Spring 2006 Archived News

Faculty Members, Students and Programs Within the School of Education Receive Awards

Science Technology Engineering and Math work under the leadership of Dr. Eric Brunsell and Dr. Tim Gerber will be highlighted in a forthcoming publication of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Eric and Tim are working collaboratively within an elementary school program to develop instruments to assess the effectiveness of the science program on elementary science students as well as to assess the effect pre-service PDS students have on the students in elementary classrooms.


The Social Action Theatre (SAT), under the leadership of Dr. Bob Krajewski, received recognition for UW-L Outstanding Involvement by a Student Organization.  Performing over 630 skits this year, the SAT co-president Crystal Sornson won the Senior Excellence Award.  Kelly Krohn, Rachel Klinner, Deborah Talford andNicholas Bakke received Certificates of Recognition for their work with SAT, and Bob Krajewski was named outstanding advisor.


Kappa Delta Pi, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Richardson, was recognized for UW-L Outstanding Involvement by a Student Organization for its Honor an Educator program.  Five of its executive officers were recognized at the student leadership ceremony. Congratulations to Nicole Smerchek, Samantha Hermann, Jaime Artschwager, Laura Jeidy and  Bre Zeman.


Michael Mooren received the Wisconsin Association of Middle Level Educators’ Excellence Award and Scholarship.


Maggie Lee Mc Hugh, who earned a bachelor’s degree in English and education with a minor in mathematics, received the Murphy Award for Academic Excellence.  The Murphy Awards for Academic Excellence recognizes the university’s top two graduating scholars, as chose by the Scholarship and Awards Committee.


The STEM work will be recognized as part of AACTE's Annual Day on the Hill
"Preparing STEM Teachers: The Key to Global Competitiveness"
June 20-21, 2007 - Washington, D.C.


Each year the Office of University Graduate Studies selects outstanding students to receive the Graduate Student Achievement Award. Criteria for the Achievement Award include evidence of scholarly accomplishment beyond the completion of course work for the degree, including:  demonstration of excellence in the capstone project; superior performance on comprehensive examinations; demonstration of excellence in academic or professional internship or practicum; involvement in research and other scholarly pursuits; and demonstration of leadership in the graduate program.

Julie Kinney, a graduate student in the reading program, and Rachel Morey, a graduate student in the Learning Community program received these awards and were recognized at graduatation ceremonies on May 12, 2007.


MEPD Learning Community Program, Rivers Conference Receive Honors

MEPD's Tim Sprain and StudentTwo programs spearheaded by UW-L’s Continuing Education & Extension received awards at the University Continuing Education Association Annual Conference April 14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Continuing Ed Director M. Donald Campbell accepted the Outstanding Credit Program Award for UW-L’s Master of Education-Professional Development (ME-PD) Learning Community. The award demonstrates program originality, a contribution to the field of continuing education and excellence in achieving educational objectives. The ME-PD Learning Community Program offers practicing PreK-12 educators the opportunity to improve their teaching and make immediate applications to their classroom while earning their master’s degree.

The International Conference on Rivers and Civilization was honored with an Exemplary Program Award. The award recognizes continuing education programs that are exemplary in aspects such as program design, demonstrated impact and serving the institution’s mission and/or goals. Continuing Ed Assistant Director Penny Tiedt accepted the award.

“For nearly 10 years, the ME-PD Learning Community program has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of PreK-12 education across the state of Wisconsin,” says ME-PD Director Teri Staloch. “The program honors the various needs of adult learners seeking professional and personal development in their quest to improve the education system for all children. It provides an environment for developing more reflective teaching practices and results in professional renewal. Graduates of the program are empowered to become leaders and advocates for teachers and students in their schools.”

The Learning Community Program format is distinctive with its integrated curriculum and use of a cohort model. Offered on weekends over a two-year period, the program uses school district facilities in or near the students’ home communities and enrolls 20-40 students in a “learning community” which stays together throughout the program.

Approximately 95 percent of the students who begin the program complete it two years later. As of May 2006, nearly 2,000 students, representing 65 percent of Wisconsin’s school districts, had received their ME-PD degree from the program.

The Rivers Conference, third in a series of conferences on major river basins, was held in 2006 and targeted a multidisciplinary audience of academics and practitioners from the sciences, arts and humanities. The fourth conference in the series will be held in Shanghi, China, in 2009.

Celebration of Teaching

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On Wednesday, May 2nd, join us for the Spring 2007 Celebration of Teaching for UW-L Student Teachers.

When: Wednesday, May 2nd, 4:00-5:30pm
Where: UW-L Campus, Valhalla, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition

Student teachers, in a variety of majors and minors ranging from early childhood through adolescence, will showcase lessons they prepared and taught during the 2007 spring semester.

SOE Website Update

Contact UsA new look and feel for the SOE website has been launched. If you have suggestions or if you notice any problems, please contact us. We really value your suggestions and imput and encourage you to drop us a line!

Faculty Research Spotlight Presentaiton

“To be a man in these times: Post-national identity and the education of Black Men (Boys)”

When: Friday, April 27, 2007, 11:30-1:00pm
Where: 227 Graff Main Hall
Who: By Professor Mark Malisa

Professor Mark MalisaJoin School of Education Professor Mark Malisa for a presentation on post-national identity and the education of Black Men & Boys. A synopsis of his work includes:

An analysis of the academic performance of African-American students (and boys in particular) suggests a number of shortcomings in the current form of education. Among the shortcomings are a ‘culturally irrelevant pedagogy’ and a culturally biased out-comes oriented assessment system. Educators in the United States note the disproportionate representation of Black or African-American students in special education programs and the general nihilism prevalent in African-American youth. Other educators observe that recent Black African immigrants (in the United States) are comparatively more academically successful when compared with African-American students regardless of gender and socio-economic status. However, there have not been many theoretical forays into how the academic success of recent Black African immigrants can be used to bolster the academic achievement of African-American students, or on how the recent immigrants can build on the knowledge base of African Americans to survive societal and institutional discrimination.

This paper examines some of the ways through which Black African and African American students can contribute toward their academic and social success by fostering a sense of social agency and collective identity. It also explores some of the ethical and historical obligations related to that contribution, as well as the need for Black Americans to continually rethink conceptions of Africa. This entails not only re-conceptualizing African-American masculinity, but also rethinking what it might mean to be a Black man within a post-national context. For those engaged in the education of young Black males, this paper examines some of the cross-cultural issues that might make it easier to nurture a spirit of academic engagement and success of African-American students.

See the event flyer.

Books - A Child's Window to the World:

International Children's Literature in Schools - A discussion of resources for PK-Middle School

Book CoverWith Presentations by:

  • Ginny Moore Kruse, Emeritus Director, Cooperative Children's Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Rachel Weiss, Outreach Coordinator, Center for South Asia, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Catherine Beyers, LMC Director, Southern Bluffs School

A Panel Presentation for School of Education Students
See the event flyer.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Sponsored by Murphy Library and
School of Education at UW-La Crosse

Student Teaching Application Day - April 26, 2007

WHO: All students planning to complete Student Teaching or Fieldwork Experience during SPRING 2008 (This includes Special Education & Early Childhood Practicums.)

WHAT: Apply! For forms & procedures see the Office of Field Experience. Questions? Stop by 220 Morris Hall, or call (608) 785-8126.

WHEN: Drop off your completed application packets on Thursday, April 26 anytime between 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Cartwright Center 259.

WHY: Applications must be turned in on April 26th to be considered for a student teaching position during spring 2008.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Teaching and Internships, 220 Morris Hall (608-785-8126)

Critical Conversations - Equity, Access and Education

Join us on Saturday, April 21st in Cartwright Center to learn more about the challenges that teachers of color face and about opportunities to making teaching a career. Conversations will be held with Hmong educators, Native American educators, African American educators and Latino educators. See the event flyer.

Critical Conversations Flyer9:30-11:30am Session For:

  • Teacher Educators
  • School Administrators
  • Teachers

1:30-3:30 Session For:

  • Teacher Education Students
  • Upward Bound Students
  • Office of Multiculural Student Services (OMSS) Students

Lunch is at 11:30am with guests and is optional.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Peg Finders at finders.marg@uwlax.edu and identify the session you will be attending and if you will join us for lunch.

Student Teaching Information Days

The Student Teaching Information Days for Spring 2008 student teaching and intern candidates are:

  • Wednesday, April 18th, 12:15-1:30pm in 339 Cartwright Center
  • Thursday, April 19, 3:30-4:45 p.m. in 339 Cartwright Center

School of Education Spring 2007 Newsletter

Teacher Talk, the SOE Newsletter Take a look at Teacher Talk, the School of Education Newsletter! We intend to provide semesterly editions, starting with this one for Spring 2007.

Introducing The New Graduate Reading Website

We are very pleased to announce the release of the new Graduate Reading website in the School of Education!

Graduate Reading Program The Graduate Reading Program website offers information on admissions requirements, program standards, course sequences, professional development and much more! Both prospective students and current students in the School of Education will find the information invaluable. Please visit at:

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