Friday, July 20, 2012

SOE Faculty Featured at Maker Faire Detroit

Professor Richard Moyer and Associate Professor Susan Everett, co-authors of Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning, were featured at Maker Faire Detroit event at the Henry Ford in Dearborn on July 28-29, 2012.

In response to the popularity and demand for their book, which is one of the most popular books published by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), they will be holding a two-day book-signing session at the event, which attracts individuals interested in design, technology and invention.

Please join me in thanking Professors Moyer and Everett for their outstanding contribution to STEM education in the region and in the nation.

The UM-Dearborn Reporter published a related story and photo.

Otlewski Recognized for Service to UM-Dearborn

At the Chancellor's Staff Recognition Event held on Friday, July 20, 2012, Joann Otlewski, SOE Certification Officer and leader of the Student Services Office, was recognized for 15 years of dedicated service to UM-Dearborn.

Please join me in congratulating Joann and thanking her for her efforts on behalf of the School of Education community.

Monday, July 16, 2012

NRC Report from Committee That Included SOE Dean

Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century, a new report from the National Research Council (NRC) summarizes scholarly evidence that problem solving, critical thinking, communication and self-discipline can be taught and learned in ways that benefit students both in the classroom and in their future lives.

Edward Silver, dean of the School of Education, served on the Committee on Defining Deeper Learning and 21st Century Skills, which conducted the analysis of existing research.

The report uses scholarly research to address a topic of practical importance to students, educators and employers. It affirms the importance of “deeper learning,” the process of taking what is learned in one subject area or situation and learning how and when to apply that knowledge in other areas.

The NRC study was undertaken to define the proficiency that has become popularly known as “21st century skills.” According to the report, those skills encompass three dimensions: cognitive, which involves thinking and reasoning; intrapersonal, which involves managing behavior and emotions; and interpersonal, which involves expressing ideas and communicating those ideas to others.

The UM-Dearborn Reporter story has more details.