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April 5, 2010

UNI Students Learn From Special Educator About Using Visual Strategies

Elizabeth Kapp speaks to studentsElizabeth Kapp, Special Educator from River Hills School, was a guest speaker during Magdalena Galloway's Visual Literacy class (240:138). Ms. Kapp's presentation focused on the role of visual strategies in work with autistic and severely handicapped children. Visual Literacy students had a chance to see the variety of visual materials used everyday to support communication and make students' learning possible.

River Hills School is a public sponsored special school in Cedar Falls, IA, for students with moderate, severe, and profound developmental disabilities. The school serves students from birth through age 21. It is operated by Area Education Agency 267 and funded through participating local school districts.

April 2, 2010

Dr. Krueger Publishes Article About Resources for Inquiry Research About American Presidents

Dr. Karla KruegerDr. Karla Krueger published an article, Resources for Inquiry Research about Presidents, in the March 2010 issue of the journal, School Library Monthly. The article features both print and electronic reference sources on the American presidency including Facts about the Presidents from H.W. Wilson and The American Presidency published by Britannica. Most attractive is the inquiry entry points; comparative tables allow students to select research topics based on presidents in office during a war or during prominent technological advancements or important historical periods.

March 10, 2010

Dr. Donham Featured Speaker on Information Literacy

Dr. Jean DonhamAssociate Professor Jean Donham is one of three featured speakers at the College of DuPage National Videoconference on Information Literacy. For more information, see

March 1, 2010

UNI African American Read-In Features Children's Book Author/UNI Alumna

group photoAbout 360 people participated in the 4th annual African American Read-In on February 22 at the Rod Library on the UNI campus. Children's book illustrator and author Jan Spivey (UNI Alumna, 1979) worked with 119 students from Walter Cunningham School of Excellence and Black Hawk Elementary School. 195 UNI students and 18 local school personnel also participated in the events partially sponsored by the UNI Multicultural Teaching Alliance to celebrate Black History Month in a way that emphasizes literacy education.

An article in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier features the involvement of C&I's Janet McClain and Jacqueline Smith.

February 27, 2010

Dr. Krueger Publishes Case Study of an Iowa School Preparing to Meet School Library Guidelines

Karla KruegerThis refereed research article in the latest volume of School Library Media Research is titled A Case Study of a Rural Iowa School Preparing to Meet New State Guidelines for School Libraries. The study provides insight into the issue of small schools without library programs. The results show that this school denied students access to libraries and learning opportunities essential for a democratic education.

February 25, 2010

Dr. Donham & Undergraduate Research Highlighted in January Issue of College Teaching

Dr. Jean DonhamAn article entitled "Mental Models of Research: Generating Authentic Question" appears in the January 2010 issue of College Teaching. The article describes work with undergraduate students to disrupt their conventional expectations that research is merely gathering and reporting information. Instead, undergraduate students were engaged in an assignment that asked them to pose authentic questions and integrate their own observations and findings so that they perceived themselves not as consumers of information but as generators of new insights. The article highlights the collaboration between faculty and librarians to support student learning.

Access the article here via Google Scholar

February 6, 2010

Hot Topics in Education: Math & Science Learning in Early Childhood

The UNI campus is invited to Hot Topics in Education, from noon to 12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Maucker Union Oak Room. Betty Zan, director of Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education will present "Math and Science Learning in Early Childhood." She will share information about UNI's federal grant to create a Center for Early Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CEESTEM).

November 30, 2009

Dr. Montgomery Presents Research at National Conference

Sarah MontgomeryDr. Sarah Montgomery recently gave two presentations at the 2009 National Council for the Social Studies Conference in Atlanta, GA. She presented a paper at the College and University Faculty Assembly titled, “iDemocracy: Civic Engagement and Podcasting in an Elementary Classroom” that addressed her research on creating podcasts that centered on issues of historical injustice with third-grade students. Dr. Montgomery also gave a presentation titled, “Beyond Pilgrim Hats: Meaningful and Critical Ideas for Teaching Thanksgiving” with a former colleague from Indiana University. The presentation focused on four key strategies for teaching about the Thanksgiving holiday, specifically Critical Media Literacy, Historical Inquiry, Critical Literacy, and Service Learning. The lesson plans for these strategies and children’s literature and website resources from this presentation can be found at

November 30, 2009

Dr. Montgomery Publishes Article: "Why Men Left"

Sarah MontgomeryDr. Sarah Montgomery recently published an article in the American Educational History Journal titled, "Why Men Left: Reconsidering the Feminization of Teaching in the Nineteenth Century." By examining secondary demographic and census data in addition to autobiographies of teachers, Dr. Montgomery disrupted the commonly-held belief that male teachers left the profession during the nineteenth century primarily because of low wages. Instead, increased standardization of the teaching profession during the time period led to a lessened male interest in teaching because males could no longer combine teaching with other part-time wage earning opportunities. Additionally, the autobiographical works of women teachers during this time period examined in the paper suggest that perhaps women revolutionized the teaching profession, turning what was once a part-time job dominated by young men on their way to more formalized professions such as ministry or law, into a legitimate professional endeavor.

November 5, 2009

Principal of USDE Blue Ribbon School in Manly, IA Credits Reading Recovery® for Improvement in Student Achievement

Central Springs Elementary School in the Nora Springs-Rock Falls Community School District is being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. Central Springs Elementary is one of only four schools in Iowa to be selected for this honor this year. The school has demonstrated dramatic improvement on the Test of Basic Skills in math, reading and science.

In a recent Globe Gazette article, the principal attributes the increase in Reading Recovery teaching positions as one of the key contributors to the improvement. The Reading Recovery Center of Iowa in the Curriculum & Instruction Department of the College of Education at UNI supports all of the Reading Recovery teachers, schools and sites in Iowa. Dr. Salli Forbes provides ongoing professional development and technical support for Teacher Leader Lori Beltran at the AEA 267 Reading Recovery Site, who, in turn, supports the preparation, ongoing professional development and implementation of Reading Recovery at Central Springs Elementary School.

November 3, 2009

Dr. Donaldson Featured in Graduate College Lecture Series

DonaldsonJ. Ana Donaldson, associate professor of Instructional Technology, will present "Effectively Moving Courses Online: Get On the Bus or Be Left in the Dust," at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 11, in MSH 001. This presentation will provide faculty with guidelines for moving their courses online, with special focus on creating online communities using the Phases of Engagement Model (Conrad and Donaldson, 2004). Overviews of online rigor and instructor survival skills will be included and links to additional resources will be provided. Participant discussion and questions will be encouraged. Cookies and coffee will be provided by the Graduate College. Feel free to bring your lunch.

October 21, 2009

Engaging the Online Learner…[& Instructor]

Donaldson and Lindell PhotosA half-day workshop was held on Friday, October 16th for faculty considering moving a course online or for a transition to an ICN/online hybrid delivery methodology. The session designed by Ana Donaldson and Lois Lindell was well attended and the feedback has been positive. Several resources, including handouts and video archives of the event are available at:

A university-wide brown bag lunch presentation entitled "Effectively Moving Courses Online: Get on the Bus or be Left in the Dustwill" be given by Ana Donaldson on November 11, 2009.

September 23, 2009

COE Family Weekend Open House and Picnic

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. — Open House. 12 - 1:30 P.M. — Picnic on Marshall Center School lawn, rain location SEC Lobby. View the invitation mailed to students and parents.

September 10, 2009

National Search for College of Education Dean

UNI Executive Vice President and Provost Gloria Gibson has announced the university will launch a national search for a dean of the UNI College of Education. The new dean will replace William Callahan who was named to a three-year appointment as COE dean in 2007. The appointment will end June 30, 2010. "I want to thank Bill for his leadership of the College of Education and for his service to the university," said Gibson. "We will plan to have the new dean selected and in place July 1, 2010." A search committee will be selected and announced soon.

September 3, 2009

Dr. Zeitz Interviewed by WNPR Talk Host Colin McEnroe

Zeitz PhotoIs keyboarding replacing handwriting instruction in today’s schools? This is the question that Connecticut NPR’s host, Colin McEnroe, posed to author Kitty Burns Florey who wrote the book Script and Scribble: The Rise and Fall of Handwriting. Zeitz was invited to participate because of his research in keyboarding and his keyboarding website,

McEnroe led a discussion with Florey advocating handwriting, UNI associate professor Leigh Zeitz advocating keyboarding, and professor Barbara Getty supporting a revolutionary handwriting system.
Listen to the episode here

September 1, 2009

Definition to Practice: Translating the Definition into a Standards-Based IT Program

DonaldsonThe September 2009 issue of the journal TechTrends features an article by Dr. J. Ana Donaldson about the innovative way in which a graduate course in the Instructional Technology division has been aligned to national standards. The article is available online at:

Dr. Donaldson is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in Curriculum & Instruction. For many years she has presented on how to integrate technology into an engaged learning environment with an emphasis on online learning. Besides her years of classroom experience in creating Web-supported learning environments, Ana is a published author, keynote speaker, and international presenter. She is co-author with Rita-Marie Conrad of Engaging the Online Learner: Activities for Creative Instruction.

August 31, 2009

Dr. Zeitz Featured in WCF Courier Article: New World

Zeitz PhotoLeigh Zeitz, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in Curriculum and Instruction, recently coordinated a Second Life presentation to his Kiwanis Rough Risers club in Cedar Falls. The virtual world presentation was led by LuAnn Phillips, the extension Virtual Worlds Coordinator for the New York Extension services. LuAnn (AKA Thynka Little in Second Life) took the club members on a tour of her virtual island where she teaches extension courses and provides virtual models of real world situations. She has even developed a walk-through handicapped accessible home to demonstrate what is possible.

An article in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier describes this 21st century presentation as well as reactions by the club members. More information about Second Life can be found at

August 24, 2009

Dr. Sarah Montgomery Joins Elementary Education Faculty

Sarah MontgomeryThe Elementary Education Division of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah Montgomery, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education.

Dr. Sarah Montgomery earned a M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Indiana University. Prior to and while earning these degrees, she was an elementary teacher, coordinator of a reading tutoring program at the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, and an Associate Instructor at Indiana University. Dr. Montgomery’s research interests include the ways in which youth production and dissemination of digital media such as podcasts, can support education for democracy. She has also conducted research on 19th century feminization of the teaching profession. Dr. Montgomery is an active member of the College and University Faculty Association (CUFA) of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious Kipchoge Neftali Kirkland Social Justice Paper Award at the NCSS annual convention. Dr. Montgomery joined the faculty in August 2009. She is married to Zak Montgomery, Professor of Spanish at Wartburg College.

May 7, 2009

Dr. Jean Donham Joins School Library Studies Faculty

Dr. Jean DonhamThe Division of School Library Studies and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction are pleased to welcome Dr. Jean Donham as an Associate Professor in School Library Studies.

Dr. Jean Donham earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Iowa and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland. She has served as director of the library at Wartburg College and previously at Cornell College. Dr. Donham was formerly a tenured associate professor at the University of Iowa School of Library & Information Science, having left in 2000. Dr. Donham is co-editor of School Library Research Online, the research journal of the American Association of School Librarians. Dr. Donham will join the faculty in June 2009. She is married to Kelley Donham, Professor of Public Health at the University of Iowa. They have two sons.

April 30, 2009

Excellence in Education

The College of Education has released the 2008-2009 issue of UNI's "Excellence in Education" electronic magazine. The magazine provides news about College of Education programs to current, past and prospective students and is a forum for teacher education professionals to share information with others. Click here to view the magazine.

April 30, 2009

Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) receives Student Leadership Award

MTA Award RecipientsThe Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) received the 2008-2009 University of Northern Iowa Student Leadership Award for Educational Program of the Year in recognition of the African American Read-In we held on February 16. A certificate and plaque were presented to the group at the Student Leadership Awards ceremony on April 28.

MTA President Gloria Adams, Vice-President Derk Babbitt, and members, Brenda Espinosa and Holly Gleich were present to receive the award. MTA co-adviser Dr. Gloria Kirkland-Holmes and MTA members Katherine Brown and Tiffany Mosby were unable to attend the awards ceremony, but share this year's honor.

Nominees for the Educational Program of the Year included:

  • Multicultural Teaching Alliance- African American Read-In
  • Panhellenic, Interfraternity Council & CAB- C.L. Linsey
  • UNI Free Thinkers & Inquirers- Darwin Week
  • MSA (Muslim Student Association)
  • PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)- Bateman Case Study
  • CAB (Campus Activities Board)- Green Building Upgrades: Lessons from the University of Oregon

April 24, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Education to Speak at UNI

Secretary DuncanPresident Allen has invited the UNI campus community to attend a major policy address by the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, who will make his first visit to Iowa as Secretary Friday, April 24, at the GBPAC. Duncan's 11 a.m. presentation will outline challenges and opportunities for education reform and innovation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about Duncan or the event, contact Pat Geadelmann at 3-6144 or visit The speech will be streamed live at

February 23, 2009

Literacy Coach Coach Blog

Blog ImageAmy Sandvold, graduate of UNI and current principal at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Waterloo, and Dr. Maelou Baxter, Instructor in C & I, have unleashed a new blog called The Literacy Coach Coach. The blog is meant to provide a place in the blogosphere where literacy coaches can coach one another and share expertise. The blog features a podcast of an interview on blogtalk Radio about their recent text, The Fundamentals of Literacy Coaching (2008) ASCD. Be one of the first to comment! Visit the blog at:

February 16, 2009

UNI Hosts African American Read-In

Read-InOn Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the College of Education, and Rod Library hosted 236 first-, second- and third-graders from Cunningham Elementary School in Waterloo and Price Lab School in Cedar Falls for the 2009 National African American Read-In at the University of Northern Iowa. The African American Read-In is a special community outreach project of the Multicultural Teaching Alliance (MTA) student organization.

From 9 a.m. to noon, the elementary school students joined UNI students involved in UNI's Multicultural Teaching Alliance and in children's literature, library science and early literacy classes to read books written by African American authors and lead book discussions and book-related art activities. The event also featured local guest readers, Charletta and Torril Sudduth, and a special presidential rap written by Gloria Kirkland Holmes, UNI associate professor of curriculum & instruction.

December 4, 2008

Dr. Tidwell on Using Centers to Support Assessment and Instruction

A paper by Dr. Deborah Tidwell entitled Do I Do What I Say? A Self-Study into the Use of Centers in an Undergraduate Course on Assessment and Evaluation of Literacy has been accepted for the 2009 American Educational Research Association annual meeting in San Diego, CA, April 13-17, 2009. This paper examines her use of centers in an undergraduate assessment course. These centers were designed for adult topics on assessment and instruction and were used to support and develop students' understanding of particular assessment procedures, instructional practices, instructional planning, and reading theories related to their assessment and instructional practices. Dr. Tidwell will also be participating in the Pre-Conference meeting for the S-STEP SIG that will occur on Sunday, April 12.

December 1, 2008

Dr. Z's Creative Cookbook for Collaborative Communication

Dr. ZeitzOn Wednesday, December 3, Dr. Leigh Zeitz (Assoc. Professor, Instructional Technology) will present a nationwide webinar about Web 2.0 tools that can help students and faculty collaborate in writing, teaching and overall communication. This webinar is sponsored by the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE). The 1-hour program can be viewed in Schindler Education Center 403 at 3:00 pm. Please come and join us.

There will also be an additional broadcast to Australia and Asia on Tuesday, Dec 2, at 6 pm. Click here for more information.

November 11, 2008

Middle Level Majors Serve At-Risk Members of Community

Sixteen of UNI's Middle Level Dual Majors served an at-risk population of youth on November 4, 2008. They held an evening session at the Bremwood Residential Treatment Center from 6:00—7:30p.m. for about 30 youth. Their topic centered on health and wellness. First the Middle Level Majors introduced themselves and conducted an ice-breaker activity. Then they broke out into four sessions: 1) nutrition, led by Renee Boggess and Marcus Hora; 2) relationships and social wellness, led by Angela Veenstra and Beth Struzynski, 3) relaxation, led by Johanna Niebuhr and Katherine Kuehner, and 4) hygiene and physical activities, led by Melissa Hulshof. The evening ended with food and fellowship. All of the UNI leaders and group facilitators belong to the Student Association of Middle Level Educators (SAMLE). The Bremwood evening was their fall service project.

November 3, 2008

UNI Students Attend National Middle School Association Conference

UNI students at NMSAFive Middle Level Dual Majors attended the Annual Conference of the National Middle School Association (NMSA) in Denver, Colorado, at the end of October. The students were Renee Boggess, Andrew LeClere, Alex Davies, Katherine Kuehner, and Johanna Niebuhr. They attended the keynote speeches, many breakout sessions, the exhibit hall, and a 21st Century classroom. Renee Boggess noted how the conference changed her concern that she was not ready for student teaching. During the sessions, she realized how well prepared she is because she already had a solid background in many of the best practices that were presented. These five UNI students made an impact, too. Joan Jarrett, the NMSA East Region Trustee, emailed Dr. Jean Schneider this message: I had the privilege of meeting Katherine, Alex, Renee, Andrew, and Johanna -- be proud!

October 13, 2008

Undergraduate Preservice Teachers, Graduate Students, and Faculty Publish Two ERIC Documents

Twenty-six undergraduate preservice teachers enrolled in Methods of Teaching Literacy in the Intermediate Grades, two graduate students (Carolyn Elser and Derek Sallis) and two faculty members (Audrey C. Rule and J. Ana Donaldson) have recently published two ERIC documents.

CartoonThe first ERIC document (ED501244) was written by Rule, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in conjunction with Associate Professor Donaldson, also of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and a graduate student from Donaldson’s instructional design course, Derek Sallis. Sallis worked as an instructional design consultant to Rule to integrate art and humor in her course and to assist her undergraduates in creating humorous cartoons that teach science content related to volcanoes, fossils, glaciers, earthquakes, caves, and crystals. Students read science trade books on these topics and used clipart settings provided by Rule and Sallis to create the cartoons. Sallis presented this project last spring at UNI’s First Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium. The document explains the approach and contains an appendix of the cartoons created by students along with an explanation of the science content they address. Twenty-six undergraduate students were contributing authors.

The second ERIC document (ED501255) was authored by graduate student Elser and Rule. This work centers on the popular children’s story, Because of Winn-Dixie, the story of a girl, abandoned by her mother, who adopts a stray dog. The dog helps her make friends in the new community to which she and her preacher father have moved. The class developed an extensive menu of differentiated instruction activities for the book, addressing ten different multiple intelligence areas at all six of Bloom’s levels for over 60 different instructional projects. Each activity is presented with a possible correct response. The document is designed to help teachers using this literary work to individualize instruction for their students. Twenty-six undergraduate students who contributed activities to this work are acknowledged as contributing authors in the document. Elser also presented this project at UNI’s First Annual Graduate Student Research Symposium.

October 7, 2008

Krueger on Exploratory Content and Fun for PreK-2 Learners

An article by Dr. Karla Krueger appeared in the September, 2008, journal, School Library Media Activities Monthly. The article entited "Britannica Learning Zone: Exploratory Content and Fun for PreK-2 Learners," provides a detailed review of Britannica's newest encyclopedia environment for primary and preschool age learners.

October 6, 2008

Nielsen and Finkelstein On Citizenship education Model

Dr. Lynn Nielsen and Dr. Judith Finkelstein, Professors of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction along with two doctoral students Amy Schmidt and Annette Duncan, recently published an article in Social Studies and the Young Learner. This 20th anniversary issue of the journal revisited articles published in the first edition in 1988. Titled Citizenship Education: Engaging Children in Community Building, the article outlines how the Democratic Citizenship Model is as applicable to the classroom today as it was in 1988 when Dr. Finkelstein and Dr. Nielsen originally proposed the model. The 2008 version situates this model in two very diverse classrooms taught by Amy Schmidt and Annette Duncan. This experience not only bridged theory and practice but also provided connections between the past and the present as senior faculty worked to introduce two doctoral students to the world of professional publication.

October 3, 2008

UNI Middle Level Program Celebrates 70 Years

The UNI Middle Level Education Program will celebrate its 70th anniversary of middle level education at Homecoming 2008. A hospitality tent, hot dogs, freebies, and fellowship will be available. UNI junior high school and middle school alumni as well as former professors of education have been invited. The current members of SAMLE (Student Association of Middle Level Educators) and current UNI faculty will be hosting this event. Please stop by the Middle Level Education tent in the West Field outside of the Dome on October 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Sept 9, 2008

COE Family Fest Weekend Open House, Sept 20

Students—Bring your family to the COE Family Fest event during UNI Family Weekend on Saturday, September 20, in the Schindler Education Center lobby. Many activities are planned, including:

  • 9:30 - Start the day with breakfast, sponsored by the Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
  • 10:00 - Hear from area teachers & administrators about the value of a UNI education. Learn about many opportunities for minors, study abroad, & other programs
  • 11:00 - Visit with faculty
  • 12:30 - Enjoy a pre-game picnic lunch on the Marshall Center lawn (one-room schoolhouse)

You will hear from school administrators who want to hire UNI grads and from others about the many opportunities for students to become involved in activities both on-campus and around the world. Please join us for Family Fest and bring your family!

August 28, 2008

Literacy Division partners with Waterloo Schools

The Literacy Education faculty has been awarded a Schindler Endowment grant to establish a professional development partnership with the Waterloo Reading First elementary schools. A class of UNI Elementary Education majors who are also Literacy Education minors will take their Literacy Education courses at Lincoln Elementary. The other two schools will also be involved in other ways. The undergraduates' participation will extend over two semesters, Spring 2009/Fall 2009. The courses will be taught by UNI professors, who will work directly in the school with the teachers, UNI students, and children. Waterloo teachers will open their room for extensive observations. UNI students will also be involved in teaching children, in being mentored by the Lincoln teachers, and in many of the activities of the school, including workshops, faculty meetings, and open houses. UNI professors will also work with the Waterloo teachers on their professional development activities. One focus of the grant is to provide undergraduates with experiences that will help to make them better prepared to teach in diverse settings.

May 3, 2008

Dr. Safford Retires After 18 Years at UNI

SaffordDr. Barbara Safford, Associate Professor and Coordinator for the School Library Studies division, was honored at a surprise retirement gathering of current and former School Library Studies students at UNI on May 3, 2008 (click to view pictures from the event). Dr. Safford has been a middle school and elementary school library media specialist in Maryland, a high school media specialist in Ohio and a public library director in Pennsylvania. Dr. Safford has been with UNI since the summer of 1990.

May, 2008

Dr. Herring named Interim Associate Dean

HerringMary Herring, interim department head and associate professor in Curriculum & Instruction, has been named interim associate dean of the College of Education, effective July 1. She will replace Biff Williams who has accepted a position as Dean of the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services at Indiana State University. Jill Uhlenberg, assistant professor in Curriculum & Instruction, will serve as interim department head of Curriculum & Instruction, effective July 1.

May, 2008

Lois Lindell Awarded Grossman Scholarship

LindellCongratulations to Lois Lindell, this year's Grossman Scholarship recipient. Lois earned a Master of Arts degree in Performance & Training Technology in 2008, and she will continue as a doctoral student in Curriculum and Instruction in the Fall. The Grossman scholarship is available to any full or part-time UNI student with a declared major or minor in Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, or Performance and Training Technology. This includes undergraduate and graduate students.

May 2, 2008

UNI Hosts Early Childhood Education Summit

The University of Northern Iowa will host an early childhood education summit, "Assessing Preschool Quality," from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 2, at Park Place Event Center in Cedar Falls.  This is the fourth in a series of summits offered by UNI to focus on the quality of early childhood education programs in Iowa and specifically those in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program.

Iowa's Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program provides an opportunity for school districts to apply for funds to use for quality preschool programs for four-year old children. The program currently serves approximately 4, 500 preschoolers in 64 school districts and will expand over the next several years.

This summit will focus on using innovative approaches to assess the quality of early childhood programs and design professional development for preschool teachers. This information will be useful to administrators, directors, teacher educators and consultants who supervise and support early childhood programs. 

The keynote speaker is Bridget Hamre, Senior Reseach Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia.  She will present "Innovative Approaches for Early Childhood Program Evaluation and Professional Development Using CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System)"

Participants will choose from a series of break-out sessions addressing supervision and evaluation of pre-school teachers; program evaluation; and assessment tools. 

For more information about the summit, contact Mary Donegan-Ritter at

May 1, 2008

Regents Center Awarded Federal Grant for cAMP Quality

The Regents Center for Early Developmental Education was just awarded a federal grant for professional development of Head Start teachers. Dr. Betsy Zan is the principal investigator, and Dr. Mary Donegan-Ritter is the project director for the grant named CAMP Quality - Coaching And Mentoring for Preschool Quality.

April 29, 2008

Kurt Meredith and Lynn Nielsen Earn Outstanding Faculty Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Kurt Meredith and Dr. Lynn Nielsen who were recognized at this year's College of Education faculty award reception. Dr. Meredith was awarded the 2007-08 Regents' Award for Faculty Excellence, and Dr. Lynn Nielsen earned the UNI Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.


April, 2008

C&I Offers New Early Childhood Graduate Endorsement

ece-promoThe Iowa Board of Education Examiners has approved a Graduate Early Childhood Endorsement Program proposed by the Early Childhood Division of Curriculum & Instruction. The program will be delivered via online or ICN courses, or a combination of the two. Students will attain the ED100 unified endorsement, Prek-3rd Grade with Special Education after completing the 16 credit hours and practicum experiences. This program is designed specifically for persons who hold a current Iowa teaching license in elementary education. Courses will prepare these teachers to teach in the new statewide voluntary preschool classrooms which are inclusive settings. Classes begin in May of 2008. Click here for more information.

April, 2008

Karla Krueger featured on front page of Grant Wood AEA April Newsletter

Karla Krueger was featured in this month's Grant Wood AEA newsletter PDF in a front-page article about a workshop series entitled Libraries, Literacy and Learning. The newsletter is distributed to all teacher librarians and media contacts in the Area Education Agency 10 region, the Agency professional staff and executive team and the State AEA Media Directors.

On April 15, Dr. Krueger led a workshop for 41 teacher librarians at Grant Wood Area Education Agency 10 in Cedar Rapids, IA. The title of the workshop was Collection Development for the School Library. The workshop was co-sponsored by the AEAs and the Iowa Association of School Librarians as part of a four-day series of workshops. The theme for the workshop series was Libraries, Literacy and Learning: Implementing the New Standards for School Library Programs in Iowa. The workshop covered * Building a rich school library collection * Resource alignment * Policies: weeding, selection, fines, circulation * Budget development * Working with the principal * Alternate funding source

April, 2008

New Education of the Gifted Graduate Endorsement

Curriculum and Instruction is offering an Education of the Gifted Endorsement beginning Fall 2008. Graduate students holding a current Iowa teaching certificate, or approved equivalent, may take the state-approved sequence of four courses to earn their endorsement. Courses will be delivered via the ICN and internet. More information

April 18, 2008

Instructional Technology faculty and students active at IACON Conference

ZeitzDr. Leigh Zeitz was the keynote speaker at this year's IACON conference in Cedar Rapids, IA. In addition to his keynote address about Web 2.0, he also delivered a hands-on workshop, Blogging and Wiki-ing, and presented with graduate student Lois Lindell a session entitled Tools for On-line Collaborative Writing: It's More than a Word Processor. Dr. Ana Donaldson and Dr. Mary Herring also presented a session on designing effective online learning courses.

April 14, 2008

Literacy Education Unveils Its New Virtual Community

This week the Literacy Education Division held a meeting with Literacy Minors. Approximately 80 students attended. The agenda included presentations by teachers and administrators from Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly schools on interviewing for literacy positions and on effective parenting programs. Also of note the Literacy Education Virtual Community, Lit Ed UNI, was unveiled at this meeting. The Virtual Community links present literacy minor students with graduates and faculty in a professional dialog about teaching and learning and will help refine the literacy education program to meet the needs of students as they move into the profession of teaching.

April 14, 2008

Lois Lindell Awarded Grossman Scholarship

Lois Lindell, a graduate student from the Performance & Training Technology program, was awarded the Spring 2008 Grossman Scholarship. The Grossman scholarship is available to any full or part-time UNI student with a declared major or minor in Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, or Performance and Training Technology. This includes undergraduate and graduate students.

April 7, 2008

C&I Graduate Students Active at UNI Graduate Research Symposium

AlharrasiKhalfan Alharrasi shares his research with fellow C&I doctoral student Hou Chun Kuong at the campus-wide Graduate Research Symposium. Derek Sallis, a graduate student from the Performance & Training Technology program, also presented his recent work at the symposium.

February 21, 2008

Derek Sallis Featured in Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier

SallisC&I graduate student Derek Sallis was recently featured in Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. Derek and his brother, Ryan, mentor Waterloo East High School Athletes.
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