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Lindquist Center

Annual Report 2020-21 Retirements

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Honoring our retiring faculty and their contributions to the College of Education.

Annual Report 2020-21 Awards

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Thank you to the teachers, food-service workers, and counselors.

Gratitude: Adapting during Covid-19

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
The pandemic found ways of putting pressure on our students, teachers, and school communities like never before. We are grateful for and proud of the dedication, adaptability, and perseverance of our alumni. Here are a few of their stories.

Class Notes 2021

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
New jobs? Promotions? Special awards and recognitions? Read on, reconnect, and catch up with fellow alumni.

College offers new dyslexia special endorsement program

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
The new Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement program, coordinated by the Iowa Reading Research Center, builds educators’ knowledge of the literacy development of students with characteristics of dyslexia.
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By The Numbers 2020-2021

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Check out the College of Education’s 2020-2021 By the Numbers to see the impact of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

Why I Give: Marigail Jury

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Alumna Marigail Jury shares her inspiration for supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in education at the University of Iowa.
West High School and poet Shreya Khullar reads a poem at the Iowa State Capital through the Student Poet Ambassador Program

Promoting poetry in Iowa: Belin-Blank Center creates inaugural Iowa Student Poet Ambassador Program

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Inspired by poet laureate Amanda Gorman, Iowa City West High student Shreya Khullar was inaugurated in Des Moines as Iowa’s first Student Poet Ambassador.
Professor speaking to group in collaborative space

Renovation reveals collaborative, student-centered spaces for learning, teaching

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Students, faculty, staff, and visitors can now experience new high-tech, collaborative learning and teaching spaces in the Lindquist Center, thanks to a major renovation which spanned several years.
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New Scanlan Center for School Mental Health offers PD, outreach, research

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Thanks to the new Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, students, teachers, administrators, and other education professionals are receiving more support, resources, and training on mental health issues,
Man in suit smiles with medallion on stage.

Professor emeritus dedicates career to suicide awareness, prevention

Monday, January 24, 2022
Professor emeritus John Westefeld shares what fueled his commitment to suicide prevention and awareness in this first-person essay.

In Memoriam: Remembering John Kiraly Jr.

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Special education faculty emeritus John Kiraly Jr., 88, passed away Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Kiraly is remembered as a pioneer of the concept of a flipped classroom and a dedicated and kind professor and scholar.
Late professor emeritus Linda Fielding

In Memoriam: Fielding remembered as mentor, colleague, friend

Thursday, January 6, 2022
College of Education Associate Professor Emeritus Linda Fielding died June 18, 2021, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
In Memoriam David Bills with photo

Bills leaves legacy as humble scholar, generous mentor, tireless champion

Thursday, January 6, 2022
David Bills, sociology of education professor and Emma E. Holmes Faculty Research Fellow in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, died peacefully on July 15, 2021, at the age of 67, leaving a global legacy through his scholarship and students.
Chris Ogren

Ogren receives grant to write book on life, legacy of Lyle Spencer

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Christine Ogren, associate professor, is the recipient of a Spencer Foundation grant to write a scholarly book on education research philanthropist Lyle Spencer.
Students sit outdoors

Into the wild

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
After spending over a year indoors, kids were ready to get outside with School of the Wild.
Matt Degner

Adapting through COVID-19: Matt Degner

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Matt Degner remembers cancelling Iowa City Community School District international trips in February of 2020 because of a virus called COVID-19. He never imagined that one month later, he would be sending his students, teachers, and administrators home for the next year and a half.
Lindquist Center

Adapting through COVID-19: Adam Perkins

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
When COVID-19 first hit, teachers went above and beyond to meet the needs of their students. Adam Perkins, who received a M.A.T. in Science Education and who teaches science at Summit Middle Charter School in Boulder, Colorado, is one of these teachers.
Vicki Cupp teaches students

Adapting through COVID-19: Vicki Cupp

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Vicki Cupp has found silver linings in a schoolyear filled with unknowns.
Sydney Roper teaches students over zoom

Adapting through COVID-19: Sydney Roper

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Sydney Roper was heartbroken after she didn’t get to say goodbye to her first class when the school year ended early due to COVID-19.