Thursday, June 28, 2012

New MA in Educational Technology

Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in our lives as demands grow for responsible digital citizenship in all spheres of human activity, including the myriad varieties of formal and informal educational environments. Within conventional K-12 settings, increasingly “tech savvy” students enter our educational institutions and expect that their teachers will use technology effectively to support their learning. Adult learners have similar expectations as they enroll in courses at post-secondary institutions, engage in work-related training or participate in web-based professional development. Now more than ever before educators, instructors and trainers need to become proficient with a broad range of technologies and capable of designing technology-enhanced learning activities. This includes moving beyond traditional educational settings and facilitating learning in free-choice, digital environments.

To help meet burgeoning demands in this territory, the UM-Dearborn School of Education has launched a new Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. The MA in Ed Tech program is designed for educators interested in developing expertise in the effective use of various forms of educational technology in teaching and learning. This program is designed not only to meet the needs of educators affiliated with K-12 education but also to develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies of those who design and implement technology-enhanced educational opportunities outside traditional school settings.

Courses in this degree program focus on core digital competencies, effective instructional design, challenges in the design and delivery of online and hybrid forms of instruction, and the use of technological resources to enhance face-to-face instruction. In addition to earning the Master’s degree, current K-12 teachers can qualify for an NP Endorsement from the Michigan Department of Education.

Courses are offered online and throughout the year making it possible to accommodate a variety of schedules. If you are interested in learning more about this new program please see the SOE website for details.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

SOE Doctoral Student Chosen to Receive Korea Society Fellowship

Monica M. Eraqi, a student in the UM-Dearborn SOE doctoral program and National Board Certified Teacher of Social Studies at Dakota High School in Macomb Township, has been selected to receive a 2012 Summer Fellowship in Korean Studies from the Korea Society

 This competitive program is specifically designed for American social studies education professionals, including middle school and high school classroom teachers, administrators, and professors or instructors in schools of education.

Fellows participate in a 16-day, expenses-paid study tour of Korea during which they visit a foreign language high school, museums, and sites of historical and cultural interest. University faculty provide daily lectures on Korea history, culture, politics, economics, arts, and language. This is an unparalleled learning experience and unique opportunity for extensive travel and study within Korea.

Ms. Eraqi  is an avid seeker of global experiences to enrich her teaching.  This marks her fourth study tour, with previous visits to New Zealand, Spain, and Turkey. 

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Eraqi on being selected for this honor and in wishing her a rich learning experience during her time in Korea.

Friday, June 8, 2012

SOE Offers New Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education

In recent years educators and policymakers have come to understand the critical role that early childhood education plays in establishing a strong foundation for later academic success.  As the demand for high quality  early childhood education has grown so too has the need for talented leaders in this field.  

To meet the growing demand for excellent leadership, the UM-Dearborn School of Education is launching a new Master's degree for professionals in the field. The Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education includes three program options for teachers, administrators, other service providers and educators who wish to advance their knowledge and skills regarding the design and delivery of high quality programs for young children and their families.

Two program options are for those who are certified teachers in the state of Michigan.  A third option is for  professionals who are not currently certified teachers but who are interested in early childhood leadership and administration.

Courses are offered with the working professional in mind. Most courses required for the master's degree are offered during evening and summer hours and include several online courses.  More information about the new program can be found on the SOE website.

News of the program was carried in the University of Michigan Record Update and the UM-Dearborn Reporter

UM-Dearborn and Oakwood Form Research Partnership

The University of Michigan-Dearborn and the Oakwood Healthcare System have formed a new research partnership that is built upon the current collaboration among the Oakwood Center for Exceptional Families (CEF), the University of Michigan-Dearborn Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC), and the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Education

The  ECEC/CEF collaboration supports early childhood educators and healthcare professionals -- who bring different professional knowledge, training and backgrounds -- to work in concert to assist the development of children with and without disabilities and to model best practices for teachers and healthcare providers.

The current collaboration offers a solid foundation for a research partnership to promote transdisciplinary research that can enrich significantly the knowledge and evidence base in relevant fields, and bring important new perspectives to the intersection of education and healthcare. The research Institute will enhance our capacity to attract external grants, to conduct scientifically rigorous research, and to generate high­ profile reports for researchers, policy professionals, educational and medical professionals, and the general public. Under the auspices of the Institute, education and healthcare students and professionals, and students and professionals from other related disciplines, can participate in research activities.

For more about the partnership, see a story in the UM-Dearborn Reporter or listen to a podcast of an interview with Brian Connolly (Oakwood CEO) and Dan Little (UM-Dearborn Chancellor) recently aired on WDET.

We are currently searching for an inaugural director of the research partnership and invite all interested parties to apply.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Three SOE Faculty Win Teaching Enhancement Grants

Three members of the SOE faculty are among the campus winners of awards from the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Fund administered by the UM-Dearborn Integrated Learning and Community Partnership Office. These awards are intended to support innovative approaches to enhancing opportunities for student learning on campus.

Seong Hong, associate professor of early childhood education and Rosalyn Saltz Collegiate Professor of Education, received funds to provide a digital story telling workshop on campus. Under the guidance of well-regarded experts in this domain UM-Dearborn faculty will learn to create their own digital stories, to employ best practices for having students create digital stories, and to identify campus resources or structures that could be used to assist with digital storytelling in the classroom.

Susan Everett, associate professor of science education, received funds to bring Dr. Fred Goldberg to campus in the fall. Goldberg is a Professor of Physics and a Research Scientist at the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. He is a leader in physics education research and is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in students' learning of physics.

Gail Luera, associate professor of science education, received funds to purchase a classroom set of handheld GPS units. The purchased units will enable faculty and EIC program leaders to teach basic mapping skills while fostering a connection to and demonstrating knowledge of the local environment.

Please join me in congratulating these faculty for taking the initiative on these innovative efforts on behalf of the UM-Dearborn campus. Brava to all!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

SOE Students Win Writing Awards

Three students in SOE programs were among the recently announced winners of 2012 UM-Dearborn Undergraduate Writing Awards. This year entries were evaluated within eight categories (First-year Writing, Researched Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Honors Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Writing in the Public Sphere, and Writing & Multiple Media).

Of the 220 students who submitted entries 25 were selected as worthy of special recognition. The student winners associated with the School of Education were:

Mariam Zafar (secondary certification in English) – 1st place in Researched Writing

Melissa Gellenbeck (elementary certification in Language Arts) – 1st place in Poetry

Angela Sabella (secondary certification in Social Studies) – Honorable Mention in Poetry

Please join me in congratulating these students on this wonderful accomplishment!

Noted Historian to Visit SOE in Fall

The School of Education is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a visit to campus on October 16-17, 2012 by Heather Williams, associate professor of history at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to becoming a historian, Dr. Williams had a successful career as a civil rights attorney.

Of special interest to those of us in the School of Education, Dr. Williams is author of a seminal book on education during the period of slavery in the United States. Her book, Self-Taught: African American Education in Slavery and Freedom (University of North Carolina Press, 2005), has received several book awards, including the Lillian Smith Book Prize.

She is currently writing a book on separation of African American families during the antebellum period and efforts to reunify families following emancipation. Many of themes that she examines in ways that are anchored in the southern part of the United States have connections to and resonance with the history of Detroit and southeastern Michigan.

Dr. Williams will be giving a featured lecture on campus at 3 pm on October 16, and this lecture will be ope to the entire campus community as well as to the public.  In addition to her public lecture, Dr. Williams will be meeting with students and faculty on October 17.  More details regarding her schedule will be available in early fall.