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2020 Grawemeyer Award in Education  Announced

Mehta and Fine Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine are recipients of the 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Education. They were selected for their book, "In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School." Drs. Mehta and Fine stated that powerful learning occurs when learners are trying to do something consequential and when they see purpose in what they are doing. The core problem in classrooms is that the way American society organizes schooling does not align well with what we know about learning. Read more...


Courtade Receives $2 Million Grant

Ginevra Courtade Ginevra Courtade, PhD, chair and associate professor in the Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Prevention Science, along with Drs. Melinda Ault and Kera Ackerman, University of Kentucky, were awarded a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. Project PURPLE, Preparing Urban and Rural Personnel as Leaders in Education, will support the preparation of doctoral level leadership personnel in special education, with a focus on future faculty who can effectively research and prepare special education personnel for a variety of high-need urban and rural settings. UofL and UK will receive over $1 million each to fund five scholars at each university. Scholars will be recruited to begin their programs in fall 2020. Read more...


McFadden Named 2019 Nystrand-Offutt Scholar

Justin McFadden Justin McFadden, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary, Middle and Secondary Teacher Education, is CEHD's 2019 Nystrand-Offutt Scholar. He was selected for his project, "Exploring Elementary Teachers' Beliefs About a Sensemaking Approach of Science Instruction," which investigates science instruction experiences and beliefs of 45 pre-service elementary teachers. The Nystrand-Offutt Scholars are supported through a generous donation from Nancy and George Stablien in honor of Nancy's parents. The award supports a tenure-line, pre-tenured faculty member who is engaged in research related initiatives under the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education.


Washington Keynote Speaker at UNI Summit

Ahmad Washington Ahmad Washington, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, was a featured keynote speaker at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Education Summit, "Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices: Challenging Systemic Inequity and Injustice in Education and Health."
In addition, Dr. Washington is an editor on the recently released book, "Creating and Sustaining Effective K-12 School Partnerships: Firsthand Accounts of Promising Practices." The book combines manuscripts and studies that explore partnerships and strategies educators and education leaders use to produce positive socio-educational outcomes for Black students in various contexts. The book is published by Information Age Publishing. Read more...


Leach and Brydon-Miller Receive Fellowship

Mark LeachMary Brydon-Miller Mark Leach, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling and Human Development, and Mary Byrdon-Miller, PhD, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, are recipients of a 2020 Fellowship with the Project for Ethical Leadership Excellence offered through the University of Louisville College of Business. The project goal is to create a Structured Ethical Reflection (SER) process designed specifically for business leaders to incorporate into their decision-making processes.
Dr. Brydon-Miller was also a guest on Mark Hebert's UofL Today Radio Show. She discussed how she is helping students and Moore Middle School and a school in South Africa with environmental education. Link to the show...


Landrum Publishes Article

Tim Landrum

Tim Landrum, PhD, professor in the Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Prevention Science, is lead author on the article, "School Shootings: What We Know, What We Can Do," which is featured in the October issue of Educational Leadership. The theme of the issue is, "Making School a Safe Place." Former CEHD doctoral student, Chris Sweigart, is co-author of the article. Learn more...



Alagaraja Named Editor of HRDR

Meera Alagaraja Meera Alagaraja, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development (ELEOD), has been appointed associate editor of Human Resource Development Review (HRDR).




Guskey Quoted in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Thomas Guskey, Thomas Guskey, PhD, Senior Research Scholar, ELEOD, was quoted in a recent article that appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune. "Teachers, Experts Question Traditional Ways of Grading," which focuses on the inconsistency of grading systems in high schools.
Dr. Guskey also is author of an article that discusses grades versus comments on students' work. The article is titled, "Grades Versus Comments: Research on Student Feedback," and is published in Phi Delta Kappan. In addition, Dr. Guskey's article, "Interpreting Average Effect Sizes: Never a Center Without a Spread," was published in the November 27 issue of NASSP Bulletin.


Sun Receives ASHE Award

Jeff Sun, Jeffrey Sun, PhD, JD, interim associate dean for innovation and strategy and professor, was selected for the 2019 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Distinguished Service Award. He was presented the award during the ASHE conference that was held in November.



UofL and CEHD Selected for CPAE Award

The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AACE) Commission for Professors of Adult Education (CPAE) selected UofL and CEHD for the CPAE Curriculum Award. The award recognizes innovative approaches to the education of adult learners.


Bergman Publishes Book

Matt Bergman Matt Bergman, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, and co-authors, published the book, "Unfinished Business: Compelling Stories of Adult Student Persistence," through Information Age Publishing (IAP). The book contains stories and research that show the value adult students bring to colleges and universities that help them complete their degrees. Dr. Bergman was also the keynote speaker at the Complete College American's New England Summit: Reengaging Adult Learners.


Staff News

Wright Nominated for Advising Award

Eric Wright

Eric Wright, Academic Counselor Sr. in the CEHD, was recognized as a nominee for the 2018-19 Provost's Award for Exemplary Advising. The nominations were submitted by multiple current and former Health and Sport Sciences students that Eric advised during the 2018-19 academic year.


Student News

Abbie Sell, a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association's (KPA) Ethics Committee and author of, "Stop and Take Stock," an article that was featured in a recent KPA newsletter. Her article discusses ways that psychologists can maintain a work-life balance.


Bridget CauleyBridget Cauley, a new graduate of the doctoral program in counseling psychology, is the December 2019 recipient of the UofL Guy Stevenson Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies. The award recognizes an outstanding doctoral degree recipient who has demonstrated excellence in both scholarship and leadership within the discipline, and has made significant contributions to teaching and service.


Sharry Bain, a graduate student in the human resource and organizational development program, was selected to participate in the PhD Project. The project was founded on the premise that advancements in workplace diversity could be propelled forward by increasing the diversity of business school faculty. The PhD Project’s expansive network of supporters, sponsors and universities helps Black/African-Americans, LatinX/Hispanic-American and Native Americans attain their business PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.


Manuel Garr and Nicole Fields, who are both in the educational leadership and organizational development EdD program, presented at the University Council for Educational Administration conference that was held in New Orleans in November. They co-presented, "Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline: Restorative Practice Effects on African-American Male Discipline Behavior"; "Examining Whole School Restorative Practice on the School to Prison Pipeline"; and "Trauma-Informed Care: School Administrators and Student Support Team Beliefs and Understandings." Read more...


Kate Berghuis, a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program, along with Dr. Patrick Possel, professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, and Caroline Pittard, a new graduate of the Counseling Psychology program, published, "Perceived Discrimination and Depressive Symptoms: Is the Cognitive Triad a Moderator or Mediator?," in Child and Youth Care Forum.

Alumni News

Annie Heskett Gordon was named the new softball coach at Male High School in Louisville, KY. She was previously the assistant coach at Male for the past two seasons. Gordon also works for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as an events and outreach specialist. She received her master's degree in sport administration from the CEHD.


Ronda Cosby, a graduate of the B.S. in Early Elementary Education program and M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services program with a concentration in Elementary School Counseling, was named principal of the new Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Females of Color STEAM Academy. The academy is scheduled to open during the 2020-21 school year. Cosby has worked for JCPS for nearly 30 years and was principal of Chancey Elementary School. She is a recipient of the Hilliard Lyons Principal Award and an ExCEL Teaching Award.


Kim Banta, a graduate of the doctoral program in Educational Administration and Leadership, won the 63rd District Seat in the House of Representatives for the Kentucky State Legislature. Dr. Banta retired from the Kenton County Public Schools earlier this year after serving as their Chief Academic Officer.


Erin Schneider has received national recognition for her teaching by being named a recipient of the 2017-18 Presidential Excellence Award in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). She is a teacher at Atherton High School and a graduate of CEHD's Master of Education in Secondary Education degree program. PAEMST is the highest award given by the U.S. government to K-12 teachers of mathematics and science.


Robb Smith, a graduate of the doctoral program in educational leadership and organizational development program, and Kyle Ingle, assistant chair and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, co-presented, "New Superintendent Induction: Informants' Perceptions of Program Delivery and Intentions to Stay," at the University Council for Educational Administration conference, which was held in New Orleans in November. Read more...

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