Schools in joint Kelley-IU School of Education Effective Leaders Academy show improvement

The Indiana Effective Leaders Academy joint program between Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and the IU School of Education is showing improved grades for most of its participating schools. In the latest school accountability grades announced by the Indiana Department of Education last month, eight of the 12 schools that have taken part in the program had improved grades. Five of the schools moved to an A grade, and three were rated as B schools.

IU School of Education professor earns NSF grant focused on informal science learning online

The Indiana University School of Education’s Sean Duncan is a co-principal investigator on a new grant from the National Science Foundation to examine informal online spaces where youth may learn science. Duncan, assistant professor of the learning sciences in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, is part of a study called “Affinity Spaces for Informal Science Learning: Developing a Research Agenda.”

Study from IU researchers indicates multiple pathways to STEM fields

A new study by Indiana University School of Education researchers sheds new light on the pathways students take to STEM careers, finding the pathway is rarely direct. The study “The Nature of Experiences Responsible for the Generation and Maintenance of Interest in STEM,” published in the journal Science Education, is authored by Adam Maltese, associate professor of science education, along with Christina Melki and Heidi Wiebke, both doctoral students in science education.

IU School of Education professor earns national award for promoting STEM education

The 2014 Women of Color STEM Conference recently awarded Indiana University School of Education associate professor Dionne Cross Francis for her work in mathematics education. Cross Francis is the recipient of the K-12 Promotion of Education award for educators with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing STEM career opportunities for women and minorities through promotion of STEM education programs and exemplary teaching and outreach activities. Cross Francis is also director of the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at the IU School of Education.

Kuh awarded IU President’s Medal

Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has presented the President’s Medal for Excellence to two highly distinguished IU faculty members, including the IU School of Education’s George Kuh.

Gonzalez to retire as dean of IU School of Education

Longtime dean of the Indiana University School of Education Gerardo Gonzalez will retire from his administrative role on June 30, 2015, following his 15th year leading the school. Indiana University named Gonzalez University Dean of the IU School of Education in July 2000.

School of Education faculty member helps guide response to science teaching standards

An organization devoted to teaching science has come out with guidelines for implementing the new curriculum guidelines for science in the classroom. NARST: A Worldwide Organization for Improving Science Teaching and Learning Through Research, has just released position papers on the “Next Generation Science Standards.” Valarie Akerson, professor of science education at the IU School of Education, is the current president of NARST. She said that the organization wanted to support the standards with helpful guidelines.

Kickoff held for Harmony-Meier Institute

Work is underway for the Indiana University School of Education’s planned “Harmony-Meier Institute for Democracy and Equity in Education,” marked by a kickoff event held on Wednesday, May 28 in Indianapolis. The institute is a collaboration between the School of Education, the Harmony Education Center in Bloomington, and the Lilly Library at Indiana University.

McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute, workshop to focus on hot education topics

Bullying, evaluation and special education law are among the topics that will be a part of the annual Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute on Thursday at Indiana University Bloomington. The institute and Friday's Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest program, also in Bloomington, make up the 47th summer education seminar of the IU School of Education and the IU School Administrators Association. This year's seminar includes the most expansive slate of panels to date.

School of Education celebrates graduates

The Indiana University School of Education offered formal congratulations and presented diplomas to the graduating class of 2014 during Spring Convocation on Saturday, May 10. The school held two ceremonies to mark the occasion and accommodate the large crowds at the Wright Education building in Bloomington.

IACTE honors School of Education students as Outstanding Future Educators

The Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) has officially recognized several Indiana University School of Education graduating students as ones very likely to be among the best in the field. The IACTE presented the “Outstanding Future Educator” awards recently during a luncheon and ceremony in Carmel.

IU School of Education honors nine as Armstrong Teachers

The Indiana University School of Education has named nine Indiana public school teachers as the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educators for the 2014-15 school year.

This honor affords the teachers an opportunity to participate in professional development and work with IU faculty and students studying to be teachers during the next year. The School of Education honored the new Armstrong teachers during the annual Celebration of Teaching ceremony April 21.

Mendel Sherman teaching at the IU School of Education

Gift from longtime IU School of Education faculty member to boost teaching database, scholarships

A gift of more than three-quarters of a million dollars will build an online database of best practices for teaching with technology and fund scholarships for the Indiana University School of Education's Department of Instructional Systems Technology. Mendel Sherman, a faculty member from 1955 to 1975, designated that $800,000 from his estate go to the School of Education. Sherman, who was noted for helping establish and disseminate best teaching methods for audiovisual tools in classrooms, passed away in October 2012.

Peppler assisting a student during a workshop

Peppler named Outstanding Junior Faculty at IU Bloomington

Learning Sciences faculty member Kylie Peppler has been named a recipient of an Indiana University Bloomington Outstanding Junior Faculty Awards for 2013-14. The awards, presented by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, honor tenure-track faculty who have begun to develop nationally recognized research or scholarship programs and devoted productive time to teaching and service, but who have not yet achieved tenure.
Enid Zimmerman (sitting) in a class

Lifetime achievement award

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) has named Indiana University School of Education professor emerita Enid Zimmerman as its recipient of a lifetime achievement award. Zimmerman will receive the 2014 Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award at the association’s national convention later this month.
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IU expert on sport and masculinity says Michael Sam case challenges 'old school' norms

“It took a lot of courage for Michael Sam to come out, especially because football still endorses practices of oppressiveness and intolerance toward gay men, effeminate men and anyone else who isn’t considered a ‘real man,’” Steinfeldt said. “It is my hope that Michael Sam will encourage other gay athletes to come out and be true to themselves.

IU expert: Federal guidance on school discipline a positive step

Federal guidelines released this week send a clear and appropriate message that schools should move away from "zero tolerance" policies and adopt positive approaches to discipline that create safe and supportive learning environments, according to an Indiana University expert.