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2012 News Stories

School of Education

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.

Megan A. Rook '13

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.

Joyce VanTassel-Baska's work reaches to Kazakhstan

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.

Policy Brief: Bridges Across the P-16 Continuum

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.

Armenian Scholar Research Presentation

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).

English as a Second Language Summer Institute

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.

Mary Jo Bracken

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.

Learning More About Community Colleges

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.

Race to Nowhere

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.

Kyung Hee Kim
Kyung Hee Kim

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."

School of Education remains among nation's best in rankings

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.

Dr. Xianxuan Xu visits Yunnan Normal University

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.

National Curriculum Network Conference 2012

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.

Therapeutic Horseback Riding and Autism

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.

W&M well-represented at AERA

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.

Discovering Virginia's Brightest Stars

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.

Kyung Hee Kim
Dr. Kyung Hee Kim

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."

Pat Popp
Academic Achievement Studied

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.

School of Education - Honoring a Legacy of Leadership

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.

Dr. James Beers
Writing Skills Taught Here

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.

Commencement 2012

"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.

Dr. Gail Hardinge

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.

Arne Duncan, college leaders discuss affordability in higher ed

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.

Arne Duncan visits federally funded VISTA camp

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.

Professor Jason A. Chen

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.

Leslie Grant

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.

Global Studies in Ireland

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.

Ravenn Gethers

Ravenn Gethers, an advanced doctoral student in the Higher Education program, was selected as a University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Barbara Jackson Scholar.

Visiting Professor Kent Butler

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).

EPPL Higher Education student, Angelo Letizia

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.

In Demand

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.

Awards Ceremony initiates seven new awards

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.