Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Collaborative Project for Returning Veterans in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport

Dearborn, MI - (by Kate Malicke).
McNamara Terminal
(photo by Julie Taylor)
Detroit-area service members are receiving a warm welcome home this November thanks to students from Detroit’s Douglass Academy for Young Men.
The students, working with UM-Dearborn Associate Professor Julie Anne Taylor as well as their teachers, Quan Neloms, Laverne Rush, and Terry Strauss, created the artwork to express appreciation for service members and veterans. The students’ work is on display through Thanksgiving weekend in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s McNamara Terminal thanks to a partnership with the airport and Clear Channel.
The students had the chance to talk with three veterans before creating their artwork. 
UM-Dearborn graduate David Knezek.
(photo by Julie Taylor)
State Senator and UM-Dearborn graduate David Knezek; Douglass Academy Principal Berry Greer; and retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Rob Stewart. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Professors awarded grant to promote history and geography education in local schools

CEHHS faculty members Karen Thomas-Brown, associate professor of social studies, and LaShorage Shaffer, assistant professor of child education, created the Wayne County Global Geography Project, an 18-month program designed to give local 6th, 7th and 9th grade teachers professional development training.
Associate Professor Karen Thomas-Brown, center, talks with
participant teachers on ways to use technology.

The program focuses on global geography content, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and pedagogy on the Eastern and Western Hemisphere, Contemporary Global Issues and Era 7-Global Crisis and Achievement from 1900-1945. The professors were awarded a $220,000 Improving Teacher Quality grant from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to implement it.

A group of 42 Wayne County educators form Detroit, Dearborn, Taylor, Garden City, Livonia, Allen Park, Riverview and more were recruited to participate through Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA).

Thomas-Brown, who is an urban geographer, and Shaffer saw a need for the program after looking at state test scores in social studies and geography and hearing from teachers about content areas they wanted to improve upon.

“We’ve designed a dynamic program,” Thomas-Brown said. “And by we, I mean all of us. It’s not me going out and finding experts. It’s learning what the teachers need. It’s a collaboration. It’s organic.”

Read full article in The Reporter

CEHHS creates Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity

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The College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS) has a plan to create a change in reducing inequalities. The Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity, which started in fall 2015, is a focused center for studying, researching, disseminating and implementing promising evidence-based solutions to reduce inequalities. The goal of the Center for Disparity Solutions and Equity is to bridge the gap in education, health and human services by making connections for those with a need and those looking to assist in the movement toward equity.

Terri Laws, assistant professor of health and human services and African and African American studies, said she’s seen firsthand the inequities in healthcare. Laws said she’s been looking forward to see the center open because it is “the right project for Detroit and its metro region right now.”

“No matter what we look like and where we’ve come from, we are all in need of healthcare and education. Having access to these is a human right,” said Laws.

View full article in The Reporter

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New collaboration between CEHHS and Southwest Detroit schools

DEARBORN, MI - On November 6, 2015 the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (CEHHS)  hosted a reception to welcome alumni, current students and prospective students from Southwest Detroit to the University of Michigan Dearborn.
Janine Janosky and Ines De Jesus

Dr. Janine Janosky, Dean of CEHHS and Ines De Jesus, coordinator of Community Schools program at Southwest Solutions welcomed the participants for an announcement of the newly formed collaboration to build a network of resources and support between our university and Southwest Detroit.
During the event, staff from the Office of Student Success provided information to the visiting students. Associate dean Dr. Laura Reynolds as well as department chairs Dr. Susan Everett (Education) and Dr. Julie Roddy (Health and Human Services) also participated in the event, presenting the different degrees and certifications that the college offers.
Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and ice-breaking activities while networking in what marked the starting point of a promising relationship between CEHHS and its neighboring community in Southwest Detroit.
CEHHS staff provides information to prospective students

Monday, November 9, 2015

Center for Autism: CEHHS and Beaumont initiative awarded $750,000

The College of Education and Health and Human Services (CEHHS) was awarded $750,000 by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to assist in starting the Center for Autism, a University of Michigan-Dearborn and Beaumont Health System partnership.

CEHHS Dean Janine Janosky said that nearly 18,000 students were diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in 2011 and there is an estimated of 50,000 Michigan residents with ASD. Educators with experience on this special need are in demand.

“If you look at the prevalence and incidence for diagnosis of the autism spectrum disorder in Michigan, you see there is an increase in both. You also see there is a gap between the number of individuals prepared to work in that profession and the individuals being diagnosed,” she said. “So the college is here to work to fill that gap.”

The goal is to train at least 225 registered behavior technicians. In addition, the center will educate 25 board certified assistant behavior analysts (BCaBA) through a certificate program.

The center—which will be housed in the building shared by UM-Dearborn’s Early Childhood Education Center and Beaumont’s Center for Exceptional Families (CEF)—is expected to open in Fall 2016.

View full article in The Reporter.

Health Academy professional development opportunity

Are you or your staff interested in using or refining your use of "hotspotting" as a way of identifying participants or patients in high-use environments?

Join the College of Education, Health, and Human Services for new professional development "Health Academy" opportunity targeting specific high-impact skill development for individuals in health, non-profit, and social service fields.

Learn techniques for using a hotspotting approach to build data-driven interventions.

Contact Associate Dean Laura Reynolds for more information: 



Friday, October 30, 2015

CEHHS and Dearborn City Schools partner in English Language Arts project

DEARBORN, MI - CEHHS faculty member, Dr. Martha Adler was awarded a grant by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to lead the project Improving Teacher Quality: Academic Competence and Language Proficiency for ALL.

This project, in partnership with Dearborn City Schools, was designed to provide teachers with the knowledge and strategies to design and implement lessons that address language acquisition and reading comprehension.
MDE has identified Dearborn City Schools eligible for this grant due to its over 72% district-wide poverty rate and its 9,006 underrepresented English-language learner student population. The project will provide 90 hours of professional learning to 30 participating teachers (15 in grades K-5 and 15 in grades 7-12) through coursework that can be applied toward the MDE English as a Second Language endorsement.

During the 2015-2016 year, the project will provide two 3-credit hour courses in a workshop format: The first course, Aligning Reading Theory and Best Practice to Curriculum and Instruction started in August 2015 and the second one, Second Language Teaching: K12 starts in January 2016. Both courses address student diversity, differing skill sets, background knowledge, and English language proficiencies.
The UM-Dearborn team includes three faculty members: Dr. Martha Adler, expert in Language Arts and ESL; Dr. Jaime S. Lee, expert in Second Language Acquisition and Dr. Laura Reynolds, expert in Assessment and Evaluation.
This project is another example of UM-Dearborn College of Education, Health and Human Services' commitment to support stronger outreach programs in local communities.

For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Martha Adler