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Fall 2018

Greetings from the Chair

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Recently, I was driving home from the University and listening to NPR’s On Point broadcast. The evening’s show was The Global Affairs Roundup and featured reporters stationed in Europe and Asia discussing the international news and the changes shaping the globe. The show’s host stated, “All eyes might be on Washington these days, but there is plenty happening out there around the world.” As I continued to listen, I reflected on the phrase, “plenty happening out there around the world,” as an appropriate summary of the global focus and engagement of our work in Graduate Education.

As you will see in this fall edition of our e-newsletter, faculty, staff and students in Graduate Education have led courses, professional development, and community engagement on the increasing diversity in our local schools while we are also realizing the need to appreciate and experience our diverse global environment. We believe that we need to create learning experiences in our academic programs and conduct research that understands and exposes differences in cultures, norms, and languages in schools and organizations across the globe.

In this edition, we celebrate two graduates, Tim Gruber and Gabrielle Robinson, who were awarded Fulbright grant recipients to travel to Malaysia and Panama, respectively, for English Teaching Assistantships. You will also read about how Dr. Bob Spires, our most recent addition to the Graduate Education faculty, works with teachers and administrators in rural Cambodia. Dr. Spires has been a great addition to our faculty and in the coming months we will provide an opportunity for our community to hear about his work and research in Cambodia. You will also read about the Global Context of Educational Leadership class in which 11 SPCS graduate students and four SPCS faculty members traveled to Germany to participate in a Sumer Study Abroad course. Students from three SPCS graduate programs — Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Curriculum & Instruction, and Nonprofit Studies — compared how leadership in schools and non-profits in the U.S. and in Germany approach equity and inclusiveness.

The e-newsletter also highlights how we continue to meets the needs of local school divisions with professional development in problem solving and creative thinking, teaching of English Language Learners, and understanding the well-being of adolescents. As always, you will read about the many awards, honors, and changes happening with our incredible students, staff, and faculty.

As the heat of summer and backyard parties gives way to cooler temps and changing leaves, our attention turns to the start of the school year. Those of us who have the privilege of being in the field of education believe this time of year holds the promise of a fresh start and new beginnings. We hope the autumn season brings new opportunities and a sense of renewal in all that you do. Enjoy.

Best—
Tom
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Tom J. Shields, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Chair

In This Issue

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  • Feature Stories
  • Program Updates & Additions
  • Graduate Education Speakers
  • Upcoming Events & Deadlines
  • News & Information
  • Faculty & Staff Updates
  • Alumni Updates
  • Student Reminders
  • Photo Gallery
  • Submit Your News
  • Graduate Education Events
  • Contact Us & Connect

Previous Issues

Program Updates & Additions

Kate Cassada

Following the appointment of Tom Shields as Associate Dean, Dr. Kate Cassada has been named Director of the Center for Leadership in Education effective September 17, 2018. Her appointment ensures the important work of developing leaders remains a central part of the conversation about education in the Richmond Region.

Dana Jackson

As the Center for Leadership in Education continues its work of equipping school leaders throughout the region, Dr. Dana Jackson has been named Coordinator of the Center’s Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA). NGLA enables participants to become effective, motivated, supportive school principals who can diagnose the needs of their schools, guide and develop teachers, and manage their schools with a focus on student achievement.

Laura Kuti

Following the departure of Scott Bray as Assistant Chair in Teacher Licensure Preparation, Dr. Laura Kuti has been named Assistant Chair of Teacher Education. In this newly created position, Kuti oversees both Teacher Licensure Preparation and Curriculum & Instruction programs.

Tom Shields

Following a peer nomination and application process, SPCS has named Dr. Tom Shields as Associate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs effective July 1, 2018. Shields will continue in his role as Chair of the Graduate Education program during his tenure as Associate Dean. His appointment represents the first time in recent memory that SPCS has appointed an associate dean from among its faculty, reflecting alignment with associate dean appointments in other schools of the university.

Bob Spires

SPCS welcomes the arrival of Dr. Bob Spires as Assistant Professor of Education. Spires arrives from Valdosta State University where he taught both undergraduate and graduate teacher education courses. His research interests include international non-formal education, NGOs, the intersection between teacher training and social justice issues, and secondary teaching methods. He will teach several teacher licensure preparation courses including secondary methods and classroom management.

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Graduate Education Speakers

The Spring 2018 Graduate Education Speakers Series, which featured a panel discussion titled “Promoting Educational Health and Well-being,” prompted a rich discussion among a range of expert panelists and audience members. The Graduate Education program is planning the Spring 2019 Speaker Series, so look for details in a few months.

Chris Barton, Children’s Author Illustrator

Please join the Graduate Education program in welcoming noted children’s author and illustrator, Chris Barton, to campus on October 10. Barton is a popular and eclectic author who has written humorous picture books, as well as biographies of diverse and underrepresented figures in history and science. This book talk and signing event is jointly sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences, Boatwright Memorial Library and the Graduate Education program.

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Educational & Race Relations Expert

The University of Richmond will host Dr. Beverly Tatum, noted educational and race relations expert, as part of this fall’s Sharp Viewpoint Series. Dr. Tatum’s talk, “The Empathy Gap and the Power of Dialogue,” will be held November 1. Free tickets will be available starting October 11.

Promoting Educational Health and Well-being
Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Spring 2019 Student Teaching

If you missed the September 10 Student Teaching meeting for students intending to complete their student teaching experience in Spring 2019, please contact Dr. Deborah Napoli immediately.

Scholarship Deadline for Spring 2019

The deadline to apply for scholarships for the Spring 2019 semester is November 1, 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to apply for funds toward completing your degree — the School awards over $140,000 in scholarships each year, and that amount continues to grow!

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Faculty & Staff Updates

  • Cassada named CLE director

    SPCS professor of education Kate Cassada, assistant chair of the Educational Leadership & Policy Studies program, has been named director of the Center for Leadership in Education (CLE), following former director Tom Shields’ appointment as SPCS associate dean.

  • Jackson named coordinator of leadership academy

    Dr. Dana Jackson has been named part-time coordinator of the Next Generation Leadership Academy (NGLA), a school leader training program of the University’s Center for Leadership in Education.

  • Laursen publishes book

    SPCS adjunct professor of education Erik Laursen has published his first book, Intentional Responsive Adult Practices: Supporting Kids to Not Only Overcome Adversity But to Thrive. The book is based on his experience and research on intentional responsive adult practices that help children overcome adversity.

  • Shields named SPCS associate dean

    Dr. Tom Shields, Associate Professor of Education, Graduate Education program chair, and Center for Leadership in Education director, has been named the SPCS Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2018.

  • Kassner receives grant to attend conference

    Dr. Laura Kassner, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, recently earned funding from University of Richmond’s Faculty Development Committee to attend the National Learning Forward Conference.

  • Nabors receives grant to attend conference

    Dr. Autumn Nabors, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, recently earned funding from University of Richmond’s Faculty Development Committee to attend the National Learning Forward Conference.

  • Kuti uses DOE grant to develop online ESOL training

    Dr. Laura Kuti, Interim Assistant Chair, Teacher Licensure Preparation and Assistant Chair, Curriculum & Instruction, has received a $25,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Education to offer a fully online, statewide ESOL Praxis training module. Region 6 teachers will participate in the training module this spring.

  • Laursen receives SPCS Innovation in Teaching Award

    Dr. Erik Laursen, Adjunct Associate Professor of Education, has been named the 2018 recipient of the SPCS Innovations in Teaching Award, which honors an adjunct professor for creativity and innovation in the classroom.

  • Leeper named by ALA to advisory board

    Angela Leeper, Director of the UR Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), has been named by the American Library Association (ALA) to the ALA-Children's Book Council Joint Committee for a two-year term through June 2019. The committee fosters collaboration and communication on the content, format, distribution, and promotion of materials for children and young adults.

  • Kassner, Cassada co-author journal article

    Dr. Laura Kassner, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Kate Cassada, Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, co-authored a paper titled Chat It Up: Backchanneling to Promote Reflective Practice Among In-Service Teachers published in the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education.

Graduate Education Alumni Updates

  • Kenneth White, GC'15, GC'16, appointed Highland Springs principal

    Kenneth White, GC’15, GC’16, has been named principal of Highland Springs High School in Henrico County Public Schools. White earned a M.Ed. in curriculum & instruction in 2015 and a post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in 2016. 

  • George Fohl, GC'17, named Chesterfield County gifted coordinator

    George Fohl, GC’17, has been named Gifted Education Coordinator for Chesterfield County Public Schools. Fohl completed the post-master’s certificate in educational leadership & policy studies in December 2017.

  • Peggy Boon, GC'17, named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School

    Peggy Boon, GC’17, has been named principal of Bishop Sullivan High School in Virginia Beach, Va. Prior to this appointment, Boon served as Dean of Faculty and Academics at Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond. She earned a M.Ed. in educational leadership & policy studies at SPCS.

  • Padraic Hampton, GC'18, named lead teacher

    Padraic Hampton, GC,’18, who earned a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in May 2018, has established and will serve as Lead Teacher for the Swansboro Elementary School 5th Grade Success Academy. The Academy supports academic achievement of students as they transition to middle school. Hampton was also named the 2018 Teacher of the Year for Swansboro Elementary School.

  • Nicole Hood, GC'15, named director at The Bryn Mawr School

    Dr. Nicole G. Hood, GC’15, has been named to the position of Upper School Director at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore effective July 1, 2018. Hood earned a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the School of Professional & Continuing Studies.

  • Frenishee Smith, GC'12, GC'16

    Frenishee Smith, GC’12, GC’16, has been awarded a 2017 R.E.B. Award for Teaching Excellence by The Community Foundation and the R.E.B. Foundation. Smith’s award will fund visiting schools that engage students living in poverty in innovative ways along with attending The International Conference on Urban Education in Nassau, Bahamas.

  • Grace Creasey, GC'14

    Grace Creasey, GC’14, has been named the Executive Director for the Virginia Council for Private Education, effective October 16, 2017. Creasey earned a master of education degree in educational leadership and policy studies in December 2014.

Student Reminders

Fall Academic Schedule

Fall courses began the week of August 27. Please visit the Academic Calendar via the Registrar’s Office webpage for important fall semester dates and deadlines.

Comprehensive Exams

Fall Comprehensive Exams will take place in November. Eligible students will be contacted with further details by their respective program in early fall.

Commencement & Graduation

  1. If you plan on graduating in December 2018, you should already have submitted your degree application (deadline was in February). If you missed this deadline and require assistance, please contact your respective Graduate Education program.
  2. If you plan on graduating in May 2019 or August 2019, please file a degree application via BannerWeb by October 19, 2018 — review details.
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