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Congratulations, Kelsey Bower!

Kelsey BowerJan. 29, 2014: Congratulations to Kelsey Bower, graduate student in the WIU reading program and 1st grade teacher in North Scott School District. Kelsey received $40,000.00 from Scott County Regional Authority (SCRA) plus a matching gift of $30,000.00 from her school district for a grand total of $70,000 for her project, "Classroom Libraries." Kelsey will be using this grant to purchase a variety of engaging and high interest books for libraries in all K-6 classrooms in the North Scott Community School District.

 

 

 

 


David M. Coupland, Fall 2013 College of Education and Human Services Scholar

David Coupland, SPED

David M. Coupland (Bushnell, IL) graduates with a B.S.Ed. in Special Education with highest academic distinction, Summa Cum Laude. He is also the Special Education Departmental Scholar. In 2004, Coupland earned his B.S. in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western and returned to study Special Education in 2009. He is a recipient of the Patricia A. Wood Memorial Scholarship in Special Education, as well as of the Dean's Non-Traditional Student Scholarship. He has served as a volunteer for Special Olympics; as a t-ball coach for the Bushnell Park District; and as a GED tutor at Spoon River College.


Congratulations, Candy Berquam!

Candy BerquamCandy Berquam, graduate student in the WIU reading program and Pre-K teacher in the Hamilton School District, received $500 from Wal-Mart for her project, "Integrating Literacy Through Technology." With the grant money, Candy is purchasing an iPad bundle for the reading resource teacher. Congratulations, Candy!

 

 

 




Congratulations, Sarah Brauhn!

Sarah BraunSarah Brauhn, graduate student in WIU reading program and literacy coach at Black Hawk Middle School in the Madison Metropolitan School District (WI) received $4,000.00 from the Lodewick Partner School Network Grant for her project, "Middle School Literacy Collaboration, Common Core, and School Improvement." This grant will fund their attendance to the Wisconsin State Reading Conference, allowing literacy leaders from the east side middle schools to come together for three days of professional learning and collaboration.

 

 

 


Congratulations, Maggie Hyde!

Maggie HydeMaggie Hyde, graduate student in the WIU reading program & Title 1 reading teacher in the Alwood School District, received a $1,000 SCORE grant for Family Reading Nights. The grant was from the Illinois Education Association in partnership with the National Education Association. She is planning two Reading Nights, one in November and one in March, to promote parent involvement and literacy at her school. She and her colleagues will have a variety of literacy events at their themed Reading Nights, celebrating literacy.

 

 


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FALL 2013 OUTSTANDING PRE-SERVICE TEACHER AWARD WINNERS!

A ceremony was held in their honor on December 13th in Horrabin Hall.

Winners pictured below:
Back row, left to right: Valerie Oakey, David Coupland, Shawna Alexander.

Front row, left to right: Tabitha Seidel, Joseph (J.T.) Baginski, Dana Sarallo.

Winners not pictured: Abigail Stevenson, Amber Terry Hall.

Fall 2013 OPTA Award Winners



WIU - Quad Cities 1st Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium

The WIU - Quad Cities 1st Annual Research and Scholarship Symposium took place in the 60th Street campus building on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. The aim of the QCRSS network is to help faculty and students at the Western Illinois University - Quad Cities campus connect with colleagues to develop research partnerships, to gain support, and to share research expertise and accomplishments. C&I alumni presenters included:

Shannan Retter, WIU-QC Alumnus, Special Education Master’s degree

            iPad Use for Accelerating Gains in Reading skills of Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities

This action research project explored the use of the iPad 2 in a special education classroom with high school students who were considered struggling readers to determine if an academic gain in reading comprehension, reading fluency, and vocabulary implementing the intervention of an iPad and four specific applications (apps). The high school students used a combination of apps for at least 30 minutes a day with the remedial reading program, Second Chance Reading. A statistical comparison of data from first semester without the iPad to data collected the second semester with the iPad resulted in a significant gain in reading comprehension and a statistically significant gain in vocabulary on the Stanford Reading Diagnostic Test.



Congratulations to the winners of the Fall 2013 C&I T-shirt design contest!

Congratulations to students Jonathan Deshasier, BS, and Brittany Havrilla, BS, winners of the C&I departmental t-shirt design contest. The t-shirts will debut for homecoming 2013. Proceeds will benefit future C&I student projects.  Light gray is the chosen color and four sizes (S-XL) are available. Please support the cause.  For orders contact the C&I office at (309) 298-1961.

C&I T-shirt 2013

Front design: Jonathan Deshasier

C&I T-shirt 2013 Back

 Back design: Brittany Havrilla

 

 

Announcing the CEC Conference on Professional Interviewing Skills

Friday, November 1, 2013
9:00-12: noon
Sponsored By: Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children will present a half-day conference on professional interview skills. The main speakers are Dr. Mark Twomey, Superintendent of Macomb Public Schools, and a panel of first-year teachers who will present their interview suggestions, experiences, and tips. There will be time for mock interviews where students can volunteer to be interviewed and receive tips from the professionals.

Tentative Schedule:

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and coffee time
9:00 - Welcome from CEC and Dr. Anne Gregory, Chair, Curriculum and Instruction
9:10 - Dr. Twomey, Interviewing Skills for Success
9:50 – Mrs. Richmond, Dressing for Success
10:15 - New Teacher Panel Presentation, Personal Interview Success Stories
          Stephanie Reiher – Macomb School District
          Lisa Davison – Macomb School District
          Lorree Kerr – West Prairie School District
          Shawna McLaughlin – Fulton County / Cuba School District
11:00 - Mock Interviews: Practice your interview skills!
12:00 - Certificates of attendance will be presented

There are a limited number of seats available. The first 75 registrations received will be confirmed for attendance at the conference.

Handouts of Interview information will be provided.

Certificates of attendance will be passed out at the end of the program.


Congratulations to Diana Cremer!

Ms. Cremer was presented with the Donald L. Troyer Award on May 10, 2013, given to honor an outstanding mentor teacher. Mentor teachers serve an essential role in our teacher education programs, hosting student teachers in their classrooms and providing support and feedback during the students' field experiences. Congratulations, Diana, and thank you for your hard work and dedication!


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SPRING 2013 OUTSTANDING PRE-SERVICE TEACHER AWARD WINNERS!

A ceremony was held in their honor on May 10th in Horrabin Hall.

The winners are pictured below:
Back row, left to right: Rachel Behm, Jennifer Rinehart, Renee Gentry, Bryan Dickinson, Shawna Meaker.

Front row, left to right: Mary Kiritsy, Dena Shaw, Ellen Rush, Lisa Welker.

 OPTA Award Recipients Spring 2013


Congratulations to Ellen Rush!

Ellen Rush (Elementary Education) was honored with the Department Scholar Award for Spring 2013. Ellen graduated Summa Cum Laude on May 11, 2013, and she proudly represented the C&I Department at Honors Convocation. Congratulations Ellen, and we wish you all the best!

Brooke Schafer recognized for exemplary work!

brookeshafer

Over 150 students and faculty from  WIU  participated as volunteers for Special Olympics in Monmouth on  May 4, 2013. Brooke Schafer, dual  Special Education  and  Elementary Education major, was the volunteer coordinator. Brooke's time and effort to organize the volunteers resulted in WIU having the largest group of volunteers at Special Olympics. The PA announcer,  Dr. Don Healy, retired professor   from WIU, gave many public acknowledgements to the big group of volunteers from WIU. Special Olympics was not only an inspiring volunteer experience, it was great publicity for Western.

 

 

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

cec group

The  Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)  received the Outstanding Small Student Organization Award at the Office of Student Activities Leadership Awards ceremony on  April 24, 2013. The  CEC  organization has completed a variety of service and professional development activities including but not limited to the  Eliminate the R Word  campaign, an iPad eBook writing project with students at West Prairie Middle School, a presentation at the Illinois State CEC Conference, Tech Fest presentations, a field trip to two special education schools in the Quad City area, campus-wide guest speaker programs, and multiple fundraisers. Officers of the group include  Brooke Schafer, Ashley Vargas, Lacey Busby, Leah Newton,  and  Katelyn Blair.  Dr. Mary Jensen, C&I,  is the advisor.

 

Dana Sarallo wins First Place Research Award!

Congratulations to Dana Sarallo, senior ELED major, who won the first place research award for ELED in the C&I department! Further details provided by Dr. Steward below:

Poster Presentation
The Report of Teachers' Percepetion and Influential Diversity Factors
Dana R. Sarallo
Faculty Mentor: Frances A. Steward, Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction

Abstract
The purpose of this report is to identify factors that impact teachers' perceptions of working with parent diversity in school settings. The significance of the diversity study is to explore the successful learning connections of teacher, parents, and students. Culturally responsive teachers who strategically build children’s self-worth and appreciation of positive identities may experientially enhance the learning of all students (Coleman, 2013). Scholarship was integral in learning about the research process, interviews’ data collection, data analysis, findings, results interpretation, and conclusions. Creativity included the design of the 6 content items questionnaire and the findings and results charts. John D. Creswell (2002) purported the significance of relevance in the literature review of the proposed study as to the following: topic, individual, site, problem, and accessibility. In qualitative studies, a-priori theme categories clarify research data and assist in visualizing the concepts. The diversified, categorical components derived from the literature review were as follows: (1.) Communicating, (2.) Planning, (3.) Provisions, and (4.) Home-school links. The interview with the questionnaire (4 categories and 6 content items) was conducted with 6 teachers in an area elementary school. The results and conclusions will determine the teachers’ instructional connections, preparations, and resources used to expand the meeting of parents’ and students’ diverse needs in a school setting.

Pictured below: WIU President Jack Thomas; Dana Sarallo; and Provost and Academic VP, Kenneth Hawkinson.
Dana Sarallo receives first place research award for ELED.



Early Childhood majors attend the Illinois State Reading Conference

On March 14-16, 2013, Early Childhood majors attended the Illinois State Reading Conference in Springfield, IL with Dr. Kathy Barclay.

Students in attendance are pictured below:
From left to right: Ashley Behymer, Elizabeth Williams, Michelle McCormick, Kendra Shelts, Jessica Davison, Dr. Kathy Barclay, Brittney Edwards, and Emily Kilman.

ECH IL State Reading Conference March 2013

 

Congratulations to Karen Nudd!

Karen was presented with the Spring 2011 Troyer Award. This award honors an outstanding mentor teacher.


Congratulations to Kenny Crosby!

Kenny was awarded the Spring 2011 Department Scholar Award.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SPRING 2011 OUTSTANDING PRE-SERVICE TEACHER AWARD (OPTA) WINNERS!

A ceremony was held in their honor on May 13th in Horrabin Hall.

The winners in alphabetical order:

 

  • Carol Beardsley
  • Eboney Chambers
  • Rebecca Curl
  • Kenny Crosby
  • Kaitlyn Dyche
  • Justine Hoeftmann
  • Laura Hofer
  • Carrie Hollenback
  • Beckie Laye
  • Courtney Knobloch
  • Mark Gregory
  • Casie Markum
  • Ashley Waterstreet
  • Abbie White

 

Fall 2010 Department Scholars: Rachel Harvey and Nicole DeRenzy!

Rachel (Elementary Education) and Nicole(Special Education) received the honor of being chosen for Department Scholar! The faculty are proud to have them represent our department at Honors Convocation. Congratulations to both Rachel and Nicole!

Congratulations Sindy DeRousse!!

Sindy wrote and received the Leaning Enhancement Grant in the amount of $1, 035.00. The money will be used to purchase 3 new listening centers including wireless headphones, cassette player, and CD player for kindergarten classrooms.

Congratulations Sara Johnson!!

Sara wrote and received a grant from Donorschoose.org in the amount of $294.32. Two Iowa residents and Build A Bear Workshop donated the money that enabled Sara to purchase new whiteboards, markers and erasers to use in her classroom.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FALL 2010 OUTSTANDING PRE-SERVICE TEACHER AWARD (OPTA) WINNERS!!

A ceremony will be held in their honor on December 17th in Horrabin Hall.

The winners in alphabetical order:

  • Aubrey Becker
  • Michelle Detrick
  • Rachel Harvey
  • Luke Howerter
  • Nina Nuesken
  • Erin Schatz
  • Leigh Terstriep

 

Congratulation to Amy Nelson!

Amy Nelson, current Reading Specialist candidate, has received a grant from Cambridge Academic Foundation in the amount of $882.55 to purchase picture books and novel units to be used across the curriculum at the middle and secondary level.

Congratulation to Lori Kennedy!

Lori Kennedy, a recent Reading Specialist graduate, received a $2,000 grant from the Morrison Area Community Foundation. This grant is providing the monies for her school district to purchase at least one smart board, a color scanner, and some software.

Congratulations to Charlotte Lindsey!

Charlotte, a recent Reading Specialist graduate, received a $500 grant from the Galesburg Community Foundation to purchase leveled books for small group instruction as part of a level 2 RtI intervention.

Congratulations to Christy VanEtten!

Christy received almost $3,000 in grant money from Dollar General to purchase books for Reading Recovery.

Congratulations to Jodi Sierra!

Jodi received $2,420 in grant money from Dollar General to purchase the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System.

Congratulations to Pam Rotherham!

Pam received $250.00 in grant money from the Credit Union in Springfield, IL to purchase sets of novels for her 6th grade literature groups!

Congratulations to Michelle Franzoni!

Michelle received $1,000.00 in foundation money to buy materials for a literacy center for kindergarten children

Congratulations to Allison Guidish!

Allison also received $1,000.00 in grant money. As a result of Allison's senior year community service project, DOT Foods awarded this grant for hearing impaired and deaf students.