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Dr. Lori Assaf lead the first annual South African Study Abroad Course in Chintsa, South Africa, with five students and two classroom teachers. During their time in Chintsa, Dr. Assaf and her students worked with over 120 students (grades 4-8) in two township schools teaching them how to write a "Where I'm From" poem then turning their poems into digital stories. At the same time, they studied a variety of issues related to literacy instruction, the apartheid, Bantu education, teaching English to language learners, and a socio-cultural, ecological view of literacy and learning (lifetime learning). Graduate students in the course completed an ethnography on one school and its' issues and the undergraduate students completed interviews and case studies on one teacher in the community and read a variety of articles on South African education and literacy learning. In addition to their academic work, they had the opportunity to visit the Transkei and Nelson Mandela's home village. They also hiked, camped, and swam among the migrating whales!
While in Africa, Dr. Assaf co-directed the KwaZulu-Natal University Winter Writing Institute with Dr. Liz Ralfe, a colleague from the university and fellow National Writing Project Director. The work was sponsored by the National Writing Project and the U.S. Embassy. Based on this work, Dr. Assaf is conducting an impact study with nine classroom teachers who attended the writing institute as well as with two other directors (one in Cape Town and one in Limpopo) who are also collecting data on teachers' learning and transfer of knowledge into the classroom. She will be returning to South Africa in October to collect classroom observations and serve as a keynote speaker for the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) in Durban, discussing her research findings and the importance of being a writing mentor for students.
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Participants receive a stipend of $35,000, paid out over the course of 12 months in exchange for a three-year commitment (not including the residency year) to teach in an approved critical shortage area within the program’s partner local school district(s). In addition, participants receive a personal laptop to facilitate coursework and residency expectations.
The TEACH Grant program was created to assist students that are seeking degrees in high-need fields and anticipate teaching in those fields at the secondary or elementary level.
Students that choose to participate in this program must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.
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This South African study abroad course will provide students with the opportunity to develop cross cultural and intercultural competence and learn the most effective instructional strategies for teaching English to multilingual children and adults in a rural community in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The course is designed to help students take a critical, sociocultural approach to understanding human growth and development across life-span and life-spaces, compare cultural variations between literacy learning and schooling experiences in individuals raised in the United States and those in South Africa, and address a variety of issues and trends related to the schooling of children from diverse language and/or cultural backgrounds.
$3,840 (subject to change) Includes tuition and fees for six hours of university credit, lodging, meals, in country transportation, scheduled school visits, 3 days in Cape Town, $200 non-refundable fee, international health insurance.
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The College of Education has a wide variety of experienced and accomplished faculty and staff. We are proud of their achievements and the excellent education they provide to our students. Recent faculty and staff accomplishments are listed below. Click here for a full list of College of Education Stars.
Dr. Taylor Acee, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, will deliver this year’s Presidential Seminar entitled “College Student Motivation: Emerging Research and Ideas for Practice." Acee will review a series of experimental and correlational studies he conducted on student motivation in undergraduate courses on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Alkek Teaching Theatre, with a short reception prior to lecture at 6:00 pm. The Presidential Seminar is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Read more.
Dr. Kevin Fall received the Professional Advancement Award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) on Feb. 7 at the awards luncheon at the ASGW conference in Orlando. This award is made to recognize the outstanding activities of an individual who has helped advance the field of group work through any one of the following: research, development of a new technique or theory, public relations, legislative activities, or group work practice.
Dr. Stephen Gordon and Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon, professors in the Department of CLAS, were jointly awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The awards program describes Drs. Gordon and Ross-Gordon as a partner team making a significant impact in adult education and educational leadership, and notes they were instrumental in developing the first two doctoral programs in education at Texas State. Read more.
Dr. Ross-Gordon was also recently awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education's Commission of Professors of Adult Education. Read more.
We have truly outstanding students and alumni of the College of Education at Texas State. They are impacting the world for the better, and we are so proud of their many achievements. Read about our highlighted students and alumni below. Click here for a full list of Outstanding Students and Alumni.
Elizabeth Yee is a graduate student in school psychology.
"I've always wanted to work in a school, but I couldn't see myself as a teacher or administrator. I had considered becoming a guidance counselor, but decided that I wanted to do more and have a greater impact than counseling would allow. I took an introductory course on school psychology my senior year of undergrad and discovered that this was the perfect fit for me."
Justin Collard is an undergraduate studying elementary education at Texas State.
"I chose Texas State because we have one of the top education/teacher preparation programs in the nation. I also fell in love with the campus after attending a Bobcat Day during high school. No other school can beat the atmosphere and sense of community at Texas State!"
Dr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in school improvement, recently was honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor's award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.