It seems as if we just graduated the Class of 2011 a few days ago, but here we are, already nearing the midpoint of the fall semester. The best news so far is that more than 90 percent of our May 2011 graduates have fulfilled President Lambert's charge to enter "the most important profession of all: teaching in public schools all across America and influencing thousands of children."
It was a busy summer in Mooney Building. We quickly converted the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program into the Elon Teaching Fellows program, which will recruit students from a national pool of very high-achieving applicants. Graduate students in the M.Ed. program delivered excellent enrichment programs to local school children who were in need of rigorous academic challenges suitable to their gifts and talents, or specially designed to address their learning disabilities.
Assistant Professor Jeff Carpenter reeled in a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation, which will provide generous tuition scholarships to math and science teacher candidates. Assistant Professor Terry Tomasek was awarded $260,000 from the NSF to support her science education programs. And the search committee has found us a terrific associate dean, Associate Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah, who will lead our assessment and accreditation efforts.
...and lots more! Please keep in touch, send us your news and join us at Homecoming, Oct. 21-23.
David H. Cooper, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
Judith Howard retires from Elon
Judith Howard arrived at Elon in 1993 at a time when the school was searching for someone to establish a new special education program. Though she says she didn't know much about Elon when she arrived, "once I got here, it stole my heart." During her nearly two decades at Elon, Howard has served as department chair, director of the master of education program, director of teacher education and interim dean. In 2004, she received the School of Education's Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2010, the school's Excellence in Service Award.
"The program development has been very rewarding and where I think I have made a contribution," she says. "It has truly been an exciting 18 years."
Click here to read more about Howard's contributions to Elon and the School of Education.
School of Education's Class of 2011 graduates
The school's undergraduate and M.Ed. candidates were honored at the spring and summer 2011 Commencement ceremonies. In May, the university conferred 1,128 undergraduate degrees, 67 of which were presented to teacher candidates in education and our affiliated departments in Elon College. In President Lambert's charge to the undergraduate Class of 2011, he recognized the important work teacher education graduates play in our nation's public schools. We're proud to announce that 90 percent of our May teacher education graduates have secured teaching positions in public, charter and private schools around the country.
The master of education program graduated 39 students in its Commencement ceremony in August, in which Judith Howard, longtime professor, researcher and mentor in the School of Education, delivered the keynote address.
Elon receives $1.2 million to train math and science teachers
A $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation will bolster the number of math and science teachers Elon University graduates in the years ahead through a partnership with the Alamance-Burlington School System. Funding from the NSF's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is the largest external award Elon has received to date, and will be used to support 50 paid, education-related summer internships during the five-year program for Elon first- and second-year students majoring in math or the physical sciences. The NSF grant also covers scholarships of $21,900 each year for 18 students in three cohorts during their junior and senior years. In exchange for the scholarships, students agree to work four years in high-need school systems.
"No every 19-year-old knows with certainty they want to be a teacher, but that doesn't mean they couldn't become great teachers with the right encouragement, training and support," says Assistant Professor Jeff Carpenter, a principal investigator for the Elon program. Read more ...
Revised Teaching Fellows program
to launch in 2012-13
Elon will begin a revised Teaching Fellows program in response to recent action by the North Carolina General Assembly to phase out funding for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program. The new Elon Teaching Fellows program will recruit outstanding students nationally as well as those from North Carolina who want to pursue careers in education.
"We believe strongly in the value of the Teaching Fellows program," says David Cooper, dean of the School of Education. "We will recruit high achieving scholars and continue to offer a program that prepares them to teach in any state where they want to begin their careers." Read more ...