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In the News 2012 | College of Education

In the News 2012

Yeshi's future: Serving Tibetan Refugees -- Tenzin Yeshi began his graduate journey in a familiar business field, but found his life’s purpose in education.

Briske's doc journey exemplifies distance education -- In a doctoral program noted for its accessibility, thanks to courses delivered online and via other technologies, one student puts the notion of “distance” in an entirely new light.

WISDOMe advancing mathematics ed, doc program -- Since launching the Wyoming Institute for the Study and Development of Mathematics Education (WISDOMe) in 2010, organizers of the College of Education’s international initiative have been hard at work raising visibility for early outcomes, promoting UW’s doctoral program in mathematics education, and planning new opportunities for collaboration and professional development.

Dambekalns West Africa volunteerism -- Lydia Dambekalns facilitates teacher trainings at the Center Internationale for Art and Music of Ouidah (CIAMO) Benin, West Africa. While on sabbatical, she has served as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer for 5 months, developing and writing curriculum for integrating the arts.

UW College of Education Joins ‘Operation Educate the Educator’ -- The University of Wyoming College of Education has joined an effort to help prepare educators to better meet the needs of dependents of military service members.

Michael Day receives Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award -- Michael Day received a nice and unexpected retirement present. Day, who retired this past December after nearly 30 years as a University of Wyoming professor of adult education, is the winner of the 2012 John P. Ellbogen Lifetime Teaching Award. The Ellbogen award recognizes the long, distinguished and exemplary career of one senior faculty member who has excelled as a teacher at UW.

Cliff Harbour wins UW distance teaching honor -- Students in Cliff Harbour's graduate-level education classes say he has a passion for the course content, is open to different points of view and offers insightful feedback.

Michaela Uhling named UW's Co-Outstanding Graduate Woman -- Michaela Uhling of Saratoga, who will graduate in May with an elementary education degree, is the co-recipient of the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.

Four education students named 2012 Storer Fellows -- Four College of Education students will have unparalleled opportunities to deepen their understanding of science instruction as recipients of the 2012 Storer Fellowship Award.

2012 Distinguished Alumnus Fred Bradley -- If one were to ask Fred O. Bradley (MEd ’70, counselor education; PhD ’72, counselor education) to name his greatest point of professional pride as he closes out a fulfilling, 40-year teaching career at Kansas State University, chances are his response would point to the successful lives of graduate students he has taken under his wing. They’re his kids, he says, and his accountability to them is a lifetime commitment.

2012 Distinguished Former Faculty Jim Collins -- Jim Collins might not have envisioned a long and successful career in higher education when he enrolled in his first classes as an undergraduate mathematics major at DePauw University (BA ’63). But thanks to a series of opportunities that put him on that path – and provided new expertise areas – that’s exactly what happened.

2012 Distinguished Alumna Faye LaDuke-Pelster -- Faye LaDuke-Pelster (BA ’01, elementary education, minor in cultural diversity and Spanish) says she was one of the lucky ones: a career in education was a clear choice, thanks to strong role models at home and school. Faye’s earliest visits to the UW Lab School as an undergraduate affirmed that decision. There she observed cutting-edge approaches to instruction and an open learning environment left deep impressions.

2012 Distinguished Former Faculty Donna Marburger -- As a young girl growing up in Glenrock, Wyo., Donna Marburger knew teaching would be the path she would pursue and that UW was where she would enroll. What she didn’t know at the time was that the teaching career she dreamed of would not end in a K-12 setting but in higher education.

Sullivan Plaza honors family, enhances college facility -- A new plaza honoring the Hon. Mike and Jane Sullivan will one day welcome students and visitors to the College of Education, with financial support from donors contributing to the project.

UW participates in Teacher Performance Assessment Field Test -- The University of Wyoming College of Education is part of a 21-state consortium of colleges and universities field-testing the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), a summative assessment for student teachers at (or near) the end of their programs.

Counselor Education programs receive maximum reaccreditation -- All three University of Wyoming counselor education graduate degree programs have received the maximum possible reaccreditation from the national organization certifying institutional curricular and clinical quality.

College launches edTPA assessment process -- After successfully participating in both the pilot phase and an expanded field test of a new, national-level assessment, University of Wyoming teacher education programs are ready to implement that comprehensive process with their 2013 graduates.

New SMTC director goal: Expanding interest, programming in science & math -- Developing and supporting innovative educational programs that engage teachers and students in ways that stimulate interest and deepen learning is a primary goal of the new director of the University of Wyoming Science and Mathematics Teaching Center (SMTC).

Eight recent grads receive 2012 Newcomb Grants -- The Lola B. Newcomb Beginning Teacher Support Grant was made possible by a gift from the estate of Mrs. Newcomb, who attended summer school at the College of Education in the 1930s.

A new teacher assessment could help UW education students improve (Wyoming Public Media) -- University of Wyoming College of Education students will now be part of a Comprehensive Teacher Performance Assessment that will determine the student teachers performance in a variety of skills. UW was among the institutions that helped develop the assessment that is called edTPA.

Class constructs standards-based science lessons -- How does a teacher translate sometimes complex scientific concepts in ways that are interesting and accessible to students of varying ages, and that meet national standards?

New Center at UW Will Lead Literacy Education, Research -- Wyoming’s efforts to help children succeed in school and careers will receive a major boost with the opening of the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic next year.

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