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K-State College of Education

Author: Patrice Scott

Bluemont Circle dedication draws crowd

Key alums, philanthropists and student leaders join Dean Mercer for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

About 75 philanthropists, faculty and friends gathered outside of Bluemont Hall on April 25th for the official dedication of Bluemont Circle.

Inspired by K-State’s sesquicentennial celebration, Bluemont Circle is lined with 150 pavers, many immortalized with the names of people who helped build the college – from the inside out.

The focal point is a magnificent four-foot bronze statue that is an international symbol for education: a boy sitting atop a globe wearing a graduation cap reading a book. A special thank-you to longtime education advocates Lee and Barbara Harris who donated the funds for the statue.

‘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.

Program growing at K-State Olathe

Judy Favor teaches a course at K-State Olathe.

Location. Location. Location.

That’s what it boils down to for people in the Kansas City area interested in completing a master’s or doctoral degree in adult education – without leaving town.

One year ago, the adult education faculty offered its first course at K-State Olathe. According to Royce Ann Collins, associate professor in the department of educational leadership, there were 19 graduate students in that class. As of the fall of 2013, face-to-face courses offerings have quadrupled, and there has been a 65% increase in enrollment.

“This is the first opportunity we have been able to offer the complete doctoral program in the Kansas City area,” Collins said.

“And thanks to the vast skill set of our faculty, especially Dr. Judy Favor’s experience with recruiting, marketing, and growing new programs, we have experienced success.”

For more information, visit http://coe.k-state.edu/adulted/

NACADA consults at Qatar University

NACADA’s Charlie Nutt with Qatar University’s Director of Advising and Retention Selma Albelrahim Haghamed, NACADA’s Jayne Drake, Qatar University President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad and NACADA’s Nancy King.

A team from the National Academic Advising Association, or NACADA, spent one week in Qatar where they evaluated Qatar University’s progress since the team’s initial visit in 2011.

Charlie Nutt, NACADA’s executive director; Jayne Drake, vice dean for undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University; and Nancy King, special assistant to the president at Kennesaw State University, traveled to The Gulf Region country Oct. 25-Nov. 1 that shares its southern border with Saudi Arabia.

In 2011, the team suggested that the university move away from its faculty-led advising program to a centralized program. Upon their return last month, they learned the university had hired 50 new advisors who are housed in the colleges but are trained and assessed centrally.

Their consulting relationship has been such a success that NACADA has been invited by Qatar University to co-host an academic advising summit in November 2014 for advisors throughout the Middle East.

Join us for dynamic iPAD forum & conference

The College of Education is sponsoring two iPad-related events on Jan. 15: iCamp is for educators; and iPad Initiatives + Implementation is for school district technology directors and administrators. The cost is $25 and includes lunch.

iCamp is an innovative and engaging technology conference designed to give educators an immersive experience that builds deep understanding of how students create, connect, share and collaborate with iPads. Two- and three-hour sessions will be offered as well as, an all-day session on iBooks Author and iTunes U.

Registration is open through Jan. 6th at https://smore.com/qax0.

The iPad Initiatives + Implementation forum will be divided into four categories: administrative, technical, successful deployment, and vendors. Specific topics include planning, purchasing, distribution and maintenance of iPads along with policy issues, staff development and curriculum development. Discussions will also include infrastructure considerations, management solutions and security issues.

For more information or to register for the iPad Initiatives + Implementation forum, go to coe.k-state.edu/newsevents/k-12ipad.

K-Staters shape NBC’s Parent Tool Kit website

Two College of Education subject matter experts lent their expertise for content on NBC’s Education Nation website http://www.parenttoolkit.com, which launched at the Education Nation Summit in New York last month.

Laurie Curtis and Lori Goodson, assistant professors of curriculum and instruction, contributed to the nationwide project. While designed for parents, Curtis believes this website is also an excellent resource for teachers working with students of all ages.

The website helps parents support their child’s work in the classroom by tracking academic success and personal growth from kindergarten through high school. It offers parents grade-specific curriculum information, additional teaching resources and ideas to add interest to subjects. The website also offers tips for parent-teacher conferences.