Secondary Education Graduate Named DCPS Teacher of the Year
Alumna Shira Fishman, MA 2007 (Secondary Education) was honored as the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Teacher of the Year on September 19 during the Standing Ovation for DC Teachers event at the Kennedy Center. The event honored more than 660 DCPS educators who earned ratings of Highly Effective under the IMPACT educator evaluation system.
DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the honor on September 16 and in a DCPS press release said, “Shira Fishman exemplifies the best DCPS has to offer, and the caliber of teacher we want in all our classrooms.” Fishman’s efforts in the classroom helped close a 17-point achievement gap between her students above and below the poverty line.
Fishman, who is current a math teacher at McKinley Technology High School, changed careers eight years ago after working as a mechanical engineer. She decided to change careers after realizing she enjoyed her side job of coaching high school basketball more than her work in the engineering field.
GSEHD-Led Research Team Receives Nearly $3 Million for Study of STEM Inclusive High Schools
Researchers at GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) and the Columbian College of Arts and Science (CCAS) received nearly $3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study high schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum. The project titled, Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration (OSPrl), will study the rapidly emerging trend of inclusive STEM-focused high schools, looking closely at coursework development, instructional strategies and workforce development opportunities. Dr. Sharon Lynch, professor of curriculum and pedagogy, will serve as lead researcher for the project.
“We are very excited to be leading this innovative research at such a pivotal time for education in the STEM fields,” said Michael J. Feuer, dean of GSEHD. “As inclusive STEM-focused schools become more prevalent, it is essential that educators and policy makers learn about their critical characteristics and how these schools create new opportunities for students underserved in STEM education. This generous funding will allow GSEHD to highlight promising models for STEM-focused schools and make the findings available to the larger education community.”
OSPrI research will create detailed case studies of 12 STEM high schools across the United States to explore different models in different states. The project will explore how the schools are influenced by their community needs and supported by business and industry. It will document the kinds of support provided to students outside the regular school day, such as internships and mentorships with local businesses, or early college enrollment to get a leg up on success in STEM careers.
GSEHD Receives Nearly $2 Million to Train Prince George's County Public School Early Childhood Teachers
The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) Bilingual Special Education program recently received nearly $2 million to partner with Prince George’s County Public School System. As part of the Promoting Equity in Early Childhood Education (PEECE) Project, the funds, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, will go towards the training of 85 certified, early childhood educators to provide them with the skills needed to meet the dynamic needs of English Language Learners (ELL) and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners within the school district. Dr. Amy Mazur, professor of special education will serve as project director of PEECE.
“GW’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development prides itself on developing educators with the necessary skills to be successful in the classroom and effectively prepare our next generation of leaders,” said GSEHD Dean Michael Feuer. “We couldn’t be happier about this opportunity to partner with one of our local school systems to ensure that these young learners receive the best education possible and suited to their learning needs.”
Beginning January 2012, the nearly $2 million grant, awarded by the U.S. DOE Office of English Language Acquisition National Professional Development Program, will support the matriculation of 17 students a year over the next five years through GSEHD’s Graduate Certificate program in Bilingual Special Education.
Alumnus Invited to Voice Local Education Concerns to Sec. Duncan, Members of Congress
Terrence Barresi, MA 2011 (Transition Special Education), was invited to attend the President Barack Obama’s September 23 press conference on the need to provide states with relief from key provisions of No Child Left Behind. Following the President’s remarks from the East Room of the White House, Barresi was one of 20 guests to be invited to the Department of Education’s discussion on NCLB and its negative outcomes at his school. In attendance was Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Carol Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and several members of Congress. Barresi was given the opportunity to voice his concerns about problems at Anacostia Senior High School where he is a 12th grade teacher. “I voiced a number of concerns about NCLB and how it is effecting Anacostia. First, the budget and our struggle with having enough teachers and basic supplies,” says Barresi. “I also voiced my concerns about the stigma of being a failing school and how that impacts the students, the staff and the school’s reputation,” he adds.
Barresi is his second year of teaching at Anacostia, where he teaches special education and inclusion English. “The whole experience was amazing. I got to meet President Obama and Mr. Duncan,” says Barresi. “I am eager to help get the word out about the reauthorization of [The Elementary and Secondary Education Act] to as many people as I can.”
Alumnus, Award-Winning Local Teacher Active in National Education Conversation
In September, alumnus Matthew Tosiello, MA 2007 (Secondary Education), who was named 2011 Arlington County Teacher of the Year, traveled to New York City for the Education Nation Summit.
During his time he was able to meet fellow educators and administrators as well as participate in a Teacher’s Town Hall moderated by Brian Williams. Tosiello appeared in several broadcasts from the event, including NBC Washington. You can view the entire Teacher’s Town Hall here, with Tosiello’s question around minute 36.
Tosiello, who is an active advocate for teachers everywhere, was also featured in a separate segment on NBC Washington News 4. The segment discussed Tosiello’s engaging and successful work in this third grade classroom. Additionally, Tosiello appeared on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on September 19. One of three local educator panelists, Tosiello discussed how education policy debates, including those about the uses of testing and the future of No Child Left Behind, end up affecting classroom dynamics. You can listen to the segment here.
Beck Endowment Recipient Named
Current student Andres Lomeli was named the 2011 recipient of the Sylven Seid Beck Endowment for Elementary Education.
The Beck Endowment was created from a gift by Dr. Gloria L. Horrworth, GSEHD professor emeritus in 1996 in honor of colleague, alumna, GSEHD faculty member and program director, Dr. Sylven Seid Beck, EdD 1981. The Fund supports students who have completed 12 credit hours, are interested in pursuing a career as elementary education teachers and come from at-risk groups and neighborhoods that are under-represented in elementary education. Each year, the fund provides $5,000 in tuition support to a student selected by review board members.
In Memoriam: Dr. Ted McKinley Daniels: Dr. Daniels, an alumnus of the counseling doctoral program, passed away on July 29. Daniels received his PhD from GSEHD in 2007 in counseling with a focus in rehabilitation leadership. A lifelong student and educator, Daniels was a professor at Coppin State University, The George Washington University and University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Over his remarkable lifetime, he received over 26 awards and recognition for his outstanding service to the community. Daniels had an immense appreciation for the continuing importance of historically black colleges and universities and the critical need to sustain their positive legacy. He led the development of a successful proposal for a $1 million grant to institute a graduate program in rehabilitation counseling at UDC. Daniels dedicated much of his life to the church, worshiping for over 30 years at Union Temple Baptist Church where he also served as a Deacon and in leadership roles.
Stephanie Aduso, MA 2009 (Early Childhood Special Education), received the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching during the Standing Ovation for DC Teachers at the Kennedy Center on September 19.
Aduso is a pre-kindergarten autism inclusion teacher at Walker-Jones Education Campus. The award recognizes the success of twenty DCPS teachers who received “highly effective” ratings on the IMPACT evaluation system.
Patricia Rice Doran, EdD 2011 (Bilingual Special Education) was appointed an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Towson University. Her research at Towson will focus on intersections between special education and cultural and linguistic diversity, particularly in the identification and service delivery processes. Most recently, Doran served as the project director for a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIFSE) grant, sponsored by the Office of Postsecondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
Elizabeth Conley,(Education Administration), was recently appointed Rhode Island Department of Education Intermediary Service Provider. She will serve as a state-wide educational consultant for Rhode Island’s new comprehensive evaluation system.
Debra Hermann, Certificate 2010 (Master Teacher Leadership Development Program) received the Rising Star Award from the Physicans Assistant Education Association.
Kimberly L. Hough, EdD (Education Administration), was featured in the August 2011 issue of The School Administrator for her dissertation research exploring the relationships between superintendent-empowering leadership and student achievement, and superintendent humility and student achievement.
Emilia O’Conner, MA 2007 (Special Education), is a co-founder, a board member, and an artist for ArtStream. ArtStream is an organization based in the Washington, DC metro area that provides artistic opportunities for communities that have traditionally been underserved by the arts. This nonprofit inspires and heals through art in their work with individuals with intellectual disabilities; children and adults dealing with illness; young people with autism; veterans and their families; and senior citizens.
Power Lunch with GW Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, Dr. Terri Harris Reed Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | 12:00-1:30 p.m. Duques Hall, Room 650 Dr. Terri Harris Reed, Vice Provost for will talk about her work with diversity initiatives here at GW and at various universities across the nation.Pre-registration is required online
Dr. Diana Burley, Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning, co-authored the report “Summit on Education in Secure Software: Final Report,” with Dr. Matt Bishop, professor of computer science at UC Davis. The report suggests roadmaps for developing secure programming education for a wide range of different groups, from kindergarten to the workplace. The report was featured on UC Davis’ research blog, “Egghead.”
On September 22, Dr. Burley presented the results of the report at the 2nd Annual National Institute for Standards and Technology’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education Workshop.
Additionally, on September 15 Dr. Burley spoke on the education supply chain for software assurance professionals at the Department of Homeland Security’s Fall 2011 Software Assurance Forum.
Dr. William Cummings, Professor of International Education, published Changing Governance and Management in Higher Education: The Perspectives of the Academy which was co-edited with William Locke and Donald Fisher.
Dr. Laura C. Engel, Assistant Professor of International Education and International Affairs, co-authored the article, “Lifelong learning through SMEs: Exploring workplace learning in the UK” with Linda Ahlgren, Edinburgh University. The article is based on findings from the European Union funded project, Towards a lifelong learning society in Europe: The contribution of the education system, and appears in Journal of Workplace Learning.
Dean Michael J. Feuer wrote a review of Answering Auschwitz: Primo Levi’s Science and Humanism After the Fall for The Jewish Daily Forward.
Dr. Ellen Goldman, Assistant Professor of Human and Organizational Learning, received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from the Health Care Management Division at the Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting.
Dr. Kenneth Hergenrather, Associate Professor of Counseling,was presented with the 2011 National Rehabilitation Association's Mid-Atlantic Rehabilitation Professional Development Award. This award is presented to a professional who has made significant contributions in the professional preparation and upgrading of rehabilitation personnel. The award signifies dedication and leadership in pursuit of quality services to individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Carol Hoare, Professor of Human Development,recently completed the second edition of her handbook, The Oxford Handbook of Reciprocal Adult Development and Learning. The book will be published this fall and will also appear online as part of the Oxford University Press series in psychology.
Associate Dean Robert Ianacone traveled to Lisbon, Portugal to present on the GWU Online High School (GWUOHS) at the Association for Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) meeting.
Dr. Carol Kochhar-Bryant, Chair of the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies, presented at the U.S. Launch and Symposium on the World Report on Disabilityon September 13. The focus of the symposium was on the Report's recommendations, implementation and the potential strategic uses of the report in areas such as education and advocacy, research, best practices and policy. The chapter of the Report that addresses the topic of education was presented by the lead author, Susan Hirshberg of the World Bank, followed by remarks by Kochhar-Bryant and Dr. David Rose, of the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST). The World Report provides an evidence base of need, gaps and best practices that support the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and more generally those involved with disability.
Qi Shi, counseling doctoral student, received third place from Div 49 of the American Psychological Association for the Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy student poster contest.
Dr. Susan Swayze, Assistant Professor of Educational Research, authored an article in I Am Modern titled “Girls in Science.” In the article, Swayze interviewed colleague Dr. Diana Burley to better understand the under-representation of girls in STEM fields
The Ecology of Education Join us for a unique series of lectures showcasing the Graduate School of Education and Human Development's new and early-career faculty and introducing their innovative research. Featured this fall are:
Dr. Sarah Cho Kim October 20 | 3 p.m. Marvin Center, Room 307
"A Model Minority in Distress: Threats to Asian American Identity and Psychological Well-Being"
Dr. Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux November 17 | 3 p.m. Marvin Center, Room 310
"Hispanic-Serving or Hispanic-Enrolling? Assessing the Institutional Performance of Hispanic-Serving Colleges and Universities"
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