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American Sign Language Comes to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education

Dear Alumni and Friends of the College, As we embark on another academic year, I am excited to share with you the work and events taking place in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. First and foremost, I am thrilled that the college of education has been able to bring American Sign Language to the OU campus. This is an addition that many have been asking for, and thanks to the hard work of our faculty, advising office and partners across campus, we are now able to offer this option as a language choice for our students. This edition of Bridges Magazine also highlights the different ways our students are making an impact. Earlier this fall I had a chance to meet with five students affiliated with the college who are currently taking part in a year-long mentorship with the NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium. Their enthusiasm in sharing STEM education through workshops and lectures is something of which all of us in the college can be proud. You will also read a firsthand account from senior Elizabeth Sexton on how her involvement with our student groups is helping connect with faculty, fellow students and creating lasting memories of her time in the college.


You can also take a look at photos and highlights from our second-annual iPadpaloozaOU, a solar eclipse watch party and our annual scholarship luncheon featuring outstanding students and benefactors who support our mission. A new academic year means new faculty and staff. This year we welcome five new faculty members who are some of the brightest in their fields. Our students will benefit tremendously from their skills as teachers, researchers and practitioners. Looking at our graduate programs, we highlight Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. One of the pioneering programs in this field, IAA continues to thrive, and you can read about the impact the program has had in the collegiate athletic department careers of two graduates. This issue of Bridges really exemplifies the ways in which this college has transformed the educational experience for our students, providing the skills, knowledge and experiences that will allow them to succeed. As always, I encourage you to take a minute to read through our notes section to learn about the work of our faculty, students and alumni.

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K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal ...................................................


iPadpaloozaOU 2017/Welcome Back..........................

CONTACT BRIDGES University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education 820 Van Vleet Oval, Room 110 Norman, OK 73019-2041 (405) 325-4844 DEAN Gregg A. Garn ASSOCIATE DEANS Lawrence Baines Teresa DeBacker T. Elon Dancy Vickie Lake ASSISTANT DEAN Sherry Cox

JRCoE Brings American Sign Language to OU.....................................

EDITOR Melanie Schneider

Intercollegiate Athletics Administration ..............


2017 Spring Convocation..............................................

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Meet the New Faculty and Staff .............................. Tech With Beck...................................................................... Student Groups Active in JRCoE ............................ Faculty/Staff/Alumni Updates...................................


PHOTOS BY Travis Caperton Hugh Scott K20 Center Melanie Schneider Sooner Suit Up The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies may be directed to: Bobby J. Mason, University Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, (405) 325-3546,, or visit This publication, printed by OU Printing Services, is issued by the University of Oklahoma. 7,500 copies have been prepared and distributed at a cost of $6,390 to the taxpayers of the State of Oklahoma.


n Aug. 25 and 26, more than 300 pre-service and practicing educators converged on the OU Norman campus for the second annual iPadpaloozaOU event. This two-day event serves as a professional development opportunity as educators from Oklahoma and surrounding states meet to share ideas and attend presentations on different uses of technology in the classroom. The first day of the conference is geared toward undergraduate students, allowing them to pick up ideas and make connections they will carry with them into their full-time classrooms. Day two connects with current educators, allowing them to learn about expanding the use of technology in their classroom activities, while also sharing tips and strategies with colleagues.

Guest speakers at the event included Reshan Richards, Ph.D., an adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and co-founder of Explain Everything, as well as Monica Burns, Ph.D., an Apple Distinguished Educator and a curriculum and educational technology consultant. Keynote speeches also were given by Karen Bosch, PreK - 8 technology instructor at Southfield Christian School in the metro Detroit area and Apple Distinguished Educator, as well as Josh Flores, Mustang Public Schools district coordinator for K-12 English Language Arts and a Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education graduate. 2



A phenomenon that some had been waiting more than 30 years to see took place on the first day of classes at the University of Oklahoma. And the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education was not going to miss out. Working with Associate Professor Tim Laubach from science education, the college put together an eclipse watch party, and more than 200 students and community members came out to Collings Hall to view the 2017 total solar eclipse. While Norman was not in the path of totality, the campus did experience about 85 percent obscuration of the sun lasting from about 11:40 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Vice President Emeritus, Senior Associate Vice President and Director of Major Gifts Paul Massad and his daughter, Brandy Menzie, took part in the JRCoE Eclipse Watch Party on August 21.

While Laubach and Assistant Professor Kelly Feille were focused on collecting data on temperature change during the phenomenon, JRCoE students and staff took care of the party aspect of the day, handing out eclipse viewing glasses, showing people how to make their own viewers and getting into the theme with snacks (think candy and chips that have solar-themed names)..

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JRCoE Helps Launch OU Center for Peace and Development

(L to R): Michael Otim, Professor Sally Beach, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe and Evelyn Amony at the Symposium on Women, Peace Building and Community Transformation in Post-Conflict Environments.

On Sept. 27-28, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education community welcomed Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Evelyn Amony and Michael Otim to campus as part of the Endowed Lecture Series. The three guests took part in a symposium Sept. 27 at the College of Architecture, moderated by Professor Sally Beach and Assistant Professor John Harris. JRCoE has a long-standing partnership with Sister Rosemary in helping to create the St. Monica’s School of Basic Learning for Women. Amony leads the Women’s Advocacy Network in Uganda and is the author of I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming My Life From the Lord’s Resistance Army, a memoir of her 11 years as an abductee of the LRA. Otim is co-founder of the Justice and Reconciliation Project in Uganda. The three talked about the work still being done to heal wartorn northern Uganda, and how the role of women in the peace process and reconciliation has been vital. “It is important for us who were victims, those of us who experienced this, to come forward and tell our stories,” Amony said. “Women are the foundation for our future. If we don’t help them, we are destroying the future of Uganda.”



Evelyn Amony authored the book I Am Evelyn Amony: Reclaiming My Life from the Lord’s Resistance Army.

The visit also was part of the celebration of the OU Center for Peace and Development, a collaboration of JRCoE, College of Architecture, Gallogly College of Engineering, College of International Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Price College of Business, College of Medicine and College of Law. The purpose of the center is to build upon OU’s long-time work with communities in northern Uganda, advancing understanding of and capacity for grassroots peace building and development.


Scholarship Luncheon

More than 200 donors and scholarship recipients were on hand at the 2017 Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education scholarship luncheon on Sept. 17 at the Sam Noble Museum in Norman. Student scholarship recipients were on had to thank donors for their contributions to the college. The scholarship winners were also recognized for their outstanding work in the classroom.

Joseph Purdy (left) is joined by his scholarship recipients.

After an introduction from Dean Gregg Garn, the crowd heard from three scholarship recipients. Stephanie Terrazas (M.Ed. candidate, adult and higher education), LaVonya Bennett (Ph.D. candidate, counseling psychology) and Elizabeth Sexton (B.S. Ed. candidate, elementary education) took the stage to discuss how receiving a scholarship from the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education has affected their lives. To close, Dan and Danni Boz spoke as representatives of the scholarship benefactors. Danni is an alumna of the college, while Dan is the immediate past president of the OU President’s Associates Council. They have created the Danni and Dan Boz Endowed Education scholarship. This year, more than $331,000 in scholarships was awarded to 175 students in the college.

(Above): Charlotte Jones enjoys a conversation with scholarship awardees at the luncheon.

(L to R): Stephanie Terrazas, LaVonya Bennett and Elizabeth Sexton share their stories with the crowd.

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K20 Center Earns Silver, Bronze at 2017 International Serious Play Awards Nine commercial serious game and academic institution-led studios won gold this year in the International Serious Play Awards, a competition honoring outstanding digital games designed for education or training. Entry categories included Corporate, Government/Military, Health Care, K-6 Education, 7-12 Education, Higher Education and Museums. The K20 Center award winners were: Silver | Advance U: The Talent Machine created by the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma (7-12 Ed) Bronze | Paper Trail created by the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma (Higher Ed) Winning games were demonstrated at the 2017 Serious Play Conference in July at George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives SKIE Award Regional Winners Announced Made possible by a $90,000 donation from Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, the SKIE award honors six regional winners with $500 grants and one statewide winner with an individual $1,500 award: the state winner’s school will receive a $1,000 cash award. To be considered for the SKIE Award, teachers or a team of educators working collaboratively and willing to be considered as a team must: • Possess a record of outstanding application/integration of the K20 Center IDEALS; • Demonstrate excellence in teaching and the use of technology • Demonstrate instruction that is both engaging and effective for students The regional winners for 2017 are:


TERESA LANSFORD SKIE Award Central Region winner Teresa Lansford is a 13year teacher and has spent the past five years as a teacherlibrarian for Lincoln Elementary in Norman, Oklahoma.

DELILAH RODRIGUEZ SKIE Award Southeast Region winner Delilah Rodriguez is a fifth-year teacher and has spent the past two years teaching STEAM at Will Rogers Elementary in McAlester, Oklahoma.

JENNIFER SCOTT SKIE Award Northeast Region winner Jennifer Scott has taught 16 years and has spent the past 12 years teaching fourth- through fifth- grade math, science, and social studies at Vian Elementary School in Vian, Oklahoma.

JAMIE ROWELL SKIE Award Southwest Region winner Jamie Rowell is a 10year teacher and just completed her eighth year of teaching at Plato Elementary in Duncan, Oklahoma.

TONYA GAUNT SKIE Award Northwest Region winner Tonya Gaunt has taught for 29 years and completed her second year as the technology integration teacher for Nance Elementary in Clinton, Oklahoma.

JANET TEEL SKIE Award Tulsa Region winner Janet Teel is a sixth-year fifth grade science teacher at Marshall T. Moore Elementary School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.




Local Student Wins 2017 GEAR UP Youth of the Year Award Belenda Torres, a senior at U.S Grant High School who has demonstrated an indomitable spirit both in school and at home., is the recipient pf the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships 2017 Youth of the Year award. Torres has been a part of the GEAR UP for PROMISE in Oklahoma City since 7th grade. Torres consistently challenges herself by taking multiple AP courses and participating in a myriad of extracurricular activities, all while caring for her siblings and responsibilities at home. She demonstrated remarkable leadership by organizing various fundraisers and raising more than $4,000 through her AP Club when district funding for AP exams was uncertain due to severe budget cuts. She also has been proactive and taken advantage of the ACT prep classes GEAR UP provided, and she encouraged her peers to attend as well. Despite increased obligations at home due to financial hardships, Torres persevered through multiple AP courses; remained involved in the Academic Club and the AP Club; served as a leader for Link Crew, a mentoring program for freshmen; was a resource to her peers academically and personally; and maintained a 4.3 GPA – the highest in her graduating class. She leads by example through the strength of her character and her commitment to excellence. She is fiercely loyal to her family, always putting their needs before her own. Her primary purpose for excelling in school is to repay her parents for everything they have given her. Torres is a joyful, caring person who puts others at ease with her sense of

humor, genuinely cares about their struggles, and acts to help when a need exists. Torres attributes her desire to pursue postsecondary education to the work of GEAR UP, and she hopes that her story will inspire others to follow their American Dream. As the membership association for GEAR UP, NCCEP builds the capacity of communities so that underserved students have the opportunity, skills, and knowledge to successfully pursue education beyond high school. Torres is one of more than 4,300 students served by the GEAR UP for the PROMISE program in the 2016-2017 school year. GEAR UP for the PROMISE is a partnership between the University of Oklahoma’s K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal and the Oklahoma City Public Schools to help high school students and their families prepare for postsecondary education. This partnership began in September 2011 with the award of a seven-year, $2.6 million/year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to OU’s K20 Center to specifically serve students in OKCPS. Services began with the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 when they were sixth- and seventh- graders and continues as the first GEAR UP cohort has graduated from high school. Throughout the grant, services have been provided to impact all of the stakeholders involved in a student’s preparation for college. Professional development for teachers, counselors, and principals; informational sessions and leadership opportunities for parents; and academic and college-readiness programming for students are key features of the grant.

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ASL comes to OU In the fall of 2017, the University of Oklahoma became the only major public research university in the state to offer American Sign Language on its main campus. Its place at OU comes thanks to the tireless work of faculty and staff in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education.

“I try to champion things that faculty have always wanted to have done, and it was clear students in the college wanted this and had repeatedly asked for this,” MarchandMartella said. “Once we got the paperwork started on creating the program, it took on a life of its own.”

American Sign Language is a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body. It is the primary language of many North Americans who are deaf and is one of several communication options used by people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

One of the top priorities in structuring the program was gaining the support of the deaf community. Without community support, the fear was that the program would be hearing instructors teaching the English language in a sign language format.

Throughout the years there has been demand from students at the university to add ASL as a language option. Many of those students had come to the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education academic advising office with this request and the advisers were listening, including Philip Johnson. At the time, OU was the only Big 12 school that did not offer sign language in some capacity. Oklahoma State offers it through the OSU-OKC campus. “From when I first started at the college in 2014, I was getting these requests from students,” Johnson said. “That spring I started looking into the feasibility of having a sign language course here in the College of Education. I looked at other universities in the country that offered it either as coursework or formal programs. I focused on the program that the University of Cincinnati offers, which is in both coursework and certificate format, and is harbored in their college of education.”

“We wanted the sign language component to be truly taught by deaf people,” Johnson said. “Sign language for them is not English being signed. It is truly a unique and individual language.” Faculty and staff in OSU-OKC’s interpreter program became a sounding board for the college as the program began to develop. Once they saw OU’s intent was to build a program that was not just a sign language course, but to be a deaf studies, deaf culture and sign language course, they immediately supported it. Gary Davis, associate professor at OSU-OKC, is one of two instructors teaching the classes at OU, along with Anna Harman. Both OU instructors are deaf, something the deaf community believes is very important in learning the language. “My goals for my students in the course are to understand the reasons for deaf culture, deaf community, language and deaf world,” Davis said.

From there, the special education department was approached as possibly being the program area to house the ASL program. Special education faculty immediately saw the My goals for my students in benefits of adding the program, and when the course are to understand Professor Nancy MarchandMartella took over as the reasons for deaf culture, Educational Psychology department chair in the fall deaf community, language of 2016, she put it at the top of her to-do list. and deaf world.



Once word went out that the program was about to start, Johnson said he received about 250 inquiries. This included not only college of education students, but also students from across campus and from teachers in the area who would like to take the class for professional development. Feedback from other advisers at OU indicated that

their students also were interested in being able to take ASL as a world language and were factoring its availability in their decision to attend OU. “I think the interest in the language really speaks to the kind of students we have in the college,” Marchand-Martella said. “They want to make a difference in the lives of individuals who have disabilities. They want to promote accessibility and positive response to different cultures.” “It is exciting to see students who want to fulfill their foreign language requirement in sign language because it will make a direct difference in working with individuals they may come across in their school classrooms,” Davis said. Four sections were offered in fall 2017, with each section capped at 18 students. A total of 75 students ended up enrolling in the ASL 1 course. The wait list for the class grew large enough that if the resources were available, two more sections could have been filled. Classes are held two days a week, with each class lasting two hours. There is also one hour a week of online work.

“Everyone in the classes has been asking for more, and I keep reminding them it is a step-by-step process,” Davis said. “We saw at six weeks they were starting to have conversational skills. They are starting to include the facial expressions and syntax structure.” One of the assignments was to have the students attend a deaf event. With no help from Davis and unable to use their voice, students were able to pick up what was going on more quickly. “I’ve always been interested by the language,” said Katherine Stroh, a student in the class. “I had a friend in high school who was deaf and I taught myself to finger spell and a few signs to communicate with him better. After getting to know him and his interpreter better, I began to really love the language and wanted to learn more about Deaf culture. I am so excited we finally have classes and I plan to take as many of them as OU offers before I graduate.” The addition of the language at OU has also spurred the creation of an American Sign Language Club. Currently, more than 56 people have registered to be part of the club.

Meetings consist of The reason classes group breakouts based are limited to 18-20 on ASL skill level, where students and are students are learning housed in smaller basic signs or having classrooms is to allow conversations. That is for an intimate setting followed by a silent/ASLso students can sign themed game and a Deaf Students practice their signing with instructor Gary Davis. with each other more culture fact of the week. easily. An interpreter was The goal of the club is to present for the first week of classes to relay to the students incorporate more deaf culture into the meetings, as well the mentality of the instructor and let them know as they as get involved with the deaf community in Norman and progressed in their knowledge of ASL they would soon be around Oklahoma. able to interpret basic conversation and finger spelling. “We really want to make the club accessible for students of It quickly became apparent that the students were learning all skill levels and want it to be a place for both hearing and and advancing at a faster pace once the interpreter was no deaf students to be comfortable and have fun,” Stroh said. longer part of the class and 100 percent of their attention Currently the language program is structured similar to was focused on the instructor. a cohort. ASL I is being offered this fall, with ASL II in “Having sat in on several of the classes, I witnessed the spring semester and ASL III during the summer. The students signing basic sentences in week two, which rotation will start over in the fall of 2018 with ASL I. typically comes in week four,” Johnson said. “It shows Level I includes basic finger spelling, basic vocabulary our students are hungry enough to want to advance and basic sentence structure. Level II will advance finger themselves in the progression of sign language spelling into combos, advance conversation into higher development.” levels of sentence structure. Level III is as close to Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education


interpreter level as it will get at OU and involves advanced conversation and more appropriate development of sign language usage in a completely silent classroom. Looking to the future, the hope is the college will be able to bring on a full-time faculty member to manage and teach in the program. Growing the program also would include adding more sections and, ideally in the years to come, offering classes on deaf culture and other languages that could lead to a blind and deaf studies minor or certificate. “In five years I would like to see us be able to offer ASL I, II and III every semester, but we aren’t there yet,” Marchand-Martella said. “Right now we offer our classes at night because our two instructors have day jobs. If the demand is for six, seven or eight sections of the language each semester, I would like to be able to offer that.” “My goal and hope for this program is that it is here to stay; that the students keep coming to take the classes,” Davis said. “It really is a popular language.”

Program Spotlight:

Intercollegiate Athletics Administration

One of the most well-respected tracks in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education’s Adult and Higher Education program is Intercollegiate Athletics Administration. Jerome Weber, Ph.D., who began his career at OU in 1964, before retiring in 2014, and other faculty discussed the idea of having a program similar to this several decades ago but could not find a lot of support for the idea. Interest grew as the years went on, and eventually, Weber and Connie Dillon, Ph.D., worked together to come up with the framework of the program. “We were struck by the fact that at that time, almost all of our higher education master’s degree students were local,” Weber said. “We looked around and saw there were sport administration programs, but as far as we could determine, there were none that focused exclusively on intercollegiate athletics.” Within two years, Weber found they were getting a number of students not only locally, but also from around the country. For a number of years, it was the only exclusively collegiate-oriented sport administration program in the country. Two of the biggest champions in helping the creation of the program were from the OU Department of Athletics — Gerald Gurney, Ph.D., then the senior associate athletic director for academics and student life, and Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletic Programs Joe Castiglione (M.Ed., ‘07). “The popularity of the program can be found in the broad interests students have in intercollegiate athletics,” Weber said. “Placing a program like this at OU, which has many decades of athletics success, gives it a natural setting. There is also the innate attractiveness of working in college athletics, and the draw of perhaps one day succeeding to the position of an athletic director. Plus, I think we have built the program so it has integrity, academic rigor and is widely valued and respected.”

In just a few short weeks, the American Sign Language students have been able to progress to signing basic sentences. In a silent classroom with no interpreter, visual cues are very important.



IAA emphasis courses are taught by both EDAH faculty members and practitioners who work in the OU Department of Athletics, including Castiglione and Gurney, who is now an assistant professor in the college. Other current full-time faculty members in the program includes assistant professors Siduri Haslerig, Kirsten Hextrum and Derek Houston.

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SMU Athletic Academic Counselor (Football)

Rice University Athletics, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities and Event Management

Landon Massey, M.Ed. ‘16 by Chandler Lindsey

After earning his master’s degree in adult and higher education with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration from the University of Oklahoma, Landon Massey started his position as an athletic academic counselor for the Southern Methodist University football team. Massey starts his mornings at work unsure of what each day will bring, but mornings are typically very busy for him. His day-to-day operations typically include meeting with his students, going over tutor reports and checking class attendance. When he meets with his students, he likes to review the student’s week at a glance and make sure they’re all caught up on their assignments. His responsibilities also include checking his students’ upcoming class schedules for enrollment, checking their eligibility and making sure they’re on track to graduate. Throughout graduate school, Massey worked as a graduate assistant in the athletics department. He prefers to work with athletes’ academics, and he plans to continue building his career path in this field. The most rewarding part about his job, though, has very little to do with what goes on behind the scenes in his students’ academics. “The best part is not even academic-related,” Massey said. “Sure, I get to help them navigate through their classes, but most importantly, I get to help them navigate through life.” Massey sees the value in taking the time to get to know the students beyond simply knowing their class attendance and class schedules. He recognizes that each of his students have different needs, and he believes the best way to find out what they need is by getting to know them.

Elias Canales , M. Ed., ‘16 by Chandler Lindsey

Elias Canales was born and bred in Houston, where he developed his passion for sports. After earning his B.S. in kinesiology-sports administration from the University of Houston, Canales landed his first full-time job at Rice University Athletics as the facilities and event management coordinator. After working for three years, he was encouraged to pursue his master’s degree in adult and higher education with an emphasis in intercollegiate athletic administration from the University of Oklahoma. After earning his master’s degree, Canales returned to Rice University Athletics as the director of facilities and events and was recently promoted as the new assistant athletic director of facilities and event management. His love for sports and helping student athletes grow and develop their skills is something he can capitalize on in his new role, especially since Rice is a smaller university. “I definitely get to wear more hats and be more involved in the athletes’ lives than I would at a larger school,” Canales said. “I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with athletes and coaches, and I get to experience them come, go, and they’re better people than when they got here.” Canales loves his job because no day is alike, and it gives him an opportunity to make an impact on student athletes’ lives with start-to-finish projects. “At the end of the day when I’ve finished an event, I can go home and have that satisfying sigh of relief,” Canales said. “It’s a feeling that I started and finished a project, and that accomplishment did something to impact a student’s life. Sometimes I have to step back and look at the experience through their eyes because it’s easy for me to forget the impact since I’m in the role.”

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T. Elon Dancy II, Ph.D. Education Scholarship Fund This fund was established by Tatianna Cannon, a two-time graduate of the University of Oklahoma (undergraduate degree in letters and her master’s degree. in adult and higher education). Cannon is an advocate for education in all aspects of her life, from her work at the University of Oklahoma and Teach for America, to her volunteer service in the community. “In my educational and professional experiences, I have learned that finances should never be a barrier to the brightest minds earning an education,” Cannon said. “Because of this, I am so proud to support scholarships within the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. During my time as a master’s candidate in the EDAH program, Professor Dancy was a constant beacon of hope and a reminder that a first-generation student like me deserved and would earn an advanced degree. It is an honor to give back to others and continue supporting education through his legacy.” Dancy is an education sociologist who has served on the University of Oklahoma faculty since 2008 and was named to the inaugural position as associate dean for community engagement and academic inclusion at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education in July 2016. For more information on the T. Elon Dancy II Education Scholarship Fund, contact Emily Reed at (405) 325-1976 or

Since its in inception in 2014, the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Debt-Free Teachers program has allowed 84 students to receive up to $5,000 a year over four years toward their student loan debt. • 16 of those students have completed their teaching commitments to receive the agreed-upon amount of loan forgiveness. All 16 are still living in Oklahoma. • 13 students are currently teaching to earn their debt forgiveness. • Of these people, they are geographically located: - Tulsa Area: 4 - OKC area: 3 - Cleveland County: 5 - Canadian County: 1

• There are 55 JRCoE students in the program currently.

The program has forgiven $94,500 in student loan debt. JRCoE Debt-Free Teachers is completely funded by private donations. How are these funds making a difference for our teaching population in Oklahoma? No participants have left the state or the profession of teaching, including those who already received their complete loan forgiveness. If you would like more information on how you can support the OU Debt-Free Teachers program, contact Emily Reed at (405) 325-1976 or

The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education All of Us faculty/staff campaign saw a 72 percent participation rate in the college.The staff won the top prize with an overall participation rate of 98 percent. 12


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2017 SPRING CONVOCATION More than 200 B.S. Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D. and Ed.D candidates were joined by friends and family at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education spring convocation ceremony May 13 in McCasland Field House.

B.S. Ed. recipient Ashley Hosek addresses the graduates.

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Meet the New Faculty and Staff Rebecca Borden, Ph.D. World Languages Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum Ph.D., ILAC University of Oklahoma M.Ed., ILAC: World Languages Education University of Oklahoma

Kelly Feille, Ph.D. Science Education Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum Ph.D., Science Education Texas Christian University B.A., Philosophy Texas State University

B.A., Spanish Arizona State University I am looking forward to developing the World Languages Education program at OU in a way that prepares graduates to not only successfully teach languages, but also advocate for the expansion and quality of language programs locally and nationally.

Kirsten Hextrum, Ph.D. Adult and Higher Education Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Michelle Morais De Sa e Silva, Ph.D. Adult and Higher Education Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Ph.D., Education University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D., Comparative and International Education Columbia University

M.A., Education University of California, Berkeley B.A., History University of California, Berkeley I chose OU’s Educational Leadership and Policy program because it offered a unique opportunity to wed my research and teaching interests in critical studies of sport and higher education. Two months into my appointment, the department has exceeded my expectations! I find my interactions with both faculty and students to be challenging, stimulating, and engaging. I look forward to collaborating across the department to help grow the prestige, impact, and educational offerings of ELPS.

Bryan Stare, Ph.D. Professional Counseling Educational Psychology Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision University of North Texas M.Ed., Counseling University of North Texas B.A., English University of Missouri



It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with OU. The unwavering welcome and support from colleagues and students alike has convinced me I made the right move. I look forward to continuing to connect with our future elementary teachers and help them feel empowered to be outstanding science educators.

M.A., Development Studies Institute of Social Studies (The Hague, The Netherlands) B.A., International Relations Universidade de Brasilia I came to OU full of enthusiasm about the possibility of engaging students in discussions about education and international development. I am especially looking forward to the coming spring semester, when I will have the chance to teach a course on Comparative Education at JRCoE. I am looking forward to hearing students’ perspectives as we navigate the very interesting field of comparative and international education.

I am very excited to visit the OU Professional Counseling Program as we further develop and expand addictions counseling educational opportunities within the Department of Educational Psychology. Training in addictions counseling is more relevant than ever amidst current threats to state mental health funding, continued systemic targeting of vulnerable populations and our responsibility as educators to prepare students for settings where they can thrive professionally. I feel extremely honored to be sharing in the growth and development of an amazing group of master’s students in this journey, and seeing to expand these opportunities to individuals statewide.

Meet the New Faculty and Staff Mike Jenkins Graduate Programs Specialist

Chandler Lindsey Staff Assistant-ELPS

Amy Gainer Managerial Associate OU-Tulsa

Tracy Parks Staff Assistant/Student Adviser OU-Tulsa

Austin Henson Staff Assistant-Undergraduate Advising

Lynn Thomas Undergraduate Adviser

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SOONER SUIT UP Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education students took part in Sooner Suit Up on Aug. 27, allowing them an opportunity to purchase business attire at affordable prices. The project is a partnership between the University of Oklahoma and JCPenny, that allows students to purchase professional clothing for internships, interviews or jobs at up to 70 percent off normal prices. There are opportunities for students to apply for scholarships, which will cover the cost of one suit or outfit via a gift card. Four Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education students were awarded scholarships for the event. Sharon Alexander (B.S. Ed., ‘82; M.Ed. ‘09), director of stewardship and donor relations for the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Sooner Suit Up program, believes this is a key part of the university’s mission. “This is important, because, students who are dressed professionally feel confident in themselves as they attend job fairs, interviews and go out into the work force,” Alexander said. “The mission of the University of Oklahoma states that ‘we will provide the best educational experience.’ I believe Suit Up completes that educational experience as students go on to careers.” In 2017, more than 680 students took part in the event. Eighty Four scholarships were awarded, a 40 percent increase in scholarships from the previous year. The program itself has more than tripled its participation numbers since 2015. Nearly half of the attendees (43 percent) were seniors who are about to embark on their professional careers. If you would like to donate to the program, visit https:// and type in “Sooner Suit Up.” You also can donate by contacting Alexander at



Dean Garn Honored by American Association of University Administrators

Dean Gregg Garn was recently honored with the American Association of University Administrators’ MacVittie Emerging Leader Award for 2017. The award was presented at the AAUA Annual Awards Luncheon, June 9 in New Orleans. Named for Robert W. MacVittie, this award is made to an individual who is currently engaged in a higher education administrative position below the level of vice president and who has completed less than five years of service at the current level of appointment and who, by virtue of demonstrated professional accomplishment, is thought to have outstanding potential for higher education leadership. It is named for the first elected president of AAUA. Garn arrived at the University of Oklahoma in August 1998 and was named dean of the college in January 2012. He is a Linda Clarke Anderson Presidential Professor and also serves as executive director of the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.

Students Observe at Arthur Elementary Students in the EIPT 3043 Learning with Educational Technologies class were able to observe technology and teaching in action at the iArthur Technology Showcase Oct. 3 at Arthur Elementary School in Oklahoma City. Faculty and staff in the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education have worked in partnership with Arthur Elementary since it became a ConnectEd school in the fall of 2015. Visitors were invited to go from class to class, observing teachers and students using iPad technology in their daily class lessons. While there, OU students were able to film and take pictures of activities and lessons that they may be able to one day integrate into their own classrooms. Students were able to observe Alberto Jiminez’s kindergarten class, where they were using Seesaw to learn about the letter “R.”

Leslie Carnell’s class was excited to share with JRCoE students the videos they had created all on their own.

Fifth-grade teacher Susan Isbell shared with OU students the project for her class involving a scavenger hunt for word meanings using context clues.

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Coding in the Classroom Coding is no longer just for the computer technology classes. With these resources, every teacher in every grade can introduce coding to their students and integrate STEM lessons into their classroom. Here are my top picks of how you can integrate easy-to-do STEM lessons in your class.


Tynker Tynker is an easy-to-use coding app that teaches students code through solving puzzles and creating games. Tynker is free, but you can also purchase a subscription to easily assess your students’ coding skills.


Scratch Jr. Scratch is a major favorite with most teachers teaching code, and now Scratch Jr. is available on the iPad. Students love using this coding app to tell their own interactive story games.

Students in primary grades can code, too! Download these apps and watch your little tikes master the art of coding! The Foos Referred to as the ABC’s of coding, this app introduces coding through storytelling.

Kodable Aimed to teach computer science to students ages 4-11, this app has rave reviews in the app store and is a personal favorite in my house.

Secondary Osmo Coding This app requires the Osmo gaming system, but this easy-to-do, hands-on app will have your students practicing code for hours!


Lightbox Jr. I am usually a fan of free apps, but this app has been recommended highly from teachers using code in their classroom. For $2.99, you can teach young students need-to-know programming skills.


Hopscotch This coding app is a personal favorite. Young students and adults can have fun creating games while learning code. Rated for ages 10+ in the app store, students have access to multiple tutorials and cloud sources from fellow Hopscotchers.

Khan Academy Khan Academy has millions of resources to help our students, but did you know they also have a coding curriculum? You can also easily assign tasks and track student progress using Google Classroom.

Code School Code School is an app and Web 2.0 tool for students grade 9-12. With interactive video tutorials, students can learn more about programs like Python, Java, Ruby, and more. Code Monkey Code Monkey is a Web 2.0 tool that is available on a desktop. Students learn code through catching bananas and saving the world.

Code.Org is a free website that gives teachers all they need to know about integrating code and STEM-related lessons in the classroom. Students can learn at their own pace and are guaranteed to stay engaged. Teachers love because of the curated and easy-to- find lesson plans for any lesson. Scratch Unlike Scratch Jr., Scratch is only available on the desktop. With the dozens of teachers lessons and embedded features, this tool is a top favorite!

Calling All Robots!

Apps and Web 2.0 tools are fun, but not as fun as having a robot in the classroom! Here are my top three robots to purchase to use in the classroom. Bee-Bot/Blue-Bot Blue Bot is a robot for our early learners and has easy-to-use functions to promote computer science in the early childhood classroom. Students can use Blue Bot to learn maps, count money and gain word recognition while integrating STEM into the classroom! Dash and Dot by Wonder Workshop Wonder Workshop has been dominating the elementary classrooms, but this robot also is great for secondary too. This is truly a robot that grows with the student and has apps for early childhood up to secondary education.

Sphero Sphero is an absolute hit with students of all ages. Sphero’s coding applications are more suitable for upper elementary and secondary classrooms, but it will also be a hit in the early childhood classroom as well. Learn to code while learning sight words, shapes, synonymes and math concepts like mean, median and mode. Sphere EDU also has a library of lesson for teachers.

Don’t Forget Hour of Code!

ANNE BECK, M.ED. is the educational technology specialist for the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. You can contact her at

Hour of Code is an initiative to get all students coding for one hour. This year’s hour of code will be Dec. 4-10.. Even if you are not familiar with code or computer science, your students can still participate. Visit to learn more about how to get your students involved in this epic event! Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education


STUDENT GROUPS Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society here at the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. This organization is based on the ideals of knowledge, duty, and power. Our philanthropy for this student-led organization is “Literacy Alive.” Our mission is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership and service. Our plans this year include volunteering for our college’s annual homecoming parade, where we will pass out books to children. We are helping promote literacy by ensuring more children have an opportunity to have books in their lives. We will also be involved with many other events and volunteering opportunities on campus this year, such as the Big Event. The opportunity to be a leader for this organization has meant so much to me. I have poured my heart and soul into making this organization a viable part of the College of Education community. This year alone, our organization was able to increase its membership by 30. My involvement in KDP has allowed me to have amazing experiences during my time at school. It has allowed me to interact and network with the staff and faculty in my college. It has led me to create relationships with students in my building. I have had opportunities to explore my capabilities as a leader in the College of Education. My involvement in KDP will have a lasting and positive effect on the rest of my teaching career. I hope my involvement with KDP will leave a legacy at the College of Education for years to come.

Sterling Barrow (left) and Elizabeth Sexton greet new students on 2017 Move-In Day.

—Elizabeth Sexton, Senior

Group leaders meet with students at the first Tuesday Tea of the 2017-18 academic year.

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The 2017-18 Kappa Delta Pi initiation took place in September.



• American Sign Language Club • Kappa Delta Pi • National Science Teachers Association • Student Council for Exceptional Children • Student Oklahoma Education Association

HAPPENINGS FALL 2017 FACULTYANDSTAFF KEITH BALLARD, ED.D., PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Ballard was presented the Alumni Achievement Award at the Fort Hays State University Alumni Awards and Recognition Banquet on Oct. 6, during Homecoming celebrations. Ballard received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology in 1971 from Fort Hays State University. Ballard was one of five honorees who received the Alumni Achievement Award, the association’s highest honor, established in 1959 to recognize graduates who have made outstanding and unselfish contributions in service to their community, state or nation as citizens, in chosen career fields or through philanthropic work. KRISTY BRUGAR, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP AND ACADEMIC CURRICULUM In an interview for the JTE Insider blog, Brugar and Kathryn L. Roberts (Wayne State University) discuss the research behind their recent article in the Journal of Teacher Education. Their study looked at the effects of in-service professional development for teachers of grades 3-5 on the teachers’ use of (and students’ comprehension of) graphical devices – such as maps and timelines – in social studies materials. THERESA CULLEN, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Cullen is on the Technical Working group for the refresh of the International Society for Technology in Education Administrator Standards. The ISTE Standards provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology. These digital-age standards are not “technology standards,” but a roa map for educators worldwide as they navigate decisions about curriculum, instruction, professional learning and how to transform pedagogy with technology. These standards are refreshed every seven to 10 years to ensure they remain relevant and continue to prepare students for the future while also allowing schools, districts and states to have time to adopt, implement and show an impact on learning. Cullen presented the poster Oklahoma Teacher Exodus from the State and Reasons Why at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

TERESA DEBACKER, PH.D., PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY KRISTYNA LOONEY, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY DeBacker and Looney presented Pre-Intervention Beliefs Affect Response to Growth Mindset Intervention at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6, in Lawton, Oklahoma. TIMOTHY FORD, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES WILLIAM FRICK, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES ANGELA URICK, ED.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES ALISON WILSON, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES MEREDITH WRONOWSKI, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Ford, Frick, Urich, Wilson and Wronowski published an article, Testing a Framework of Math Progress Indicators for ESSA: How Opportunity to Learn and Instructional Leadership Matter, in Educational Administration Quarterly, the main research journal of the University Council for Educational Administration. This article is the first dissemination of findings from a two-year faculty research grant from the American Educational Research Association sponsored by the National Science Foundation. WILLIAM FRICK, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Frick, along with Wayne Balzer, co-presented An Analysis of Safety and Responsiveness Policies and School Leadership in the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse by School Volunteers at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma.. BARBARA GREENE, PH.D., PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Greene wrote a book, Self-Efficacy and Future Goals in Education, for the Routledge Ed Psych Insight Series that summarizes what research on self-efficacy and future goals has to say about motivation to learn, SIDURI HASLERIG, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Haslerig recently published a single-authored article in the Sociology of Sport Journal titled “Graduate(d) Student Athletes in Division I Football: Redefining Archetypes and Disrupting Stereotypes or Invisible?” and a coauthored article in the American Educational Research Journal, “Affirming Race, Diversity, and Equity Through Black and Latinx Students’ Lived Experiences.”

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HAPPENINGS FALL 2017 MAEGHAN HENNESSEY, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY LIHUI LIAO, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Hennessey and Liao presented Developing a New Instrument to Assess Sense of Community in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning at the Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma. Hennessey also presented the poster What Is the Purpose of Assessment? Keeping the Individual Learner in Mind at the same conference.

Laura Lewis JI HONG, PH.D., ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY LAURA LEWIS, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Hong and Lewis presented the poster Understanding Veteran Teachers’ Classroom Management Self-Efficacy: Supports and Hindrances at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma. DEREK HOUSTON, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Houston co-authored the manuscript Americans “support” the idea of tuition-free college: An exploration of sentiment and political identity signals otherwise, published in the Journal of Further and Higher Education. Along with Siduri Haslerig, Houston was elected to a threeyear term as co-program chair of the American Educational Research Association Research Focus on Education and Sport Special Interest Group. The term started at the end of the 2017 AERA annual meeting and will end at the end of the 2020 annual meeting. SUSAN LAIRD, PH.D., PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Laird, philosopher of education and former high school



English teacher, is president of the American Educational Studies Association. In March-April 2017 she led the Executive Council’s collaborative publication of a Statement of Concern At AESA’s annual conference Nov. 1-5, she presided over the AESA Executive Council, delivering the presidential lecture School Lunch Matters: Encountering the New Jim Crow and the Anthropocene, and chaired the President’s Panel School-Talk in Philosophy of Education: What Can It Be and Do…? Laird recently published an article, Learning to Live in the Anthropocene: Our Children and Ourselves, in the international journal Studies in Philosophy and Education, as part of a special issue on Ecologizing Philosophy of Education, and now is the only Jeannine Rainbolt College faculty member participating in an interdisciplinary campus study group on the Anthropocene, led by philosopher Zev Trachtenberg. Laird also is an actively publishing member of a national interdisciplinary study group on School Lunch Ethics founded and led by Suzanne Rice, philosopher of education at the University of Kansas. Laird attend the 22nd Values and Leadership Conference sponsored by UCEA’s Consortium for the Study of Leadership Ethics and Education, Oct. 5-7 to present School Lunch Matters for Learning to Live. August 15 marked 25 years of Laird’s faculty service to OU. ANGELA URICK, ED.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY STUDIES Urick is the current elected chair of the Leadership for School Improvement Special Interest Group in the American Educational Research Association, the largest inter/national research organization in education. Along with co-author Alex Bowers at Teachers College, Columbia University, Urick published an article titled Assessing International Teacher and Principal Perceptions of Instructional Leadership: A Multilevel Factor Analysis of TALIS 2008, in an upcoming issue of the journal Leadership and Policy in Schools. WENDY WALKER, UNDERGRADUATE ADVISER Walker was named the JRCoE Staff Service Award winner for the third quarter. DONNA WILLIS, OFFICE MANAGER, ZARROW CENTER Willis was named winner of the JRCoE Staff Service Award for the second quarter.


IN MEMORIAM Taryn Trotter Goodwin Taryn Trotter Goodwin (1991-2017) passed away on June 11, 2017 after an almost fouryear battle with colon cancer.

EMAN BECK, B.S. STUDENT, CHEMICAL BIOSCIENCES JORDAN BURNISON, B.S.ED STUDENT, SPECIAL EDUCATION JENNIFER CHANG, B.S. STUDENT, MATHEMATICS MIRANDA HANNON, B.S.ED STUDENT, SCIENCE EDUCATION ALEXIS HEUANGSAYANSENG, TE+ STUDENT, MATH Beck, Burnison, Chang, Hannon and Heuangsayanseng were selected for the 2016-17 NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium. Over the course of the year, they are participating in a variety of events, including an 11-day summer institute and a VIP trip to the Johnson Space Center. As part of the fellowship the students are holding workshops in the college throughout the year and this fall gave a presentation to the JRCoE Board of Advocates. JOHNNIE GILPEN, M.S. STUDENT, PA STUDIES; APPLICATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND EVALUATION CERTIFICATE PROGRAM, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Gilpen was named a Pat Tillman Scholar for 2017. The Tillman Scholars program awards scholarships to activeduty service members, veterans and military spouses who

Goodwin graduated from the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education in May 2013 with a degree in elementary education. After graduation she was hired at MST Magnet school in Richardson, Texas, as a first-grade teacher. In September 2013, just months after graduation, Goodwin was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. After five surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy, Goodwin was declared in remission in September 2014. During that time she also moved to Houston to be closer to her then-fiance, Drew. Goodwin had a recurrance of the cancer in March 2015, but in the meantime received the Elizabeth Brand Award for Teacher Excellence at the Petroleum Club of Houston and married Drew in June 2015, all while going through more surgeries and treatments. In 2016 it was discovered the cancer had returned yet again. As part of her celebration of life service, Goodwin asked attendees to bring a children’s book or toy, or make a donation to Camp Quality to help a child with cancer and their siblings go to camp. Even as she faced the end of her life, her thoughts were about taking care of others.

JRCoE Director of Development Emily Reed presented OU alumnus Lyle Young with a certificate of recognition for being a member of the Quarter Century Club. Young has donated to OU for 25 consecutive years.

To honor Goodwin, friends put together the Taryn Goodwin Memorial Book Drive, where people could select and purchase books from a list on that would then be distributed to low-income schools in Oklahoma and Texas. In less than two weeks, more than 2,000 books were donated in Goodwin’s honor.

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HAPPENINGS FALL 2017 are pursuing higher education degrees. Gilman served as a helicopter crew chief in the Oklahoma National Guard, then as a U.S. Navy Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman. CATHRYN JACKSON, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Jackson presented Strategies for Creative Thinking in Distance Education at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma. ALEXANDRA STROUKOFF, PH.D. STUDENT, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY Stroukoff presented Expert Teacher: What Does That Really Mean? at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

QIAN WANG PH.D. STUDENT, INSTRUCTIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY Wang presented a poster titled Understanding Factors Impacting the Effectiveness of Project-Based Learning Environment at the Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma.

ALUMNI HANNAH KRISTEN BAIRD (B.S. ED., 2017) Baird was one of nine University of Oklahoma students named recipients of Fulbright Grants for academic year 2017-2018. She is spending the academic year as an English teaching assistant in Mexico. MARCO COLUMBUS (PH.D., 2006) Columbus, assistant professor in the department of education at Cameron University, presented the poster Primary Cultural Connectedness and Academic Achievement at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma. JULIE KLINGENSMITH (B.S. ED., 2002; M.ED., 2010) Klingensmith was named one of four finalists in the state of Oklahoma for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Klingensmith teaches math at Norman High School and was presented the Young Educator Award at the 2017 Celebration of Education in Oklahoma.

ANDREA SUK PH.D. STUDENT, SPECIAL EDUCATION Suk hosted a webinar on Oct. 16, presented by PATH International. Her presentation, “EAAT and IEPs—Opening the Gate to Collaboration,” is part of a complimentary three-part series the organization is presenting. Over 70 people attended the webinar, which included therapeutic riding instructors, equine specialists in mental health and learning, interactive vaulting instructors, volunteers at equine-assisted activities and therapy locations, parents, rehabilitation counselors and school psychologists. The next two webinars in the series, also presented by Suk, will include ideas for connecting with special education students and connecting with special education teachers.

MIKE NELSON (PH.D., 2003) Nelson, currently a professor in the department of educational sciences, foundations and research at the University of Central Oklahoma, co-presented Freshman Learning Communities: More Conflicting Evidence at the 49th Annual Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Conference Oct. 5-6 in Lawton, Oklahoma. DANNY WADE (B.S. ED., 1997; M.ED., 2002; PH.D., 2008) Wade was awarded the 2017 Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award at Washburn University. Wade is an associate professor and coordinator of English education at the university.


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Bridges Magazine - 2017 Fall  

2017 fall edition of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Bridges Magazine for alumni and friends.

Bridges Magazine - 2017 Fall  

2017 fall edition of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Bridges Magazine for alumni and friends.