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Read about the results from the Iowa Reading Research Center's Intensive Summer Reading Program study in this story.
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.
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.
Henry Cardenas, who hopes to pursue a career in elementary education, is utilizing an engaging musical curriculum in the Iowa City Community School District.
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.
The University of Iowa’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Resource Center recently marked a decade of serving the community.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The intelligence of human beings may be complemented by that of the artificial variety found in robots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Diverse reasons draw some of the "best and the brightest" students to the field of education as Dean's Scholars.
Jeremy Williams, a doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program, helps other veterans succeed.
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’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.
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.
Susannah Wood has been elected as president-elect of North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES).
UI education faculty using interactive technology to help K-12 teachers improve student behavior
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.
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.
Associate Professor Mary Cohen (Teaching & Learning, Music Education) is this year's recipient of the “Big Wheel in the Arts” Award.
The College of Education hosted about 100 Cedar Rapids middle school students for the tenth annual African American Achievement Program.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
by Schools, Culture, and Society
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.
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.
by Jill Fishbaugh
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.
by Heather Spangler
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).
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sherry Watt has been recognized by a prominent national organization for her "outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs."
Twenty-five diverse future doctoral students from around the nation spent the summer in Iowa City learning how to pursue their academic dreams.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.