The IU LGBTQ+ Culture Center fittingly occupies a house originally built for the first Dean of the School of Education, Henry Lester Smith, and his wife Johnnie Rutland Smith—two passionate champions of civil rights. This story originally appeared in Volume 2 Issue 2 of the IU Bicentennial Magazine. It is published here with permission.

Victoria Abramenka-Lachheb and Ahmed Lachheb were recently awarded the Nova Southeastern University Award for Outstanding Practice by a Graduate Student in Instructional Design by the Design and Development Division of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT).

Junior Peyton Ramsey has found himself at the center of attention, both when the IU football team is successful and going through challenges. It’s lessons like that from the field that translate to the classroom, where the secondary social studies major will one day teach.

Four alumni who made their mark on the education world were honored with this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Education. David Ambler, Carole Ames, Marilyn Friend and Karen Schuster Webb were selected for the award because of their leadership and contributions in the fields of higher education and special education.

This month Dean Lemuel Watson and Zhu XuDong, Dean of Faculty of Education at Beijing Normal University, signed a memorandum of intent for collaboration. The memorandum broadens collaboration pathways for all faculty members from all departments of the two schools of education to work together in common areas of research, teaching and program development.

Senior Secondary Social Studies Education major Noah Scibbe has an extra special way to celebrate his final Homecoming Week as an IU undergraduate: he’s been named to Homecoming Court.

HOPE was developed by Theresa Ochoa, Associate Professor in Special Education, when she learned that many students with disabilities were incarcerated in juvenile correctional facilities. As she began looking into the school-to-prison pipeline and factors that contribute to incarceration and recidivism, the idea for the HOPE Mentoring program was born.

Heather Ormiston, Clinical Associate Professor in School Psychology, is working with a local school district on a new project tosupport the development, training and retention of school psychology graduate students.

It was impatience – and the current news throughout the country – that led Grace Waltz to the Secondary Transition to Teaching program at the School of Education. She had a successful career as a video producer, but found herself wanting to do something more collaborative, more fulfilling and more interactive with the people inside and out of her community.

Natalia Galá has big plans for her teaching career. Her goal is to open a school in a poor Latin American country and give children in need an access to education. Galá’s example of entrepreneurship is one of the reasons she was named a Shoemaker Scholar.

Classroom and behavior management was the theme of this semester’s Armstrong Teacher Educator panel, a chance for School of Education students to hear from experienced teachers about what works in their classrooms – and what doesn’t.

A new study focuses on subconcussive hits in high school football athletes over time, and it comes at a particularly pivotal moment for the sport: participation in high school football has declined dramatically in recent years thanks to concerns over concussions.

Rachel Gross, a Ph.D. candidate in Human Development and Inquiry Methodology, is still working towards her degree, but she’s already proving herself to experts in her field with an invitation to speak at a prestigious consortium over the summer.

While communication through email, texts and social media has grown, social science research around this type of communication has not. Trena Paulus is looking to change that. Paulus graduated in 2003 with a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology, and her work around online conversations is just another example of the range of career paths a degree from the School of Education can provide.

Weverton Ataide Pinheiro, a Ph.D. student in Mathematics Education, has been awarded a research grant to study why graduate mathematics continues to be a male-dominated field. Current data shows college-level math courses include even numbers of men and women – but that number decreases drastically when looking at who pursues a doctorate program in mathematics: 90-95% of all doctoral mathematics students are men.

After over 40 years in higher education, Charlie Nelms was ready to tell his story through his new book, From Cotton Fields to University Leadership: All Eyes on Charlie, A Memoir. Nelms, a Professor Emeritus at the School of Education, hoped to leave behind a legacy through the book – and remember those who helped him along the way.

For two weeks this summer, Dean Lemuel Watson and Professor Faridah Pawan were in Kunming and Beijing, China. In both locations, university administrators and colleagues organized large-scale meetings, small group discussions and one-to-one conversations to share research, express interests and propose multiple partnership possibilities.

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.

Suparna Bose, a third-year doctoral student in the department of Language, Culture and Literacy Education, has been awarded the Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to students whose academic, professional, and personal accomplishments and goals exhibit tolerance, understanding, and commitment to service.

Michael Karlin, an associate instructor in the Instructional Systems Technology department, has won this year’s Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award, presented to outstanding teachers among the university's graduate students.

On Friday and Saturday, students from across IU will race in the legendary Little 500 bike race – and School of Education student Riley Peppler will be among them. This will be her second with the team from Christian Student Fellowship.

Jane Kaho, Charlene Conner and Cary Buzzelli end their professional lives with the School of Education this spring – and their presence around the school will be missed. All three were lauded at a recent celebration honoring them as they retire.

School of Education students and faculty were well represented at this year’s Evening of Black Excellence. Themed “Black Oscars,” the event was organized by the Black Graduate Student Association as a way to honor achievements of faculty, staff, students and community members.

Gamze Ozogul, Assistant Professor in Instructional Systems Technology, has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology. The award is given annually to an IU faculty member who displays noteworthy mentorship and is nominated by their students or peers.

IU School of Education’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program continues to be one of the best in the nation, ranking fourth according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings.

When it came to advancing his career, Officer Ryan Skaggs with the IU Police Department has turned to perhaps an unlikely source: the Adult Education program at the School of Education. Skaggs has begun to develop training for several areas in IUPD, all of which will benefit from his Master's in Adult Education.

Twelve teachers from around Indiana have been named to the newest cohort of Armstrong Teacher Educator award winners. The Armstrong Teacher Educator Award is given out annually to outstanding Indiana teachers, recognizing their contributions above and beyond the job of teaching.

Sarah Lubienski has been named a 2019 AERA Fellow. Lubienski is the Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and a Professor of Math Education.

Confrontational students and biases in course evaluations have devastating effects on the tenure and promotion process and outcomes for women of color. That’s according to a new book, Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia by Meera E. Deo, Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), one of the projects housed at the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) at the School of Education.

Administrators working in the field of international education are currently visiting the School of Education from Russia as part of the Fulbright Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) program this semester.

For the five recipients of this year’s Jacobs Educator Award, technology in the classroom is not only a tool: it’s essential to empowering and connecting with their students. The annual award celebrates teachers from across the U.S. who are at the cutting edge of integrating technology to support problem-based and/or inquiry-learning classrooms.

It was a busy Tuesday night last month at the School of Education, where about 80 students in seven grades built, coded and most importantly learned through science and technology activities. They were there as part of STEM+C, an event with activities for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.