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Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65, L.H.D. '98 came to the School of Education October 25 to lead a conversation about higher education policy. He reflected on his own experience as President of Texas A&M and his determination to bring more diversity to the school.
Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of Education spoke with School of Education graduate students about Education Policy, Community Colleges and President Obama’s proposed college rating model. Dr. Kanter concluded the question and answer session with the recommendation that students and faculty should get involved in designing the proposed rating system.
Dr. Eddie Cole has joined the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership faculty as an assistant professor. He was drawn to this historical college because of his interest in higher education history.
A leader in psychoeducation assessment, Professor Bruce A. Bracken serves as editor for new APA book series and authors the Riverside Early Assessment of Learning (REAL) for Early Education Assessment.
Professor Pamela Eddy and her students in EPPL 601, Educational Policy: Development and Analysis class, traveled to Washington, DC on October 11 to meet with policymakers. All meetings were held at the Council for the Chief State System Officers (CCSSO) office in Washington, DC.
This book provides readers with a coherent picture of what suicidal behavior is, clarifies what is known and unknown about it, shares two major theories of suicide with explanatory power, and offers an emerging model of the suicidal behavior among students with gifts and talents.
Dr. Jackie Rodriguez has joined the School of Education as Assistant Professor of Special Education. She will be teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework in Special Education including Characteristics of Exceptional Student Populations and Differentiating and Managing in Diverse Classrooms Secondary Practicum.
Serving as editor of a special issue of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, Dr. James Stronge wrote an article which provides a comparative analysis of more than 50 countries using 2009 PISA data in reading, mathematics, and science as a measure of student achievement.
Camp Launch is a two-week residential program offered by the Center for Gifted Education designed to help gifted students from all socioeconomic levels opportunities to explore a number of academic areas.
Royce Chesser, of Atlantic, Va., passed away on August 16, 2013, at the age of 91. Mr. Chesser is remembered by those who knew him as a consummate gentleman who influenced generations of students and fellow educators over the years as a teacher, principal and school superintendent in the county and as a professor at The College of William and Mary.
Special Issues: International Perspectives on Gifted Education and Talent Development, Parts I and II. are now published in the Journal for the Education of the Gifted, edited by Dr. Tracy L. Cross.
Professors Sandy and Tom Ward were guest speakers at Education Day for TRAV (Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia) where they provided an overview of their study of therapeutic riding for children with autism.
A new book by Tracy L. Cross addresses suicide among gifted children and adolescents based on empirical research, direct observation, a review of the literature, other researchers' findings and arguments, and a theory emerging from years of study.
At Commencement School of Education Professor Megan Tschannen-Moran was recognized with the 2013 Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr., Award for sustained excellence in teaching.
Following a visit in the fall of 2011, when the College of William and Mary hosted Dr. Gagik Demirjian, head of Doctoral Studies at the Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute (GSPI) in Armenia, as a visiting IREX Fellow, Dr. Pamela Eddy was invited to Armenia to meet with their leaders, faculty and students at the Institute.
Richard Hodges, Director of Learning Resources at Thomas Nelson Community College and Ed.D. student in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program was a student presenter at the Virginia Community College System's New Horizon conference.
Dr. Katrina Eddles-Hirsch, Senior Lecturer-Special Needs at the School of Education of The University of Notre Dame in Sydney, Australia visited the William and Mary Center for Gifted Education to discuss her findings regarding a study of gifted students in different environments.
The Reves Center for International Studies has announced its 2013 faculty fellows. Gail McEachron, Professor in Curriculum and Instruction and Director of the ESL Dual Endorsement Program has been recognized for her research on comparative language support for ethnic minorities.
Nominated by her peers for her extensive work in leadership, gender, faculty development, rural college issues, international issues, and change, the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC) awarded the 2013 Senior Scholar Award to Pamela Eddy, Professor of Higher Education.
Pamela Eddy, Higher Education Professor, and Tiffany Pugh, Policy Planning Specialist at the Virginia Community College System and doctoral student at William and Mary, presented a research paper at the 55th Annual Conference of the Council for the Study of Community College.
In an opportunity to present papers and learn about different advising models and best practices from professionals across the mid-Atlantic region, three higher educatoin students attend the National Academic Advising Association Region 2 Conference.
Professor Denise Johnson is co-author of a book which represents a new way to learn about teaching, incorporating myriad audio, visual, and online resources, together with traditional materials, to create a powerful, interactive experience that encourages active learning.
The William and Mary Higher Education Student Association (HESA) in cooperation with the Reves Center organized a presentation by Mark Harris. In his presentation, Mr. Harris described the development and implementation of a global education consortium, consisting of eight 2-3 year colleges/institutions.
William and Mary’s School of Education was well represented at the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP) 2013 at Virginia Tech. Two faculty members, three students, and one alumnus presented at the conference.
Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership doctoral students, Kristen Tarantino (higher education), Jessica McDonough (gifted education), and Hua Ma (curriculum education technology) placed 2nd in the Graduate Student Manuscript Competition sponsored by StudentAffairs.com for their review of the literature.
At the Center for Gifted Education's 18th Annual National Curriculum Network Conference the Center celebrated its 25th anniversary since its founding in 1988 by Joyce VanTassel-Baska who gave the keynote address: "From Research to Practice: The Road Not Taken".
Lea Theodore has been named among this year's recipients of the Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence at William & Mary. The award, established with a generous gift from Joseph J. Plumeri II '66, D.P.S. '11, recognizes 20 faculty members each year for exemplary achievements in teaching, research and service.
The English as a Second Language Partnership Program has been awarded the top award by the Association of Teacher Educators-Virginia recognizing that the high number of participants involved in this partnership affirms the fact that great things can happen when educators work together on behalf of ESL students for whom there are limited resources!
The William and Mary Educational Review (WMER) was created by students for the purpose of providing a venue for School of Education students to publish their original work and give students the opportunity to be a part of the process of publishing works in a peer-reviewed journal.
The spring School-University Research Network (SURN) Board Meeting honored outgoing School of Education Dean Virginia McLaughlin. More than a dozen Virginia Superintendents as well as W&M President Taylor Reveley took part in the special occasion.
Eight graduate students from the W&M School of Education participated in a study abroad experience in the People’s Republic of China. Students from our Higher Education and Counseling programs spent 12 days exploring teaching and learning at some of China’s top universities.
In a panel discussion, panelists recounted their own career paths that led to careers in community colleges, and spoke about what challenges and rewards constitute community college work.
You are invited to the James M. Yankovich Faculty Lecture on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Matoaka Woods Room of the School of Education. The first Yankovich Lecture will be by Dean Virginia L. McLaughlin.
Recently published, The Hollidaysburg Christmas Miracle is a tale that combines the original Christmas story with Scrooge. This book is the first of three novels written by Professor Bruce Bracken, and is the first to be published as a paperback by a small independent press, World Nouveau.
The Virginia General Assembly's Commission on Youth contracted with Drs. James Stronge and Patricia Popp at the School of Education to lead a study and identify positive educational policies and practices in top performing countries for further study to determine the feasibility of adoption by Virginia.
The Center for Gifted Education hosted their 15th annual conference entitled "Focusing on the Future: A Career and Academic Planning Experience," with the purpose of providing career and academic guidance for high-ability students in grades 6 through 12, their parents, and counselors.
Thirty-three visitors from the Chungcheongnamdo Province, Korea visited the Center for Gifted Education on January 4-11, 2013.
Students in EPPL 601, Educational Policy: Development and Analysis class, and Professor Pamela Eddy, traveled to Washington, DC to meet with policymakers in venues where policymaking happens.
Lisa Ownby was recently published in the Teachers of Color magazine in an article discussing the demand for special education teachers across the United States.
On November 30 the annual Awards Ceremony, traditionally held in the Spring, recognized students who have been named for scholarships and awards. The School has 38 privately funded scholarships which offer funding to students.
EPPL Higher Education doctoral student Angelo Letizia's article, "What comes after profit? A critical look at the vast potential for public higher education in the 21st century" will appear in the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education.
The School of Education welcomes visiting professor Dr. Kent Butler. He is joining us for this academic year from the University of Central Florida. He has been teaching for twelve years since his first position at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
Ravenn Gethers, an advanced doctoral student in the Higher Education program, was selected as a University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Barbara Jackson Scholar.
On September 14 and 15, 2012, the School of Education celebrated the higher education program with a reunion, special speakers, roundtable discussion, poster sessions and a celebratory dinner.
Dr. Leslie Grant will combine her love of teaching and research as a newly hired assistant professor in instructional leadership. She will teach K-12 General Administration for the masters, doctoral and Executive Ed.D. Programs.
During a trip to Ireland this past summer students visited colleges and universities and schools throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland. Students had an opportunity to observe first-hand programs of reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Carla Costello and Sharon Stone, doctoral students in the EPPL Higher Education program, recently had journal articles published in the NASPA Journal about Women in Higher Education.
Bruce A. Bracken, Ph.D. has been selected by the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Education Alumni Awards Selection Committee to receive the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Never has there been more urgent need for leaders at every level. At W&M we've always expected a lot from you and as we unabashedly claim in our mission statement, we prepare educators to be experts in their respective roles and to work in partnership with others to improve educational systems," Dean Virginia McLaughlin.
Jason Chen recently joined the School of Education faculty as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology. Before arriving in Williamsburg, he earned his doctorate at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and then went on to do a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
Students in the Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) camp enjoyed a visit from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Led by George Mason University, VISTA is a collaborative effort among six Virginia universities garnering a total of $35M from the U.S. Department of Education.
The School of Education hosted a roundtable conversation with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan led by President Taylor Reveley who was joined by top administrators from other Virginia schools to address financial challenges that have put higher education under intense scrutiny.
Dr. Gail Hardinge, Project Director of the STEM Education Alliance Virginia Demonstration Project, has been appointed to the Virginia School Board Association Task Force on Virtual Learning.
William and Mary is leading a study of academic achievement in Virginia compared to nine other top performing countries. Virginia ranks better than many states, but William and Mary Associate Professor Patricia Popp says the study finds the state still has much work to do.
Dr. Kyung Hee Kim, a researcher with international acclaim in the field of creativity, presented the 2012 Torrance Lecture at the University of Georgia saying, "The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking predict creative achievement three times better than IQ tests."
The 17th annual National Curriculum Network Conference: Supporting Gifted Learners from Potential to Success held at the College in March focused on an exciting variety of sessions about the "hot topic" of talent development and what it means for the evolution of the field of gifted education.
School of Education faculty and students presented 18 papers at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 13-17, in Vancouver. Many also served in governance roles within their divisions and special interest groups.
Research teaming Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center and the College of William & Mary School of Education, a new study finds that therapeutic horseback riding significantly improves symptoms in children with autism.
Attending a series of meetings at the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) office, students in Professor Pam Eddy’s Organizational Governance in Higher Education class benefited from interactions with key state leaders in higher education in Virginia.
The William and Mary School of Education remained among the nation's best according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking of graduate and professional schools when it tied for 43. William and Mary remains one of the smallest schools of education consistently in the top 50.
Xianxuan Xu, Ph.D. travels to China to promote the partnership between the College of William and Mary and Yunnan Normal University. Dr. Xu will lecture on topics of teacher effectiveness, teacher evaluation, and educational issues of at-risk/highly-mobile students.
Six teacher candidates from William and Mary were nominated for and participated in the 2012 Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute in March. There are: Sarah Browne, Nick Trice, Elizabeth Fortenberry, Kelsey Everton, Caitlin Shermer, and Ginny Hutcheson.
The College of William and Mary School of Education and Counseling Center will host a Public Screening and Town Hall Discussion of Race to Nowhere Tuesday, March 27 at the School of Education.
A regional partnership enriches an English as a Second Language (ESL) course of study and the opportunity to learn theory and practice appropriate for meeting the multilingual needs of students in the United States and abroad.
Megan Rook, a masters student in the Family Counseling program, has been selected as one of fifteen Honorable Mentions by the American Counseling Association Foundation's (ACAF) 2012 Graduate Student Essay Contest.
Mary Jo Bracken, a School Counseling Site Supervisor through the School of Education School Counseling Program has been selected for the 2012 Exemplary Professional School Counselor Award of Hampton Roads.
Five members from the W&M School of Education presented at the 4th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy. The national conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today.
Dr. Gagik Demirjian, head of the Doctoral Department at the Gyumri State Pedagogical Institute in Armenia, spent six weeks of the fall semester at William & Mary as a visiting Fellow the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX).
Professor Pamela Eddy and her co-author, Professor Marilyn Amey recently wrote a policy brief on the role of partnerships in education. Policy makers increasingly advocate for partnerships among schools, universities, and business to save resources and create efficiencies, yet many partnerships fail or are not sustainable.
Joyce VanTassel-Baska, EdD., Smith Professor Emerita is working on a year long project with teachers in Kazakhstan to provide coursework in gifted education as the country launches its gifted education program.
In November Christopher Gareis, Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Professional Services, visited China in support of two different partnerships between the School of Education and universities in Kunming and in Beijing.
In mid-November, the College received official notification from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) of the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) decision to continue accreditation of the School of Education at initial and advanced preparation levels.
Tracy Cross, Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education and Professor Kyung Hee Kim have been named for the 2011 National Association for Gifted Children Awards for Excellence.
Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mensa Education and Research Foundation for her vast contributions to the field of intelligence in a ceremony preceding the National Association of Gifted Children Convention in New Orleans.
A student with autism about to graduate college and engaged to be married, a student with learning disabilities participating successfully in math with her general education peers, another student with nondisabled friends for the first time in his life – dreams coming true thanks to competent and caring educators who meet these students’ special learning needs.
Sharon Stone, a doctoral student in the EPPL program, and Dr. Sharon deFur, professor of special education, presented Postsecondary Students and Technology Accessibility: Comparing Groups with and without eLearning Experience.
William & Mary program shows kids that careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are anything but geeky.
A partnership between The College of William & Mary School of Education and Yunnan Normal University led to a meeting November 8 from a delegation of educators from China who met at the School of Education to discuss the challenges facing Chinese Public Schools.
Philip Forgit '89, M.Ed. '95, with a grant from the National Education Association (NEA) Foundation, has produced a film documenting the life of a soldier in Iraq. This compelling film will debut at the Kimball Theatre on Veteran's Day.
In a story by Greg Lilly, Editor, and published in Williamsburg Next Door Neighbors, Lisa Ownby was featured for her career choice. Her story includes life events and opportunities that led her to a position at the School of Education Special Education area.
The public is invited to the 2011 Hornsby Distinguished Lecture Series Thursday, November 10 at 7pm in the Matoaka Woods Room at the School of Education. Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings will be speaking on "Blues & Abstract Truth: Why We Need Diversity".
Through a multi-year partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, Dr. James Stronge and a team of research partners are assisting with the development, training, and implementation of a state-wide teacher evaluation program for Virginia' public schools.
Tracy Cross, Executive Director of the Center for Gifted Education, has been elected President-Elect beginning September 1, 2011 to the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).
After a year-long celebration of its 50th jubilee, the School of Education is poised to make an even greater impact on preparing leaders in education for the 21st Century.
Professor Anne Charity Hudley, who has a joint appointment with the School of Education, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how cultural and social language patterns affect learning and student assessment in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) classrooms.
Students in the EPPL751 summer colloquium on "Educational Planning for Environmental Sustainability," conducted by Shannon Chance, PhD 2010, got hands-on experience with green planning and design.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system. Recently, it recognized the new School of Education bullding for Gold certification - the second highest rating a building can receive.
Certainly every graduation is special but May 15, 2011 was truly a milestone for the School of Education as they celebrated the most established ritual of higher education in their own, fabulous new facility!
Having amassed nearly $14 million in grants and contracts since 1989, James H. Stronge, Heritage professor at the College of William and Mary, has been selected the 2011 Frank E. Flora Lamp of Knowledge Award by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP).
With a desire to know more about the Chinese system of higher education to support efforts on campus towards internationalization, the School of Education hosted guest scholars from China knowing that Chinese students will comprise the majority of incoming international students at William and Mary for the 2011-12 academic year.
Brian Sponsler, Ph.D., a research analyst at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), visited campus to discuss the influence of recent federal policies regarding graduation targets and the changing dynamic of higher education.
School of Education Leadership Timeline from 1920 - present - a list of Deans and Associate Deans and Department Heads in leadership at the College of William & Mary Department of Education and School of Education.
The Spring Awards ceremony offers a wonderful opportunity for students to meet donors of their scholarships and tell them their story. Gifts to the School of Education live on through generations helping shape the future of education through its students selected for leadership, scholarship and service.
Fulbright scholars, Professor Pamela Eddy and Professor Shannon Chance, are working to develop emerging partnership with the higher education system in Ireland.
Now in it's second year of a federal grant, Professor Rick Gressard and Jill Russert report on results to date of their study of high-risk drinking and behavior among college students.
Schools of education across the country have united in response to a newly proposed rating of teacher education programs conducted by U.S. News & World Report in partnership with the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).
A passion for higher education and a connection to the life-changing opportunities available in Virginia led Crystal Hall to apply for an internship in the Virginia Department of Education.
Professor John Noell Moore's newly published book, John Marsden: Darkness, Shadow, and Light offers critical readings of John Marsden's major novels. Marsden is an Austrailian writer and master storyteller for young adults. Dr. Moore investigates the full spectrum of Marsden's work, beginning with the author's life as a teacher and writer.
Hosted by the W&M Washington Office, the EPPL 601 Educational Policy Class visited with DC congressional offices to discuss current education policy.
Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska has received the Distinguished Service award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)recognizing her lifetime record of accomplishments in the field of gifted education and her record of substantive work on behalf of NAGC.
The School of Education hosted the National Evaluation Institute for The Consortium for Research on Educational Accountability and Teacher Evaluation (CREATE) in October welcoming 270 attendees from across the nation and four foreign countries.
Dr. Jamel K. Donnor joined the School of Education faculty in the area of Curriculum and Instruction as an Assistant Professor this academic year.
Armand and Mary Galfo have dedicated their lives to teaching and now have given the School of Education two endowed scholarship funds to recognize exemplary student science teachers.
In the new 2011 academic year, Dr. Jim Barber joined the School of Education as an Assistant Professor in EPPL where he will teach graduate-level courses on college student development, assessment and evaluation in higher education, integrative learning and cross disciplinary perspectives.
"Our journey to this place is simply an amazing story of people, ideas, and resources coming together to achieve a vision far beyond what anyone imagined in 2003. In its origins, its construction, and its use, this School of Education has built a “facility for leadership”—in every sense of the words."
At the Spring Awards ceremony, a wonderful opportunity for students to meet donors of their scholarships and tell them their story, over 90 students were awarded scholarships and awards totaling over $150,000.
Kyung Hee Kim was cited in a Newsweek article on creativity trends. "It is the scores of younger children in America-from kindergarten through sixth grade-for whom the decline is "most serious."
Having graduated in 2009 with a Ph.D. program in counselor education from University of Central Florida, Dr. Ann Shillingford completes her first year on the School of Education faculty in the School Psychology and Counselor Education (SPACE) program.
Dr. Denise Johnson's passion for reading and sharing books with children at a young age led to a second edition of her book, which combines children's literature with integrated reading methods.
Pam Aerni, Ph.D. '09 (Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership, Special Education program) will begin her new position as assistant professor at Longwood University in the fall of 2010.
While books are the primary teaching tool for teachers, film can be a powerful aide in the history and social studies classrooms. Dr. Jeremy Stoddard’s new book on teaching strategies for using film in the classroom offers ideas for film-based instruction.
The Virginia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (VACTE) has selected a William and Mary graduating senior for the second consecutive year for a scholarship awarded to just three students statewide.
As a new member of the School of Education faculty, Dr. Shannon Trice-Black '93 has already been engaged in collaboration with her colleagues and been named for a summer research grant to study school counselors and their relationship with school administrators in terms of ethics and confidentiality.
School of Education Ph.D. student in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Program, Jeffrey Jackson, was among six W&M grad students to present at the fifth annual Graduate Student Research Forum.
Several Williamsburg-James City County and York County Schools were recognized for Educational Excellence by Gov. Tim Kaine and the Board of Education. Among the recipients, many of the schools recognized have principals who hold William & Mary School of Education degrees.
SOE foreign language education faculty member, Janet D. Parker, is a recipient of a Fulbright Award for the Argentina Administrative Exchange Program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
A collaborative effort will provide gerontological education to both counseling students and professionals already actively involved in the community.
Dr. James Stronge, a faculty member in our Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership (EPPL) General Administration emphasis, has gone global in his recent research endeavors, extending the reach of the School of Education.
Dr. Pamela Eddy devoted spring semester to research in Ireland visiting colleges, universities, and organizations who received funding from Ireland's Higher Education Authority (HEA) to conduct collaborative research projects.
A full-time Ph.D. student who works full-time in Norfolk as an assessment coordinator, Kyleah Parson stays focussed on her goal of becoming a superintendent.
Megan Tschannen-Moran, The Wakefield Distinguished Associate Professor, W&M SOE, and Project Director, the School of Education at the College of William & Mary and Norfolk Public Schools, sought creative, research-based methods for improving student outcomes that focused on greater attention to relationships.
Our faculty at the College of William and Mary School of Education are committed to providing a world-class education for EPPL students through the investigation of quality research, interactive coursework, and practical experience. They bring a wealth of diverse experience to the classroom environment and continue to provide valuable scholarship in their field.
A potpourrie of news about students, alumni and faculty as well as conferences and publications.
Graduate and undergraduate students in Dr. Gail McEachron’s Elementary and Middle Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction course gained new insights into accurately teaching about Virginia Indian history and cultures.
Gifted education is getting a review around Virginia and a new expert at the College of William and Mary is adding to the state's already strong presence in the field.
Powerful Partnerships: Connecting for Student Success was the theme for the symposium sponsored by the School of Education and the Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at William & Mary.
The Eastern Virginia project is a subset of the National Writing Project. For the past 30 years, it has been operating a summer institute and year-round workshops at the College of William & Mary. It is one of 200 sites across the country and serves a region extending to Hampton Roads and beyond.
During the next five years, a team at the School of Ed will focus on recruiting educators and support staff already in the field who can help the developmentally challenged. It is part of a project with the U.S. Department of Education.