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K-State College of Education

Category: Winter 2014

‘A Long Road’ documentary, lesson plans available on MEAC website


Five K-Staters share personal accounts of their experiences in this moving documentary.

The College of Education has produced a new documentary that is also a tremendous resource for classrooms across the country as it includes lesson plans aligned with the common core curriculum.

“A Long Road: 150 Years of Collective Experience from Five African-American K-State Alumni” tells the stories of these highly successful professionals who have had distinguished careers at K-State. They are: Kathleen Greene, David L. Griffin, Sr., Juanita McGowan, Charles I. Rankin and Veryl Switzer.

Tonnie Martinez, assistant professor of education, and former College of Education faculty member Albert Bimper developed the project.

“It was our team’s privilege to be selected for a Michael C. Tilford Faculty Incentive Grant,” Martinez said. “Viewer response affirms that our distinguished alumni have a relevant and inspirational message for all audiences.”

The documentary and lesson plans are free can be found on the website for the Midwest Equity Assistance Center at www.meac.org.

Ecuador turns to K-State to create English Language Center

Dean Debbie Mercer and Héctor Rodríguez Chavez, general manager of YACHAY E.P., sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing this exciting educational partnership.

An exciting three-year program gets underway this spring when a group of eight College of Education instructors and a director spend a year in Ecuador to establish the English Language Center at a new university.

The Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy, or CIMA, is spearheading this effort at Yachay University, which means city of knowledge. This partnership is the result of CIMA’s role as the lead institution for the Go Teacher project. When Ecuadorian leaders decided to build a brand new university, they turned to the College of Education at K-State to create the English Language Center.

“The purpose of this program is to develop a research-based and innovative curriculum and program model to teach English to entering, first-year, Yachay University students,” said Socorro Herrera, CIMA director. “The main goal is to prepare these students with the English literacy skills and content language proficiency to take courses in both languages.

Yachay is expected to attract top students and faculty from around the world, and this international visibility and impact will support many of the college’s K-State 2025 goals and objectives.

Professional development symposium focuses on military-connected students


Sandy Risberg’s e-book is available free on iTunes.

The Colleges of Education and Human Ecology are hosting the K-State Military Education and Family Initiatives Symposium on March 11 at Riley’s Conference Center on Fort Riley. The event costs $15 and includes lunch.

This conference-style event will focus on local school and community partners and the issues related to better serving all military-connected students, including children of military families, veterans, military spouses, etc. Topics such as college and career ready standards, training school counselors, the impact of multiple combat tours on learning, transitioning from soldier to student, financial behaviors of military members, and the impact of trauma and PTSD on spouses and families will be discussed.

The four presenters from the College of Education are Jane Fishback, Ashley Gleiman, Judy Hughey and Sandy Risberg. In addition, there will be a number of subject matter experts from the College of Human Ecology who will also present.

To RSVP by the March 4 deadline and see the program of sessions, please follow the link to https://ksumilitaryed-ops.wikispaces.com.


Faculty write book, donate profits for scholarships

This book will bring back fond memories for generations of K-Staters.

A new book written by two College of Education faculty captures all of the elements that make K-State the special place it is: friends, family and fun.

Debbie Mercer, dean of the college, and Lotta Larson, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, wrote “K-State: An Alphabet Journey Across Campus.” It’s a joyful journey that literally covers campus from A-Z.

“Lotta and I are overwhelmed by the response from this book,” Mercer said. “It feels wonderful hearing how people are connecting and reconnecting with campus through the pages of this book. The fact that we can help support students in our college at the same time by donating our profits to scholarships only adds to our enthusiasm.”

The books are $20 and available in the dean’s office, Bluemont Hall 06. They are also being sold at Varney’s, the K-State Campus store at the Union, and online through Mascot Books.

Putting the You in YouTube

Educators have a growing resource for their classrooms, and it’s only a click away.

The College of Education’s YouTube channel features content from Poland, Tanzania, Ecuador, as well as research videos, and the college’s signature documentary series, “A Walk in My Shoes.” Two of the documentaries were such high-caliber they aired on PBS stations around the state.

These are relevant pieces ranging in topic from social justice to military life and many can be used in the classroom. The latest documentary, “A Long Road,” even has free lesson plans that are aligned to the common core currciulum. Visit www.meac.org for more information.

“People around the world are able to watch our videos and connect with K-State,” said Rusty Earl, the college’s videographer. He noted the “Irena Sendler Project Documentary: Life in a Jar” has about 10,000 views, many of which were from viewers in Poland and throughout Europe.

To view the videos, go to http://coe.k-state.edu then click on the YouTube icon.