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2018 News Stories

Jamestown High
School administrators by day; students by night

Howard Townsend ’98, M.Ed. ’11, Ed.D. ’20 and Anna Thomas ’02, Ed.D. ’19 have a passion for education but neither expected to be leading a high school while simultaneously earning their doctorates in education. But thanks to the School of Education’s flexible Ed.D. programs, which allow working practitioners to earn their doctoral degrees in as little as three years, they're both doing just that.

School of Education leads the way in rethinking the role of K-12 school leaders

William & Mary School of Education leadership in education reform has been highlighted as an exemplary case study in Moving Toward Mastery, a national report on innovations in education from CompetencyWorks, a collaborative initiative which engages a series of organizations in advocacy for K-12 reforms, particularly deeper learning as a tool for equity.

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Patrick Mullen receives Outstanding Mentoring Award

The Locke-Paisley Outstanding Mentoring Award was given to Patrick Mullen, assistant professor of counselor education in the William & Mary School of Education, during the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) annual conference in Myrtle Beach Oct 11-13, 2018.

Washington D.C. trip offers William & Mary students a personalized view into American educational policy development

Although the educational policy process can be complex, it is much easier to learn when you are involved in the action taking place. Students from the School of Education’s EPPL 601 Educational Policy: Development & Analysis course and several visiting international students had the opportunity to experience the policy process live during a course-related trip to Washington D.C. in October.

Palestine Inclusive Education
A professor’s work in the Palestinian movement towards inclusive education

Jacqueline Rodriguez's, assistant professor in the School of Education work reviewing efforts by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to bolster inclusive education in Jordan was recently published in a 2018 edition of the Journal of International Special Needs Education.

Excellence in University Teaching
An exchange of ideas on excellence in university teaching

This fall, the first cohort of the Excellence in University Teaching Program has brought nine faculty members from William & Mary's sister university in Chengdu, China, for an exchange of ideas around university pedagogy, course design and student engagement. The project is a collaboration of the School of Education with the Reves Center for International Studies

Amplifying Student Voice
Amplifying student voice and agency in the classroom

By amplifying student voices in the classroom and giving them more autonomy over their own education, teachers have a powerful tool to re-engage students in their learning. William & Mary's Center for Innovation in Learning Design and the School-University Research Network (SURN) are collaborating to raise funds to bring this learning to more teachers through an online professional development experience.

Spirituality and School Counseling
Where faith and school meet: W&M researcher exploring the intersection of youth spirituality, religiosity and mental health

Janise Parker, assistant professor of school psychology at the William & Mary School of Education, isn’t shy about asking difficult questions — such as when and how discussions of faith are appropriate and beneficial within school-based mental health services. She recently presented and held a discussion session about the intersection of youth spirituality, religiosity, and mental health at the 2018 Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health.

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Supporting deeper learning practices in Lancaster County

Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, William & Mary's Center for Innovation in Learning Design is training teachers from rural Lancaster County, VA to incorporate deeper learning practices in their classrooms.

Mothers and Affinity
Academic parents flourish with family-friendly policies

Professors of counselor education who are also mothers have greater job satisfaction when their colleagues support them as mothers, and their employers support work-to-family enrichment, according to research conducted by School of Education associate professor, Natoya Haskins and others. An in-depth article about the research was published in the June 2018 issue of Counselor Education and Supervision.

Jason A. Chen
In a tech-rich world, teachers matter more than ever

Jason A. Chen, associate professor of educational psychology, along with colleagues at Harvard University and the University of Rhode Island, is exploring the effect of technology-rich experiences on the quality of students’ motivation and engagement in science and math—and the important role teachers play in curating these experiences.

Outward Bound
A trip into the woods for a good cause

When David Gosling Ph.D. ’20, a doctoral student in counselor education at the William & Mary School of Education, isn’t in the classroom, you’ll probably find him leading outdoor leadership trips at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School.

Ireland Global Studies
Céad Míle Fáilte — A Hundred Thousand Welcomes

This past summer, students in the global studies class at the School of Education embarked on a study abroad trip to Ireland to gain a global perspective on education. In addition to cultural immersions, students had the opportunity to engage with higher education professionals, gain insight from policy makers and investigate student learning within K-12 schools and higher education in an international context.

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Special Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness

Students experiencing homelessness could have better academic outcomes if district and school personnel from homeless education and special education programs work together. It is the job of Patricia Popp, Ph.D., clinical associate professor and state coordinator of Project HOPE-VA in the William & Mary School of Education to facilitate this collaboration for the betterment of the students.

Kristin Conradi Smith
Building Reading Skills Starts with Practice

School of Education's reading and literacy specialist, Kristin Conradi Smith, is on a mission: increase reading motivation and ability among struggling readers. Her project, t3: Time & Types of Texts in the Elementary Classroom, in collaboration with professors from two other universities aims to accomplish this in a multi-phased approach beginning with a national survey to evaluate current reading skills.

Karen Grabowski
Counseling alumna builds trauma-informed communities one day at a time

Karen Grabowski M.Ed. ’11 is on a mission. She aims to build trauma-informed communities, one speaking engagement at a time. While people may think of trauma in terms of injuries sustained during war or a violent attack, Grabowski is building on a base of research showing that trauma includes a range of events that can cause emotional or physical harm.

Spencer Niles
ACA publishes 2nd edition of Dean Niles' counseling book

Spencer G. Niles, dean of the William & Mary School of Education co-edited book, Orientation to Professional Counseling: Past, Present, and Future Trends helps readers, especially new students in counseling, connect the richness of the field with their own passion for helping people.

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Understanding and learning from others through cultural immersion

Second-year doctoral student Nancy Chae spent six days in August getting an immersive experience in the First Nations culture through the 2018 White Earth Institute for Education. This opportunity was offered to recipients of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) 2018 Minority Fellowship Program (MFP).

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New partnership brings Center for Gifted Education expertise to Detroit

The William & Mary Center for Gifted Education has formed a three-year partnership with the Roeper School (RS) and the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) in Detroit, Michigan, to provide teacher training that will enhance gifted education opportunities for high-ability, low-income students in the region.

Research Sheds Light on What Brings Families Back for Counseling
Research sheds light on what brings families back for counseling

Families are more likely to stick with family counseling if they feel hopeful and confident that their counselor can help them after their first session, according to research conducted at the New Horizons Family Counseling Clinic at the William & Mary School of Education.

Tobacco Grant for LatinX Community
New research grant will support tobacco intervention in Latinx communities

William & Mary faculty member Daniel Gutierrez, assistant professor in counselor education, and his colleagues have received a multi-year grant from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for the purpose of developing a culturally appropriate tobacco prevention program for Latinx youth in the Richmond area.

Gladys Krause
Gladys Krause joins W&M curriculum and instruction faculty

Dr. Krause has expertise in methods for teaching mathematics to ESL students. Her research interests take both a broad and more focused approach to teaching mathematics in multilingual settings. While focusing on studying students’ comprehension and the teaching of fractions she will also take a broader look at the experiences of bilingual pre-service teachers in the mathematics classroom and navigating communication with Spanish-speaking immigrant parents.

Reducing Teacher Turnover
Ready, set, teach: Reducing teacher turnover in Richmond

In the city of Richmond, Virginia, where there is a higher than average teacher turnover rate, Jim Ukrop ’60, L.H.D. ’99 and Barbara Ukrop ’61 believe change is possible. The couple established a scholarship for future teachers whom in return agree to teach in Richmond Public Schools for two years.

AERA 2018
Doctoral students present research at AERA

Nine faculty members and six doctoral students from the School of Education presented at the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. We offer a look at three of the student research projects behind the presentations.

School Counseling Student wins Essay Competition
School Counseling Student wins Essay Competition

Jennifer Dwiggins M.Ed. ’18, a recent graduate of the school counseling program, took top prize in the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) Future School Counselor Essay Competition.

Leslie Grant
Associate Dean Leslie Grant named President of ASCD

Leslie Grant, associate professor and associate dean for academic programs, has been elected president of ASCD, the global community of educators dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and leading.

Elizabeth Auguste
A legacy of student leadership

Elizabeth Auguste Ph.D. '18 received the Margaret, the Lady Thatcher Award for Scholarship, Character, and Service at the 2018 Diploma Ceremony at the School of Education

Victor Tuazon Commencement Story
Doctoral student leader in counseling forges path to faculty role

When Victor Tuazon came to W&M to pursue his Ph.D. in counselor education, he already had a strong and diverse background in counseling. Four years later, he will graduate on Saturday and begin a career as an assistant professor of counselor education at New Jersey City University (NJCU), leaving behind big shoes to fill at the New Leaf Clinic and within the counselor education program.

Anna Wong Commencement Feature Story
The road to self-discovery makes for a better teacher

Graduation is the end of a journey of self-discovery for Anna Wong ’17, M.A.Ed. ’18 as she transitions from a student at the William & Mary School of Education to a full-time career in teaching.

NBCC Fellowship Awards
Two Counseling Students Win National Fellowship

An aspiration of helping underserved communities drives the research interests of two counseling students at the William & Mary School of Education who were recently selected as National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program Fellows.

OTOD 2018
5th Annual One Tribe One Day

On Tuesday, April 10th, the School of Education community once again came together to celebrate One Tribe One Day, now in its 5th year. There was record participation by students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends from around the world.

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Jason Chen receives 2018 Plumeri Award

Assistant Professor of Education Jason Chen has received a 2018 Plumeri Award, which recognizes W&M faculty members for outstanding achievements in teaching, research and service.

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W&M professor keynotes first Greek conference on gifted education

In Greece, there are few opportunities in the public school system for gifted students to receive the kind of special services that are common in many other countries, including the U.S. An international, multi-university network is helping to change that, and the country recently hosted its first international conference on gifted education in Athens. Tracy L. Cross, the Jody and Layton Smith Professor of Psychology and Gifted Education and executive director of the William & Mary Center for Gifted Education, provided the main keynote address at the event.

Teachers of Promise
Five W&M students inducted as Teachers of Promise

The Teachers of Promise Foundation provides uplifting support to teachers at its annual Teachers of Promise Institute, where preservice teachers and master educators gather at a two day intensive conference of workshops, group meetings and a gala celebration.

50th Panel
Learning from the past to shape the future

The School of Education hosted alumni and emeritus faculty who were among the first African Americans to join William & Mary as students and faculty for a discussion March 15.

Collegiate Recovery Program
Building a community of support for students in recovery

A new student-led initiative, the W&M Collegiate Recovery Program, seeks to offer a safe space and a community of support for students in recovery — while reducing the stigma of addiction on campus.

John Thelin publishes new text on American higher education
John Thelin publishes new text on American higher education

The William & Mary Higher Education Program invites students, campus administrators, faculty, and alumni to check out John Thelin’s 2017 text, American Higher Education: Issues and Institutions, in which he bridges theory and practice regarding issues of higher education governance, organization, teaching and learning, student life, faculty, finances, and much more.

Student Teaching
Tribe Teacher Triad: the student teaching experience

On Feb. 20, more than 200 students, cooperating teachers and university supervisors gathered at the School of Education to kick off the spring student teaching experience.

Education graduate wins local grant proposal

Evan Pfeiffer ’16, M.A.Ed. ’17 has been awarded a Williamsburg-James City County Schools Foundation Innovative Learning Grant Award for February 2018.

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Jim Barber named editor of fraternity/sorority research journal

Jim Barber, Associate Professor of Higher Education in the department of Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership, was recently named the editor of Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors.

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A Pioneer and a Legacy that Keeps on Giving

Hulon LaVaughan Willis, Sr. was the first African American to enroll at William & Mary, earning his master’s of education in 1956.

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Five Doctoral Students Named Holmes Scholars

Five doctoral students in the W&M School of Education were selected to participate in the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s (AACTE) Holmes Scholars Program based on their achievements and their commitment to diversity and equity.

20 years meeting the needs of students with disabilities
20 Years Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities

Highlighting W&M’s Training and Technical Assistance Center's (T/TAC) special education experts helping schools and families of students with mild and moderate disabilities throughout eastern Virginia.