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Jacob Heiden from the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) helps enthusiastic students from Hoover Elementary learn about different driving conditions.
April 20, 2017

More than 200 elementary school students recently had a chance for hands-on STEM learning opportunities on the University of Iowa campus.

Dean Clay, UI President Harreld, Kosovo Minister of Education Science and Technology Arsim Bajrami, and, University of Pristina President Marjan Dema sign the memorandum of understanding
April 07, 2017

The potential to help transform education in Kosovo is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a new partnership between the University of Iowa and the University of Pristina.

Dean Dan Clay and student teacher Taylor Holterhaus have a chat at the University of Iowa College of Education booth in the Iowa state capitol on Tuesday.
April 04, 2017

The University of Iowa College of Education was out in full force at the Hawkeye Caucus in the state capitol Tuesday, April 4. Take a look at some great photos from throughout the day.

Nick Colangelo (left), emeritus dean of the UI College of Education, interviews author and NYU professor Dan Lerner for a new podcast called The Window during the Mission Creek Festival at the Iowa City Public Library on Friday, April 7, 2017.
April 24, 2017

Dean Emeritus Nick Colangelo is the host of a new podcast called, "The Window."

UI REACH students draw on a chalkboard at DP Dough
April 14, 2017

In this front page article in The Daily Iowan, UI REACH students learn about cooking safety at DP Dough in Iowa City.

April 13, 2017

Susan Assouline, director of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa College of Education, as well as UI College of Education alumna, Gabriela Rivera, earned awards at the UI's annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women.

April 11, 2017

Assistant Professor Allison Bruhn, winner of the 2017 Ted Carr Initial Researcher Award, discusses her work.

Nick Bowman poses for a photo in his office
March 30, 2017

Research by Nicholas A. Bowman, director of the University of Iowa Center for Research on Undergraduate Education, shows that admission officers at selective colleges are more likely to offer spots to low-income students if they have a better understanding of the high schools those students attend.

Ben Ross and a team of UI students pose for a picture at Food Bank of the Rockies
March 28, 2017

This year, 200 Hawkeyes used their spring break to volunteer in 12 communities across the U.S. as part of Hawkeye Service Teams. One of those students was Ben Ross, a fourth-year student from Rockford, Illinois, studying voice performance and music education.

Dean Dan Clay, Robert Yager, and Renee Person pose for a photo.
March 24, 2017

Renee Person, a teacher at Kirkwood Elementary School, earned the 2017 Phyllis Yager Diversity Teaching Award.

Jeremy Williams in front of flag
March 21, 2017

US Army Reserve Capt. Jeremy Williams, a veterans resource specialist with I-SERVE (Support, Education, Resources for Veterans and Enlisted) at the University of Iowa College of Education, appeared on CW Iowa Live on Monday, March 20.

Bucksbaum Academy students smiling
March 15, 2017

The Martin and Melva Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy enrolled its first class of highly able high school students from across the state and around the country this past fall.

March 08, 2017

This story on KGAN CBS 2 highlights the lasting friendship created between two University of Iowa College of Education REACH Program graduates.

pre-service teachers participate in hands-on learning about the science of sinking objects in water
March 06, 2017

A story on KGAN CBS 2 takes a look at STEM teacher retention and the positive impact of the 2017 STEM Pre-Service Teacher Conference that was held at the Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa March 3 and 4.

Henry Hartzler smiles
February 24, 2017

Henry Hartzler, of Byron, Minnesota, is an elementary education major and is also seeking an English as a second language endorsement.

February 23, 2017

In this Daily Iowan story, resident assistant Taralynn Young talks about her passion for working alongside University of Iowa College of Education REACH students in their daily lives on campus.

Teacher Education Students show their Chromebook Sleeves with College of Education logos on them
February 17, 2017

As technology’s role in the classroom continues to evolve, the Linda R.

Al Jarreau speaks at the UI College of Education in 2014
February 13, 2017

Celebrated jazz vocalist and UI College of Education graduate, Al Jarreau, died Feb. 12.

February 09, 2017

Three of our alumni have proven to be leaders in their field and were recently elected to the Iowa School Counselor Association board.

UI REACH program photos
February 08, 2017

In this story by KWWL, UI REACH Program Director Pam Ries and students currently enrolled in the program talk about the life-changing experiences and opportunities it offers.

Laura Szech shows her poster
February 07, 2017

Leading-edge diversity research is alive and well at the University of Iowa College of Education.

DaVida Anderson and Cassie Barnhardt work together at a computer
February 06, 2017

DaVida Anderson, of York, Pennsylvania, is working toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa College of Education.

Dean Emeritus Nick Colangelo, doctoral candidate DaVida Anderson, and Dean Dan Clay smile
February 06, 2017

The University of Iowa and the University of Iowa Foundation have announced the successful conclusion of For Iowa. Forever More: The Campaign for the University of Iowa.

February 03, 2017

In this story by KWWL, a young man named Carter and his mother discuss what they believe it means for him to be admitted into the University of Iowa REACH program at the College of Education.

UI REACH program
February 02, 2017

A viral video of a young man named Carter learning he's been admitted into the University of Iowa REACH program at the College of Education is highlighted in this story by KCRG-TV9.

January 31, 2017

Eddie Moore Jr., who earned a PhD in Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa College of Education in 2004, recently presented the lecture titled, "White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Conversations" at the Lindquist Center.

January 30, 2017

This article in The Des Moines Register gives some context surrounding the viral video of a young man named Carter learning he's been admitted into the University of Iowa REACH program at the College of Education.

Cally Murray, director of development for the UI Foundation, Pam Ries, director of UI REACH, along with students Tayler Kortenkamp and Zach Waddingham, accept a $10,000 donation from Iowa Student Loan's Steve McCullough and board chair, Christine Hensley.
January 26, 2017

Iowa students seeking to meet career and college aspirations through the University of Iowa's REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) program will receive the support they need thanks to a contribution from Iowa Student Loan.

January 24, 2017 is proud to announce that it is partnering with the University of Iowa to offer a new online Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) that is available for enrollment now.

Amanda Thein
January 23, 2017

Strong Girls Read Strong Books, a weekly after-school program, is using books to talk with girls at local elementary schools about how to be strong.

several students smiling
January 19, 2017

A new Iowa Reading Research Center initiative will provide expert training in literacy instruction, need-based improvement planning, and continuous support to four local education agencies in order to bring improved literacy outcomes for students facing multiple challenges.

January 17, 2017

Susan Assouline, director of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa College of Education, provides several insights on the need for rural educational opportunities in this column.

Liz Hollingworth instructs a student
January 10, 2017

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Program at the University of Iowa College of Education has been ranked number 16 by U.S. News & World Report in the 2017 Best Online Graduate Education Programs category, up from number 17 in 2016.

ACT Scholars, from left, Bri-An Davis, DaVida Anderson, Gemmicka Piper, and Jonathan Munoz.
January 06, 2017

DaVida Anderson, a PhD student in higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa College of Education, is motivated to create more diversity around the leadership table in academia.

Sherry Watt, center, participates in a discussion
January 04, 2017

Professor Sherry Watt appears on the NASPA Leadership Podcast hosted by NASPA Student Leadership Programs.

Henry Cardenas instructs student in music education
January 03, 2017

Henry Cardenas, an M.C. Ginsberg Artist in Residence, hopes to pursue a career in elementary education.

Woman singing and leading choir
December 28, 2016

Mary Cohen, associate professor in music education, reflects on the most recent season of the Oakdale Prison Community Choir in this column appearing in the Press-Citizen.

December 23, 2016

Molly Rechkemmer, an instructor within the University of Iowa College of Education's Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, was honored by Excelling@Iowa as a Champion for Student Success.

Dellyssa Edinboro, left, and DaVida Anderson smile in the Teacher Leader Center
December 20, 2016

DaVida Anderson, a graduate student in higher education and student affairs, and Dellyssa Edinboro, a graduate student in educational policy and leadership, have been named 2017 Obermann Graduate Fellows.

Student Speaker Angie Miller speaks to the convocation audience as administrators and faculty on stage look on
December 19, 2016

Each and every student, regardless of their ability level, deserves a high-quality education. Angie Miller, who recently earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English Education at the University of Iowa College of Education, knows this well.

December 13, 2016

Nancy Langguth, associate dean for Teacher Education and Student Services, discusses how educators can continue to expand their education. She touts a new all-online master’s degree program in this article appearing in The Daily Iowan.

Coryn Van Beek smiles at her desk in the UI College of Education Dean's Office
December 12, 2016

Coryn Van Beek, an elementary education major from Rock Rapids, Iowa, has received a number of scholarships and awards and has been on the Dean’s List every semester from Fall 2013 to this fall.

Tom Rocklin in the office
December 09, 2016

Rocklin joined the UI in 1986 as a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations at the University of Iowa College of Education.

Cover of the Annual Report with several people reading
December 08, 2016

Take a look at our Annual Report 2015-2016.

Henry Cardenas instructs students in creating music in the classroom
December 02, 2016

Henry Cardenas, who hopes to pursue a career in elementary education, is utilizing an engaging musical curriculum in the Iowa City Community School District. 

Deborah K. Reed interacts with students
December 01, 2016

Read about the results from the Iowa Reading Research Center's Intensive Summer Reading Program study in this story.

November 29, 2016

Associate Professor Nicholas Bowman offers his analyses-based insight on the impact of diversity-themed courses in this article appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Amanda Thein
November 21, 2016

A weekly after-school program founded by faculty in the University of Iowa College of Education is using books to talk with girls at local elementary schools about how to be strong.

Old Capitol
November 18, 2016

The University of Iowa’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resource Center recently marked a decade of serving the community.

International Day Yoga Group
November 14, 2016

At the beginning of November, hundreds of middle school students from around eastern Iowa attended the 20th Annual International Day at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

Lori Ihrig Robert Yager
November 10, 2016

Lori Ihrig has earned one of the University of Iowa College of Education’s most prestigious awards, which is named after the very mentor that helped shape her career in science education.

Spencer Gibson
November 09, 2016

After serving in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserves, University of Iowa student Spencer Gibson is pursuing his dream of teaching science.

November 08, 2016

Leslie Flynn, Clinical Assistant Professor, a co-founder of the new STEM Innovator program, discusses the many benefits and opportunities offered to students through the program.

Laura Boddicker
November 07, 2016

University of Iowa College of Education alumna Laura Boddicker tells her story, offers insight into mental health needs of veterans, and talks about the many benefits of the College of Education's I-SERVE program, which stands for Support, Education, Resources for Veterans and Enlisted.

November 04, 2016

Susan Assouline, director of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa, helped develop a tool called the Iowa Acceleration Scale to aid schools in deciding which kids would benefit from skipping a grade.

October 26, 2016

The intelligence of human beings may be complemented by that of the artificial variety found in robots.

Emily Wallace Pamela Wesely
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.

Christopher Morphew
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.

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.

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.

Deborah K. Reed
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 Scholars
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.

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.

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.

David Johnson and Lia Plakans
October 04, 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.

Dean's Scholars 2016
September 27, 2016

Diverse reasons draw some of the "best and the brightest" students to the field of education as Dean's Scholars.

Jeremy Williams in front of flag
September 01, 2016

Jeremy Williams, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, helps other veterans succeed.

August 25, 2016

Haley Kaplan, a first-year teacher and 2016 UI College of Education graduate in elementary education, had a perfectly organized classroom to welcome her fourth graders to Jefferson Elementary School in Bettendorf, encouraging them to do their best and be school leaders.

Dan Clay standing by airplane
July 14, 2016

Dan Clay’s new role as dean of the University of Iowa College of Education is more than an exciting job opportunity: It’s a homecoming of sorts.

June 08, 2016

For the eighth consecutive year, George Washington High School in Cedar Rapids is the top Advanced Placement (AP) school in Iowa, according to the Iowa AP Index. The College of Education's Belin-Blank Center created the index to assess AP participation among accredited public and nonpublic schools in Iowa.

May 28, 2016

Susannah Wood has been elected as president-elect of North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES).

In the Score It app, teachers and students are prompted to rate different student behaviors on a scale from zero to four.
May 23, 2016

UI education faculty using interactive technology to help K-12 teachers improve student behavior

College of Education Alumni 2016-2017 Fullbright grant recipients
May 09, 2016

The University of Iowa College of Education saw a record-breaking year for those receiving Fulbright grants, with the highly competitive program awarding 2016-2017 English Teaching Assistantships to Lauren Darby, Abigail Grilli, and Amanda Kloser.

May 02, 2016

Dr. Kimberly Datchuk (Art Education) presented a paper at The Fine Arts and Critics: Legitimizing the Status Quo and the Social Order conference at the University of Burgundy on April 29, 2016.

April 28, 2016

Associate Professor Mary Cohen (Teaching & Learning, Music Education) is this year's recipient of the “Big Wheel in the Arts” Award.

April 28, 2016

The College of Education hosted about 100 Cedar Rapids middle school students for the tenth annual African American Achievement Program.

Watercolor icons related to college
March 18, 2016

Nicholas Bowman, director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education (CRUE), is examining the reasons that students do not complete college and the importance of college success.

March 18, 2016

Nathan Fulcher is a self-identified “white guy from Iowa.” He grew up in a small town and went to a Catholic high school with only 100 students in the whole building. 

March 16, 2016

In 2015, the School Administrators of Iowa recognized Julie Trepa, principal at Paul Norton Elementary in Bettendorf, as the Elementary Principal of the Year, no small feat in a state with more than 1,200 elementary schools.

March 14, 2016

As one of the College of Education’s oldest alumni, Gracka Gerardi, who received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1936, has seen quite a bit of change over the years, but consistent has been her profound love of music and joy of sharing

March 07, 2016

The College of Education Diversity Committee hosted its annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium on Friday, February 19, 2016. The annual symposium includes a showcase of graduate and undergraduate research projects related to diversity.

March 07, 2016

Emily Guenther enrolled as a Master’s student in Schools, Culture, and Society because of her interest in studying education in context, noting that the SCS program has been very useful in putting her work in context of historical trends and conflicts.

December 26, 2015

This partnership with UAY is part of the Art Education Secondary Methods course. TEP Art Education students teach a 10-week workshop for students in grades 8-12. The workshop ends with a public art exhibit.

December 14, 2015

As part of the College of Education’s Distinguished Speakers Series, Margaret Buckton and Larry Sigel presented “Iowa Demographics and Education Funding, Then and Now” on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. 

August 04, 2015

On February 17, 2015,  Michael W. Apple presented "Are Dominant Educational Reforms Really Democratic?" as a part of the University of Iowa College of Education’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

December 01, 2014

Carla, a second-year SCS doctoral student, was awarded a 2015 Obermann Fellowship. For Carla, the fellowship is especially meaningful because as a Latina and first-generation college student, it will enhance her leadership skills to work in communities of need.

December 01, 2014

by Schools, Culture, and Society

November 11, 2014

The College of Education welcomed women's sports pioneer and Title IX advocate Christine Grant (Ph.D. '74) on November 11, 2014, as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.

November 11, 2014

Eleven University of Iowa College of Education students gained a new perspective on how education policy decisions are made at the top levels during a recent visit to the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

July 01, 2014

by Heather Spangler

June 14, 2014

Passion, results, integrity, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit. Those are the tenants of RuffaloCODY a multi-million dollar, multi-national company led by Al Ruffalo (MA ‘75).

June 08, 2014

“My experience at the University of Iowa College of Education was the perfect combination of practical exposure in the field, but also technical education,” says Vincent. “I will be forever appreciative of the professors that worked with me.”

May 26, 2014

Joshua Levai-Baird, a senior Elementary Education major, is one of several College of Education students who have participated in the Adult and Family Literacy Program in West Liberty.

Sherry Watt in the classroom
May 23, 2014

Sherry Watt, an associate professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, is this year’s recipient of the College of Education Collegiate Teaching Award. The award is the college’s highest honor recognizing excellence in teaching.

May 23, 2014

The University of Iowa selected Benjamin Gillig, a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program, recipient of its highest honor for students. Gillig, from San Francisco, won the Hancher-Finkbine award for his campus leadership, learning, and loyalty.

May 20, 2014

Cassie Barnhardt, an assistant professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, and William Liu, a Counseling Psychology professor, received the 2014 Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award. The student-nominated award given annually to a College of Education faculty or staff member recognizes activism in issues of diversity.

April 26, 2014

The University of Iowa College of Education's Art Education faculty and students have teaching and inspiring young artists through Saturday Art Workshops for more than three decades.

November 13, 2013

Sherry Watt has been recognized by a prominent national organization for her "outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs."

October 07, 2013

Twenty-five diverse future doctoral students from around the nation spent the summer in Iowa City learning how to pursue their academic dreams.

August 15, 2013

Ben Gillig (HESA PhD) and other University of Iowa student leaders met last week with 11 Iowa state legislators in their home districts and at the State Capitol to discuss affordability and job opportunities for Iowa students.

August 06, 2013

David Bills, associate dean of academic affairs and graduate programs in the University of Iowa College of Education, was a Fulbright scholar in Berlin in 2003. Ten years later, the institution he researched with then invited him back to continue his work.

May 07, 2013

A few of my main academic adventures over the last year include: serving as editor of the journal Sociology of Education, attending several conferences, and working (slowly) on a forthcoming book.

May 07, 2013

I am integrating the fields of history and political science to determine how political elites have attempted to frame or “sell” the issue of education to voters, what factors influence whether education “makes the agenda” during a particular presidential election campaign, the influence of campaign discourse on federal educational policy reform, and the role public opinion plays in these interactions.

April 24, 2013

The paper Gleidson Gouviea (Ph.D. student) presented, “Teaching Metaphysical and Epistemological Problems of Perception to Grade School Children” is an attempt to answer questions such as whether children should be exposed to the metaphysical/epistemological problems of perception, and if so, when and why these problems should be taught to school children

April 23, 2013

A Princeton, Penn, and Syracuse graduate, Pascarella has been breaking new ground in education for decades. He’s authored more than 130 journal articles and coauthored the 1991 book, How College Affects Students, which received the Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.


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