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Shawn Datchuk, Leah Zimmerman discuss LIFTER on KCRG

In the news: Everyday Iowa - Iowa Reading Research Center

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
UI Director of Iowa Reading Research Center Shawn Datchuk and clinical assistant professor of special education Leah Zimmermann discussed why Iowa adding cursive handwriting to the state education standards is a good thing for youth on KCRG.
Dawn Thomas teaching in Spain

Fulbright recipient Dawn Thomas makes an impact in Spain

Monday, July 1, 2024
Dawn Thomas, a Master of Arts in Teaching secondary English education alumna, reflects on her 2023-24 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain.
Mark McDermott speaking to group

Mark McDermott named to national fellowship for educator-preparation leaders

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Mark McDermott, associate dean for teacher education and student services, was recently named an Impact Academy fellow through the national non-profit organization Deans for Impact. McDermott joins a cohort of leaders chosen for their commitment to improving educator preparation.
Deborah Harris

Harris comes full circle, retires after distinguished career in educational measurement

Friday, June 21, 2024
A distinguished figure in the field of educational measurement, Deborah Harris bids farewell to her esteemed career, including seven years of invaluable service as a professor in the College of Education's Educational Measurement and Statistics program.
Educators Rising Conference

Davenport student to represent Iowa at National Educators Rising Conference

Thursday, June 13, 2024
Davenport North High School junior, Gabriella Pieczynski, has been offered a full expenses paid trip to the National Educators Rising Conference, made possible thanks to a $1.26 million U.S. Department of Education grant that the University of Iowa College of Education is using to help diversify the educator workforce. The college is focusing on starting young educators’ clubs as pathways into teacher education, creating opportunities like the fully funded trip for Pieczynski.
Laurie Croft, associate director for professional development at the Belin-Blank Center

Croft retires after more than 25 years of service to gifted ed

Monday, June 10, 2024
After more than 25 years of teaching, collaborating, and administering in the field of gifted education, Laurie Croft, a clinical professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and an associate director for professional development at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, is set to retire.
Guidance for Kosova's agriculture and ICT students: career-boosting extracurriculars

Guidance for Kosova's agriculture and ICT students: career-boosting extracurriculars

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Agriculture and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) students in Kosova are receiving guidance on planning for and executing extracurricular activities to enhance their career development.

McElroy-Heltzel’s research among International Journal of Psychology’s top cited articles

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Stacey McElroy-Heltzel, University of Iowa assistant professor of counseling psychology and researcher in the field of psychology, has garnered recognition for her work on the impact of COVID-19 on mental health.
Kosomo Career Prospects

Emerging ICT student clubs show talent and commitment for peer support

Friday, May 17, 2024
With USAID's support, eight student clubs were established in ICT and Agriculture fields across University of Prishtina, University of Peja, and University of Prizren. These clubs have garnered significant interest, with more than 300 students participating in events so far.
Shawn Datchuk stands in front of a bookcase

Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa announce new Iowa Reading Research Center director

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Iowa Department of Education Director McKenzie Snow and University of Iowa College of Education Dean Dan Clay today announced Shawn Datchuk as the next director of the Iowa Reading Research Center.
Old Capitol Pentacrest Gold Flowers

Alumni awarded Fulbright awards to Asia

Monday, May 13, 2024
Alumni Margo Christensen and Fabian Ouellet-Pinto were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards.
Sunny, summertime image featuring the Old Capitol

COE faculty recognized for excellence in research

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
College of Education faculty members Leah Zimmermann and Hyesun You were bestowed with 2024 Meritorious Research Awards.
UI faculty award medallion

Neal, Hoffman receive Collegiate Teaching Awards

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
College of Education faculty members Ted Neal and Lesa Hoffman were recently honored for their exemplary teaching and mentorship.
McKenna Haag smiles for photo outside of the Lindquist Center.

Student speaker McKenna Haag empowers others to find their voice

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
McKenna Haag, an elementary education major, is passionate about teaching others to use their voice and to inspire self-efficacy – whether they are her students or her fellow peers.
Kenneth Brown in front of bookcase.

Brown honored with the Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service

Friday, April 26, 2024
Kenneth G. Brown, the Tippie Children Professor of Management and interim DEO of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies in the College of Education, is one of three UI faculty being recognized with the 2024 Michael J. Brody Award for Faculty Excellence in Service.
students attending an undergraduate psychology course

College of Education launches new undergraduate counseling major

Thursday, April 25, 2024
New Counseling and Behavioral Health Services degree designed for undergraduate students who want to develop a foundation in helping processes and human behavior.
Deb Kakavas, Bettina Hass, Bobbie Bevins

College of Education recognizes Bettina Hass Excellence in Commitment and Dedication Awardees, a retirement, longevity honorees

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Bobbie Bevins and Deb Kakavas received the Bettina (Tina) Hass Excellence in Commitment and Dedication Awards at the UI College of Education Staff Appreciation Lunch Celebration. The college also celebrated Kathy Mossman's retirement and 14 longevity award honorees.
Several men stand in front of a room, presenting information to students in Kosovo.

Empowering Kosovan ICT students

Monday, April 22, 2024
USAID's Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education Activity collaborates with Polymaths, one of the activity’s ICT private sector partners, and their partners from Amazon Web Services. This collaboration provides students with training and long-term support to enhance their cloud computing skills.
Amanda Thein speaks at a podium.

College of Education builds partnerships with K-12 educators

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Local stakeholders from K-12 education and the University of Iowa discussed student learning, effective teaching, and innovative and inclusive educational practices at the first Connecting K-12 and Higher Education Conference.
Professors from University of Iowa and Kosovo public universities discuss issues while standing around a table.

Collaborative curriculum development: UI, Kosovo public universities partner with industry leaders

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Professors specializing in competency-based education at the University of Iowa have joined forces with their counterparts from public universities in Kosovo to lead workshops aimed at revising curricula in response to insights from the private sector.