2021

2021

With decades of service to education as teachers, superintendents and faculty members, the IU School of Education is proud to recognize the many achievements of the four new honorees of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

The Minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health introduces content related to the mental health needs and development of children and adolescents. It also fills a need for such programs, with this minor only the third of its kind in the country.

Cindy Ann Kilgo, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has won the Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. The award is presented in recognition of an emerging, significant and potential future scholarship.

Failure can be a scary prospect in any field, but it’s sometimes a necessary one to grow and improve. IU School of Education professor Rob Kunzman will delve into navigating failure in a talk this month – and learning to manage the worries around it.

After a year of being available to students, the IU School of Education’s first non-teaching major continues to grow significantly and provide students like Jee Yoon Park and Ashlyn Roy a chance to serve through their future careers.

Senny Suzanna Alwasilah may be studying at the IU School of Education as a visiting scholar with a Fulbright scholarship, but her connections to the school go back many years.

Curriculum for Justice and Harmony: Deliberation, Action and Knowledge in Social and Civic Education expands on whether schools should orient toward more substantive goals, with democratic participation as a means but not the end of public life.

Keiko McCullough, doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, has won the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student Award. This national award is arguably the most prestigious student award in the field of counseling psychology.

Area children in grades K-8 can once again enjoy learning more about science this semester. Students will have the opportunity to formulate questions, do hands-on science experiments and act like scientists and engineers.

If you’ve been walking around the Wright education building, you’ve likely seen some new banners adorning the light posts. These banners honor just some of our late illustrious alumni who made important contributions to the world of education. We remember and honor them for their many accomplishments.

Computer science education in early childhood is in high demand – but without enough teachers to tackle the problem, along with underrepresentation of gender and ethnic minorities in the STEM workforce, there remains a gap in this subject. A new project from IU School of Education faculty will help change that.

The space station might have been a little unconventionally built – made from cardboard boxes, it included tunnels, windows and even a couch. But it was just part of another lesson about space travel from the Uplands Maker Mobile, a van loaded with supplies to encourage STEM learning all around southern Indiana.

Over the next four years, a new project will provide real-time support to undergraduate STEM students and instructors by using natural language processing to analyze student explanations of STEM phenomena.

Ten new faculty members have joined the IU School of Education this semester, bringing with them a wealth of information around topics in the education world, including improving academic outcomes for English learners, examining diversity in STEM fields for Black students and learning in collaborative inquiry environments.

While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted education, students with disabilities were particularly affected. A new study from IU School of Education researchers investigates how educators modified individualized education programs (IEP) and adapted interventions to provide academic, behavioral and social-emotional support to autistic students.

Our research and work at the IU School of Education remains a core strength, and we’re thrilled to welcome new graduate students this month to continue that crucial work. Here are a few ways you can get your graduate studies off to the best start.

A new start can be a daunting experience – and college is no exception. As you begin your time at the IU School of Education, there are many ways you can have the best possible start and lay out a foundation for a successful college career.

Researchers from the IU School of Education at IU Bloomington and the Luddy School are part of the team for the NSF AI Institute for Engaged Learning, which will advance natural language processing, computer vision and machine learning to engage learners in AI-driven narrative-centered learning environments, particularly in STEM.

John Andresen, a doctoral student in special education at the IU School of Education, has been recognized with an award for his leadership and commitment toward advancing the field of integrated employment.

Two free online courses developed by IU School of Education faculty and students for K-12 educators are now available. The courses can be used by teachers navigating online education and caregivers who are supporting youth in virtual instruction.

Top education professionals from around Indiana will help form the next generation of educational leadership through the new Leadership Education Advisory Board (LEAB), which supports the Educational Leadership Program at the IU School of Education in maintaining a high-quality curriculum that is relevant to the needs of K-12 education practitioners.

Students who participate in a residential college experience are more likely to persist year-over-year than those who do not, according to new data released today by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International, with the Center for Postsecondary Research at the IU School of Education.

The Armstrong award recognizes educator excellence and provides financial support for top Indiana educators to work with current IU faculty and undergraduates in the classroom and early field experiences.

Working professionals and graduate students looking to add to their credentials can sign up for four new online certificates. The new certificates are in response to increased demand for smaller credentials that provide evidence of employees’ knowledge and skills.

Beginning this month, two departments at the IU School of Education will have new chairs.

The IST Design Research Group, led by Professor Elizabeth Boling, has been awarded the 2021 Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Technology, Instruction, Cognition & Learning Special Interest Group (TICL SIG).

Instead of picking up a hobby like sewing or painting during quarantine, Indiana University, School of Education student Evelyn Eggers moved to Ensenada, Mexico, to volunteer for the organization Youth With a Mission: Homes of Hope.

Sylvia Martinez, Associate Professor in Education Leadership and Policy Studies, has been honored by the Latino Faculty and Staff Council with the Faculty Award for 2021.

A new project with support from the IU School of Education will bring vital STEM education to rural students around southern Indiana, combining two research-based educational programs—Readable English and Novel Engineering—to improve student literacy and STEM content knowledge and practices.

Patrick McKamy, an Academic Advisor for Teacher Education, has won the Outstanding New Advisor Award - Primary Advising Role from the NACADA Global Awards Program for Academic Advising.

James Sturgeon, Amara Stuehling, and Tyna Hunnicutt have won the M. Jane Kaho Staff Recognition Award, the highest honor given out annually to staff members in the school who demonstrate dedication above and beyond their job requirements.

Joel Wong, Department Chair of Counseling and Education Psychology, has won the 2020-2021 Faculty Mentor Award from the University Graduate School.

For years, Allison BrckaLorenz has studied faculty teaching behaviors with the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement, a project at the Center for Postsecondary Research. She started to think about faculty motivations for teaching – and how to improve the environments in which they teach.

Seven recent graduates of the IU School of Education have won the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Outstanding Future Educator Award for 2021.

Student speech rights and the federal role in education were just a few of the topics covered at this year’s Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute at the IU School of Education held virtually on May 14.

Serafín Coronel-Molina, Associate Professor in Literacy, Culture and Language Education, has won the 2021 Latino Distinguished Faculty Award from the Latino Faculty and Staff Council (LFASC) Latino Awards at IU in recognition of his outstanding service, teaching and mentorship to Latinos on campus.

Vasti Torres has accepted the position of Executive Associate Dean at the IU School of Education, effective July 1, 2021. Torres is Department Chair and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS).

Carl Darnell, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, has been appointed Director of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program at Indiana University. The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program (HHSP) is a scholarship and academic support program for high-achieving underrepresented minorities.

Underrepresentation in higher education faculty, experiences of Black female law students and college choice experiences of Black women are just three of many critical topics that eight soon-to-be graduates of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program have focused their research on.

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved promotion and tenure for six faculty members from the IU School of Education. The promotions are effective July 1, with the appointment with tenure effective July 1, 2022.

Shukufe Rahman, a Ph.D. student in science education, has won the Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship. With the aid she plans to do a pilot study in the Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh next summer.

The graduate programs at the IU School of Education have once again been recognized as some of the best in the country by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2022 “Best Graduate Schools.”

As the nation continues to grapple with righting the wrongs from racial injustice, a new community theatre project—the Bloomington City Wide Youth Theatre Collective—hopes to provide a space for youth voices to address these issues.

Adam Henze, who earned his doctorate in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education last summer, has won a dissertation award from the Arts & Inquiry special interest group (SIG) of the American Education Research Association.

With many events canceled due to the pandemic, two very important program​s continued last fall: Saturday Science ​Quest for Kids and Saturday Art ​School at the IU School of Education.

For the past several years, Professor Joel Wong has researched the psychology of encouragement. With a new study, he hopes to understand the power of encouragement for Black college students as a means of social support – and a tool to disrupt the negative effects of racism.

Emma Everson, a Ph.D. student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has won the Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award from Indiana University, which recognizes graduate students with distinguished achievements in teaching.

A new scholarship at the IU School of Education will honor Elder Watson Diggs, the first African American to graduate from the school in 1916. The scholarship is a partnership with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., an organization Diggs co-founded.

Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Barbara B. Jacobs Chair in Education and Technology and professor of learning sciences, has been awarded the highest academic title given to IU's most outstanding and renowned scholars and researchers.

Throughout his time in academia, Ph.D. student Nelson Zounlome experienced several forms of gendered racism. But he also experienced the transformative power of culturally responsive practices that foster comprehensive wellness among groups with marginalized identities. In that spirit, Zounlome created a workbook as a resource of support for students of color.

HOPE (Helping Offenders Prosper through Employment) provides weekly one-on-one mentoring to incarcerated youth that focuses on developing employment skills. They also focus on reaching youth that have faced racial prejudice and other challenges.

Four programs at the IU School of Education received top rankings from the latest (2021) U.S. News and World Report Best Online Master’s in Education program rankings, one of several schools receiving recognition across Indiana University.

A recent donation made to the IU School of Education from alumni Kate and John Ranshaw will be used to purchase materials such as puppets, felt figures and instruments to enhance the storytelling collection maintained by the IU Libraries Education Library.

The award, named after former staff member Jane Kaho in honor of her legacy of service to the School of Education, is the highest honor given out annually to staff members who demonstrate dedication above and beyond their job requirements.

Valarie Akerson has received the NARST 2021 Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award. This is the highest award that NARST, a global organization for improving science education through research, bestows upon its members.

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