A group in Missouri is crafting a ballot proposal that would end tenure protections for public school teachers and instead make their employment contingent on student achievement. COE faculty memeber Kathleen Sullivan Brown discussed tenure for educators recently with KMOV (Channel 4). Brown said tenure has its place and believes a new system the state is starting will be better than revoking tenure altogether.
Mark Pope recently discussed his 35+ years of work advocating for LGBT individuals, as well as all members of underrepresented and culturally marginalized groups in American society. Known as the grandparent of career counseling for the LGBT community, Pope is a recognized international expert in various aspects of counseling with sexual minorities, including gay and lesbian career development, violence in schools against sexual minority youths, sexual behavior in aging gay men and psychological testing with sexual minorities. Link to full article here
COE doctoral student Alena Tunprasert-Ahrens published a book review in the journal Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. The book she reviewed is called Destruction in the Performative.
ECETS doctoral student Meredith Labadie recently presented research at two conferences. On Nov. 1, she presented a paper called Using Children’s Literature to Scaffold Connections and Critical Responses in a Kindergarten Classroom at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers 2013 annual conference. On Dec. 6, she presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association called Becoming Critically Literate: Case Studies of Three Diverse Kindergarten Students.
Rebecca Rogers was appointed to the University of Missouri System Advisory Committee for the 2013-2014 Presidential Awards. These awards are presented annually to the student, community and faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to the University of Missouri.
Wolfgang Althof was appointed president of the Association for Moral Education during their annual conference in Montreal last month. He will serve as president through 2016. Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Endowed Professor of Citizenship Education in the college and serves as director of the Center for Character and Citizenship. For the last 15 years, his focus has been on moral and character development and citizenship education in school-wide programs and on their contribution to school and staff development. He oversees the Missouri Youth Engaged in Local Government (MY LOGO) program, and Kids Voting Missouri. MY LOGO teaches students about local government and issues in Missouri. Kids Voting Missouri gives students a chance to learn about and take part in the voting process. Link to full story here.
Educators, scholars and policy-makers will soon have an online, interactive resource for character education, thanks to $1.5 million in grants awarded to the Center for Character and Citizenship in the College of Education.
The purpose of the three-year project, led by Marvin W. Berkowitz and Melinda C. Bier, associate director of the center, is to increase the quality, visibility and commitment of developing and implementing effective character education in the United States. The project is funded by an $850,000 gift from the John Templeton Foundation, a $600,000 grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and a $50,000 matching gift from the Harry S. Singer Foundation. The center is partnering with the college’s Technology and Learning Center to ensure that as new character education research emerges, a multi-media platform allows for flexible and continuous updating. Also, St. Louis-based Ready Impact Strategies, LLC will support the project with strategic communication and engagement efforts that focus on the project’s three audiences:.
The project’s goal is to establish a sustainable, trustworthy source of research information that illuminates what positively shapes children’s character, values and virtues. Full story here
Laura Westhoff presented her current research on Highlander Folk School at an international conference in Salzburg, Austria on November 21-22. The interdisciplinary conference brought together scholars from Europe, Asia, South and North America to explore the theme, Appreciating Local Knowledge. Her presentation, Local Knowledge and Expertise at Highlander Research and Education Center, focused on the development of participatory action research at Highlander. The Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg hosted the conference.
Kathleen Sullivan Brown has been named a Fellow of the Public Policy Research Center for 2013-14. Brown is studying the current school transfer controversy in which Missouri law stipulates that students in unaccredited school districts may transfer to accredited districts and have tuition paid by their home districts.
Tobias Receives Alumni Award
Grayling Tobias (BSEd 1980) received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the UMSL Alumni Association at the university’s Founders Dinner on Sept. 19. After graduating from UMSL, Tobias played for the Major League Baseball farm teams of the Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers. He served as an instructional leader in the Hazelwood School District, one of the largest in the state, and played a critical role in its stability and growth. As superintendent, he has reorganized the Hazelwood district, revised existing curricula, developed new ones and continues to make a difference in the lives of children. Full story here
Cirgger Writes Op-Ed on Building Codes
UMSL alumnus David Crigger, BSEd 2009 and MS biology 2013, wrote an Op-Ed piece on building codes that was recently published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He recently wrapped an internship with the Sierra Club Missouri chapter where he conducted research on building codes in 12 to 15 St. Louis area municipalities. His research concluded that most of the St. Louis area uses residential building codes that are not up to the national standard. He shared his findings in a recent Op-Ed piece published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Link to story here.
Alina Slapac was among 100 outstanding educators from the St. Louis region who received a 2013 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The educators where honored at a November reception hosted by Emerson Electric Company at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton. The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program, sponsored by Emerson, annually recognizes educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field. Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions. Honorees are announced and recognized with a Tiffany crystal apple at the awards ceremony and reception every fall.