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2013 News Stories

Lea Theodore honored with Plumeri Award

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.

EPPL students place second in national manuscript competition

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 for their review of the literature.

The Center for Gifted Education Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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".

Higher Education Students Present at the NACADA Conference

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.

Internationalization: An Authentic Model for Global Mobility

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.

Professor Denise Johnson co-author of an enhanced ebook

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.

Community College Research

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.

Eddy Receives Senior Scholar Award

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.

Speaker from Australia visits Center for Gifted Education

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.

Richard Hodges Presents at New Horizon's 2013

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.

Professor Gail McEachron honored by Reves Center

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.

IREX Supported Scholarship in Armenia

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.

Remembering Royce Chesser 1922-2013

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.

Tracy L. Cross writes new book on suicide

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.

International Practices in Gifted Education

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.

Welcoming Dr. Jackie Rodriguez

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.

Dr. James Stronge serves as guest editor

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 2013

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.

Dr. Tracy L. Cross Writes New Book on Suicide

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.

Meet Professor Eddie Cole

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.

EPPL Leadership students meet with policymakers in Washington D.C.

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.

Joyce VanTassel-Baska
Professor Emerita Joyce VanTassel-Baska

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.

Joyce VanTassel-Baska
The Mensa Foundation Honors Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska

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.

Dr. James Stronge
Virginia's State-wide Teacher Evaluation Project

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.

Scholarship in Ireland

Fulbright scholars, Professor Pamela Eddy and Professor Shannon Chance, are working to develop emerging partnership with the higher education system in Ireland.

Janet Parker
Professor Janet D. Parker receives Fulbright Award

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.

Pamela Eddy
Fulbright Scholar

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.

Bruce A. Bracken, Ph.D., ABAP

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.

Higher Education Program Hosts Forum with Chancellor Gates

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.

Presentation by Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education

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.

Bruce A. Bracken, Ph.D., ABAP

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.

John Brendel talks about holiday stress

Dr. John Brendel is a Clinical Associate Professor at the College of William and Mary School of Education. In a recent interview with the Next Door Neighbors magazine, Dr. Brendel talks about the break in routine causing anxiety during the holidays.

2013 Awards Ceremony

With more than 140 guests in attendance, the School of Education Awards Ceremony on December 6 provided the opportunity to celebrate student achievements and the generous philanthropy of our benefactors. The impact of private support is deep and truly affects the experience of our students.

CRPD Advocacy Project and Senate Hearing

Higher education students were among advocates for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities treaty (CRPD), a global non-discrimination treaty based on the framework of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).