College News (Premier, Summer 2018)



Professional development opportunities in 2017-18

Multiple professional development opportunities, including lectures, workshops, interactive sessions and fireside chats were offered this year for COE staff and students, current educators and community members, including:

  • T. Elon Dancy, professor of education, African & African-American studies, and women's and gender studies at the University of Oklahoma
    “Strategies for Teaching About Power and Privilege in the University Classroom” (10/11/17)
  • Wayne Au, professor in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell
    “’Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!’ Exposing the Humbug of High-Stakes Standardized Testing” (10/23/17)
  • Shelly Vroegh, UNI alum and 2017 Iowa Teacher of the Year
    “Teaching Connections” professional development events (10/30-31/17)
  • LeDerick Horne, disability advocate and spoken-word poet
    Keynote at UNI Ed Summit (11/6-7/18)
  • Lisa Delpit, professor of education at Southern University in Baton Rouge
    Fireside Chat and Keynote at UNI Ed Summit (11/6-7/17)
  • Ann Lopez, associate professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
    “Integrating Diversity and Equity in Teaching and Learning” workshop (3/22/18)
  • Mark Wiest, professor in clinical-community and school psychology at the University of South Carolina
    Several events as part of the inaugural Carlton-Mellichamp Lecture in Education (4/24-25/18)
Lisa Delpit People attending the Ed Summit LeDerick Horne A student asks a question during a lecture Shelley Vroegh
Lisa Delpit UNI Ed Summit LeDerick Horne Q&A at a Fireside Chat Shelly Vroegh

UNI students attending Alliance Management InstituteKAHHS students win AMI “Big Idea” contest

In early January, a group of 41 UNI students attending the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) in Kansas City won the “What’s the Big Idea” contest, which this year focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in the nonprofit sector. Their $1000 prize will support the development of training materials to help volunteers at Cedar Valley nonprofits learn to build relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds and build cultural competencies.


External funding update

In FY 2017/18, the College of Education secured over $4 million in grants and contracts from federal, state, and local sources, including governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other entities, to support programs such as Ramps and Pathways and Camp Adventure.


Schindler Education CenterSchindler Education Center earns LEED Gold certification

In April 2018, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded Schindler Education Center (SEC) LEEDv2009 Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors. Notable sustainable design elements from the recent SEC renovation that contributed to the LEED Gold rating include lighting, indoor air quality, energy star rated equipment, furniture, and construction waste management.