Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SOE Faculty Lead Campus Faculty Enrichment Workshops

During the Fall 2011 academic term, the University of Michigan-Dearborn is holding a series of faculty enhancement workshops, Technology Supporting Teaching. The workshops are intended to support faculty and lecturers improve their instruction, with special attention to technology-enhanced, instructional environments. The program includes presentations and workshops by UM-Dearborn faculty and outside experts on the design, development, and implementation of technology-based innovations to support teaching, research and learning. Two faculty members from the School of Education – Associate Professor Laura Reynolds-Keefer and Lecturer Tiffany Marra – are leaders of workshop sessions.

On Friday, October 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Dr. Reynolds-Keefer is leading a session on
"Did your students learn what you thought you taught?"
On Friday, November 18, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Dr. Marra is leading a session on
“Learning enrichment and integration using MPortfolio.”

Information about the full series and an opportunity to register can be found at

Monday, September 12, 2011

SOE sponsors Research Colloquia

The School of Education is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a research colloquium series during AY 2011-2012. The SOE Research Colloquium will showcase selected research and scholarship activities of UM-Dearborn faculty and invited scholars from outside the institution. Faculty and students from across the UM-Dearborn campus are invited to attend.

SOE Research Colloquium presentations in Fall 2011 will be held on selected Wednesday afternoons once per month from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the School of Education conference room (252 FCS). Presentations will be approximately one hour in length, with an additional 30 minutes allotted for students and faculty to have informal conversation with the speaker(s). Refreshments will be served.

Please visit the SOE Research Colloquium page for more information regarding dates, speakers, topics and updates: The inaugural session on September 28, 2011 will feature Mesut Duran and Bob Fraser, who will present findings from their study of online academic dishonesty (e-dishonesty) related practices among UM-Dearborn students.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SOE Launches new website

The School of Education has a newly redesigned website. The new website provides an easy navigation and helpful information about the SOE, its academic programs, special projects, and faculty and staff. The website contains information and useful links for current students, future students, and alumni and friends of the School.

As you probably already know if you are reading this blog entry, you can visit the new website at: Feel free to visit often!

The website re-design was a collaboration involving the School of Education, ITS, and Communications & Marketing. Please join me in expressing special thanks to Mesut Duran, Chris Casey, Robert Simpson III, Ron Labao, and Sherie Modelski for their tireless efforts to make the new website a reality in time for the new academic year. Also, many thanks to the SOE faculty and staff for their countless hours spent developing content for the website, and to Jennifer Thelan and Beth Marmarelli in Communications and Marketing office for their assistance with review and editorial work.

If you have any comments that you would like to share about the website, please send them to Chris Casey (, the SOE website support contact.

Michigan Department of Education awards grant to ECEC

The Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) has won a Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) competition grant of $81,600 to pay tuition costs for 24 children to attend the ECEC four mornings per week. The GSRP is a state-funded program to prepare four-year-old children who are judged to have factors that place them at risk for achieving school success. This award is in addition to an earlier grant to support three-year-olds to attend the ECEC.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff of the ECEC who will now be able to help these children get off to a great start in their schooling!

SOE Students Receive Prestigious Scholarship Awards

Katrina LeFlore. (Secondary Education; earth science major) has been awarded a scholarship by the University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women (CEW). The CEW Scholarship Program for returning women students was established in 1970 to honor the academic performance and potential of women whose education has been interrupted and to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the admission of women to the University of Michigan.

The Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) has selected Ariel Lossing (elementary education; mathematical studies major) as one of only three 2011 Miriam Schaefer Scholarship winners. This scholarship was established in 1989 to recognize and support outstanding college seniors and juniors who are enrolled in a teacher preparation program in the state of Michigan and have mathematics as their primary teaching interest.

Please join me in congratulating Katrina and Ariel on being selected for these honors from among a large number of worthy nominees!