Articles from October 2016


Artificial intelligence forms a conduit to critical, creative thinking in future teachers

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The intelligence of human beings may be complemented by that of the artificial variety found in robots. Discussing potential methods of harnessing this relationship in the world of education is one focus of the Topics in Education course taught at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa. Mark McDermott, clinical associate professor in Science Education at the University of Iowa...

Recent alum earns Teacher of Promise honor

Monday, October 24, 2016
The Iowa World Language Association (IWLA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Teacher of Promise has been awarded to Emily Wallace, a Spanish language teacher at Maquoketa High School in Maquoketa, Iowa. Wallace graduated from the University of Iowa College of Education Teacher Education Program in the spring of 2016 with undergraduate licensure in 5-12 Spanish Education and a K-12 ESL Endorsement...

College of Education active in We Are Phil Week

Friday, October 21, 2016
Oct. 10–14 marked the fourth annual We Are Phil giving appeal for University of Iowa faculty and staff, but the push to bolster private support for UI people and programs continues.

UI partners with US Patent and Trademark Office to expand STEM training for high school teachers

Friday, October 21, 2016
The University of Iowa has partnered with a federal agency to conduct a series of workshops across the country aimed at helping secondary school STEM teachers introduce innovation and entrepreneurship concepts into their teaching.

Plakans, Johnson discuss need for ELL teachers

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Associate professors with the University of Iowa College of Education David Cassels Johnson and Lia Plakans recently earned $2.2 million in grant funding from the US Department of Education for their Advocacy, Capacity, and Collaboration for English Learners in Iowa initiative (ACCEL). This is to help teachers in training and those in practice to teach English language learner students in more impactful ways. Listen as they discuss Iowa's level of need for teachers who teach in multiple languages in this Iowa Public Radio piece.

Reed honored for work on behalf of students with learning disabilities

Monday, October 17, 2016
This year, the Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA-IA) is recognizing University of Iowa College of Education Associate Professor Deborah K. Reed as a leading advocate in the state.

Noyce Scholarship recipients making their STEM teaching dreams reality

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
The first round of Noyce Scholars will help with the shortage of science teachers through a collaborative effort between the UI College of Education and UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

UI, Iowa Children’s Museum to spark interest in STEM

Monday, October 10, 2016
The University of Iowa has partnered with the Iowa Children’s Museum to produce a new hands-on exhibit that will use an interactive skate park concept to teach physics principles.

UI’s Joyce Tsai weighs in on artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Monday, October 10, 2016
Joyce Tsai is a Moholy scholar who organized a 2015 exhibition of his paintings. She thinks his reputation as "a guy who just phones it in, quite literally," as a theorist is being put to rest by shows such as hers and by a big new retrospective.

$2.2 million grant to help ELL students flourish through teacher development

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Teachers in training and those in practice will soon be able to teach English language learner students in more impactful ways thanks to a new $2.2 million grant project.