Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MPortfolio Use Featured in AACU Journal

The Fall2011/Winter2012 issue of Peer Review, a journal published by the Association of American Colleges and Universities features an article that discusses the use of the Mportfolio approach to fostering integrative learning The Mportfolio has been used extensively in the UM-Dearborn School of Education to help students track their learning progress and reflect on their development as emerging professional educators. The article, entitled “Fostering Integrative Knowledge and Lifelong Learning,” was written by a team of authors drawn from the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses of the University of Michigan, and the author team included Laura Reynolds-Keefer, UM-Dearborn associate professor of education, and Steve Lonn, a lecturer in the UM-Dearborn SOE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Julie Taylor's Innovative Teaching via the DIA

Julie Taylor, associate professor of education, is featured in a story in the Reporter [] that describes her use of art at the Detroit Institute for the Arts to enrich the teaching of history, social studies, and multicultural issues. Several SOE students are quoted in the story.
Brava to Julie for her innovative approach to engaging her students in ways that will surely influence their teaching in the future.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SOE Faculty Featured at Winter/Spring 2012 Professional Meetings

The work of University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education faculty is well represented at professional meetings this winter/spring, locally, nationally, and internationally. Here is a summary of conference presentations this fall:
Martha Adler and Chris Burke, associate professors, will present a co-authored paper, "Personal Consequences of Compliance and Resistance to Mandated Reforms for Teachers in Low-Performing Schools," at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Vancouver, BC in April. At that conference, Chris Burke will also be presenting "School/Community Gardens: The Need to Cultivate Communities of Practice for Teachers."

Sara Byrd, assistant professor, is co-author of papers at three professional conferences: (with Julie Taylor, associate professor) “Educating Incarcerated Youth: Findings from a Multi-state Research Investigation” at the 2012 Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders/MSLBD in Kansas City, MO in February; (with Kim Killu, associate professor) “Classroom Accommodations for Students with Externalizing Disorders” at the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Grand Rapids in March; and (with Stein Brunvand, associate professor) “Using Computer Technology to Promote Improved Learning and Behavior for All Students” at the Council for Exceptional Children 2012 Conference in Denver, CO in April.

Danielle DeFauw, assistant professor, recently presented at the Genesee School District Early Literacy Conference, and she will be presenting in March to the Michigan Reading Association and in April at a UM-Flint Literacy Workshop for K-12 Teachers.

Susan Everett, associate professor, is presenting two papers at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in Indianapolis, IN in March: one co-authored with Charlotte Otto, professor of Natural Science, and the other with Dick Moyer, professor of Science Education.

Paul Fossum, associate professor, will present "Dimensions of Time and Timing in Policy Development and Implementation" at the Comparative and International Education Society conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April.

Kristen Dara Hill, assistant professor, is presenting a paper pertaining to her research on improving reading proficiency among youth in high poverty, urban schools at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting in Vancouver, BC in April.

In addition to the paper noted above, Kim Killu, associate professor, is presenting “Classroom Accommodations for Students with Anxiety and Mood Disorders” at the annual meting of the Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan in Ypsilanti in February. In May she is also presenting “Use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Individuals with Severe Intellectual Disabilities and Co-morbid Disorders: A Discussion of Clinical Issues” to the Association for Behavior Analysis in Seattle, WA.

LaShorage Shaffer, instructor, will present “Using Evidence-based Strategies to Support Social Emotional Development” at the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Early Childhood Conference in Grand Rapids in March.

Edward Silver, dean and professor, is presenting several papers at the research pre-session of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA in April. He is also presenting to the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics in Philadelphia in April, and he is a keynote speaker at the Mathematics Teacher Retention Symposium in Los Angeles, CA in March.

Julie Taylor, associate professor, will present "The Education of Incarcerated Youth in the United States," at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences Mediterranean Conference at the University of Malta in February.

Monday, February 6, 2012

SOE student in the news!

David Knezek, SOE student and UM-Dearborn Student Government president, was featured in a story that appeared in the Detroit Free Press on February 3. The article discusses David and another college student who are both seeking election to the Michigan legislature this year. The article, written by Rochelle Riley (who was also the featured speaker at UM-Dearborn’s 2011 commencement for CASL and SOE degree recipients), may be found online at