Alisa Schank was a graduate student working toward her M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership when she passed away from cancer last April. Schank’s family was awarded her posthumous degree this semester to honor her and her work.

Danielle DeSawal, a clinical professor in the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington, is being honored by a national organization for her work in student affairs and higher education.

Vesna Dimitrieska, Coordinator of Global Education Initiatives at the IU School of Education and Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, has won the Leo Benardo Award for Innovation in K–12 Language Education from the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages.

Gamze Ozogul has been named interim department chair of Learning, Design, and Adult Education. Ozogul, an associate professor, succeeds Anne Leftwich, who has been named associate vice president for Learning Technologies.

As Associate Vice President for Learning Technologies in the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology, Leftwich will lead staff who focus on using technology to improve the classroom experience and learning processes for students and faculty across all Indiana University campuses.

Last month, Professor Curt Bonk won several awards at the Association for Educational Communication and Technology International Convention, including the AECT Annual Achievement Award for accomplishments advancing the educational communication and technology field.

Beep baseball is a form of baseball played by people who are visually impaired. The Indy Thunder's 2017 season and quest to repeat a win at the World Championships is at the center of a new documentary co-created by Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus Robert Arnove.

Dubravka Svetina has been named to an advisory panel that oversees accreditation related to legal practices. Svetina, an Associate Professor in Counseling and Educational Psychology, was appointed to the Indiana Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Advisory Panel for Attorney Specialization as a psychometric consultant last summer.

The IU School of Education recently celebrated the legacy of Elder Watson Diggs, the first African American to graduate with a degree in education from Indiana University, with a symposium that explored issues surrounding the future of education given recent and anticipated court decisions and legislation around access and diversity.

A trip to explore sustainable agriculture in a tea garden in Bangladesh or a volunteer opportunity at teaching English in a K-10 school in Indonesia—both are international trips available to IU School of Education students.

From left, Provost Rahul Shrivastav and Kappa Alpha Psi Grand Polemarch Jimmy McMikle unveil a portrait of Elder Watson Diggs, IU School of Education's first Black alumnus.

Kevin Scott, grand historian of Kappa Alpha Psi, suggested the creation of a portrait of Elder Watson Diggs in 2016—100 years after the trailblazing Indiana University alumnus graduated. Scott saw his idea realized Sept. 30 in the atrium of the W.W. Wright Education Building.

From left, Provost Rahul Shrivastav and Kappa Alpha Psi Grand Polemarch Jimmy McMikle unveil a portrait of Elder Watson Diggs, IU School of Education's first Black alumnus.

Pam Fischer (B.S.'88, M.A.'99), Gene Tempel (M.A.’74, Ed.D.’85), and Dawn Whitehead (B.A.’97, M.S.’03, Ph.D.’07) are the recipients of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest award given to an alum of the school.

Ellen in the Slide Classroom giving a demonstration

Just across the hall from Suite 1000, a special classroom with new technology is now available for reservation. Equipped with several cameras and extra computer monitors, the Slide Classroom is an experimental space designed to explore a variety of current and emerging technologies and instructional approaches.

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Zoë Peterson has been named a Fellow for the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), an organization dedicated to advancing knowledge of sexuality and communicating scientifically based sexuality research and scholarship to professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

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School shutdowns due to the pandemic in 2019 and a military coup in 2021 left teachers in Myanmar without access to professional development resources and training. A program from the IU School of Education Global & International Engagement is helping to change that.

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Finding a school with both an excellent elementary education program and a diverse community was a necessity for freshman Lillian LaTour.

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The IU School of Education’s outreach often extends throughout the community. The Southeast Indiana Superintendent Study Council, a group of about 30-35 school superintendents who meet monthly for professional development and networking, is just one example of that important work.

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Curt Bonk, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology, has received the Excellence in Distance Learning Research Award in Higher Education from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

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Senior Jaya Parail spoke to new students during a Welcome Week event at the School of Education. Her advice: advocate for yourself, work hard, lean into the uncomfortable, and remember why you chose education.

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Ten new faculty members are joining the IU School of Education this semester, bringing with them a rich and diverse background of experiences, from community-based art education to crisis interventions and student activism.

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New students in our graduate programs are starting an exciting journey in their education careers. As you begin the new semester, below are important links you will need during your program.

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Undergraduate organizations are a great way for new students to get involved and meet new people. Whether you’re starting your college career or just looking to network with your fellow students, our student organizations are the perfect place to grow your community at IU.

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Educators spent some of their summer break in Bloomington this month as part of a program that will prepare them for leadership roles in special education. The Special Education Leadership Program is a 21-credit hour program for the Director of Special Education licensure.

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Alumnus Brian A. Burt has been awarded the 2023 Alumni Achievement Award from the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club. Burt graduated in 2004 with a degree in secondary English education from the IU School of Education.

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Five years ago, Laura Stachowski began brainstorming a way to bring teachers from Indiana to Northern Ireland, where they could see for themselves how peace and reconciliation were being brought into Northern Irish classrooms. This summer, Stachowski, grad student Mariah Pol and five teachers from Owen County finally made the trip.

Professor Victor Borden has won the 2023 John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award from the Association for Institutional Research.

Andrea Mariani, a third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, has won the Lindsey M. Bonistall Research Fellowship from PEACE OUTside Campus. The fellowship funding will allow Mariani to conduct two studies aimed at testing the validity of the philosophical construct of “himpathy."

Jesse Oakes, director of Education Technology Services at the IU School of Education, has won the Spirit of Leadership award from the IT Leadership Community at IU.

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved promotions for five faculty members last month. These promotions are effective July 1.

The IU School of Education community celebrated the careers and contributions from five colleagues who are retiring. We thank these faculty and staff for their many years of dedication and wish them well in their retirement!

It started with a walk from the Wright Education Building to the Musical Arts Center and ended with undergraduate and graduate IU School of Education students celebrating their newly-earned degrees at this year’s Spring Convocation.

Tennisha Riley has been named an Outstanding Junior Faculty by Indiana University. This award recognizes promising tenure-track faculty who have not yet been awarded tenure and provides resources to further develop their research programs or creative activity.

Vasti Torres, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies and executive associate dean at the School of Education at IU Bloomington, has been named interim vice provost for undergraduate education.

The Teacher Leader Pathway, debuting this summer, provides classroom teachers with two years of classroom experience an opportunity to acquire important leadership skills that create opportunities for professional advancement.

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the IU School of Education, Dean Anastasia Morrone is recognizing four individuals today for their outstanding professional contributions to the world of education with the IU School of Education Dean’s Medallion.

Laura Stachowski has been awarded the John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies from Indiana University. This award honors faculty members for their exceptional contributions to the university’s international programs and studies.

“Contestations of Citizenship, Education, and Democracy in an Era of Global Change: Children and Youth in Diverse International Contexts” considers the shifting social, political, economic and educational structures shaping citizenship among children and youth across the globe.

Professor Jessica Lester was recently elected to a three-year term as Vice-President of Division D - Measurement & Research Methodologies for the American Educational Research Association.

Dasha Carver, a fourth-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology, has won the Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award from IU. This award recognizes young teachers who have not yet achieved faculty rank at IU.

During Asia Burgett’s freshman year at IU, they weren’t happy with their chosen major of Astronomy. But thanks to the welcoming atmosphere they felt working in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the IU School of Education and after a meeting with their career counselor, Burgett switched majors to Early Childhood Education - keeping Astronomy as a minor.

How did Black IU School of Education students navigate student teaching in the 1930s, when they were not allowed in segregated classrooms? A new series of blog posts from IU Archives graduate assistant Jo Otremba will answer that question while giving a glimpse into the lives of these students and the difficulties they faced.