Good News in the College of Education

Mojdeh Bayat presented for the Council for Exceptional Children webinar “Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues: What We Need to Know”. She discussed some of the major causes of mental health issues and challenging behaviors in children and taught best practices and simple strategies for promoting mental health and appropriate behaviors in early childhood and beyond.

Alumnus Ricardo “Ricky” Castro (EDU ’07) was named 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year. He is a language arts and Spanish heritage teacher at Elk Grove High School in Township High School District 214.

Hilary Conklin and her colleague Lauren Gatti were awarded a Spencer small grant: Learning to Teach in an Urban Teacher Residency and a Traditional Teacher Education Program: A Comparative Study of Differing Program Features.

An Op-Ed written by Hilary Conklin and DePaul colleague Molly Andolina was published in the Washington Post.

NewCity Art featured a profile on Jim Duignan and his work with the Stockyard Institute and the Rebuilding Exchange.

John Gieger was elected chair of the University Staff Council Staff Resources Committee.

Jason Goulah will serve as a member of the Faculty Vetting Committee for the Presidential Search.

Jason Goulah and Sung Park-Johnson presented at a panel discussion at the International Society for Language Studies conference in June.

Nancy Hashimoto was elected University Staff Council Vice President.

As a member of the Ethics Commission of Victims of State Crimes, Stephen Haymes was invited to Colombia in September to participate in the formal signing ceremony of the final peace agreement for the termination of conflict between the Government of Colombia and the insurgency in Havana, Cuba.

Amy Feiker Hollenbeck, Melissa Ockerman, and Eva Patrikakou co-authored the article “Needs and Contradictions: Evidence from a National RTI study” in The Professional Counselor.

Diane Horwitz hosted the 2016-2017 Fall Education Issues Forum “The Challenge of Teaching in a Racially and Politically Polarized Time” on October 25th. Over 200 participants attended. A video of the event can be found on CAN TV.

Erin Mason and Melissa Ockerman will be the keynote presenters at this year's IL Counselor Association's Annual Conference on April 7th and the IL School Counselor Association's Annual Conference on April 21st. During the conferences, they will also host book signings for their co-authored book, 101 Solutions for School Counselors and Leaders in Challenging Times.


Sr. M. Paul McCaughey will complete her second term as an educational advisor to the Committee for Catholic Education at the November meeting of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

Rebecca Michel was named the Illinois Counselor Educator of the Year.

Gonzalo Obelleiro delivered an address as an invited speaker titled “The Case for a Moderate, Creative Multiculturalism" at the 2016 SIMS International Conference “Multicultural Society with the Next Generation” in Seoul, Korea on October 7th.

Melissa Ockerman co-edited a special issue of The Professional Counselor, titled, "School Counselors and a Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Cultivating Systemic Change and Equitable Outcomes". 

Melissa Ockerman received a Vincentian Endowment Fund grant to present at the International Perspectives on Addictions conference in Dublin, Ireland.

Sung Park-Johnson’s article entitled Code Mixing as a Window into Language Dominance: Evidence from Korean Heritage Speakers was accepted by the Heritage Language Journal (to appear in 2017).  

The Office of Field Experiences and Student Teaching is thrilled to welcome Joline Platt as the new Clinical Experience Coordinator. 

The Golden Apple Foundation has partnered with many universities, including DePaul, to promote the scholarship offered within their program. Barbara Rieckhoff is serving as a scholarship program liaison. 

Sonia Soltero was interviewed for the article “Dual language programs to expand, but fears over money linger” in Catalyst Chicago.

Sonia Soltero was appointed as one of four faculty who will serve as a member of the Presidential Search Committee.

Sonia Soltero’s new book Dual Language Education: Program Design and Implementation was recently published.

Sonia Soltero was a Keynote Speaker at the National Association for Bilingual Education Annual Dual Language Symposium in Puerto Rico this summer.

Sonia Soltero was invited to serve on the National Bilingual Education Standards Task Force.

Sonia Soltero was invited to participate in the Inaugural Regional Roundtable Future of Latinos in the US: Law, Opportunity, and Mobility convened by the American Bar Foundation and Northwestern University.

College of Education alumni Mabel “Dolly” Staton (EDU ’55) was the feature profile in the summer issue of DePaul Magazine. At age 19, she participated in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. After completing her track career, Dolly went on to become the first black teacher hired at Paulsboro High School in New Jersey, where she taught for many years. 

Sandra Tanksley was elected chair of the University Staff Council Diversity Committee.

Sandra Tanksley will serve as a member of the Staff Vetting Committee for the Presidential Search.

James Wolfinger will serve as a member of the Faculty Vetting Committee for the Presidential Search.

James Wolfinger​ has given a variety of presentations for his new book, Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry. He has presented at Drexel University, Temple University, Albright College, Pennsylvania Historical Association Conference, Urban History Association Conference, Bindlestiff Bookstore, Transport Workers Union, and on “Pennsylvania Books”, a television show on Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Dean Zionts was interviewed by Good Day DePaul for their November 2, 2016 episode, about the Chicago Teachers’ Union’s contract agreement with the City of Chicago.

The Education and Counseling Center was featured in DePaul’s Newsline​.