studio, Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology Music Instrument Maker Camp:
Through this four-day exploratory camp, the participants are challenged to design and build an electronic musical instrument. They are given access to sensors, Arduinos, wires, batteries, connectors, pd-L2ork software (digital music composition), and miscellaneous building materials. The purpose is to inspire creativity in computer programming, computer hardware, and the arts (specifically music and product design) while providing a safe, collaborative making environment.

Sue Magliaro, professor, Teaching and Learning, Education Psychology & Liesl Baum Walker, Studio Head, IDEA Studio, Institute for Creativity Arts and Technology Music Instrument Maker Camp:
Through this four-day exploratory camp, the participants are challenged to design and build an electronic musical instrument. They are given access to sensors, Arduinos, wires, batteries, connectors, pd-L2ork software (digital music composition), and miscellaneous building materials. The purpose is to inspire creativity in computer programming, computer hardware, and the arts (specifically music and product design) while providing a safe, collaborative making environment.

Kelly Parkes, assistant professor, Teaching and Learning
Professional Development for the Arts in Chesterfield County VA: The aim of this project is to provide professional development to music teachers in Chesterfield County with respect to the new teacher evaluation guidelines and assessment of student learning outcomes, skills and knowledge.

Mary Alice Barksdale, associate professor, Teaching and Learning
2014 Malawi Study Abroad Experience: A new component in the 2014 Malawi Study Abroad experience will be a significant focus on the arts and creativity in Malawi, along with examination of how culture and creativity impact teaching and learning. With this focus on the arts in Malawi, there is an expectation of supporting the Study Abroad students in gaining global understandings about relationships between the arts, culture, and schooling.

Michele Seibert, project associate, VA Career VIEW, Office of Education Research and Outreach
Virginia Career VIEW Workshops: Virginia Career VIEW would like to create a session to present at the workshops promoting the use of art projects to facilitate the career development process in grades K-8. Virginia Career VIEW would provide the professional development during the workshop and include training materials such as a high quality printed booklet with specific instructions and projects using art as the foundation of career exploration activities to conduct in the classroom.

Emily Fielder, project associate, Office of Education Research and Outreach
National Art Educators Association 2014: The 2014 Convention, themed SPARK! Fusing Innovative Teaching & Emerging Technologies, offers sessions exploring art as contemporary pedagogy, connections in art education and special education, inventiveness for life-long learning, and using the Arts and art processes with students to prepare critical thinkers. Educators, counselors, and administrators in Virginia would benefit from exposure to many of the topics being highlighted at the NAEA Convention this year.


Congrats to SOE faculty winners of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Grants!!!

Jeremy Ernst, assistant professor, Integrative STEM Education, won a Grant Writing Incentive Grant

Bill Glenn, associate professor, Educational Leadership, won a Grant Writing Incentive Grant

Kami Patrizio, assistant professor, Educational Leadership, won a Grant Writing Incentive Grant

Katy Ulrich, assistant professor, Mathematics Education, won a Niles Research Grant


Virginia Tech Educational Leadership alumnus named Superintendent of Public Instruction

Governor McAuliffe Names Steve Staples as Superintendent of Public Instruction

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the appointment of Steve Staples as Superintendent of Public Instruction. Staples, who most recently served as Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents, has dedicated his career to improving public education through innovative educational programs and by focusing on the specific needs of local communities.

“I am proud to announce that Steve Staples will serve as Virginia’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction,” said Governor McAuliffe. “Steve has a deep understanding of Virginia’s strengths, its challenges, and the opportunities we have to take bold, innovative steps to improve schools in every corner of the Commonwealth. He has what it takes to drive Virginia’s public education system into the future.”

Staples added during the announcement, “These are important times for public education in the Commonwealth and I can assure you that it has become quite clear to me that the Governor and the team he has assembled care deeply about our public schools. We've got a lot of work ahead of us. It's time to review the two decades old accountability system to better align it with the needs of the 21st Century, and we need to encourage our schools to innovate and meet the changing expectations of workplace and society. I am ready to hit the ground running to tackle the challenges Virginia’s education system faces and ensure every Virginia student has access to quality public education.”

Staples has served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents for nearly two years, during which time he has visited almost every school superintendent in the Commonwealth in his or her office, seeking to understand local perspectives and needs. Prior to that, he served on the faculty at William and Mary’s School of Education from 2008-2012.  Previously, Staples was school superintendent in York County (serving 13,000 students) for 16 years, during which time York County was named by Money Magazine’s as one of the “Top 100 Best Buys in Public Education in the United States”.  Staples implemented a variety of exemplary programs in York County, including magnet programs in fine arts and in math, science and technology, and a charter school program that links academic standards to licensure competencies in career/technical fields.

In 1997, Staples was selected by his peers as Virginia Superintendent of the Year. He received his Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Education at William and Mary and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Supervision at Virginia Tech!!!

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=3706


School of Education helps fifth-graders consider the benefits of college

K2C is a collaboration of VT-STEM and VA Career VIEW, and includes partners from all across campus. On the main team that do all of the organizing, K2C is a collaboration of VT-STEM and VA Career VIEW, and includes partners from all across campus. On the main team that do all of the organizing, coordinating, etc. are Michele Seibert and Emily Fielder (VA Career VIEW), and Jeanny Gilpin (VT-STEM), Casey Bailey (VT-STEM), Monika Monk (VT-STEM), and Sue Magliaro (VISTA).  Both Terry Davis and Kim Cook also help with logistics. 

   

MATT GENTRY MATT GENTRY | The Roanoke Times, Virginia Tech student Lee Lisle directs his group of nine "yellow" fifth-graders from Montgomery County schools into a chemistry laboratory during their Kindergarten-to-College campus experience Friday in Blacksburg.

For the last five years, busloads of fifth-graders have experienced what it’s like to be a Virginia Tech student. This annual college aspirations program helps young students consider the possibilities and benefits of attending college.

After an official welcome and orientation, the prospective students are ferried off to science labs across campus where demonstrations evoke squeals of delight as well as creative questions. The “Kindergarten to College” series is a partnership between the School of Education and VT-STEM for high-needs schools across the state.

“Our program serves as a model across the commonwealth for college and career awareness partnerships,” says Sue Magliaro, professor of education and VT-STEM director, who coordinates the Kindergarten to College program. This year, schools from Giles County, Montgomery County, Prince William County, Roanoke City, and Roanoke County are participating on Fridays through April 11.

This story is featured in the Roanoke Times and the VT News!!! What a great program and the SOE faculty and staff doing amazing things!!!

http://www.roanoke.com/news/local/blacksburg/kindergarten-to-college-starts-students-young/article_5a1434b2-bc68-11e3-a97d-0017a43b2370.html

http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2014/04/040314-clahs-ktocollege.html


Virginia Tech student Michael Grubbs is published in the Technology and Engineering Teacher journal, great work!

Grubbs, M. E. (2014). Genetically modified organisms: A design-based biotechnology approach. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 73(7), 24-29. 

   

Michael Grubbs Michael Grubbs is is a PhD student in the Integrative STEM Education (I-STEM ED)


Mathematics Education colloquium, April 11, 4-5pm

Marilyn Carlson, a well-known mathematics educator, will be giving a colloquium from 4-5 in the STEM Collaboratory (112 Seitz) this Friday, April 11, refreshments starting at 3:30. For those interested in STEM education at the secondary or undergraduate level, her talk will give insight into the direction mathematics instruction is headed. I hope to see you there!

A Research-Based Approach for Improving Precalculus Teaching and Learning

Marilyn P. Carlson, Professor, School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, Arizona State University

Abstract: The function concept is a central idea of precalculus and beginning calculus and is used for modeling in the sciences and engineering, yet many students complete courses in precalculus and calculus with weak understandings of this concept. Students who are unable to construct meaningful function formulas to relate two varying quantities have little chance of responding to novel applied problems, or understanding key ideas of calculus such as derivative, accumulation and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. I will share data that reveals how students might construct these and other critical reasoning abilities and understandings for learning calculus. I will also describe the research developed Pathways Precalculus student materials and teacher resources that provide the context for this research, and are resulting in large gains in student learning of the function concept and other foundational ideas for learning calculus. My approach to developing and refining these materials should provide a generalizable model for others interested in leveraging research findings to shift their curriculum and instruction to support student development of essential reasoning abilities, understandings, and mathematical practices.

Bio: Dr. Carlson is currently a professor in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Director of Research Innovations in Mathematics Education at Arizona State University. Her current NSF grant, Project Pathways, is studying transitions in precalculus level teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) in relation to their teaching practice and students’ learning. She is concurrently developing and studying the effectiveness of a mathematics education endorsement for PhD students in mathematics. She was the Coordinator of the MAA Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education, and co-edited the MAA Volume, Making the Connection: Research to Practice in Mathematics Education. She received an NSF CAREER award to study student learning in calculus. In 2007 she received the MAA Selden Award for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, and in 2013 she received the Outstanding Doctoral Mentor award at Arizona State University. 


Deadline for submissions for the April issue of News2Note ~ Tuesday April 29

The deadline for submissions to the May issue of News2Note is Tuesday, 29 April.   The May issue will be the last for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Thanks to you, your faculty, and your staff for N2N contributions this year.

Just a reminder that all students and faculty recognized at the College’s awards ceremony and reception on 22 April will be included in the May N2N, so you do not need to send me the names.

Information about your unit’s symposia, awards, scholarships, and special events is welcome.  Graduate and undergraduate student presentations on (and off) campus are included in N2N:  please provide the student’s year, major, and title of the presentation.  For department events with large numbers of students it may be necessary to edit.

Anything announced or taking place after 30 April will be included in the August N2N; please forward at your convenience.

Please submit items for inclusion in upcoming

News2Note newsletters to Associate Dean Debra Stoudt at dstoudt@vt.edu


Call for Proposals

The inaugural Aspirations for Student Learning Symposium 

The Division of Student Affairs is hosting in partnership with the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER). At the symposium, we will celebrate and rally around our Aspirations for Student Learning, as well as strengthen the understanding and pedagogy surrounding them. 

For more information: http://www.dsa.vt.edu/aspirations/symposium.php

University Council for Educational Leadership (UCEA) 

The University Council for Educational Leadership (UCEA) is holding its 2014 conference in Washington, D.C. Proposals are due on May 5th, and the call appears below at the web link.

UCEA is a consortium of institutions of higher education that is committed to advancing the practice and preparation of educational leaders. They enact this purpose by:

  • Promoting, sponsoring, and disseminating research on the essential problems of schooling and leadership practice;
  • Improving the preparation and professional development of educational leaders and professors; and,
  • Positively influencing local, state, and national educational policy.

This is a high quality, engaging conference that is appropriate for both faculty and graduate students.

For more information about UCEA, visit: http://ucea.org/who/

UCEA Call for proposals: http://ucea.org/home/2014/1/30/2014-call-for-proposals.html

Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education 

The Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education is an open-access, peer reviewed, electronic, academic journal focused on the intersection of P-12 public education and university-based teacher preparation. The editorial team responsible for JIAE is interested in publishing action-oriented studies that describe circumstances within a specific educational context. We are particularly interested in the areas of: Applied Theory/P-12 Educational Research, Collaborative Partnerships and Programs, Promising Practices, and Educational Policy.
http://digitalcommons.buffalostate.edu/jiae/