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June 2022 Good News in the College of Education

The DePaul COE Education Doctoral Student Association (EDSA) annual conference took place on Saturday, May 21, 2022. The virtual conference was very well attended, featuring panel presentations by DePaul students and faculty. Andrea Rehani (doctoral program Graduate Assistant and EDSA President), Nicole Osborne (EDSA Vice President), and Qazi Muhammad Faaizuddin Biabani (EDSA Secretary) were involved in planning and running the conference along with the support of Melissa Bradford, PhD, EDSA faculty advisor.
The Faculty and Student Presenters at the EDSA conference included:

  • Melissa Bradford, PhD (COE Faculty)
  • Anthony DeCesare, PhD (COE Faculty)
  • Thomas Noel, PhD (COE Faculty)
  • Amira Proweller, PhD (COE Faculty)
  • Kimberly Lloyd, PhD (COE doctoral program alumna)
  • Courtney Griffin (COE doctoral student)
  • Sabrina Sanders (COE doctoral student)
  • David Collins (COE doctoral student)
  • Ariel Sylvester (COE doctoral student)
  • Paul Pearson (COE doctoral student)
  • Melissa Feiger (COE doctoral student)
  • Brian Maj (COE doctoral student)
  • April Greer (COE doctoral student)
  • Erik Parsons (COE doctoral student)
  • Danny Costello (LA&S master's student and Doctoral Program GA for writing support)
  • Joel Bock (LA&S doctoral student)
  • Amy Weatherford (COE doctoral student)
  • Camilla Penni (COE doctoral student)

On May 20, 2022, Jason Goulah, PhD delivered the concluding keynote address, "Paulo Freire, Daisaku Ikeda, and the Sōka Heritage of Education: Pedagogies of Hope, Joy, and Human Becoming," at the international Paulo Freire Centennial Conference: Education, Democracy & Citizenship, hosted by the Paulo Freire Institute at UCLA (May 19-20, 2022).

Mindy Kalchman, PhD was awarded the first annual Excellence in Teaching Award for the University Honors Program! All faculty teaching 200 and 300 levels courses in the University Honors Program during the 2021-2022 AY were eligible. Kalchman was also awarded a 2022 QIC Summer Stipend to support her work in preparing to teach in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Finally, the latest issue of Mathematics Teaching: Learning & Teaching PK-12 featured an article by Kalchman entitled "Revisiting Reinhart for Uncertain Teaching Times". 

Jim Duignan, MFA announced that next steps are being planned in determining how the principles and methods that the Stockyard Institute embodies — those of care, curiosity and love — can be the foundation for building an innovative, Chicago-centric museum education platform. Read more about the ongoing efforts here​.

Alicia Funes, LPC, a DePaul school counseling graduate and current adjunct instructor, was recently elected to the Illinois School Counseling Association (ISCA) Board. As always, we are so proud of the continued good work of our instructors and students and their many contributions to our field and community!

Recently, Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Content: Using Picture Books for Differentiated Teaching in K-3 Classrooms, by Katherine Kapustka, EdD (faculty) and Sarah Bright (alumna) was published by Routledge. 

The Education and Counseling Center is now on Instagram! Over the few short days the ECC has been on Instagram, it has already attracted a following of DePaul students as well as families in the community who use ECC services. The Instagram page highlights ECC programs, including counseling, tutoring, and the reading remediation program for children in the community. In addition, content will show DePaul students what the ECC is and why they should join the community, as well as families in Chicago who will want to use ECC’s services. Enjoy fun and educational content @depaulecc

Roxanne Owens, PhD took the time on April 5th to sit down with other faculty and students to educate them on the field of education! Students came in with questions about their field of interest and were eager to hear Dr. Owens’ story and career tips. She talked in depth about her journey as a professor, author, and sought-after speaker. Dr. Owens engaged the group with how bowling has become a big part of her life, both professionally and personally, as well as advice she gives to college students today. Students, sandwiches, and successful professors = the recipe of a fun and educational event!

Jason Goulah, PhD, delivered the following three presentations at the 2022 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego, CA (April 21-25): "Daisaku Ikeda, and Hope and Joy in Education," paper presented in Hope and Joy in Curriculum Studies: Engaging with Daisaku Ikeda’s Thought; "Daisaku Ikeda, and Peace, Justice, and Value Creation as Curriculum," paper presented in Theorizing Nonviolence and Peace in Curriculum Studies: International Conversations on Interdependence in a Worldwide Pandemic; and "Human Education in the Posthuman Anthropocene: Reshaping Our Interdependencies with Nature, Technology, and Social Constructs," paper presented in Re-examining Place-Based Interdependencies Toward Equitable Education.

Andi Rehani
Andrea "Andy" Rehani (Curriculum Studies PhD candidate and president of the DePaul Education Doctoral Student Association, 2021-2023) was featured on the April Dialogue Studio podcast, hosted by the Ikeda Center for Peace, Learning and Dialogue in Cambridge, MA. In the episode, Dialogue Studio host, Lillian I, speaks with Andy about her experiences attending the Center’s virtual Dialogue Nights; how she is engaging with Daisaku Ikeda’s writings in her research; her reflections on “the poetic spirit”; and the role that dialogue plays in her life–both personally and professionally. Listen to the episode HERE. 14. Marwa Elmasry, graduate of DePaul COE programs in Bilingual-Bicultural Education and Curriculum Studies, received the 2022 Illinois Bilingual Teacher of the Year Award! Conferred by Illinois State Superintendent of Education Carmen Ayala, the award recognizes the best of the teaching profession in Illinois and especially teachers whose work positively impacts the culture of their school and community. Marwa received the award for her advocacy for linguistic justice and representation of Arabic students in the curriculum. She is a language teacher at Oak Lawn Community High School. Check out the announcement here

In April, Hilary Conklin, PhD presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. The paper was co-authored with Paula McAvoy (NC State), Jane Lo (Michigan State), and Diana Hess (U of Wisconsin-Madison) and was titled "Sharing Authority in the Classroom: Civic Reasoning and the Art of Being Comfortable with Productive Discomfort."

Hope and Joy in Education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda Across Curriculum and Context (Teachers College Press, 2021), co-edited by Jason Goulah, PhD, and with chapters by COE faculty Nozomi Inukai, PhD, and Melissa Bradford, EdD, received the 2022 Outstanding Book Award from the Society of Professors of Education at its annual meeting in April. The Society of Professors of Education is one of the oldest and most respected academic associations in the country. Established in 1902, its founding members include John Dewey, Charles DeGarmo, and Walter B. Jacobs. Nuñez, I., & Goulah, J. (Eds.). (2021). Hope and joy in education: Engaging Daisaku Ikeda across curriculum and context. Teachers College Press

On April 25, 2022, Amy Clark, PhD presented at a Virtual Roundtable Session entitled "Linguistic Mediation, Language Attitudes, and Learning in Bilingual Classrooms" at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference. The title of her presentation was, "Flexible Co-Construction of Meaning: Facilitating Emergent Bi/multilingual Children's Exploratory Talk in Spanish Literature Discussions."

Last month, Andrea Kayne, JD had a video presentation about her book, Kicking Ass in a Corset, Jane Austen’s 6 Principles for Living and Leading from the Inside Out featured on Faculti. The Faculti Platform is an important reference tool which gives users instant access to relevant and up-to-date academic and professional research insights. This continually expanding media library of news, analysis, facts and figures includes insights from The United Nations, the British Parliament, the Bank of England, the Federal Reserve, Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and academic and research institutions worldwide. The Faculti audience is predominantly the higher education, academic and research community, but also associated professional organizations such as financial institutions, policy organizations, think tanks, hospitals, and schools. Faculti is an inclusive platform that works with new PhD students through to Nobel Laureates. Check out the video presentation here​.

Last month, Bianca Brown, a special education undergraduate student in the College of Education, was announced as a Golden Apple Scholar. The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors, as well as first and second-year college students who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in schools-of-need. Selected students receive tuition assistance, a paid summer internship in teaching, ongoing mentoring and support from award-winning teachers, and job placement assistance. In return, Golden Apple Scholars commit to teaching for five years in an Illinois school-of-need after college.

On May 11, 2022, a DePaul College of Education Alum, Sharon Ponder-Ballard, a 9th grade English teacher at Englewood STEM, was announced the 2022 winner of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Golden Apple winners receive a $5,000 check and a free spring semester-long sabbatical. Check out the feature in Block Club Chicago about Sharon Ponder-Ballard here.

A recent article in Block Club Chicago highlighted the work of Katie Moran, a DePaul school counseling alumna and CSL Advisory Board Member. She and her co-counselor Erin DuBose created an inclusive curriculum at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary, a local CPS elementary school serving more than 900 students. Said one teacher, “There’s no doubt that Kate and Erin are changing and saving lives because children struggle with their mental health when they’re not being seen fully and authentically at a young age.” Check out the article featured here.

On May 23, 2022, The Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA) announced its annual award winners and our very own College of Education graduate student, Mia Anderson, was awarded the IL School Counseling Graduate Student of the Year (for the entire state)!

On June 9, 2022, the Distinguished Services Awards took place at the Lincoln Park Student Center, honoring DePaul’s faculty and staff members who are celebrating 10 years or more of service to the university. This year, over 260 faculty and staff members were honored. Check out the list of honorees HERE.​

On May 29, 2022, College of Education students, under the guidance of Jim Duignan, MFA, built dolls to honor each of the 19 children who lost their lives on May 24th at the Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Jim Duignan had shared with his 344 class the powerful work of artist, educator, and friend Rochele Royster, whose Dolls4Peace project he had included in two major exhibitions. Each doll in Royster's project across Chicago and now involved in over 70 schools, identifies children impacted by gun violence, and each doll represents a child wounded or killed. Inspired by Royster’s work, Duignan had his students build dolls representing the 19 children of Robb Elementary whose lives were lost, and which have been sent to Robb Elementary School and to their memorial at the school and town center.

Below is a photo of the students and the dolls they created, which have already been quietly shipped to Uvalde, Texas. Duignan notes, “I praised them [the students in his class] Friday morning in speaking of their character and the choice to battle forward towards their dreams of being educators amidst consistent and unwavering personal setbacks from outside. They are Encouraged by a strength from this time, and I recognized and found that necessary to share among everything else.”

Dolls for Texas