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Seth-Aaron Martinez’s career demonstrates the range of futures a degree from the School of Education can provide. He graduated in 2015 with a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology and now works for Adobe Inc. as a program manager and coach in global talent development.

A $500,000 grant will help the School of Education faculty complete a new project to support foster youth and improve their educational trajectory. This randomized controlled trial provides an important opportunity for the School of Education to collaborate with Child Advocates, Inc., on a scientific investigation to identify the best possible intervention approach for moderately at-risk middle and secondary students in the Marion County, Indiana, foster care system.

School of Education alumna Mariah Pol was a continent away when she found out she had been chosen as the 2019 Indiana History Teacher of the Year. Pol is in her fifth year teaching seventh and eighth-grade Social Studies at Barker Middle School in Michigan City, Indiana. Pol has incorporated her international work into her classroom lessons and calls teaching one of the most rewarding professions.

A new anthology written by Rwandan and U.S. students has been released as part of an ongoing partnership to increase literacy. The anthology is an annual part of the Books and Beyond project, a collaborative service-learning project that connects the Kabwende Primary School (KPS) in Kinigi, Rwanda, with Indiana University’s Global Living-Learning Center and The Project School in Bloomington.

Dual language programming continues to expand around the country, and researchers from the School of Education are doing their part to help school corporations learn more. The Dual Language Immersion Summer Institute, now in its fourth year, took place this month and included 41 teachers and administrators from eight different school districts around Indiana.

Carl Darnell has been named the Interim Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the School of Education. The position, effective for one year starting July 1, is the first of its kind at the school and one of many steps the school continues to take to increase diversity amongst faculty, staff and students.

Patricia Kubow received the Research Leadership Award from the Association of North America Higher Education International (ANAHEI). The award honors the contributions of an educator to research in the field of global issues and education, reflected in a lengthy commitment to the field as demonstrated by research publications in global and international education, and recognizes international educators worldwide.

School leaders, attorneys and researchers shared their expertise on relevant topics about education law at this year’s Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute. Now in its sixth year, the institute included breakout sessions and discussions from a range of issues, including child abuse and neglect, religion in schools, Title IX and a keynote by McCarthy on student expression in the digital age.

Graduates come from several states around the nation and countries all over the world. They represent the very best of the future of the education world, with careers ranging from classroom teaching to educational research. In total, almost 400 undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees and certificates from a wide range of programs offered at the School of Education were conferred this weekend.

Diversifying our teacher ranks continues to be a challenge that must be met, especially given studies demonstrating the impact just one black teacher can have on their students. Three future teachers, trained at the School of Education, will be part of that impact.

Ray Smith has won the Faculty Mentor Award from the University Graduate School and IU Graduate and Professional Student Government (IUGPSG). The award is given to a faculty member who fosters the long-term development of students, is active in administrative and professional matters and encourages students to develop individual talents and strengths, among other qualifications.

Marjorie Manifold, a Professor of Arts Education, has recently been initiated as a Fellow of the National Association of Art Education (NAEA). This is considered the highest honor an art educator can receive.

Mandy Manning’s road to becoming the 2018 National Teacher of the Year wasn’t on purpose. In fact, she described reluctantly coming to teaching after getting degrees in filmmaking and communications. Nineteen years later, including seven in her current role, Manning says one thing she’s always done is get to know her students and show interest in who they are.

These outstanding future educators must excel academically and in student teaching, and show excellent professional promise. They also demonstrate a range of inspiring work in leadership and working with students by modeling the commitment and dedication necessary for all educators.