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Spring has come and with it the promise of renewal, as well as a time for celebration of the year’s accomplishments. I am especially pleased to note: (1) the unanimous approval by the university's Curriculum Committee and anticipated fall 2011 opening of our new major in early childhood education, (2) the successful promotion, tenure and continuation decisions for five of our School of Education colleagues, and (3) the continuation of the trend toward successful recruitment of a full cohort of North Carolina and National Teaching Fellows. The future of the School of Education is very bright.

It also was with great relief that I received the results of the latest survey of our 2010 graduates, and the employment picture is actually better than I had expected: 85 percent of education majors are now either in teaching positions, graduate school or both. It is very heartening to know that, even in a dismal job market, Elon’s teacher candidates are snapped up by schools at nearly normal rates, a tribute to the excellent preparation they receive from our faculty and school partners.

It was with deep gratitude that we learned recently of the new Richard and Peggy Thompson Athletic Scholarship, designated for a student-athlete who is an education major, with first preference given to a member of the football team. I look forward to joining the Thompsons and Jason Swepson, Elon's new head football coach, when the time comes to make the first award from this generous endowment.

Finally, I want to say THANK YOU to all who responded to our appeal for gifts to the School of Education. This year we have used these gifts primarily in support of teacher candidates who are attending professional education conferences and, in many cases, presenting to conference attendees the results of their research in schools.

Have a great spring and summer, and please keep in touch. We love hearing great stories from our alumni!

David H. Cooper, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, School of Education

Faculty spotlight

We congratulate and celebrate our School of Education faculty who received promotion and tenure earlier this spring. Elon's board of trustees promoted Jean Rattigan-Rohr, E. Stephen Byrd, Richard Mihans and Mary Knight-McKenna to associate professor, and approved Lynda Butler-Storsved for a continuation in lecture track.

We are pleased to announced that Cherrel Miller-Dyce will extend her postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Education for a second year. Dyce had a successful first year at Elon teaching and establishing her research into college access for disadvantaged students.

Carol Smith, associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, received the Physical Education Association University Teacher of the Year Award at the Annual North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference held in November in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Gerald Dillashaw, professor of education, and 23 Elon students are studying in Costa Rica this spring. The students are living with host families and enjoying the cultural immersion experience. Thirteen education majors are among the students studying there and are engaged in practicum experiences in several schools in San Jose. Read more ...

Liz Bailey, lecturer in Elon's Department of Health and Human Performance, was named the 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student in Wake Forest University's Department of Health and Exercise Science. Read more ...

Amy Stringer, assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, colleague Katherine Jamieson and four Elon students presented their research at the Southern District conference for the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Greensboro, N.C., in February. The research, "Physical Education in US News 2009-2010: A Critical Content Analysis," was part of the poster presentation.

Student spotlight

Senior Amanda Ketner won the Outstanding Mathematics Education Student Award for the Central Region at the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in November. The award recognized Ketner's dedication to mathematics education through her studies, service and scholarly work. Ketner (right in photo) received her award from NCCTM President Wendy Rich (left in photo). Read more ...

Junior Eliza Mathew (left in photo) debuted a quilted artwork piece, "The Reading Garden," in the School of Education's Curriculum Resource Center in February. Mathew produced the quilt during a Winter Term course, "Story Magic: When Words Ignite Images," during which students each work individually on parts of a quilt that is gifted to local schools. Mathew decided to donate her quilt to the School of Education. Read more ...

Program spotlight

Elon's Teaching Fellows hosted an alumni panel on March 10 addressing "Professional Pathways and Leadership." John Denning '93, Tom McCarthy '93, April Hewett Post '01 and Kebbler McGhee Williams '98 offered current students advice about what administrators are looking for in teacher candidates and how to assume leadership roles without taking on too much added work as a first-year teacher. A theme linking the panelists' comments was for teachers to move beyond their comfort zones early in their career and not be afraid to take risks.

Elon Academy's Alpha class alumni are thriving on 13 campuses across the state. The Beta class scholars, currently seniors in high school, are receiving college acceptances almost daily; they have been accepted at nearly 30 different institutions and received more than $500,000 in scholarship funds. Elon Academy boasts its second Gates-Millennium Scholarship finalist in two years, Araceli Morales-Santos. Read more ...

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School News

Mark Enfield, Bird Stasz collaborate on article

Mark Enfield, assistant professor of education, and Bird Stasz, associate professor of education, published an article, "Presence without being present: Reflection and action in a community of practice," in the Journal of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Read more ...

Carolyn Stuart, Mary Knight-McKenna present at statewide conference

Carolyn Stuart, associate professor of education, and Mary Knight-McKenna, assistant professor of education, presented "Building Effective Family-Teacher Partnerships: A Strengths-Based Model," at February's North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children conference. Read more ...

School of Education tops in student engagement

Education majors in Elon's Class of 2010 placed the education faculty and programs among the top schools in the nation in the annual National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). Education majors' level of engagement and satisfaction with the School of Education outpaced both the overall university average and the NSSE's national average.

Mark your calendars for Homecoming 2011

We're looking forward to seeing you Oct. 21-23 for Homecoming 2011. Please check the School of Education website and our alumni Facebook page for announcements.

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