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Featured talk by Dr. Dale Schunk, graduate wins award

March 21, 2014 – -

In just a few days! Join us ~ Leading educational psychologist Dale Schunk will speak on motivation, learning, and academic success

Dale H. Schunk, professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has published over 100 scholarly articles and books on motivation, self-regulation, and self-efficacy as related to student learning. He will be giving these three talks.
Self-Efficacy and Student Motivation

Monday, March 24, 9:00 to 11:00 am, Hillcrest Hall dining room, Virginia Tech

Audience: Open to all students and faculty interested in student learning, cognition, and motivation.

Description: Social cognitive theory emphasizes the idea that much human learning and behavior occur in social environments. By interacting with others, people learn knowledge, skills, strategies, beliefs, rules, and attitudes. Through their observations and interactions with others, individuals also learn about the appropriateness, usefulness, and consequences of behaviors. People act in accordance with their beliefs about their capabilities and the expected outcomes of actions. In this workshop, Dr. Schunk will describe how instructors can enhance their teaching through the use a social cognitive conceptual framework, as well as some key social cognitive motivational processes, including goals and self-evaluations of progress, outcome expectations, values, social comparisons, and self-efficacy.

Self-Regulated Learning Research: Then and Now

Monday, March 24, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Hillcrest Hall dining room, Virginia Tech

Audience: Open to all students and faculty interested in student learning, cognition, and motivation.

Description: Dr. Schunk will discuss research related to self-regulated learning, which is the process whereby students activate and sustain cognitions, behaviors, and affects that are systematically oriented toward attainment of their goals. Questions and discussion will be encouraged.

Keys to Developing a Successful Academic Career


Tuesday, March 25, 9:30 to 10:45 am, GLC Meeting Room F, Virginia Tech

Audience: The focus will be on graduate students and early career professors, but this workshop/discussion is open to all students and faculty.

Description: This will be a fairly informal session where Dr. Schunk will provide some tips to becoming a successful scholar. Dr. Schunk is consistently ranked as one of the most productive researchers in education and he will share some of the strategies he has used to become so productive. As a former Dean of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he also has many insights from his experiences mentoring and working with faculty. (Q&A)

Event sponsored by the School of Education and CIDER (Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research) 

School of Education Graduate Wins Prestigious Milken Educator Award~Great Work!


Elizabeth Galinis, a geosystems and AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) teacher at Hayfield Secondary School, has been named a winner of the Milken Educator Award by the Milken Family Foundation.  Galinis is one of up to 40 educators nationwide selected to receive the award along with a $25,000 unrestricted cash prize.  The announcement was made at a surprise assembly today by Mike Milken, co-founder of the Milken Family Foundation, and attended by Patricia Wright, state superintendent of public instruction.  Hayfield Secondary School is a Fairfax County public school.

Nominees for the Milken Educator Awards are recommended by a state blue-ribbon panel; identification and selection procedures for each award are confidential. The awards recognize individuals who exhibit exceptional educational talent as evidenced by student achievement and instructional practices, outstanding accomplishments beyond the classroom and long-range potential for professional leadership, and the ability to engage and inspire students and colleagues.

A finalist for the FCPS 2013 Teacher of the Year, Galinis earned her bachelor’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina; a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Johns Hopkins University; and a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction from Virginia Tech.

Scholarship Opportunity for Future STEM Teachers

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014-2016 inSTEP program for future STEM teachers. VSGC is coordinating the Integrative STEM for Pre-service Teachers (inSTEP) program to prepare 30 pre-service teachers to teach integrative STEM subjects.

VSGC is partnering with higher education institution partners, NASA Langley Research Center, and NASA Wallops Flight Facility. inSTEP is open to rising juniors majoring in STEM, interested in teaching in grades 4-8, and attending an accredited higher education institutions in VA: inSTEP will merge best practices in methodologies, pedagogy, and content to prepare teachers to bring integrative STEM education into diverse classrooms. 

As defined by professors John Wells and Jeremy Ernst at Virginia Tech, integrative STEM education is "the application of technological/engineering design based pedagogical approaches to intentionally teach content and practices of science and mathematics education concurrently with content and practices of technology/engineering education.”

Project components include the following for students selected to participate:

  •       $5,000 student scholarship for completion of two-year cohort
  •       Two-week Summer Academy in Hampton, Virginia (July 6-19, 2014)
  •       Experience Teaching in Extended-Day Programs
  •       Two-day Follow-up Professional Development
  •       Develop an Online Portfolio
  •       Develop and Implement a Plan for Online Professional Development

Link to the application:

Helpful hint - read the entire app before starting

Deadline for submissions for the April issue of News2Note is Wednesday March 26, 2014

Information about your conferences, 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.

All students and faculty recognized at the College's awards ceremony and reception on 22 April will be mentioned in the May N2N, so you do not need to send Debby Stoudt the names.  Likewise, all University award winners will be included once the press releases have appeared so that links to the releases can be included.

Please submit items for inclusion in upcoming
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SOE Director Carol Mullen presented at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) with her former student Dr. Bonnie Kosiczky


03_21_2014_2 Carol Mullen, Director, School of Education; Associate Dean for Professional Education

Mullen, C. A., & Kosiczky, B. (2014, March). Instructional effectiveness in the secondary classroom: Findings from an original teacher communications model. Paper presented at AACTE, Indianapolis, IN.

The genesis of the paper’s study has been published: Kosiczky, B., & Mullen, C. A. (2013). Humor in high school and the role of teacher leaders in school public relations.

          Journal of School Public Relations, 34(1), 6-39.




School of Education moves up in U.S. News and World Report Rankings!

Our School moved up to a rank of “83” in the nation, from 100 where it hovered for several years. Our Career and Technical Education program again ranks fourth in the nation, under the listing of Technical/Vocational Programs.

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