Department of Education Arts Integration Conference

UMBC’s Department of Education hosts 10th Annual Arts Integration Conference with focus on social justice

The conference, developed for P-12 teachers, teacher candidates, and youth leaders, focused on how integrating visual arts, dance, music, and theatre into curricula can help build cultural awareness, enhance community engagement, and provide opportunities for students to become advocates for social justice. Continue reading UMBC’s Department of Education hosts 10th Annual Arts Integration Conference with focus on social justice

UMBC's Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

What will it take to move the dial on the representation of diverse faculty at U.S. colleges and universities? Marketplace, a leading radio program on business and the economy, tackles this question in two new stories highlighting UMBC’s work to train, recruit, hire and retain diverse faculty. Continue reading Marketplace radio series highlights UMBC faculty diversity initiatives

2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity

UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

Now in its third cohort, UMBC’s Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity program recognizes and supports talented scholars who are emerging as cutting-edge researchers and educators in their fields. UMBC’s newest group of fellows was formally introduced to the university community at a welcome reception held December 10, 2015. Continue reading UMBC’s newest Postdoctoral Fellows for Faculty Diversity pursue game-changing research

UMBC education department, CADVC partner with Arbutus Middle School on environmental art outreach

As part of an ongoing partnership with professional development schools, UMBC’s education department and Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) hosted Arbutus Middle School students and teachers on campus October 26 and Nov 2 to learn about environmental … Continue reading UMBC education department, CADVC partner with Arbutus Middle School on environmental art outreach

UMBC TESOL associate director wins 2015 TESOL International Association research grant

The TESOL International Association has announced the recipients of its 2015 research mini-grants, and UMBC’s Heidi Faust is the winner of a grant to research English teacher professional development through professional learning communities (PLCs). The project, titled “Sustaining Professional Development through Professional Learning Communities: A Case Study of the Impact on Teacher Identity and Practice at a Peruvian Binational Center,” will investigate the impact of professional learning communities on English language teachers as the global demand for access to English increases and more teachers are transitioning from teaching English to adults to younger learners. “Without knowledge to manage the developmental, … Continue reading UMBC TESOL associate director wins 2015 TESOL International Association research grant

Joan Shin, Education, Writes about the International Children’s Song Approach in The Conversation

Joan Shin, education professor of practice, recently published an article in The Conversation that examined the power of using children’s songs to introduce children to different cultures and the world around them. “Without realizing it, children learn language and content simultaneously. Songs build skills that help children distinguish the sounds of a language, and connect sound to script and assist with vocabulary building,” Shin wrote. Shin discussed the teaching approach she developed that combines her song research and search for cultural materials to teach English as a global language. Shin’s “international children’s song approach” uses songs from around the world as a method … Continue reading Joan Shin, Education, Writes about the International Children’s Song Approach in The Conversation

Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

In keeping with our commitment to developing programs that promote the well-being and success of our Professional Development Schools’ (PDS) P-12 students, the UMBC Education Department is pleased to announce its first Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) Scholars program. With their principal and mentor teacher’s endorsement, UMBC teacher candidates have nominated students from their internship classrooms to attend the summer learning camps at UMBC – free of charge.  A total of seven students from UMBC PDS schools have been selected as SEE Scholars. Four students from Violetville Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City will attend Measuring Up! What’s in a Number, an innovative math … Continue reading Education Department Announces First Summer Enrichment Experience Scholars Program

Joan Shin, Education, Wins Prestigious English-Speaking Union Book Award

Joan Shin, Education Professor of Practice, has received additional recognition for her book series Our World with National Geographic Learning. The series is designed to give learners the skills and knowledge they need to learn English and understand the world around them. Our World: Level 4, has been chosen as the Best Entry for Learners in the HRH Duke of Edinburgh English Language Book Awards, part of the English-Speaking Union (ESU). The award series was founded in the 1970s to acknowledge innovation and achievement in the field of English language teaching. Winners are selected for originality and substance by a panel of widely respected … Continue reading Joan Shin, Education, Wins Prestigious English-Speaking Union Book Award

Zane Berge, Education, Wins Prestigious Association for Educational Communications and Technology Awards

Zane Berge, professor of education, has won two prestigious Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) awards. Berge was named the winner of the Distance Education Book Award, which is given for the outstanding book published within the last three years that describes important aspects of distance education, theory, or examples that can help others involved in distance education or research on an important aspect of distance education. The award-winning book Handbook of Mobile Learning (Routledge 2013) was co-edited by Berge and his colleague at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Lin Muilenburg. For more information, click here. Berge also received the Distance … Continue reading Zane Berge, Education, Wins Prestigious Association for Educational Communications and Technology Awards

UMBC Partnership with Arbutus Middle School Featured on BCPS TV

Baltimore County Public Schools TV recently profiled UMBC’s partnership with Arbutus Middle School (AMS), featuring student teaching interns from UMBC and tutors in the Arbutus Achievers program. AMS is a professional development school (PDS) in the UMBC PDS Network, which allows student teachers to complete yearlong Education Internships at the school. Shriver Peaceworker Fellow Mark Zachar ’17 M.A., teaching, and Elizabeth Forney ’14, English, were highlighted in the video for their student teaching experiences at AMS. Forney is now a first-year teacher at AMS and credits her internship with preparing her for a career. “The transition from being an intern … Continue reading UMBC Partnership with Arbutus Middle School Featured on BCPS TV

Eugene Schaffer and Jonathan Singer, Education, in Capital News Service

An article published March 4 in Capital News Service examines the Common Core State Standards and how college students studying education and soon entering the world of teaching are preparing for it. Education Professor and Chair Eugene Schaffer is quoted in the article describing UMBC’s curriculum and the department’s understanding of the need to prepare students for the Common Core:  “We know that the people that graduate this coming spring will be entering the classrooms and will be teaching Common Core,” Schaffer said. “This is a great concern of ours.” Schaffer also commented on internships that are completed in the classroom by … Continue reading Eugene Schaffer and Jonathan Singer, Education, in Capital News Service

Joan Shin, Education, Receives Ben Warren International House Trust Prize

Education Professor of Practice Joan Shin has received the 2013 Ben Warren International House Trust Prize for her book Teaching Young Learners English (National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning, 2013). Shin coauthored the book with JoAnn Crandall, Professor Emerita and former Director of the Language, Literacy and Culture Ph.D. program. The prestigious award is given annually to the author or authors of the most outstanding work in the field of language teacher education. The Ben Warren International House Trust was created as a memorial to the work and life of Ben Warren, who was a leader in developing the world’s leading language teaching organization. Shin’s book was … Continue reading Joan Shin, Education, Receives Ben Warren International House Trust Prize

Article by Christopher Rakes, Education, Receives Award

An article co-authored by Christopher Rakes, assistant professor of education, has been selected as an honorable mention for the Journal of School Psychology ‘s (JSP) 2012 Article of the Year. The article was entitled “A Longitudinal Study of School Connectedness and Academic Outcomes across Sixth Grade,” and co-authored by Kate Niehaus, assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Research at the University of South Carolina, and Kathleen Rudasill, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  The study examines the extent to which school connectedness (i.e., students’ perceptions of school support and the number of adults with whom they … Continue reading Article by Christopher Rakes, Education, Receives Award

Department of Education and CADVC Partner on Exhibit Highlighting Outreach to Area Schools

UMBC’s Department of Education joins the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) to celebrate their year long K-12 Educational Outreach Collaboration with an art exhibition by students from their partnership schools. After experiencing the CADVC gallery and/or virtual exhibition, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, the students were invited to create visual artwork, poetry, or prose for display at UMBC as well. Their work is a creative interpretation of the interaction between visual culture and social justice. The exhibition is featured at the UMBC Commons Mezzanine Gallery beginning with an artist’s … Continue reading Department of Education and CADVC Partner on Exhibit Highlighting Outreach to Area Schools

Joan Shin and Jodi Crandall Publish Book Chapters

Joan Shin, clinical assistant professor of education, recently published a chapter in the 4th edition of “Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.”   Jodi Crandall, professor emerita of Language Litercy and Culture, also has a chapter in the book. “Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language” is the most widely used TESOL Methods book in the world. Continue reading Joan Shin and Jodi Crandall Publish Book Chapters

John Nelson and Tymofey Wowk, Education, in the Washington Post

“Since it arrived a year ago at Politics & Prose, ‘Opus,’ Washington’s first print-on-demand Espresso book machine, has helped hundreds of area scribblers realize their publishing dreams,” writes the Washington Post. Two such authors are John Nelson, Co-Director of the ESOL M.A. program, and his student Tymofey Wowk. The two used Opus to create their dream textbook, “Making English Grammar Meaningful and Useful,” which they read from at an “open-mike” night at the bookstore on January 26. The paper wrote about the reading in a January 29 story entitled “Open-mike night for self-published authors.” Continue reading John Nelson and Tymofey Wowk, Education, in the Washington Post

Sarah Shin, Education, On WBAL

On July 24, WBAL-TV interviewed education professor Sarah Shin as part of a story on the Peyton family of Harford County, who are blending their American and Costa Rican heritage by raising their children bilingual. Reporter Sarah Caldwell spoke with Shin, who is the author of the book Bilingualism in Schools and Society: Language, Identity, and Policy, about raising bilingual children. Shin told Caldwell that it’s best to start early. “The fact that children are not able to really put together coherent sentences does not mean that they aren’t processing language,” she said. Shin also said the creation of opportunities for children … Continue reading Sarah Shin, Education, On WBAL

Eugene Schaffer, Education, in the Catonsville Times

Eugene Schaffer, professor and chair of education, spoke with the Catonsville Times for a story on the performance of the county’s middle school students on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) tests. With test scores on math showing a slight improvement and reading scores a slight decline, the results show an overall mixed record regarding students’ progress. Schaffer said that subjects that used to be taught in high school are now taught in middle school, which might account for some of the decline. He also spoke of the difficulties facing many students during the middle school years. “It’s tough being in middle school … Continue reading Eugene Schaffer, Education, in the Catonsville Times

STEP T for ELLs Program Awarded Additional Year of Funding

UMBC’s Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English Language Learners (or STEP T for ELLs) program has been awarded an additional year of funding by the U.S. Department of Education. The program is funded through the Office of English Language Acquisition. The STEP T for ELLs Program helps secondary teachers of math, science, and social studies to provide effective instruction to ESOL students. This program provides professional development in areas such as teaching strategies and cross-cultural communications. The program has surpassed its original goal of training 880 in-service teachers and 60 teacher leaders in the state of Maryland. The … Continue reading STEP T for ELLs Program Awarded Additional Year of Funding

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Member, Marc Zupan, Named Fulbright Scholar

Marc Zupan an associate professor in the department of mechanical engineering has been named a Fulbright Scholar, 2012-2013, to teach and conduct research at the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Portugal. According to the program’s web site, “The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government.” The goal of the Fulbright program is, “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The majority of the funding comes from an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, … Continue reading Mechanical Engineering Faculty Member, Marc Zupan, Named Fulbright Scholar

Meghan Alokonis ’12 on Patch.com

Meghan Alokonis ’12, dance, was interning under Waugh Chapel Elementary School’s physical education teacher, Karen Webster, when she decided to share a secret: her background was in dance, not traditional physical education. Instead of being disappointed, Webster saw an opportunity. Webster and Alokonis worked to integrate dance into physical education classes. Students in all grades got lessons from Alokonis in hip-hop, jazz, tap and ballet, and she worked with Webster and other teachers to tie in lessons on music, history, geometry and even weather. Then on Feb. 15, six girls danced with Alokonis and the UMBC dance team during halftime of a basketball … Continue reading Meghan Alokonis ’12 on Patch.com

Center for History Education’s “Children’s Lives at Colonial London Town” Project Wins Award

The “Children’s Lives at Colonial London Town” project, which was developed by UMBC’s Center for History Education’s “Making American History Master Teachers in Anne Arundel County” program, is the recipient of the 2012 Social Studies Program of Excellence Award from the Middle States Regional Council for the Social Studies, an affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies. The award will be given on March 8, 2012 in Baltimore. Marjoleine Kars, chair of history, has worked with a group of 4th and 5th grade teachers from Anne Arundel County Public Schools for the past four years. She and Mary … Continue reading Center for History Education’s “Children’s Lives at Colonial London Town” Project Wins Award

John Nelson, Education, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

John Nelson, co-coordinator of the MA Program in ESL/Bilingual Education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Maryland TESOL at their annual conference on Saturday, October 1. The award recognizes his “substantial and exemplary contributions to the field of ESL in the state of Maryland.” Nelson began his career in TESOL in the mid-1960s as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia. Since then he has taught ESL to elementary and secondary school, university and adult English language learners. He has been a teacher trainer, program administrator and consultant in more than 10 countries on four continents. Continue reading John Nelson, Education, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award