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June 2021 Good News in the College of Education

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Sr. M. Paul McCaughey hosted the 2021 Summer Global Catholic Seminar to showcase various scholars' presentations about Catholic leadership and global education. The virtual seminar kicked off on June 22, 2021 with a special livestream event featuring remarks from Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, president of DePaul University and Dr. Paul Zionts, dean of DePaul University College of Education; a keynote address from Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; and reactions from a panel of educators. Videotaped presentations from COE’s very own Dr. Sonia Soltero, Dr. Paul Zionts, Dr. Barbara Rieckhoff, Dr Sally Julian, Sr. M. Paul McCaughey, Dr. Donna Kiel, Rev. Patrick McDevitt, and Rev. Anthony Dosen premiered on YouTube throughout the week. Special thanks to Meredith Gioia, Erin Rice, and COE GAs Monica Hurtado and Kate Hinkle for their assistance in organizing the event.

Hannah Hartung, a graduating senior from the Department of Teacher Education, has been awarded one of the highly competitive Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships for 2021-22 from the U.S. Department of State. Hannah will be heading to Taiwan for this exciting opportunity soon after she virtually crosses the graduation stage this June. Read more here​. 

COE PhD candidate Kathleen King is participating in an AERA Mentee program. The Mentee program was created as a partnership of the UCEA Graduate Student Council and AERA Leadership for School Improvement SIG 101.

COE student Anna Siewers was selected for the Richard J. and Joan M. Meister Scholarship. This scholarship lies in the tradition of DePaul scholars who critically reflect on social justice issues and utilize problem-solving methods to achieve societal goals and engage in service to the community.

On Wednesday, April 21, the 2021 Illinois School Counseling Association (ISCA) Virtual Annual Awards took place. Giuliana Scardina (2nd year CSE student) won the ISCA Graduate Student of the Year award and Alex Lloyd (MED 2017 Counseling), school counselor at King Academy of Social Justice, won Elementary School Counselor of the Year.

In April, Dr. Autumn Cabell presented at the Illinois Career Development Association's Spring conference. The presentation was entitled “Addressing the STEM Crisis: How counselors can support underrepresented students in STEM.”

Dr. Deanna Burgess was featured on the front page of Newsline. The article recognized her work facilitating conversations between teachers and students regarding ideas for building racial equity in archdiocese schools. Drs. Donna Kiel, Camille Auguste and Tina Curry were also mentioned in the article.

Several COE faculty members are recipients of awards from the URC or QIC: Drs. Anne Butler and Amy Feiker Hollenbeck (Summer Research Grant: Developing Continuity in HLPs: Implementation from Preservice Special Education Preparation to Induction); Dr. Chris Worthman (Summer Stipend: Integrating International Baccalaureate Curriculum in the Middle Grades and Secondary Education Program); Drs. Deanna Burgess and Autumn Cabell (Departmental Initiative Grant: Maintaining Accreditation: Implementing Tevera into the Counseling Program); Dr. Eric Brown (Competitive Research Grant: Risk and Protective Factors of Black Therapists Working with Black Clients); Dr. Mindy Kalchman (Summer stipend: The Structure of Function of Government in the life cycle of Education Policy Decisions: From the Feds to the State to the Field); and Dr. Sung Park-Johnson (Summer Research Grant: Morphosyntactic Development of Korean-English Bilingual Children).

Dr. Donna Kiel and her work with OIPL was highlighted in a piece in Chicago Tribune, “Students from 25 Catholic high schools have been gathering `to tell each other stories and listen' about race.”

Qianhui Tian, doctoral student and LLC Graduate Assistant, was awarded the New Student Organization of the Year for their creation of the COE International Student Group.

Dr. Rebecca Michel won the 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Sonia Soltero was elected President of University Faculty Council. She is the first faculty member of color elected President of DePaul’s Faculty Council.

Morgan Lempko (MED-Counseling 2021) won the CPS School Counseling High School Intern Impact Award.

The following COE Staff received Staff Recognition Awards for work above and beyond their normal responsibilities: Meredith Gioia, Nikki Nudo, Sarah Magnuson, Jordan Humphrey, Stephanie Parrillo McCullough, Dalila Gonzalez, Erin Rice, Nancy Hashimoto, Kate Liston, Alyssa Hepker, Jalen Hamilton, and Elyse Kienitz.

Dr. Rebecca Michel was featured on with a publication on the “Impact of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election on Politically Divided Relationships.”

Recent COE graduate Juan Sandoval was featured in Newsline about his background, poetry, and service. Juan also delivered the COE’s commencement address to his classmates.

Dr. Horace Hall was promoted to the rank of Professor.

Dr. Marie Donovan has agreed to be Acting Chair for the Department of Counseling and Special Education.

On May 22, two teams of inSTEM participants came in first and second place for the Young People’s Project Flagway Tournament.

DePaul Honors Program alumna Sarah Magnuson was interviewed for the alumni feature for the Honorable Mentions newsletter. She discusses being a Double Demon, working remotely for the COE, and her comedy background.

Dr. Hilary Conklin was lead author on a chapter in the National Academy of Education's new report “Educating for Civic Reasoning and Discourse,” released in April 2021.

Dr. Akihiko Takahashi published the book “Teaching Mathematics Through Problem-Solving A Pedagogical Approach from Japan.” This engaging book offers an in-depth introduction to teaching mathematics through problem-solving, providing lessons and techniques that can be used in classrooms for both primary and lower secondary grades.

OIPL was selected by the Office of Catholic Schools to facilitate its RISE racial equity program for 300 Catholic high school students. Dr. Deanna Burgess, Dr. Donna Kiel, and two OIPL adjuncts have been working with the students on creating a vision of racial equity for Catholic schools and for identifying the challenges and solutions to racial equity within our Catholic high schools. The culmination of this work was a gathering with the students and the DePaul team to share the work with Cardinal Cupich.

Dr. Darrick Tovar-Murray was featured in a Wiley Publishing press release that discussed his recently published article, “Sociodemographics, beliefs, and attitudes as determinants of college students' career aspirations.”

This year’s Ikeda Lecture, hosted by the Institute for Daisaku Ikeda Studies in Education, included roughly 1500 people in attendance. Cynthia Dillard delivered a wonderful talk on the significance of Black feminism in society serving the essential needs of education.

Drs. Barbara Rieckhoff and Sharon Damore published, “Leading Reflective Practices in Montessori Schools” in the Journal of Montessori Research.

This spring, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago and DePaul, Dr. Deanna Burgess helped facilitate a series of virtual meetings in which student representatives from Catholic high school across the Archdiocese came together to address racial inequities in response to last summer’s murder of George Floyd and its aftermath. During the monthly meetings, participants identified challenges and created visions and potential solutions for their respective schools to achieve racial justice and equity.

The Office of Catholic Schools New Teacher Mentoring Program wrapped up May 28 after over 100 hours of direct consult with new teachers and their assigned mentors at elementary schools across the Archdiocese. The resulting micro-credential will continue to be expanded and developed to meet the challenges of effective teaching and teacher retention.

Dr. Autumn Cabell had a new publication come out this month in The Professional Counselor, “It’s Never Too Late: High School Counselors’ Support of Underrepresented Students’ Interest in STEM.”

This May, Drs. Melissa Ockerman, Eva Patrikakou, and Sasha Novakovic successfully partnered with Chicago Public Schools and received approval from their Review Board to conduct a project titled “School Counselor's Perceptions of Preparedness for College and Career Readiness Counseling”.

A co-authored proposal by Drs. Sasha Novakovic, Eva Patrikakou, and Melissa Ockerman was accepted for presentation at the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2021 Conference to be held in October.