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College of Education Blog
Get timely information on current events in education and insightful monthly topics from the College of Education's blog, Teaching in Purple. Our blog features posts from students, staff, faculty and guest writers to give a variety of insights into the world of education.
Student and Faculty Honors
Along with our accomplished faculty, GCU's best and brightest are continually recognized for their achievements in teaching and leading. We proudly showcase the achievements of our faculty, students and alumni:
- On April 28, 2015, the university’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi inducted 40 online students and 20 campus-based students into its ranks as part of an end-of-the-year ceremony at the College of Education. Incoming student president Bethany Wilson and incoming treasurer Sydney Knight, who was selected by the Arizona Education Association to attend the National Education Association conference in July as a student delegate, were recognized for their contributions to the College of Education in the past year.
- At the 2015 Arizona Professors of Educational Administration Conference in Phoenix, College of Education graduate Christina Sweador was recognized for her outstanding work in the educational leadership master’s program.
- Undergraduates Cassandra Johnston and Maria Meyer are the latest GCU students to earn placements in the prestigious Rodel Promising Student Teachers for fall 2015.
- Elementary education students Reyannin Haggard, Emily Wagner and Jessica Wood were named spring 2015 Rodel Promising Student Teachers.
- 2014 College of Education Alumna Terri Anderson-Schlader was named the Middle School Teacher of the Year in Huron, SD, in the spring. She teaches special education in the social learning classroom at Huron Middle School.
- Ash Fork’s Superintendent and 2011 College of Education Alumnus Seth Staples was named Superintendent of the Year.
- 2009 College of Education Alumnus William Aligood was one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Outstanding Educator of the Year in Pinellas County Schools.
- Joanna Simpson, EdD, an academic programs director and associate professor in the College of Education, was published in the journal “Gifted and Talented International,” which is produced by the World Council for Gifted Children.
- At the 2015 TESOL International Conference in Toronto, online full-time faculty members Katy Long, Cheryl Savio, Mia Damiani and Emily Bergquist (manager) gave a presentation on “Diversity in Online Setting: Engaging the Adult English Language Learner.”
- At the 2015 International Conference on Education in Chicago, Dr. Joanna Simpson and Director of the Center for Literacy and Learning at Kennesaw State University Megan Adams, PhD, co-presented a qualitative case study entitled “Accepting the Exceptional: Marginalized Gifted Students.” They were also invited to judge the poster session presentations. On the same date, Emily Bergquist and Rick Volk, director of online instruction, presented a poster session titled “Classroom Assessment Techniques: Checking for Student Understanding in an Introductory University Success Course.”
- Faculty members Shelley Evans and Rebekah Dyer were named most outstanding advisers for 2014-15 by Best Buddies Arizona for their leadership and commitment to the organization, which focuses on friendship and self-development programs for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The co-advisers for Best Buddies’ GCU chapter guided students as they helped with the inclusion of special-needs people in their schools and communities.
- The College of Education was well represented at the 2015 Spring Association of Teacher Educators’ Conference that was held in Phoenix from Feb. 13-17. The presentations included:
- “Addressing a Shortage of High-Quality Teachers: An Escalating Dilemma for Arizona Schools” by Kimberly LaPrade, PhD; Bev Hurley, EdD; Paul Stanton, EdD, from Humboldt School District; and Jennifer Johnson, EdD, from Arizona Department of Education.
- “Power of Play: Impact on Student Achievement and Overall School Climate” by Marjaneh Gilpatrick, EdD, and Valencia Winfrey from Playworks.
- Breaking the Silence via Mobile Devices” by Brandon Juarez, online full-time faculty manager.
- An article by Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, dean of the College of Education, Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, the College of Education’s executive director of educational outreach and David Perkins, DBA, associate professor in the Colangelo College of Business, was published in the “Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.” The article is titled, “Impact of Reflective Practice on Online Teaching Performance in Higher Education.”
- Dr. Joanna Simpson was named executive director of Arizona’s chapter of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
- Assistant Professor Rebekah Dyer was named vice president of the Arizona branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
- At Arizona Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition Services 2015 Conference, Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick facilitated a breakout session titled “Tell Me a Tale: The Art of Storytelling to Increase English Learners’ Oral Language & Written Expression Skills.”