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K-State College of Education

Category: August 2013

‘We the People’ premieres at Smithsonian

A documentary devoted to America’s core political ideas and produced in concert with the College of Education’s Center for Social Studies Education, or CSSE, will premiere Sept. 18 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

The film was produced through a partnership with Inland Productions and CSSE, K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Office of Military Affairs.

Thomas Vontz, professor of curriculum and instruction, designed online civic learning modules for elementary, secondary and adult learners.

“This project really aims at connecting people of all ages with the ideas that define us as Americans, which is at the core of our land grant mission at K-State,” Vontz said. “Our online materials will provide moviegoers and others with opportunities to explore those ideas more deeply and connect them to historic and contemporary issues and individuals.”

To view the movie trailer, please click the link below.

We The People Movie | Filmed in IMAX.

Premiere set for ‘Military Life’ documentary

The College of Education has produced “Military Life,” the second installment in its video series titled “A Walk in My Shoes.” The premiere is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Forum Hall.

Seven people – retired soldiers, spouses, an adult child and educators – share their perspectives on the rewards and challenges of being connected to the military. Topics include the realities of deployment for the family and the solider, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and the social/emotional needs of military-connected children.

Last year, Sandy Risberg joined the faculty as an instructor and liaison for the Educate the Educator program. She is a military spouse, mother and educator who raised two sons while moving several times during their K-12 academic careers. Risberg was instrumental in the production of this video.

“Sandy’s insight, network of contacts and tireless commitment to bettering the lives of military-connected children have brought this issue to life in our college,” said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. “Not only can we share this video with our preservice teachers, we can share it with anyone who interacts with the military or their family members.”

Watch the trailer:

Join us at Cat Town

Great food, great friends and the promise of a great game against the Baylor Bears are three terrific reasons to join us at the college-sponsored tent at Cat Town on Saturday, Oct. 12. Arrive two hours prior to kickoff and prepare to cheer on our Wildcats!

To attend, please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4 at www.found.ksu.edu/rsvp/ed-cattown or call Jodi Smith at 785.532.3797. We hope to see you there!

Research lecture series to launch

Gloria Ladson-Billings, assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the guest lecturer for the College of Education’s inaugural Distinguished Educational Research Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. in Forum Hall.

The title of her presentation is “Through a Glass Darkly: The Persistence of Race in Education Research & Scholarship.” Ladson-Billings is a pedagogical theorist and teacher educator. She is a renowned author and lecturer on the topics of critical race theory, social justice and education research.

The faculty is thrilled to have a scholar of her caliber as the series’ first lecturer.

SECSA video on YouTube

The department of special education, counseling and student affairs, or SECSA, also produced a video this summer.

“We made this video to share the experiences of graduates and current students with individuals who may be interested in our programs on campus or those online,” said Ken Hughey, SECSA department chair.

Watch the video:

For more information about SECSA programs, visit the department’s website at http://coe.ksu.edu/departments/secsa/index.html.