Tuesday, June 27, 2017

UM-Dearborn's Early Childood Education Center is featured in online magazine "Model D"

Children clean up a kitchen playset at the UM-Dearborn
Early Childhood Education Center (photo by Sean Work)
DEARBORN, MI - The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), a unit of the UM-Dearborn's College of Education, Health, and Human Services, recently appeared on the article "Prepared to learn: why early education is so important for Michigan's children" published by the online magazine Model D.

The article's author, Claire Charlton, analyzes the importance of quality early childhood education as a way to develop skills that determine the likelihood of a successful child's development. In addition, she mentions the need to provide these opportunities to all children in Michigan.

The ECEC provides a high quality early childhood program inspired on the Reggio-Emilia play-based learning philosophy.

Read the full article on Model D.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

A message from Dean Janosky

Dear Alumni and Friends,
It’s been an eventful year in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) and our students, staff, and faculty have accomplished much.

I continue to be impressed with the CEHHS students annually selected as UM-Dearborn Difference Makers. These six students are at the forefront of their fields, improving the lives of others and making an impact here in our local communities. Nominated by faculty and staff, these individuals are not just outstanding students and recent alumni, they embody academic and professional achievement, integrity and leadership. Congratulations to this deserving group of students.

A few weeks ago, CEHHS faculty and students joined with volunteers from the local community to begin the installation of the Alayna Elabed Brighter Neinas Community Park at Neinas Elementary School in Detroit. The installation of the park is one success in a five-year collaboration, led by Associate Professor Christopher Burke, PhD, between students and teachers at this Detroit Public School and pre-service teachers at UM-Dearborn.

In March we welcomed Patricia Wren, PhD, as chair of the Health and Human Services department. Her expertise in the design of public health interventions and the measurement of important outcomes including satisfaction and optimism, health decision-making, functional status, and quality of life will be integral to the continued growth of our health curriculum.

I am motivated by the great progress we are making in CEHHS with new academic programs and innovative initiatives to meet the needs of our students while we continue our work to positively impact our metropolitan region.


Janine E. Janosky, Dean

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

CEHHS faculty and students help improve life for children in Southwest Detroit

DETROIT, MI. - On Saturday May 13th, 2017 UM-Dearborn's Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Burke and students from his EXPS 220 and EDD 485 classes participated in the Building a Brighter Neinas community park project sponsored by ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), as part of the Arab American Day of Service and hosted by Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy in Detroit. 

The event brought together over 450 volunteers who helped to clean up the school grounds, sort donations for the schools clothing closet, plant flowers, spread mulch and begin the installation of the Alayna Elabed Brighter Neinas Community Park designed by the students at Neinas Elementary School in collaboration with pre-service teachers from the UM-Dearborn's College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS).

Students working at the Neinas Dual Language Learning Academy's
acquired lot for the park.

The installation of the Alayna Elabed Brighter Neinas Park is one success in a five year collaboration between students and teachers at this Detroit Public School and pre-service teachers at UM-Dearborn. For the past 18 months, Dr. Burke's students have been collaborating with students from Mrs. Amy Lazarowicz’s 4th and 5th grade science classes to study, design and plan the park based on data collected from a community survey to identify goals for the park. When the classes came to a consensus about their final design they built full scale tables and recycling containers which were installed in the park during this event.

Neinas' students and UM-Dearborn's teachers designed and tested scale models
of the picnic tables and recycling bins for the park out of craft sticks and glue

On May 16, Dr. Burke shared this experience with the Michigan Department of Education "Top 10 in 10 Innovation Roadshow" as an example of an innovative promising practice, and on May 18th CEHHS' students Jenine Conners and Rachel Marple joined Dr. Burke, Mrs. Lazarowicz and three students from Neinas to talk about the place based collaboration at the South East Michigan Stewardship Coalition's Community Forum at Eastern Michigan University.

Students built 3D models and received feedback from Ryan Marshall, an architect
from FX Architecture, to develop a formal plan based on their models

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gay Johnson, CEHHS Winter 2017 Chancellor's Medallion Recipient

Gay Johnson
Gay Johnson, a College of Education, Health, and Human Services student, was one of the five new graduates who were recognized as Chancellor's Medallion recipients during the UM-Dearborn's commencement ceremony on April 30, 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in healthy policy studies and a minor in women's and gender studies. She graduated with High Distinction.

Gay transferred to UM-Dearborn as part of the Honors Transfer Innovators program, and during her education years at CEHHS, she was on the Dean's List as a part-time student for Fall 2013/Winter 2014 and Fall 2014/Winter 2015 and was named a 2014 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker.

"I wanted to inspire others to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams as I aimed to do regardless of my age. My desire to pursue an education was something I desired to achieve", said Gay.

She chose Health Policy studies as her major because her father experienced many health challenges and "I wanted to know what policies were in place so he could receive the best possible care", she said. "I chose UM-Dearborn, because I would receive a quality education while enhancing my employment opportunities."

Gay was a very active student leader. She was the chair of Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL), vice president of communications for the campus chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and served as a site leader for the annual MLK Day of Service. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

Now she plans to use her acquired skills to advance her career at Delta Airlines and in the future, Gay also plans to open a long-term shelter for homeless people. "Homelessness is a huge issue which needs to be addressed more often", she concluded.

Winter 2017 UM-Dearborn Chancellor's Medallion Recipients and
Student speaker (from left): Brandon Lee (CECS), Jamie Jeffries (CASL),
Kevin Landwehr (COB), Gay Johnson (CEHHS), Victor Jimenez (Student
Speaker-CASL) and Nic Jones (CASL)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

U-M Graham Institute awards CEHHS Assistant Professor grant for Health environmental justice project

Natalie Sampson, PhD
ANN ARBOR, MI - With a team of national partners, UM-Dearborn CEHHS Assistant Professor, Dr. Natalie Sampson, and CASL Assistant Professor, Dr. Carmel Price, were awarded with an eight-month Catalyst Grant from the U-M Graham Institute to fund their sustainability-related project "Climate changes health: ensuring environmental justice underlies public health's climate change work"

Dr. Sampson is the principal investigator of this interdisciplinary project that also includes experts from other universities and colleges, tribal agencies and non-governmental organizations.

This project will convene a summit preceding the 2017 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and draft a subsequent white paper. The event will bring together environmental justice leaders and professionals from multiple disciplines, academic institutions, and professional organizations. The approach is designed so that public health leaders can learn from leaders in frontline communities to better address climate-related health disparities in collaboration. The project also aims to increase the participation of historically underrepresented students.

“I have confidence that this will be a productive process. The team doing this work includes many new and longtime nationally renowned environmental justice activists and scholars. We hope to synthesize takeaways and resources, as well as compel new community and academic partnerships.”, said Dr. Sampson

For the Catalyst Grants, six proposals were submitted, involving 18 faculty members/researchers from eight units.

"We're very pleased to have received so many high-quality proposals from talented faculty across campus. Important sustainability work is taking place throughout the university, and we're happy to support it," said Drew Horning, the Graham Institute's interim director.

More about this project at http://graham.umich.edu/activity/40659

Dr. Sampson is an Assistant Professor at UM-Dearborn's College of
Education Health and Human Services

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CEHHS participates in UM-Dearborn Spring Open House

Jonathan Larson, academic advisor, gave information to prospective students
and their parents about all programs offered by CEHHS

DEARBORN, MI. - The UM-Dearborn Open House on Saturday, April 22, 2017, was a whirling success! The spinning wheel always draws in a crowd of prospective first-year and transfer students as they spin the wheel to win a prize.  Students learned about CEHHS degree programs in Education and Health and Human Services from advisors Lindsey Tarrant and Jonathan Larson.  Health Professions Advisor Tahnee Prokopow was inundated with students interested in a variety of health professions and professional school admission requirements.

Tahnee Prokopow, health professions advisor, received many visitors
interested on health professions requirements
Ten simulated college classes were offered at the Open House. Two CEHHS faculty taught classes including Dr. Natalie Sampson, For the Health of It, and Dr. Martha Adler, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut:  Deconstructing Learning to Read.  Dr. Sampson led an exciting class exploring the role of public health in addressing some of society's greatest challenges ranging from chronic disease management to protecting residents during oil spills. Dr. Adler used the Dr. Seuss book to engage students through interactive learning experiences to explore the development of reading comprehension.

Dr. Patricia Wren, the new Department Chair of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Susan Everett, Department Chair of Education, met throughout the day with prospective students and their families, answering questions about the full range of academic programs, course requirements, and career options that await students in CEHHS. 

Dr. Patricia Wren, Department Chair of Health and Human Services
answered questions from prospective students and their families

Lindsey Tarrant led the CEHHS informational session giving an overview of the undergraduate degree programs and certificates. She shared resources and information about important student support services such as prospective student advising.

CEHHS faculty and staff look forward to seeing many of the attendees beginning their experiences at UM-Dearborn in the summer and fall.

Friday, March 24, 2017

CEHHS Faculty Present Research at International Conference

AUSTIN, TX. - Dr. Stein Brunvand and Dr. David Hill, Associate Professors from the UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS), presented research on the gamification of learning at the 28th Society for Informational Technology in Teacher Education (SITE) annual conference held this year in Austin, Texas from March 5-9, 2017.

Dr. Stein Brunvand
Dr. Brunvand and Dr. Hill have been using GradeCraft in their undergraduate courses since the 2015 winter semester to create gameful learning experiences for their students.  GradeCraft is a gamified learning management system (LMS) that was created on the Ann Arbor campus. 

In a gamified course, students have the freedom to choose what assignments they will complete in order to earn the points they need to “level up” to the overall grade they want.  This is much like a video game environment where players earn points in order to move through the different levels of the game.  In addition, in a gamified course there are locks/unlocks with different assignments and tasks that students need to complete in order to access more difficult assignments.  This is also similar to a video game that requires the player to find hidden treasure, secret keys and other items in order to unlock other challenges and levels. 

The use of gamified learning has increased within the educational community over the last decade in an attempt to enhance student learning in multiple ways. 
Dr. David Hill
In particular, researchers have started to examine gamified learning and the potential impact on student motivation and engagement within educational settings. However, few studies have examined the relationship between specific tools embedded within a LMS and student outcomes at the postsecondary level.

The purpose of this study conducted by Dr. Brunvand and Dr. Hill was to investigate the impact of a grade predictor tool embedded within GradeCraft on 75 college students’ ability to accurately predict their final grades. You can view their presentation slides online if you are interested in learning more about their work.