As the Spring 2019 semester winds down and we prepare to head into summer, I want to take a few moments to share the recent activities of two members of the College’s faculty.
Dr. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich (Department of Educational Foundations) has secured funding in the amount of $399,179 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Watershed Awareness using Technology and Environmental Research for Sustainability (WATERS) project.
The project will result in a student-centered, universally accessible middle school curriculum for learning water concepts and promoting water career awareness. The curriculum will engage students in use of GIS applications and modeling based on data collected in local watersheds. It will use Universal Design for Learning to broaden inclusivity among learners, and engage a handful of pilot teachers in the co-design and continuous improvement of the curriculum over three years.
Nanette, congratulations on this, your latest NSF grant!
The fellowship is through the Mindset Scholars Network, a high profile interdisciplinary research collaborative whose mission is to “advance our scientific understanding of learning mindsets in order to improve student outcomes and expand educational opportunity. It conducts original interdisciplinary research, builds capacity for high quality mindset scholarship, and disseminates the latest scientific knowledge through outreach to education stakeholders” (Mindset Scholars Network).
Congratulations, Nicole. Thank you for representing our College in this large national effort!
Shortly after the end of the Fall 2018 semester, Millersville University students Brooke Keefer, Elizabeth Ebert, and Madeleine Bourgeois left the United States with Dr. Deborah Tamakloe, a member of their faculty in the Department of Early, Middle, and Exceptional Education, to travel to Ghana.
Their goal was to visit local schools in Ghana; to learn more about educational programs in Ghana; to engage with Ghanaian school children, teachers, and staff; to bring much appreciated school supplies to students; and to have a little fun along the way.
The MU foursome visited the Community School in Tema, the Village School in Saltpond, the Cape Coast School for the Blind and Deaf, and the Aboom School for Children with Special Needs. Along the way, they left children with backpacks full of school supplies, engaged the students in class, taught (and were taught) playground games, and gained invaluable perspectives on schools and schooling in Ghana.
As American school districts look to hire teachers who can provide more of a global perspective to the students in their schools here at home, it is clear that Brooke, Elizabeth, and Madeleine are now able to say with a bit of confidence that they can do just that. Congratulations on what looked like a very rewarding trip!
Welcome to a new venture for the College of Education and Human Services, and School of Social Work (EDHS) – a College and School blog. While it is likely the case that, over time, we will identify other uses for the blog, I have initiated it primarily as a means to recognize faculty, staff, students, and alumni from our unit. EDHS is a complex unit comprised of five different academic departments, several offices of support, and a small number of grant-funded programs. In addition, EDHS is home to the largest service region of the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program.
We will use this space to shine light on the good work being undertaken by hardworking members of the EDHS community. If there is someone you believe should be highlighted, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, please stop by from time-to-time in order to join in the celebration.