Dean's Message

Dean Larson We had a very busy spring semester at the CEHD, and things continue to move at a brisk pace as we begin our summer work. Research and teaching are ongoing as we prepare for the fall semester. We have much to be proud of in the CEHD and this newsletter features highlights of some of our recent accomplishments.

In addition to our news below, we have awarded just over $400,000 in scholarship funding to CEHD students from fall 2016 - summer 2017. This wouldn't be possible without the generous donations from our alumni and friends. I want to thank all those who have contributed to our scholarships and the CEHD and invite everyone to please give to the College. Your donation, no matter the amount, does make a difference.

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College News

2017 Grawemeyer Award Winners Visit Central High School

Diana Hess and Paula McAvoyDiana Hess and Paula McAvoy, recipients of the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Education, were selected for their book, The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education. The book explores the roles of teachers in perpetuating serious and thoughtful conversations about difficult political issues. Central High School principal, Raymond Green, invited them to present to a masterclass of students who were interested in their research. It was a lively discussion and CEHD Dean, Dr. Ann Larson, stated that it was reflective of the research and recommendations for pedagogical practices and democratic learning presented in their book.

ELEOD to Lead Fort Knox Course for Third Year

CFDC The Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development (ELEOD) was awarded funding to continue the U.S. Army's Cadre and Faculty Development Course (CFDC) at Fort Knox for the third consecutive year. Faculty and staff in the CEHD and from many other colleges/universities will teach courses over the summer to army service personnel who work and teach in ROTC programs across the country.

The purpose of the program is to develop world-class cadre with knowledge, skills, and abilities to instruct and lead future officers of the United States Army in diverse, college-level environments with both functional and cutting-edge research in higher education, learning sciences, college student development, and organizational behavior. The program has more than 55 faculty, six support staff, and a program evaluation team. Dr. Jeffrey Sun, Professor and ELEOD Department Chair, leads the project. The cost of the project is just over $2.3 million.

HSS Faculty Lead ROTC Workshop

ROTC Workshop Faculty and graduate assistants in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences' (HSS) Exercise Physiology program were asked by UofL's ROTC program to lead Physical Education Preparation Workshops for their cadets. Instructors Jessica Gibb, Liza Ledford, Mike Jett, and graduate assistants Greta Cesarz, Kristin Nash, Frank Muntis, and Keith Gwork designed and led the workshop. The group analyzes movement patterns and energy systems that are part of the U.S. Army's new physical fitness test.

Study Examines Physical Activity and Classroom Behavior

Minds in Motion Daniella Terson de Paleville, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences (HSS), is conducting the Minds in Motion program, which studies the correlations among physical activity and classroom behavior, academic performance, balance and motor skills. The study was based at Hawthorne Elementary School, which is the only Spanish-immersion school in Kentucky with a large percentage of minority representation. Students follow an exercise program that begins each day before the start of school. Students in underserved populations often have less access to quality physical activity outside of school, which may be related to academic performance. Therefore, the goal of this study is to introduce an affordable and sustainable physical activity program that helps minimize the barrier to regular exercise and improve classroom performance. UofL undergraduate and graduate students worked with Dr. Terson de Paleville to coordinate the physical activity program and gather and record data.

Washington Conducts Hip Hop PD for JCPS

Ahmad Washington Ahmad Washington, Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, was invited to lead a second professional development workshop on Critical Hip Hop Pedagogy for teachers in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). The workshop had such an impact on the group that several of the teachers and their schools are interested in using it in their classrooms.

Critical Hip Hop is a strategy that engages students, particularly marginalized students, in conversations about social justice. Students are asked to take a critical inventory of the world they live in and determine the extent to which they reinforce the social hierarchy and status quo. Dr. Washington stated that Hip Hop is the perfect medium for this work because it evolved as a radical expression by Black and Puerto Rican people who fought systems of oppression and sought recognition and social justice.

Pennington Selected for CEC Award

Rob Pennington Rob Pennington, Assistant Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education, was selected to recieve the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Teaching in Action Article of the Year Award for his article, "Write On! Using assistive technology to teach sentence writing to students with moderate to serve intellectual disability."

Laman and Jacobi-Vessels Advisors for Mayor's Project

Tasha Tropp Laman Tasha Tropp Laman, Associate Professor and Director of the Nystrand Center, and Jill Jacobi-Vessels, Director of the Early Learning Campus and Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, are serving as advisors for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer's Cradle to Career Project. Dr. Laman will provide expertise on primary/secondary education initiatives and Dr. Jacobi-Vessels will provide expertise on early childhood programming.Jill Jacobi-Vessels

CEHD Faculty Receive UofL Distinguished Awards

Congratulations to the following CEHD faculty who were selected for UofL Distinguished Faculty Awards:

Penny Howell
    • Penny Howell, Associate Professor, Department of Middle and Secondary Education, received the 2016 UofL Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching

Jeff Valentine
    • Jeff Valentine, Professor, Department of Counseling and Human Development, received the 2016 UofL Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity Award for Social Sciences

Jean Wolph
  • Jean Wolph, Clinical Faculty in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education and Director of the Louisville Writing Project (LWP), received the 2016 UofL Distinguished Faculty Award in Service for Service to the Profession

CEHD Accreditation Unaffected by SACS Probation

The CEHD's 2016 and 2017 accreditation reviews were not affected by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) decision to place the University of Louisville on probation. The College underwent a combined Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) accreditation visit in October 2016. The CAEP review was of initial teacher preparation programs.

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CEHD Students Gain Global Learning Through ILEs

Belize student The CEHD's International Learning Experiences (ILEs) are designed to expand global learning and understanding for students in the college's degree programs. During 2017, students in teacher preparation programs visited Belize and taught in local villages; students in art therapy and counseling programs traveled to Ireland to study and discuss mental health issues with representatives from the University of Cork and the Cork Institute of Technology; students in organizational leadership and learning and higher education administration programs attended the University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD) conference that was held in Portugal; and students in the sport administration program will travel to Poland in July to volunteer and work behind the scenes at the 2017 World Games. Students who participate in the ILEs state that it is a life-changing experience, which has a lasting impact on their worldview and career decisions.

Student Receives MFP Fellowship

Ja'lessa Hardwick, a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology program, received a Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellowship in Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY). She will receive $6,000, which includes training, professional development, mentoring, and lifetime access to the MFP network of over 1,900 Fellows. The funding is made possible through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services to the American Psychological Association (APA).

CEHD Students Receive Spring Honors and Awards

Many of our CEHD students who graduated this spring received academic honors. A complete list of students who received awards from each department and Cum Laude honors can be seen in the CEHD Honors Booklet [PDF].


CEHD Grad Beats the Odds

Ryan Dant

Ryan Dant, a spring 2017 graduate who completed the B.S. in Sport Administration program, has a remarkable story of survival and determination that may serve as an inspiration to us all. Read his story...<br > CNN; WHAS11; Courier Journal

CEHD Grads Receive Hilliard-Lyons Awards

Leslie Mangum and Margot Smith, graduates of the MAT in Early Elementary Education program and teachers at Cochran Elementary, were named 2017 Hilliard-Lyons Teachers of the Year. Tim Foster, the principal at Cochran, stated that Mangum and Smith look at students' strengths, areas of growth, and strive to learn what motivates each of them to learn. They work to ensure that the necessary accommodations and strategies are in place to optimize learning for all students. Smith also is enrolled in the CEHD's Education Administration Ed.S. program.

Robinson Named Counselor of the Year

Dennis Robinson, who completed a Rank I in School Counseling at the CEHD, was named the 2017 Kentucky High School Counselor of the Year. Robinson is a counselor at the Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS).

Pollio to Serve as JCPS Interim Superintendent

Dr. Marty Pollio, a graduate of the CEHD's Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development program, will serve as Interim Superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). He is the principal of Doss High School and will assume the post of superintendent on July 2nd. Read more...

Price Named OVEC Superintendent

Dr. Terry Price, a graduate of the CEHD's M.Ed. in Middle Grades Education, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development and Ed.S. with Superintendent certification programs, was named superintendent of the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC). Dr. Price was the assistant superintendent of Henry County Schools and had previously been the director of elementary education for Bullitt County Schools.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the CEHD Honors and Scholarship Committee was able to award over $400,000 in scholarships during the fall 2016 semester and spring 2017 semesters.