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A group gathers in Pizren, Kosovo, standing on front steps of building.

Experiential learning workshops yield insights on internships in agriculture

Friday, June 30, 2023
The Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education participants recently organized a series of highly informative training workshops titled "Structured Internships in Agriculture."
College of Education Dean Daniel L. Clay sits at the head of a conference table, leading a workshop with industry experts in Kosovo.

Partnership delivers workshops on industry-university strategic cooperation

Monday, June 26, 2023
University of Iowa College of Education Dean Daniel L. Clay recently led workshops that brought together representatives from private sector companies, industrial boards, professors, career centers, and research institutions as part of the Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education Activity.
Students exploring the horizon with binoculars during School of the Wild

In the News: School of the Wild expands to get hundreds of more Iowa kids into the woods

Monday, June 26, 2023
The University of Iowa is expanding its wilderness education program to reach 4,500 elementary school children this year, and it should bring the outdoor learning experience to more than 6,000 next year.
Pride flag and old capitol building

UI faculty, alumni net grant to help LGBTQ+ students thrive on campus

Thursday, June 22, 2023
Jodi Linley, University of Iowa associate professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs, is part of a $500,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation for first-of-its-kind research on LGBTQ+ college students. The grant is in collaboration with HESA alumni Cindy Ann Kilgo and Alex Lange.
Alumna and veteran John Mikelson in front of a U.S. flag

Mikelson honored as small business champion for veterans

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Alumnus John Mikelson retired from the Army in 2004, but he has never stopped helping veterans and service members get the support they need. That's why he was recently recognized as the 2023 Small Business Administration (SBA) Veterans Small Business Champion of the Year.
A group of people tour a brewery bottling plant in Kosovo.

Kosovo's private sector takes an active role in preparing students for job market

Friday, June 9, 2023
As part of the Private Sector Partnerships for Strengthening Higher Education, the Iowa Consortium team visited partner businesses to cultivate collaborative opportunities for businesses and public universities
Two students walk along Lindquist Center on a sunny day.

Three College of Education students awarded scholarships to study abroad

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Out of thousands of applicants nationwide, seven students from the University of Iowa have been granted a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards each recipient up to $5,000 to study abroad.
Cassie L. Barnhardt, project director, with Armand Krasniqi, rector of the University of Peje “Haxhi Zeka.”

New partnerships with private sector strengthens higher education in Kosovo

Thursday, June 1, 2023
The latest USAID-funded activity entitled Private Sector Partnerships to Strengthen Higher Education (PSPSHE) in Kosovo kicked off Monday, April 24, 2023, at the National Library of Kosovo.  The Iowa Consortium, led by the University of Iowa (UI), in cooperation with its partners Iowa State University (ISU), and the Kosova Education Center (KEC), is implementing the partnership.
A group photo of UI alumni over the age of 80 being honored, sitting in a row of chairs.

Clothier, Townsend honored in ‘Eight Over 80’ celebration

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Two University of Iowa College of Education Alumni – Elizabeth Clothier and Orville “Speedy” Townsend – were among eight University of Iowa alumni honored during the 2023 Eight Over 80 Awards Celebration.
pride tiger hawk logo painted on the street

Coleman selected as national fellow to study book-banning practices and LGBTQ+ activism

Wednesday, May 31, 2023
James Joshua (Josh) Coleman, assistant professor of English education, is the recipient of a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship to research book-banning practices and LGBTQ+ educational activism in the Midwest.
Kids outside sitting on the ground recording their findings during School of the Wild

Gazette: School of the Wild connects youth and nature with equity

Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Housed in the University of Iowa College of Education, School of the Wild partners with schools across the state to give kids an opportunity to learn about the natural world through immersion.
Picture of UI research facility, with blue sky above.

Eight faculty-led projects funded by Seeding Excellence Initiative

Thursday, May 25, 2023
UI's Office of the Vice President for Research has selected the winners of eight pilot grants--several of which are led by College of Education faculty--intended to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in strategic areas.
Allison Rowe

Rowe awarded AHI funding

Friday, May 12, 2023
Allison Rowe, a clinical assistant professor and program coordinator for Art Education, has been awarded AHI funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Samatha Pedek smiles outside of the Lindquist Center

Pedek overcomes adversity, finds ‘true calling’ of teaching at Iowa

Thursday, May 11, 2023
Samantha Pedek knew she wanted to be a teacher ever since third grade. However, the 2023 graduate with a Master of Arts in Teaching in Science Education experienced a winding path and challenges along the way.

College of Education faculty recognized for research excellence

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Two College of Education faculty members – Seth King and Sherry Watt and the Multicultural Initiatives Research Team – were recently recognized for their exceptional research.

College of Education faculty honored for exemplary teaching, mentorship

Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Two University of Iowa College of Education faculty members – Erin Barnes and Jodi Linley – were recently recognized with collegiate awards for their excellence in teaching and mentoring students.
Man and children play with blocks

John Deere Foundation, Iowa join forces to boost school mental health

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
The John Deere Foundation supports teachers and students with a gift to the University of Iowa’s nationally leading Scanlan Center for School Mental Health, a partnership between the Iowa Board of Regents, Iowa Department of Education, and the University of Iowa’s College of Education.

Advocating for language maintenance through multilingual education

Monday, May 8, 2023
Third-year Literacy, Culture, and Language Education doctoral student Melanie Carbine, who is also a middle school math teacher in Maryland, recognizes the need for teachers to be versed in multilingual education practices. 
Old Capitol Building

College of Education faculty awarded $5.3 million national mental health grant

Monday, May 1, 2023
Faculty from the University of Iowa College of Education School Counseling and School Psychology programs were awarded a $5.388 million grant to address shortages in the number of school-based mental health services professionals (MHSPs) available in high-need schools. Faculty from the UI College of Public Health and School of Social Work will also collaborate on the grant.
hands playing piano

In the News: Cohen discusses music making in prisons with IPR

Friday, April 28, 2023
Associate Professor Mary Cohen discusses how music programs can support personal and social growth for people experiencing incarceration.