Good News in the College of Education

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

COE Connections

Celebrating Teachers
Christine Mei and Rick Foerster. Photo courtesy of MPT.

College of Education Celebrates Teachers

The College hosted its annual Celebrating Teacher Reception On June 8, 2017. Six K-12 educators were presented with this year’s award. The initiative, now in its fifth year, invites DePaul juniors and seniors to nominate a K-12 educator who has made an impact in their life. A list of this year’s awardees and student nominators is below: Timothy DeBoer (Joliet West High School), nominated by Matthew Verive (CDM) Rick Foerster (Crystal Lake Central High School), nominated by Christine Mei (CSH) Kathy Poulopoulos (Greenbrook Elementary School), nominated by Isolda Gargano (COE) Lynn Love (Byron High School), nominated by Mirlinda Isai (CSH) Aubrey Smith (Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy), nominated by Kevin Horwitz (SNL) Jaimee Stephens (Our Lady of Tepeyac High School), nominated by Ana Cortes (COE)

Sensory Friendly Performance
Photo Credit: DePaul University/Diane Smutny

College of Education Faculty create first sensory-friendly performance at Theater School

Anne Butler, assistant instructional professor, and Linsey Sabielny, assistant professor, coordinated with the Theater School to create the first sensory-friendly performance. A story was featured in DePaul’s Newsline.

College of Education Autism Experts featured in DePaul’s Newsroom

Mojdeh Bayat, professor, Eva Patrikakou, associate professor, Linsey Sabielny, assistant professor, and Dean Paul Zionts were interviewed by DePaul’s Newsroom in the article “Autism experts at DePaul University discuss education, awareness: Scholars explain advances in representation and care for people with autism.”

CFO of Police
Photo Credit: DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Educational Leadership Program Collaborates with Chicago Fraternal Order of the Police

The Educational Leadership Program’s Fraternal Order of the Police cohort and Leodis Scott, assistant professor, were featured in an article in Newsline.

OIPL and Rush Medical College

OIPL and Rush Medical
Photo courtesy of OIPL.

The Office of Innovative Professional Learning (OIPL) continued its work with the faculty of Rush Medical College at Rush University. Recently, Donna Kiel, director and instructional assistant professor, and David Bates engaged faculty of the doctoral program in a session of creating rubrics for their online teaching called, “Stress-free Rubrics.” OIPL has offered workshops and mentoring for the faculty at Rush for three years and the partnership will extend into 2018.

OIPL Launches International Online Teaching Certification Program

OIPL successfully launched its online International Baccalaureate Educator Certificate in Teaching and Learning. Teachers from Moos Elementary, Pritzker College Prep, Daystar School, and Kellogg Elementary enrolled in the IB certificate program. The IBEC program is truly global and currently enrolls teachers from across the United States, China, South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

OIPL Research & Education Workshops

OIPL Research and Education Workshops
Photo courtesy of OIPL.
This spring, OIPL in collaboration with the Chinese Education and Research Network (CERNET), held teacher education workshops in Beijing. Roxanne Owens, associate professor and chair of the department of teacher education, and James Wolfinger, professor and associate dean of curriculum and programs, led two week-long training sessions for educators in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. The sessions, titled “Interdisciplinary Integrated Teaching and Evaluation,” were extremely well received. OIPL will be working with CERNET to lead additional training sessions this summer. Upcoming topics will include teacher leadership, diversified innovative teaching methods, reflective teaching, classroom teaching and critical thinking, individualized instruction and assessment methods, student-centered learning and experiential teaching, interdisciplinary curriculum design and instruction, psychological health education and teaching based on brain science.

REAL Group
Photo courtesy of R.E.A.L.

R.E.A.L. and ARK

The R.E.A.L. Youth program, directed by Horace Hall, associate professor, partnered with the ARK of St. Sabina, a community youth center located on the St. Sabina campus in Chicago, to develop curriculum designed to prepare high school age youth for next steps—both academically and socially. Between February and June, program meetings were held once a month on Friday evenings on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus. The collaboration aims to do more than just introduce college campus life. They also want to educate high school age youth on how to successfully navigate and negotiate that space in the direction of degree completion. R.E.A.L. engaged between 7-10 ARK high school students monthly in exploring their interests in entering post-secondary institutions; developing new skills for the college domain; acquiring hands-on college classroom experiences; and improving their ability to succeed in higher education.

Sharon Draper and Faculty
Photo Credit: Roxanne Owens

Honorary Degree Recipient Sharon Draper Special Event with Local Elementary Schools

On Friday, June 9th, the College of Education provided transportation for 6th grade students from two partner schools—Moos Elementary and Prieto Elementary—to the DePaul Lincoln Park Campus to listen to Sharon Draper discuss her award-winning novel, Out of My Mind. The novel details the experience of a middle school girl with Cerebral Palsy. The COE provided each school with copies of the novel prior to the event. At the event, Ms. Draper explained the process of writing the book and the importance of looking beyond the physical differences of people. The teachers and students found the experience to be inspirational and motivating.

Spring Forum Broadcast

The Spring Forum, “Advancing Democracy and Justice in Public Education in the Trump/DeVos Era,” was broadcast on CAN-TV in May. If you missed the broadcast, you may view the forum on YouTube.

Faculty, Staff and Student Accomplishments

Virginia McElwain delivers student address. Photo provided by: Jeff Carrion.

Commencement 2017

The College of Education celebrated Commencement on June 10th at Rosemont Theater. The 2017 graduating class included 139 undergraduates and 326 graduates. The College presented honorary degrees to Sharon Draper, distinguished teacher, New York Times best-selling author and five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and Sister Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, S.C , president and CEO of St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York and a nationally recognized leader in higher education. Virginia McElwain, a candidate for a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education, delivered the student address. 

  • Good News to Go

    Get Good News in PDF format to share with others.


  • Share your Good News

    If you are a COE student or alumni, please email Sarah Magnuson with your Good News.


  • Good News on Facebook

    Follow us on Facebook to get a regular dose of Good News.