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December 2020 Good News in the College of Education

​Welcome t​o Good News in the College of Education, a listing of some of the great things our faculty, staff, and students have accomplished recently.

COE student Marisa Hoge interned with COE adjunct faculty member Danielle Arens at The Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center during Fall Quarter 2020. Marisa developed a virtual Exercise and Workout Library to promote DePaul Campus Recreation's Find Your Fit Program, which encourages students, faculty, and staff to work together on improving the health and well-being of the campus community. The Find Your Fit Exercise and Workout Library​ helps the campus community learn how to properly perform exercises through videos and detailed written descriptions, stay active by participating in a variety of workouts, and have fun discovering new ways to move virtually and at The Ray.

Gerald Cruz joins the Advising Office in December 2020. A graduate of COE Secondary Social Science, he returns to advise Secondary Education, TEACH, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling students. Welcome back to the COE, Gerald!

On November 2, 2020, alumna Pamela Nehrke (MED 2020 Counseling) and Dr. Melissa Ockerman presented at the IL School Counselor Association Conference. The title of the presentation was, “Trauma-Informed Care through an MTSS Lens.”

The Illinois Reading Council is pleased to announce the publication of its first special issue on How Books for our Youngest Readers Inspire Action Towards Equity. It is the Winter '21 issue​ (Vol. 49, Issue 1) and includes a collection of articles and columns valuable to teachers, parents, and anyone interested in children's literature. This is also the first journal publication for Curriculum Studies doctoral student Erik Parsons, who served as the Special Issue Associate Editor. The collection of articles and columns will have distinct value for teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in children's literature and its influence on society.

School Counseling students completed school-based needs assessments and community asset maps for four CPS schools: Benito Juarez High School, Brighton Park Elementary School, Englewood STEM High School, and Hamline Elementary.

The Illinois Association of School Nurses (IASN) hosted their 63rd Annual Conference, “The Year of the Nurse: Celebrating Health Healing & Leadership,” on October 2-3 and inaugurated Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN as President. Barrera is a proud longtime adjunct faculty of DePaul University in both the School of Nursing and College of Education. “School nurses were at the frontlines before stay-at-home orders went into effect, and we are demonstrating how essential the role of a school nurse is to the health, safety, and well-being of students, staff, and the communities across the state of Illinois,” said Barrera. Find out more about IASN at

Counseling students, in collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Michel and Meredith Gioia, created wellness resources for public use. A “Self-Care” resource section has been added ​with videos linked. In addition, videos have been added to the “Student-Created Resources” playlist on our YouTube Channel. Every Wednesday and Friday, one of the videos will be showcased on the COE’s Facebook page.

Dr. Tony DeCesare published the journal article “Centered Democratic Education: Public Schools as Civic Centers” in Philosophical Studies in Education.

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, the Delta Phi Upsilon chapter of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society held its first ever member initiation. The CSI DPU chapter was established at DePaul this past spring and this virtual initiation event marked an important milestone in the group's first year on campus. The 46 new initiates have now joined the ranks of over 125,000 CSI-initiated counseling professionals worldwide. CSI aims to promote excellence in the profession of Counseling. If you are interested in learning more about involvement in the DPU chapter, please contact Counseling student Anna Siewers, Chapter President (  and follow along on Instagram @dpu.csi​. The chapter is under the guidance of Dr. Rebecca Michel and Dr. Melissa Ockerman.

Drs. Eva Patrikakou, Melissa Ockerman, and Amy Feiker Hollenbeck published an article that appeared in the November issue of The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision.