CEHD News Fall 2015

Dean's Message

Dean LarsonIt is my pleasure to share with you the College of Education and Human Development’s fall e-newsletter. Whether you are a current or prospective graduate or undergraduate student, faculty or staff member, a graduate of the college, an inquiring parent, a community member, or a donor and supporter of the CEHD, we want you to know that we are proud of and excited about past and recent successes and new directions for the College.

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Meet our New CEHD Faculty

Stephanie PhilippThe CEHD proudly welcomes six new faculty this spring. They bring to the college and our students a wide range of experience, research, and fresh ideas that will further support our work and partnerships in the community and the university.

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Cardinal Success Program Opens at Nia Center

cardinal success programThe Department of Counseling and Human Development and Dr. Eugene Foster, Director of the Cardinal Success Program, have opened a second office at the Nia Center, which is located on Broadway in West Louisville, and serves families and individuals of all ages. The program will provide access to quality behavioral health services to the residents of West Louisville free of charge. This is the second Cardinal Success Program that has been established in West Louisville. The first was at The Academy @ Shawnee, where over 160 serves students have been served.

A unique feature of this Cardinal Success Program is the art displayed in the suite, which is provided by West Louisville artists. The theme for the exhibits is hope and inspiration and the artists’ work will rotate throughout the year.

"We want to be very much a part of the West Louisville community and have consulted with local leaders on how we can work together. One of the ideas presented to us, was to give local artists the opportunity to showcase some of their work in our suite," stated Dr. Foster. If you would like to learn more about CSP or visit the new office, call 502-485-3888 or go to the Cardinal Success Program website.

CEHD Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Grawemeyer Award in Education

 Grawemeyer AwardThe CEHD was host to several events this fall that celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Award in Education. Book Club discussions with Deborah Brandt and Howard Gardiner were held in September, and a final Book Club discussion, which will feature Diane Ravitch, will be held on October 20th, 5 p.m., Ekstrom Library, room W104.

The events will be capped off with an Grawemeyer Education Awards Symposium, Thursday, October 15th, 5 – 6:30 p.m., Comstock Hall, School of Music. Special guests are three former Education award winners, Drs. Pasi Sahlberg, Vanessa Siddle-Walker, and Carol Gilligan who will serve as panelists, and Mr. Bob Edwards, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and former NRP host, as discussion moderator.

CEHD Faculty and Students Volunteer at
ParaPan American Games

ParaPan American Games

Students and faculty in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences worked as volunteers for the ParaPan American Games, which were held in Toronto, Canada this year. Read about their experiences and see photos on their blog,


McGatha Receives Grant For Math/Science Partnership

Maggie McGathaMaggie McGatha, Associate Professor in the Department of Middle and Secondary Education, received a $375,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Education. The two-year grant will fund professional learning opportunities that are designed to improve subject matter knowledge, teaching expertise, and leadership capabilities of mathematics teachers in the elementary grades. Twenty-one JCPS teachers will complete the Elementary Mathematics Specialist (EMS) endorsement as a result of participating in the two-year project, and will lead lesson study cycles with other mathematics teachers in their schools. Faculty in MISE and the A&S mathematics department will teach the courses for the EMS endorsement.

ELEOD Faculty Receive JCPS Research Grant

Gaetane Jean-MarieJefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) awarded Gaetane Jean-Marie, Department Chair for Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development, (ELEOD), a $394,523 four-year grant for the study, "Developing an Equity Responsive Climate: Enhancing Instructional Capacity to Increase Student Learning." The study is an information-gathering research project that is designed to collect data from JCPS principals, assistant principals, teachers, students, and parents on cultural competence, climate and culture, instructional capacity, learning conditions, and other perceptions.

The research team comprises of Dr. Gaëtane Jean-Marie (PI); Dr. Bradley Carpenter, (co-PI), Assistant Professor; Dr. Tia Dumas, (co-PI), Post-Doctoral Fellow; Dr. Daniel Spikes, (co-PI), Assistant Professor Iowa State University; and Dr. Jason Immekus, Associate Professor, and Dr. Lisa Hooper, Professor, (co-investigators).

PNC Fellows Use Drama to Enhance Learning

PNC-grow-up-greatEleven CEHD early childhood and elementary education students were selected earlier this year to be part of the first group of PNC Grow Up Great Fellows. PNC Foundation donated $247,000 towards the program as part of the company’s Grow Up Great initiative. On Sept 22nd, a press conference was held at DuValle Education Center, which showcased the outstanding work of the students and the program. PNC Foundation, the CEHD, Jefferson County Public Schools, and StageOne formed a partnership to create a program that uses drama to enhance preK learning. The goal of the program is to improve key readiness skills for kindergarten success, particularly for at risk PreK children. Nearly 250 JCPS preK students participated in the program this past summer. About the same number of children are expected to do so during summer 2016.
See story on Courier Journal - Different kind of preschool 'acting out'
See video at WLKY.com - JCPS, UofL team up to help students learn through drama

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Fullbright Scholars

A Third CEHD Students Receives Fulbright Scholarship

Lora Danielle Robinette is the 10th UofL student to win the prestigious Fulbright award and the third CEHD student selected this year. Robinette is a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching program, Middle Education with a Social Studies major, and a teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. She will teach in Brazil beginning in spring 2016.
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Markita Helton and Allison Fried received their awards earlier this spring. Markita Helton, who graduated this May with a degree in elementary education, won a Fulbright award to teach English in South Korea. Allison Fried, who completed in May a master’s degree in teaching with Spanish and middle school social studies certifications, will teach English in Madrid. Read more about Markita and Allison on the UofL Scholars web page.

CEHD Student Named CHRO of the Year

HRO Today Magazine selected KAWEL LAUBACH, a graduate student in the CEHD's M.S. in Human Resources and Organizational Development (MSHROD) program, as the Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) of the Year. Kawel is the Chief Human Resource Officer for the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, which is based in Connecticut.


Bridgewater Named 2015 Alumni Fellow in Education

Teddy Bridgewater, a graduate of the Sports Administration Program and Quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, has been selected as the 2015 Alumni Fellow in Education. Bridgewater's mother, Rose, will accept the award for him at the annual Alumni Fellows celebration, which will be held on October 22nd at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Tickets to the event may be purchased on the Alumni Association website.

CEHD Alumni Selected For Ashland Inc Teacher Achievement Awards

The following CEHD graduates are recipients of the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc 2016 Ashland Inc Teacher Achievement Award.

  • Gina Beasley, 1148512 – M.Ed. in Reading Education, awarded August 2003
  • Joshua DeWar, 1817702 – M.A.T. in Early Elementary Education, awarded December 2012
  • Meredith Patton, 1433792 – M.Ed. in Secondary Education, awarded December 2009
They are among several teachers in Kentucky who were selected for the award and who now qualify to compete for the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in October. http://www.kentuckyteacher.org/news/2015/09/24-ashland-inc-teacher-achievement-award-winners-named-2/


Gnadinger New President of St. Catherine's College

Cindy Meyers Gnadinger, a graduate of the CEHD’s Education Leadership and Organizational Development (ELOD) Ph.D. program with a concentration in P-12 Administration and certification in Supervision of Instruction, has been selected to serve as the eighth president of St. Catherine’s College, which is located in Springfield, KY. She had previously served as provost for the college.