Good News in the College of Education

Sarah Brown and DePaul colleagues Michelle Navarre Cleary, Kathryn Wozniak, and Julie Bokser presented “Identifying and Eliciting Students’ Metacognitive Development" at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Houston, TX. 

Courtney Bregar and Casey Hudetz, along with classmate Franklin Buitron, created an interactive app for the “Traditions Tour,” which is given to all incoming students each summer. An article on their project was featured in Newsline.

Dr. Lawrence Hamer has agreed to fund Jennifer Cohen’s participation in the annual Faculty Success Program "Bootcamp” which is specifically designed to increase research productivity through participation in small groups that provide regular support, feedback, and coaching.

Amy Feiker Hollenbeck and COE student Alyssa Kalb have collaborated to create the Future Teachers Club. This club provides a forum through which future teachers across disciplines can come together to learn about issues affecting schools today as well as best practices in education. The club also has a service aspect, with an emphasis on Chicagoland schools and organizations. 

John Gieger was elected as Committee Chair of Staff Resources for Staff Council.

Horace Hall and Beverly Trezek published the chapter “‘It help[ed] me think outside of the box’”: Connecting critical pedagogy and traditional literacy in a youth mentoring program” in Youth Voices, Public Spaces, and Civic Engagement.

Rachel Harper’s book, Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality, published this year by Rethinking Schools, has won a 2016 Skipping Stones Honor Award.

Andrew T. Kopan Award Winner
Rachel Harper was recognized as the artist in residence at the Art Institute of Chicago, the first recipient of this honor from DePaul University. 

Rachel Harper has been awarded a 2016 Individual Artist Program Grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs for her social arts project, Seen + Heard.

Nancy Hashimoto was elected as Vice President of Staff Council.​

The April 2016 Chicago Union Teacher journal featured a report on Diane Horwitz’s Winter Education Issues Forum Taking a Critical Look at the edTPA: High Stakes Test for New Teachers.

Mindy Kalchman has been appointed to the Teaching Children Mathematics Editorial Panel. Teaching Children Mathematics is the peer reviewed journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

The College of Education hosted its first annual Adjunct Recognition Celebration. Twenty one adjuncts will receive certificates for their service to the College of Education and six adjuncts were present to receive their certificates at the reception. 

Donna Kiel, Director, and Brennan Palmer, Assistant Director of OIPL, worked with MindXplorer to facilitate two professional development training experiences involving DePaul faculty traveling to Beijing, China to facilitate teacher professional development.  Liliana Zecker, doctoral student Melissa Bradford, adjunct faculty Brenda Kraber, and DePaul consultant Nicole MacMillan made up the most recent team who provided two weeks of engaged learning experiences for teachers.

Donna Kiel and Brennan Palmer created an immersive STEM experience for a group of elementary level boys who attend an after school program at the Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation community center in Back of the Yards. The purpose of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation is to work for healing and reconciliation in the midst of the violence and alienation in the neighborhood in which these students live.  The eight week program engaged students in thinking creatively, finding solutions, engaging collaboratively, and developing learning confidence.  This program will continue during 2016 and beyond.

Donna Kiel has developed a curricular innovation framework for Guerin College Prep High School, and has facilitated several workshops and mentoring sessions at the school as the faculty prepare to integrate an innovative model of STEAM curriculum. 

Harold London and Anna Marie Frank presented at DePaul’s Conference for Students with Small Children in April. Harold presented on the topic, “Bullying/Conflict Resolution” and Anna Marie presented on the topic, “Nutrition/Childhood Obesity.”

Recent Elementary Education graduate Erik Martinez was featured as an exemplary graduate in DePaul’s Newsroom.  

OIPL has created a year-long professional development plan for Sarah E. Good STEM Academy. The professional development sessions will be focused on utilizing and applying Understanding by Design, growth mindset practices and mindfulness integration through coaching and mentoring. 

In June, OIPL will be working with the China Education Research Network (CERNET) to facilitate another teacher training experience for secondary teachers in Beijing. This experience will focus on STEM education. OIPL will also facilitate an experience for China teachers focused on student centered learning.

For over two years, OIPL has facilitated professional development for the clinical faculty of Rush University Medical Center.  The success of this collaboration has continued to extend the learning to experiences of Donna Kiel mentoring and coaching the faculty of Rush.  This collaboration will extend throughout this summer as the Rush faculty work to create new curriculum for a revised calendar throughout the university.  

The International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate program for in-service teachers which was developed and coordinated out of OIPL has launched with 6 teachers from Bernhard Moos Elementary School.  The Moos teachers, along with the Interim Director of Gifted and IB programs from Chicago Public Schools, are the first to complete the IBEC at DePaul.  Donna Kiel is working with Moos teachers to gain their feedback as they go through the program.  

Akihiko Takahashi served as a keynote speaker and gave a series of demonstrations for teaching Grade 7 students in Ireland at the Math Counts 2016 national conference for secondary math teachers. 

Sandra Tanksley was elected as Committee Chair of Diversity for Staff Council.

Celebrating Teachers

Frank Tavano was invited by former student, Josh Greenburg, to be the graduation speaker at Newberry Academy in Lincoln Park on Saturday, June 18th. Josh is a teacher at Newberry Academy. 

Darrick Tovar-Murray is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumni Award from Western Michigan University.

Beverly Trezek was invited by the Victorian Deaf Education Institute to develop professional development modules for individuals working with young deaf children. She traveled to Melbourne, Australia in April to complete this work.

Beverly Trezek received a summer stipend from the University Quality of Instruction Council (QIC) to support the project titled “Addressing the ‘Neglected R’: Integrating Writing within the Reading Specialist Program”.

Beverly Trezek was invited to be a keynote speaker at the Cued Speech 50th Anniversary conference that will be held in Virginia in July.

James Wolfinger presented at the National Conference for History Education in April.

James Wolfinger presented at the Critical Questions in Education Conference in March.

James Wolfinger’s book Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry is now available through Cornell University Press. 

James Wolfinger presented at the New York Labor History Association in June.

James Wolfinger presented at the How Class Works Conference in June. 

James Wolfinger was featured on CLTV discussing the Chicago Teacher’s Union strike. 

Christopher Worthman’s article, "Capillary discourses, fissure points and tacitly confessing the self: Foucault’s later work and educational research," was published in the spring edition of the Journal of Adult & Continuing Education. 

The College of Education hosted its annual Celebrating Teachers reception and honorees were presented with an award at Honors Convocation. Nominating students recorded tribute videos for their teachers and a highlight reel was shared at the event. Recipients of the 2015-16 award are listed on the Celebrating Teachers website and full tribute videos will be available later this summer on the website. 

Christopher Worthman’s article, "Figuring Identities and Taking Action: Two Teenage Mothers’ Efforts to Negotiate Strategic and Practical Gender Needs within a Critical Literacy Program," was published in the Spring edition of Reflections: A Journal of Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing, and Service Learning.

Alumna Erika Wozniak (BS 2004 Elementary Education) was given the Everyday Hero award through the American Federation of Teachers. Erika is a teacher at Oriole Park Elementary School.

Liliana Zecker​ and Sarah Brown are among those COE members who contributed to the article “Finding Common Ground: Identifying and Eliciting Metacognition in ePortfolios Across Contexts” in the International Journal of ePortfolio.