Tuesday, July 19, 2016

UM-Dearborn partners with five Michigan universities to improve the health of children with disabilities

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is one of six Michigan universities partnered on a $2.2 million, five-year grant from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project “Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Maternal Child Health (MCH) Training Program,” or MI-LEND. The purpose of MI-LEND is to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities in Michigan by training individuals from diverse disciplines to assume leadership roles in their respective fields and work across disciplines.

MI-LEND is a consortium of six universities including University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University and Central Michigan University; all six universities will contribute faculty and trainees. The Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) at Wayne State leads the consortium with Sharon Milberger, Ph.D., director of DDI, serving as the MI-LEND program director. Jane Turner, M.D., pediatrician and professor at Michigan State University, is co-director.

Dean Janine Janosky
The lead at University of Michigan-Dearborn is Janine Janosky, PhD, Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services. “We at the College of Education, Health, and Human Services  at UM-Deaborn are excited to collaborate with our 5 Michigan state universities in this consortium.”, said Dean Janosky. “Through the consortium, we are working together to expand graduate-level training for working in the fields of neurodevelopment disabilities and autism.  The graduates of our programs will positively impact the children they are serving as well as work to improve the systems of care for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism."

MI-LEND leaders will work in collaboration with members of Michigan’s Title V program, including Children’s Special Health Care Services, the governor’s Autism Council, the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other key statewide disability/advocacy organizations.

MI-LEND will address the complex needs of those with autism and other disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, by increasing the number of graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral students prepared to address their needs. In addition, it will increase the number of providers available to diagnose and treat infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. An important component of MI-LEND is participation of family members and individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities in developing the curriculum and working with trainees to ensure a family-centered approach to care at all levels.

“Expanding the educational opportunities related to the treatment of autism and other developmental disabilities for over 181,800 medical and professional students and physicians will help improve the quality of care for these individuals and increase their ability to have self-determined independent lives,” said Lt. Gov. Brian Calley. “I am proud to see Michigan’s universities working together on advancements in this area.”

To learn more about the MI-LEND program, contact dean Janine Janosky at jjanosky@umich.edu

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ACTS Kicks Off at UM-Dearborn CEHHS

DEARBORN, MI - The College of Education, Health, and Human Services is pleased to announce the inaugural talk of the Autism Communication and Training Series (ACTS), "Applied Behavior Analysis: First Steps for Caregivers and Practitioners".

This session will be held on July 13, 2016. Come and learn more about the basics of ABA and get information about the new Registered Behavior Technician training program.  There will also be on-site registrations for future training sections.

What: Inaugural talk of Autism Communication and Training Series
Who: UM-Dearborn, College of Education, Health, and Human Services
Where: Fairlane Center North, Quad E.  19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI
When: July 13, 2016 / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The informational session is free, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, visit the Registered Behavior Technician page to learn more about the training program and future training dates.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Appointments of CEHHS Directors

Dean Janine Janosky and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services is pleased to announce the following administrative reappointments, effective as of 1 July 2016.

Martha Adler, Ph.D.

Dr. Adler has been reappointed for a second term of two years as the Director of Field Placement for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  This office handles all field placements for the college.

Bonnie Beyer, Ed.D

Dr. Beyer has been re-appointed for another year as Co-Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)  program. The program offers concentration areas in educational leadership, curriculum and practice, and metropolitan education. Dr. Beyer's specialties are in educational leadership and educational leadership certification.

Stein Brunvand, Ph.D.
Dr. Brunvand, has been reappointed for a second term of two years as the Director of Master’s Degree Programs for the College of Education, Health, and Human Services.  This position oversees admissions, advising, marketing and program development of all Master’s degrees for the college.

Christopher Burke, Ph.D.

Dr. Burke has been re-appointed for another year as Co-Director of the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)  program. The program offers concentration areas in educational leadership, curriculum and practice, and metropolitan education. In the next year the program is looking forward to developing a new concentration in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services.

Susan Everett, Ph.D.

Dr. Everett, has been reappointed for a three year term as Chair of the Department of Education. In the next term, two areas of focus for the department will include strategic planning and national accreditation.

Through the leadership of Drs. Adler, Beyer, Brunvand, Burke, and Everett there has been much growth in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, success for our students, and metropolitan impact for our region. We congratulate and show appreciation to these dedicated faculty members for their contributions to the college.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CEHHS Welcomes New Doctoral Students

DEARBORN, MI - On June 22, 2016 the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) hosted a welcome orientation for the incoming Fall 2016 cohort of Doctoral Students. This is the 8th cohort admitted to the College.

The goal of the event was to welcome the incoming doctoral students, provide them with an overview of the program, meet and interact with their advisors and other college faculty and have a chance to meet other new students.
Dean Janosky welcomes the newly admitted EdD students
Five newly admitted EdD students came to the orientation and they were welcomed by the Dean of the College, Janine Janosky; and Bonnie Beyer and Chris Burke, directors of the Doctoral Program. During the session, the new EdD students had the chance to interact with four faculty members (Dara Hill, Mesut Duran, Danielle Defaw and Paul Fossum) and staff members from different areas such as Library (Carla Brooks), Enrollment Management (Ryan Rafko), ITS (Laura Shelp), CEHHS Office of Student Success (Joan Otlewski) and a student from Cohort 5 of the EdD Program (Gloria Davis).

Students had the chance to introduce themselves to the group
of faculty and peers. In the photo, Nesreen Najam (left), EdD
student and Bonnie Beyer, EdD program director
 The event was a positive welcome and introduction to the program for the new group of incoming students.  They were able to meet faculty and their peers in the program. The students were very enthusiastic and they all exchanged contact information and have even formed a group text to stay in touch.

With this 8th cohort of students admitted to the program, the total number of admitted students increases to 77. So far, CEHHS has had 16 students who successfully complete the program.

Chris Burke, one of the program directors was grateful for the opportunity to meet with the incoming doctoral students. He said, "They are a highly accomplished diverse group of professionals that will be a vital part of our program. I was excited to see that they were all exchanging contact information so that they could connect with each other over the summer. I believe that they will be a strong and cohesive cohort" 
Chris Burke, EdD program director talking to the group
during the welcome orientation
 The College of Education, Health, and Human Services is pleased to welcome its nine newly admitted EdD students:
Loriann Bell, Michelle Hall, Nayal Maktari, Nesreen Najam, Eric McCloud, Lois Barnes, Alicia Haidair, Megan Papasian-Broadwell, and Susan Sutherland.

The CEHHS family wishes them success in this important step of their careers.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services’ Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) focuses on development of a high level and advanced proficiency in the education field of study as well as acquisition of research and leadership skills. It aims to produce graduates who can solve practical problems in a specific education-related context. The Ed.D. is ideal for educators who seek new skills and new opportunities for leadership and is designed to meet a critical need in southeastern Michigan for educational leaders who can transform education at the PK-12, community college, and university levels.

For more information, visit the CEHHS Doctoral Program webpage.

Four external grants awarded to CEHHS Faculty

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services is pleased to report that faculty received four external grants. These competitive funding opportunities enhance the College’s mission of strong academics, innovative research, and engaged learning through a metropolitan vision for providing new knowledge and developing leaders in Southeastern Michigan.

The following four projects received funding from external grants:

Leadership Development Program
to Janine Janosky
by Molina Healthcare of Michigan
Description: She received a contract from Molina Healthcare to develop a customized high-quality leadership development training program for Molina employees to aid with ensuring a competitive edge for the healthcare provider.

Improving Teacher Quality
to Karen Thomas-Brown and LaShorage Shaffer
by Michigan Department of Education
Description: They designed the Wayne County Global Geography Project to promote history and geography education in local schools. Districts represented include Detroit, Dearborn, Taylor, Garden City, Livonia, Allen Park, Riverview and more. Teacher participants were recruited through Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA)

Sustaining Momentum that Supports Professional Learning Communities Focused on the Content and Pedagogy of the Common Core and School Improvement Goals
to Kim Killu, Angela Krebs and Roger Verhey
by the Michigan Department of Education and US Department of Education
Description: The project provides professional development to middle and high school mathematics teachers through work on curriculum content development, student evaluation, and collaborative grouping.

Title IIA(3) ImprovingTeacher Quality Grant
to Martha Adler
by Michigan Department of Education
Description: She received the grant to provide professional learning opportunities in language, literacy, and English as a Second language to thirty Dearborn Public School’s teachers

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services congratulates its faculty members for these important achievements.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

UM-Dearborn faculty and students explore new opportunities with Southwest Detroit Schools

DETROIT.- On Friday, May 13, 2016, faculty and students from UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health, and Human Services enjoyed a delightful and informative morning as they went on a tour exploring the vibrant community of Southwest Detroit while visiting its most well-known public schools.
Ines De Jesus, coordinator of Community Schools
rogram at Southwest Solutions,
was the tour guide.

Associate Professor Martha Adler, Director of the Field Placement program in the college (CEHHS), decided to organize the tour to make faculty and students alike knowledgeable of the neighboring, largely Hispanic community, to UM-Dearborn. Even though there are some students who are already doing their practicums in some of these schools, the goal is to increase the college's presence in SW Detroit through more practicum placements and student teaching.

A year ago, UM-Dearborn and Southwest Solutions joined together to bring both communities closer and therefore, mutually benefit from each other’s assets. Ines De Jesus, coordinator of Community Schools program at Southwest Solutions, was the tour guide who led the group through the city's Hispanic neighborhood making stops at area public schools such as Bennett Elementary School and Western International High School.
The CEHHS group made its first stop
at Bennett Elementary School

De Jesus said that the objective of this tour is to show this neighborhood from a different perspective away from what is shown in the newspapers and on TV, but from a positive view as to engage UM-Dearborn students so they may be inspired to get involved in the local schools.

The group made its first stop at Bennett Elementary School which is well known for the quality of its teaching staff and which is working closely with CEHHS in the revival and upgrade of their library. Community School Site Coordinator at Bennett Kaity Nicastri who is part of the School Library Project, was the host during the walk-through of the Pre-K-5 facility.

On the way to the second scheduled visit, the group drove by Neinas Elementary School in which Associate Professor Chris Burke and his class are working on transforming empty lots into gardens. The group was also able to see other schools such as Harms Elementary School, a Michigan Department of Education "beat the odds" school. Clippert Academy Middle School well known for its professional staff and high achieving students; Academy of Americas K-8 known for its very committed parents and professional staff trained in full dual language Spanish-English immersion programs.

Inside Western International High School
The next stop was at Western International High School, the largest public school in the community with approximately 1700 students and offering a variety of extra-curricular programs in music, arts and sports. The group was able to see the well-kept facilities like the Olympic size swimming pool, the Henry Ford Health Clinic offering full services, the auditorium and the recently renovated performing arts and athletic wings. A third stop was at the recently opened Academy of Americas High School located next to St. Anne de D├ętroit Catholic church, which expands dual language opportunities for students in Spanish and English.

There were also some surprising visits that helped the group experience how engaged and bustling this community really is. Stops at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center as well as the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation showed that Southwest Detroit is committed to a better way of life.

The group returned satisfied with positive comments about the experience. UM-Dearborn student Josselyn Gorman said the tour was "really informative as far as knowing how the community ties in with schools". Professor Danielle DeFauw said, "I just feel like there are so many people making such a difference and I cannot wait to collaborate with these individuals and continue to help push our students out of their comfort zone" and Professor Margaret Rathouz referred to Southwest Detroit schools as "the hub of the whole community" while Professor Chris Burke called it an "informative, inspirational and fun tour".

Overall, all participants were inspired with this community looking forward to expand projects in partnership with Southwest Detroit schools.
Professors Chris Burke and Danielle DeFauw along with
student Josselyn Gorman buying mexican pastry
during a quick stop at a bakery in Southwest Detroit 
The final stop was at one of the most well known
restaurants in Southwest Detroit to enjoy authentic
Mexican food.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

CEHHS Faculty receive grants for research and projects

During the winter 2016 semester, several College of Education, Health, and Human Services faculty were awarded with 10 campus grants.

The grants awarded by the Faculty Senate Research Support Committee were:

  • Faculty Research Initiation and Seed Grant
    to Dara Hill
  • Faculty Research Support and Maintenance Grant
    to Julie Taylor
  • Faculty Professional Development Grant
    to Paul Fossum

The grants awarded by the Advancement of Teaching and Learning fund were:
  • Development of PRE Modules
    to Martha Adler, Danielle DeFauw and Dara Hill
  • Sensory Deficit Simulators
    to David Hill
  • 3D Printer
    to Gail Luera

The grants awarded by MCubed were:
  • Food Insecurity and the role of Food Pantries on College campuses
    to Natalie Sampson, Karen Thomas-Brown, Harmony Reppond, and Carmel Price
  • Coding Instruction for Students with Disabilities
    to David Hill, Stein Brunvand and Mahesh Agarwal

A  grant awarded by the Office of Metropolitan Impact was:
  • Community-Based Research: iGenVoices Project
    to Christopher Burke

A  grant awarded by the Office of Metropolitan Impact, the HUB, and the Commission for Women was:
  • Inside-Out Training
    to Gail Luera

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services congratulates its faculty members for these important achievements.