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Department Events


Fall 2014 - Admission Orientation Presentation - PowerPoint Slides

Spring 2015 - Admission Orientation Presentation - PowerPoint Slides

Fall 2015 - Admission Orientation Presentation - Power Point Slides

Spring 2016 - Admission Orientation Presentation - Power Point Slides


Department News

November, 2013 -  Dr. Rita Chen appears on News Channel 8's  Assignment:  Education - Student Bloggers


Department  Scholarship Recipients

2014 Robert Krajewski - Leadership in Education Award

  • Alexis Klas


Campus News

March 13, 2014 - Professor highlights importance of listening to children

April 10, 2014 - Early Childhood students meet with state representatives


Campus Kudos

September 16, 2013  - Gary Willhite, Ph.D.

October 14, 2013 - Gary Willhite, Ph.D.

November 25, 2013 - Matthew Thomas, Ph.D.

April 28, 2014 - Matthew Thomas, Ph.D. and Ann Yehle, Ph.D.

May 30, 2014 - Ann Epstein, Ph.D.

June 16, 2014 - Matthew Thomas, Ph.D.

July 14, 2014 - Gary Willhite, Ph.D. and Yuko Iwai, Ph.D.

September 2, 2014 - Gary Willhite, Ph.D.

September 29, 2014 - Gary Willhite, Ph.D.

October 27, 2014 - Carol Angell, Ph.D.

November 3, 2014 - Matthew A.M. Thomas, Ph.D.

December 15, 2014 - Matthew A.M. Thomas, Ph.D.

March 23, 2015 - Matthew A.M. Thomas, Ph.D.

April 27, 2015 - Matthew A.M. Thomas, Ph.D.

January 19, 2016 - Joshua Miller, Ph.D.

Educational Studies kudos

Ann Epstein

Ann Epstein, Educational Studies, edited the book "Montessori Inclusion: Strategies and Stories of Support for Learners with Exceptionalities" published on March 13 by Parent Child Press. Epstein supported 13 authors in writing a collection of supports for children with an array of learning and behavioral challenges attending Montessori private and public schools. She also authored a chapter "Montessori Teacher Supports for Children with Exceptionalities," in the book, which was originally published in the journal Montessori Leadership in Sept. 2019.

Submitted on: April 3, 2020

Jennifer Butler Modaff, Daniel Modaff and Leslie Rogers

Jennifer Butler Modaff and Daniel Modaff, both Communication Studies; and Leslie Rogers, Educational Studies; co-authored the article "Communication challenges in the parent-teacher relationship regarding students with special needs. " in "Communication & Theater Association of Minnesota Journal" published on Aug. 26 by CTAM.

Submitted on: Oct. 1, 2019

Gary L Willhite

Gary L Willhite, Educational Studies, was named Teaacher's Choice Team Leader for Region 5 for a 3-year term (Illlinois, Inidiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) of the International Literacy Association. Teachers’ Choices is an annual project of the International Literacy Association (ILA) that began in 1989. Each year, teachers, reading specialists, and librarians from different regions of the United States select books from new publications (donated by North American publishers) for readers ages 5–14. At least six teachers or librarians in each region read each book (between 750 - 900 books each year). Teachers' Choices goals are: • Develop an annual annotated reading list of new books that young people enjoy; • Help teachers, librarians, booksellers, families and caregivers, and others find books that will encourage young readers to read more; • Help teachers find books that can be used across the curriculum; and • Guide young people to books that they might not discover or appreciate without the help of a teacher, librarian, parent, or other adult.

Submitted on: April 23, 2019

Heather Linville

Heather Linville, Educational Studies, received the award for Fellows@50 Encore: Go Back, Give Back at TESOL International Convention on Mar. 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Linville will return to the site of her 2006-07 English Language Fellowship this summer to work with the Universitas Indonesia to improve English medium instruction in higher education.

Submitted on: Mar. 28, 2019

James Carlson and Gary L Willhite

James Carlson, Educational Studies, was named Clinical Practice Fellow/s of Association of Teacher Educators. Clinical Practice Fellow/s are a community of educators interested in clinical practice who gather to discuss and problem solve current issues in teacher education. For the past four years, the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) has skillfully facilitated a national symposium as a forum for conversation around clinical practice. In 2019, ATE and the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) collaborated to strengthen our organizations’ collective voices to support educator preparation. Gary has been a Clinical Practice Fellow for 3 years and Jim was accepted as a Clinical Practice Fellow in 2019. The following links to a short video that further explains the impact of Clinical Practice Fellows on education -

Submitted on: Mar. 4, 2019