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Rams Education Corner Edition 1 Winter 2013

Ec-6 Bilingual Alumni to be Honored Kristian Parker The School of Education celebrates its Sec-6 bilingual alumni. In the spring of 2014 the School of Education will be highlighting this special group of alumni for its annual alumni event. Over the past decade the Ec-6 bilingual program has had grants from the Department of Education. This five year grant gave $1.4 million to the Ec-6 bilingual program, and was awarded again after the first grant ran out. Graduate Deborah Roark

The Ed. D Program First Graduates Kristian Parker The Doctor of Education Program graduates its first class ever. In 2009 , 24 students started their journeys toward earning and Ed. D at Texas Wesleyan.

This gave the School of Education the opportunity to award around $250,000 a year in scholarship money to Ec-6 bilingual students. There iis about 30 bilingual certificates and master’s degrees in bilingual education every year.

The new 64 credit Doctor of Education Program is a great program for those who need more flexibility in their schedule. Its only offered nights and weekends and takes a minimum of four years to complete, depending on how many classes you choose to take.

Wesleyan was able to obtain this grant because of the lack of bilingual teachers in the surrounding public school systems. 59.2% of all students in the Forth Worth Independent School District are Hispanic. Because of the high Hispanic population, 26.9% of all students are classified as bilingual or ESL.

The program started with 24 students in 2009, the 2013 December gradu-

This program has become a major

This new 64 credit doctorate program was the first of its kind within the education department. Doctorate degrees were offered at Wesleyan, but none in the education field.

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supplier of bilingual teachers to the Forth Worth Independent School District. “This grant has helped so many students. The program has produced so many teachers for the local school systems, even principals!” said the School of Education’s Dean Carols Martinez. Martinez feels very passionate about this event. He is personally searching and contacting any alumni he can find. “We want as many alumni as possible to come” said Martinez. “This is really a celebration for them”.

Dean Carlos Martinez with a graduate

The grant ends in 2013 and the alumni event in spring 2014 will be used to celebrate the products of the grant. Because of the success of the grant, the School of Education will be reapplying for the same grant again.


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ates are the first of the 24 students to graduate. Because students dictate their own pace of education, expected graduation dates vary individually. “The program is divided into three different phases” explained Ed. D Administrative Assistant Judy Baker. The three phases Baker describes are proposal, data collection, and defending your dissertation.

Congradulations to the first Ed. D. Graduating Class Dr. Pamela Cooper -“Parents Perception of How They Serve the

The first two steps build a foundation for the student to defend their dissertation.”The graduates are the first to defended their dissertation earlier this year”.

Social and Emotional Needs of Their Intellectually Identified Gifted Children.”

Baker also mentioned how one of the graduates is a member of the Texas Wesleyan Staff. Dr.Deborah Roark is director of grants and research and has recently been named associate vice president for sponsored programs and external relations. She has worked at Texas Wesleyan for ten years obtaining multiple achievements. Roark is also one of the six graduates to walk the stage in December.

Dr. Kary Johnson – “Multicomponent Treatment of Rapid Naming,

“My journey with the Ed. D program was fabulous” said Roark. Her dissertation title is “The impact of participation in freshman learning communities on student Academic Achievement and retention at one college”

Dr. Chassidy Green-“An Analysis of Texas School Districts using CSCOPE In Grades 5 and Mathematics.”

reading rate and visual attention in single and double deficit dyslexics.”

Dr. Joey Richards – “Principal-generated YouTube Video as a Method of improving Parental Involvement.”

Dr. Deborah Roark – “The impact of participation in freshman learning communities on student Academic Achievement and retention at one college.”

Dr. Michael Wright – “A phenomenological investigation into cultural factors which may or may not contribute to degree completion among American Indian students in one community college district.” The Fall 2013 Graduation takes place Saturday, December 14, 10:00 a.m. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - MacGorman Chapel 4616 Stanley Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76115


Rams in Action

Athletic Training major Caitlin Boal is making waves on and off the court. Originally from New Mexico, Boal is a junior transfer student and a member of the Texas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team. Boal had taken athletic training at her previous school but was surprised when she saw scuba as one of the courses offered. “I never would have guessed that Texas Wesleyan offered Scuba diving, its so unique” Said Boal. Students at Texas Wesleyan can graduate with a minor in scuba diving with 20 credit hours in recreation diving management.

Scuba classes range from the classroom, open water, and an international internship. Boals course required her to scuba dive in the Texas Wesleyan pool. Boals experience taking a scuba course wasn’t easy. “ I liked the class, it was just really draining to leave scuba class and go right into two ours of basketball practice” Said Boal. Scuba required Boal to focus on time management. Its different than her other classes. This course actually requires some prep time and time to get changed after. With basketball practice everyday at two in the afternoon it wasnt

uncommon to smell chlorine in Boal’s hair on the days she had scuba class. “The best thing about scuba class is that its right next to the gym” jokes Boal. “This course was defiantly unforgettable.”


athletics,” said Gina Philips, director of Development and Alumni Relations It makes graduated students remember how great Wesleyan was and makes them want to come back and make donations to the school. There is also a week full of events on Homecoming. One of the most popular is the students vs. faculty in a basketball game. There even is an annual Homecoming King and Queen. Last year’s Queen, Samantha Max, expressed how she felt about being named Homecoming Queen. “It was amazing,” she said. “I didn’t expect it. I love Wesleyan. and it was very nice to represent them.”


On Homecoming night alumni and current students visit friends and see a basketball game because basketball is the game in season during these events. “Everyone can come out and have fun, enjoy the food, the game, and the activities,” Phillips said, “It is a great time to bring their families and their kids.”

Austin Iba Courtesy of the Rambler

Some of the family-friendly activities are face painting, a bounce house, free T-shirts, and free food.

Texas Wesleyan Homecoming is right around the corner.

Wesleyan’s annual Homecoming is a memorable event scheduled for a date to be determined in February 2014 with details on the alumni association’s web pages – txwes. edu/alumnipage or by calling 817531-4404

The Wesleyan Homecoming is an event for current students and alumni to visit the school and see a basketball game. Homecoming at Wesleyan is really a “home-coming.” It is a great chance for students and past alumni to visit the school. “It is collaboration from alumni relations, student life, resident life, and


Erica Estrada Courtesy of the Rambler

Rosedale Renaissance

After several months of discussion and planning, the Rosedale Renaissance Project on East Rosedale Street is on schedule and on budget. The remainder of the goal prior to Oct. 1 has been met along with the Mabee Foundation’s challenge grant of $500,000. Rosedale Renaissance, a major $6.5 million construction project on East Rosedale along with improvements of Texas Wesleyan University, aims to transform the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood. There are four main components of the project include a Sustainable Development Project- East Rosedale Street improvements, Central Texas Conference Service Center, a “Front Door” entryway to Texas Wesleyan, and a Polytechnic Firehouse for the Business Incubator Center. The $1.8 million Sustainable Development Project will enhance East Rosedale Street and will add pedestrian-friendly crosswalks, sidewalks, streetlights, and other types of development. The $3 million Central Texas Conference Service Center will be a 15,000square-foot office building house for Mission Support, the Center for Evangelism and Church Growth, the Center for Leadership, and the Office at the Bishop. The $1.3 million “Front Door” entryway will

provide a clear direction for visitors and students at the intersection of East Rosedale and Vaughn streets including a clock tower. The $400,000 Business Incubator Center will have two floors according to Deborah Roark, Director of Grants and Research. The first floor will assist Wesleyan students in advising for hands on experience and the second floor will assist students in research. “ It’s a win-win situation for us to support the community but also supporting our students in their growth and knowledge when it comes to the business traits,” said Roark. According to Steve Roberts, Associate Vice President Administrative Services and Human Resources, the project will begin mobilization around November and December of 2013. Each component of the project will be worked on simultaneously. Roberts stated the entrance is estimated to take 6 months whereas the other three components of the four are estimated to take 10 to 12 months to complete by the end of 2014. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony in Fall 2013 for the start of the first phase of the East Rosedale Street Improvements Project. Texas Wesleyan President, Frederick Slabach, said the Dillow House will have no effect on the con-

struction schedule or design of the Rosedale Renaissance project. Construction will also not have any effect on student recruitment. Potential students and families are aware of the construction on East Rosedale. During campus tours, potential students are explained the process of the Rosedale Renaissance project and are very excited about it according to President Slabach. “It’s a very positive development in terms of student recruitment,” said Slabach. Plans for the retail store front businesses on East Rosedale beside Subway and Texas Wesleyan bookstore are hopes to be student oriented said Slabach. Slabach is very excited about the project and said the construction is a sign of progress and transformation within a year. “The combination of those projects is going to completely transform this neighborhood,” said Slabach. “The perception of this neighborhood will be one of revitalization and that’s a very positive thing.”



School of Education Vision


The long-term vision of the Texas Wesleyan University College of Education is to expand interdisciplinary research to meet the compelling need for research linking teaching and learning to meet the critical challenges of education in the 21st century.

To serve as an exemplary model of innovative and effective culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and learning for the 21st century student demographic.

This vision includes the strengthening the role of the College of Education in linking the U.S. and Mexico in building collaborative relationships to enhance current educational theory and practice.

School of Education Location: Dan Waggoner Hall Phone: 817-531-4945 Fax: 817-531-4814 Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am5pm

Editor: Kritian Parker

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