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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.


Dr. Kiel launched an innovative social-emotional learning (SEL) pilot program at Pope John Paul XXII school. The program, being coordinated by the Office of Catholic Schools Social Emotional Learning Director, is designed to help schools create a foundation of social emotional competencies for all members of the school community. She also provided the task force with guiding practices and a road map to begin the work of integrating SEL throughout the school. In coming months, Dr. Kiel will also work with the other four schools in the pilot that include;St. Matthias, AACA, and Infant Jesus of Prague.


Students at table

The College of Education hosted its annual Student Employee Appreciation Luncheon on January 15th. We are very thankful for all the help they provide our faculty and staff. Their cooperative spirit and attention to detail enable us to meet our goals. The CoE is excited to see what they accomplish in the future! Thank you to Stephanie McCullough and Sandra Tanksley in conjunction with the Dean for organizing this event.

Cohort working together

Sr Mary Paul McCaughey has launched a Catholic K-12 Leadership Cohort on the campus of Old St. Mary’s School in the South Loop. In partnership with the Archdiocese of Chicago, sixteen teachers are participating in a four course sequence that will lead them to a Master’s degree in Leadership for the Teacher Leader or Principal Endorsement.


Amy Clark
Professional Lecturer

Dr. Amy Clark’s Cultural Relevance and Linguistic Flexibility in Literature Discussions with Emergent Bilingual Children was accepted by the Bilingual Research Journal. 

“They Almost Become the Teacher”: Pre-K to Third Grade Teachers’ Experiences Reading and Discussing Culturally Relevant Texts with Their Students was published in Reading Horizons in December. Dr. Clark was the first of two authors. 

Donna Kiel
Instructional Assistant Professor 

Dr. Kiel and OIPL hosted 21 principals from elementary schools across the Archdiocese of Chicago for two faith leadership professional development workshops in October and January as part of an year-long Faith Leadership Micro-credential program. 

Dr. Kiel and OIPL coordinated another teacher training program in Beijing, China. Josh Stone, an OIPL adjunct instructor facilitated training in critical thinking and lesson design for 150 K-12 teachers in China. Furthermore, OIPL will facilitate four additional teacher training sessions in Beijing focused on; leadership practices, student-centered learning, and brain science in teaching. 

As part of a grant award from the Barat Education Foundation and the Library of Congress, Dr. Kiel launched a three course Civics and Primary Source Teaching Micro-credential program. Teachers and leaders from across the nation are taking part in the micro-credential program sponsored by the grant from the LOC.

Sung Park-Johnson
Associate Professor 

Dr. Park-Johnson’s article, Teachers’ Attitudes and Beliefs About Code-Mixing by Bilingual Students, was published in Educational Studies. 

Dr. Park-Johnson presented her research entitled ‘Code-Switching by Young Korean Heritage Speakers: Evidence of Low Heritage Language Proficiency?’ at the National Heritage Language Resource Center’s Eleventh Heritage Language Research Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in June 2019. 

She also presented her talk entitled Early Heritage and Second Language Learning in an Immersion Preschool Context at the International Symposium on Bilingualism in Edmonton, Canada in June 2019 and presented her research entitled ‘Language Development and Choice by Emergent Bilinguals in Immersion Preschool Setting’ at the International Symposium of Monolingual and Bilingual Speech in Chania, Greece in August 2019. 

Barbara Rieckhoff
Associate Dean 

Dr. Barbara Rieckhoff published her article, School Leader Perceptions: Coaching Tool and Process along with Sharon Damore this month.


Women at laptop computer

Karem Asaf doctoral student at DePaul University and Principal at West Park Academy met with Professor Emma Liddy of Liverpool Hope University to plan field placements for 9 Masters level students who will visit in April for three weeks. 

Dr. Emily Kraus, alumni from the BBE masters and CS doctoral program was hired as the new Assistant Director of Special Programs at the DePaul’s Global Engagement Office.

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