Friday, June 17, 2016

COE Faculty Making An Impact This Summer!

College of Education faculty and administrators are very busy this summer working on projects, earning recognition and awards, and disseminating their knowledge to others in the fields of teaching, learning, and leadership.

Dorota Celinska will attend the Annual Visible Learning Conference in July.  The conference is organized by Visible Learningplus.  Visible Learningplus is one of the most highly acclaimed, internationally-recognized sources of educational research and represents the largest ever data base for effective instruction. 

Roger Chamberlain has been leading the admission process to shape our first cohort of principal candidates within our new MA degree in Instructional Leadership.  The review process is very extensive and collaborative, and Roger has been helped considerably by input from COE faculty Linda Pincham and Lori Bein, as well as RU alum Eric Wenkowski. We anticipate approximately 20 principal candidates officially beginning their program of study in Fall 2016.

Judy Gouwens will co-present a paper at the European Conference on Educational Research in Dublin, Ireland at the end of August.  The paper is part of a symposium on the power of education to affect culture in rural communities. 

John MacDougall is attending a summer workshop and conference sponsored by Tk20, the new assessment data management platform that has been adopted by Roosevelt University.

Elizabeth Meadows published a chapter called "Listening in Interpretive Discussion" in the book Listening to Teach: Beyond Didactic Pedagogy (SUNY Press, 2015). This book recently received  an Outstanding Book Award from The Society of Professors of Education.

Tom Philion was recently elected to a two year term as co-chair of CCADE, the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education.  This is a group of deans that meets monthly to support and advocate for quality teacher preparation and teaching in Chicago area schools and communities.  Also, in early August, Dr. Philion will attend an "Ed Prep Impact Academy" that is being sponsored by Deans for Impact.  The program will focus on critical leadership challenges, providing opportunities for participants to build a network of like-minded, supportive peers, and develop mentoring relationships with veteran deans experienced in leading change efforts. Dr. Philion was one of 10 deans selected from around the country to participate in this inaugural academy.

Margaret Policastro earned a 2016 NCLB Improving Teacher Quality State Grant in June in the amount of $399,658 for the continuation of a balanced literacy professional development program.  The Roosevelt University NCLB grant program addresses the needs related to the complex changes necessary to further implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The project will solidify the professional learning communities and formative assessment practices in five participating schools (4 Chicago Public Schools and 1 Archdiocese of Chicago School) that will ultimately lead to increased student literacy achievement. 2016-2017 will be the final year of the project and it will focus on documenting the changes that have occurred in the participating schools due to efforts of the project.

Margaret Policastro and her colleagues Becky McTague and Diane Mazeski have started the annual Summer Reading Clinic on the Schaumburg Campus and are actively engaged in helping 45 children from Schaumburg area communities improve their language and literacy skills and talents. In addition, Dr. Policastro has been actively engaged in sharing insights from her new book with the reading students enrolled and volunteering in the reading clinic, as well as with teachers in places as far-flung as Las Vegas and Delaware.  You can learn more about her new book at

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