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             Excellence chair Kamberelis joins faculty

             T   he chance to join a
                 diverse group of
             literacy scholars, to work
                                                                                            “I was struck by the wonderful
                                                                                         things my students were doing with
                                                                                         their writing—things that I wasn’t
             with that group to create                                                   asking them to do—to construct
             new opportunities for                                                       identities and social relations with
             students and to expand                                                      each other,” he says. “It made me
             the field of literacy                                                       think about the kinds of writing tasks
             studies, drew George                                                        we were asking students to perform
             Kamberelis to accept                                                        in school and whether or not they
             the second Wyoming                                                          were actually helping them become
             Excellence Chair of                                                         better writers and citizens.”
             Literacy Education.                                                           Kamberelis was ready to explore
                “This college probably                                                   these issues in greater depth, but the
             has a group of literacy                                                     field was not so open to them in the
             scholars who, together,                                                     early 1980s.
             are as good as any group                                                       “It was at a time when these
             in the country,” he says.                                                   kinds of issues – reading, writing
             “And when you look                                                          and identity, as well as the use of
             across campus at scholars                                                   qualitative research methods to
             in other colleges who                                  George Kamberelis    study them – weren’t popular. In
             are interested in literacy                                                  fact, qualitative inquiry in most
             issues, the quality of this                                                 educational circles wasn’t even
             larger group is astounding.                                                 considered science,” he recalls.
             That was a big draw. There is incredible potential “Both the things I wanted to study and the way I
             here—a critical mass of really, really good scholars who wanted to study them were hard to sell.”
             can create opportunities for research and teaching that      While taking a break from middle school teaching,
             would be hard to create in many, maybe most, other Kamberelis founded and operated a chain of cafés in
             university contexts.”                                     Chicago, earned a master’s degree at the University
                Kamberelis’ own decades of experience in literacy of Chicago, spent two years in a doctoral program at
             education and qualitative inquiry made him the ideal Northwestern University, and earned a master’s and a
             candidate to assume the fourth legislatively funded doctoral degree at the University of Michigan.
             professorship in the College of Education. He joins          By the time he was ready for a new teaching
             fellow literacy education chair Jim Baumann, science assignment, in higher education, the field was also ready
             education chair Tim Slater and mathematics education for his scholarly interests and approach to research.
             chair Larry Hatfield.                                      Kamberelis’ first position took him to the Center for
                Kamberelis’ abiding interest in literacy began early Writing Studies at the University of Illinois.
             in his career, while observing adolescents in his middle
             school classroom.                                                                                continued on p. 17

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             Proactive preparation for
             educational ‘sea change‘
             By Kay Persichitte, Dean, UW College of Education

             Dear Friends and Alumni,

             J   ust as the waves of change and reform caused by the
                 No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 have impacted
             P-12 schools, contemporary and historical concerns with
             the quality control of Colleges of Education are resulting
             in unprecedented pressures for significant reforms
             to both preservice teacher preparation and inservice
             teacher performance and licensure. President Obama
             challenges the United States to be #1 in the world as
             measured by our college-going rate by mid-decade.
             Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls for a “sea
             change” in education that would begin with teacher                                                                                                     Dean Kay Persichitte
             preparation. On Oct. 22, 2009, Secretary Duncan said,                                              teacher preparation indicate that there is some variance
             “Yet, by almost any standard, many if not most of the                                              across “traditional” teacher education programs and
             nation’s 1,450 schools, colleges, and departments of                                               this variance has increased with the proliferation of
             education are doing a mediocre job of preparing teachers                                           university-based and private programs that offer an
             for the realities of the 21st century classroom. America’s                                         “alternative route” to teacher certification. Studies also
             university-based teacher preparation programs need                                                 indicate that Colleges of Education have done a poor
             revolutionary change—not evolutionary tinkering.”                                                  job of documenting the effects of preservice teachers
                  What are the criticisms? They are many and they                                               on student learning, during their student teaching and
             remind us that public perception can become policy                                                 in their first years of employment.
             reality if left ignored for too long. They apply to both                                                The UW College of Education has a long history
             teachers and administrators. The most persistent                                                   of staying ahead of the curve in managing these waves
             criticisms include: the acceptance bar for becoming                                                of change…but I sense this one is different. This is
             a teacher is too low; the tools of admission are poor;                                             not another passing bandwagon…we have an ethical
             preparation for the realities of today’s classrooms is poor;                                       and moral obligation to provide the next generation
             high teacher attrition continues; shortages continue to                                            of competent and democratic professionals for our schools.
             exist; universities have established irrelevant barriers                                           Student learning outcomes and more rigorous,
             to becoming a teacher; political perception that non-                                              controlled field experiences top the priority list for our
             traditional preparation is better; poor participation of                                           immediate consideration. These are complex problems
             teacher education in initiatives to create and adopt                                               within the Wyoming context, but we cannot shrink from
             common standards and practices for all learners in all                                             this challenge. At the recent meeting of the American
             settings; and licensure standards are different in all 50                                          Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE),
             states.                                                                                            one of Secretary Duncan’s senior policy officials said,
                  How closely do perceptions match reality? I can                                               “This is NOT your mother’s student teaching.” Yes, a
             reasonably argue (and provide evidence) that our teacher                                           sea change is at hand.
             and administrator preparation programs do not match
                                                                                                                                                                                 continued on p. 19
             these perceptions…BUT recent studies of traditional

                                                                        Debra Beck, editor
                                           College of Education, Dept. 3374, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY. 82071
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             Legislative loan program eases teacher shortages
             E   asing the financial burden of students who plan to teach
                 high-need subject areas in Wyoming public state schools
             is the goal of an innovative loan program established and
                                                                              love of mathematics with my students without the burden
                                                                              of student loans,” Bertine Bahige says. Bahige now teaches
                                                                              mathematics courses on the Campbell County High School/
             funded by the Wyoming Legislature.                               North campus in Gillette.
                  So far, 99 Wyoming resident education majors have                “I was fortunate enough to be awarded the full amount
             received financial support since the state’s legislators         from the loan program both my junior and senior years,”
             established the Wyoming Teacher Shortage Loan Repayment          Kelley Humphrey says. “This was a major factor in my
             Program (TSLRP) in 2005. As of the 2008-09 school year,          preparation as a teacher. “Because of the TSLRP, I had
             46 of these students have completed their degrees in one of      the financial resources to receive a strong education as a
             the four initial certification areas. An additional 17 students   secondary mathematics teacher. That in turn allowed me
             are anticipated to complete their degrees in the 2009-10         to have a very successful student teaching semester, which
             academic year.                                                   led to a fantastic career opportunity in one of Wyoming’s
                  TSLRP provides loans to students who intend to stay         premier school districts.” Humphrey teaches ninth grade
             in Wyoming after graduation and teach in high-need subject       pre-algebra, algebra 1, and geometry classes at Natrona
             areas. Portions of the loan are forgiven for each year that a    County High School in Casper.
             graduate teaches the qualifying subject at least 50 percent           “I started learning Spanish in high school in my home
             of the time, in a Wyoming public school.                         town and from that moment on I was hooked,” Jaime
                  The original legislation defined “high-needs areas” as       McTee, who is student teaching at CY Junior High School in
             mathematics, science and special education. Two years later,     Casper this spring. “I acquired a passion and a thirst that was
             legislators added foreign languages to the list. Recently,       unquenchable for Spanish as well as the various cultures of
             legislators opened the program to individuals seeking            Hispanophones. My dream and biggest aspiration is to teach
             endorsements in reading and in English as a second language      Spanish to Anglophones and to share the Hispanophone
             (ESL). These two endorsements are not for initial licensure      cultures with my students. I also see a great need for my
             like the original content areas, but apply to teachers who       services to teach English to native Spanish speakers. For
             already have certification and want to add one of the            me, the TSLRP has helped me fund my education and has
             endorsements.                                                    enabled me to accomplish my lifetime dream of sharing
                  Recent studies sponsored by the UW College of               Spanish with the upcoming generations.”
             Education confirm that the appropriateness of the target               “The TSLRP played a significant role in helping
             areas.                                                           me complete my education as a science teacher,” Keith
                  “It’s pretty clear that those areas are still hardest       Jacobsen, who teaches junior and senior science classes
             to fill in the state,” Judy Ellsworth, Associate Dean for         at Westwood High School in Gillette, says. “Money was
             Undergraduate Programs, says.                                    extremely tight around the time of student teaching, so
                  Those who qualify for the loan program are UW               the TSLRP took a lot of the pressure off knowing I could
             students who:                                                    survive those months without paying for them for the next
                  ❖ Are Wyoming residents or graduates of Wyoming             20 years. This specific loan was a huge incentive for me to
                     high schools;                                            finish my degree in education and made me feel like the
                  ❖ Are at least junior-level in standing;                    career I had chosen was important.”
                  ❖ Are admitted to an academic program in the targeted            “I am so thankful and appreciative that the TSLRP
                     majors OR in an endorsement program in one of the        was available to me when I was embarking on the journey
                     two targeted areas;                                      to attain my masters degree,” Laramie Junior High School
                  ❖ Qualify for financial need.                                teacher Theresa Fernau says. “Without the loan’s funds,
                  Students may apply for TSLRP loans on an academic-          I would not have been able to have the schedule of the
             year basis, up to $6,000 per annually, based on financial         TRACK I that the special education program offered. I
             need.                                                            would have had to get funds from another means that would
                  Recipients of the loan express gratitude for the            have taken time away from my studies and prolonged my
             opportunities that it created for reaching their educational     graduation date. Having the TSLRP funds helped me to
             goals.                                                           get a masters degree in two years with no financial burdens
                  “I can honestly say that the Teacher Shortage Loan          and allowed me to concentrate totally on academics.”
             Repayment Program has given me a chance to share my                   Application information is available from the UW
                                                                              Student Financial Aid Office, http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.
                                                                              edu/SFA/, (307)766-2116,

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             Secondary ed majors
             spotlight reading at UW

             S    tudents
                  in Leslie Rush’s fall
             English methods classes joined a national
             effort to remind the UW community that writing remains
             pervasive in our lives, even as the forms it takes are changing   Halloween-
             constantly.                                                       themed “madlibs” table.
                  On the National Day on Writing, Rush’s students set up            The experience highlighted “a variety of fun ways to
             stations around campus designed to encourage their peers          really celebrate writing, write together, and have writing
             to express their own creativity in novel ways.                    be at the forefront of people’s thoughts,” Rush says. The
                  For example, one group of students designed and staffed      National Council of Teachers of English sponsors the
             a “magnetic poetry” table in the Wyoming Union. As others         National Day on Writing.
             passed the table, they were asked to stop, create a brief
             poem from the magnetic words provided. Class members
             then recorded student contributions via photo. Among
             other stations were a “line-at-a-time” short story table and a

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                                                                    Biennial survey:
                                                          Recent grads satisfied with
                                                                     classroom prep

             R    esults of the 2009 surveys of recent College of
                  Education graduates and their principals mirror findings
             from previous years and largely affirm that undergraduates
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             significantly higher than 70 percent. For example, one area
             where responses are consistently lower on each survey is
             classroom management. While combined responses (very                  Also, in areas where graduate confidence is lower,
             well, well, and adequately prepared) on that item fell lower     their employers remain positive overall. In some cases,
             than most others, they still totaled 77.6 percent.               employers’ assessment of new hire abilities exceeds that
                  “Classroom management is always an area that                of the teachers themselves. For example, 95.7 percent of
             new teachers feel less confident about when they begin            principals responding to the 2009 survey rated their new
             their teaching career,” Judy Ellsworth, associate dean           hires as very well, well, or adequately prepared in the area
             for undergraduate programs, says. “They become more              of classroom management (vs. graduates’ self-reported 77.6
             comfortable as they hone their skills over the first few years.   percent).
             When starting out, though, there are always the ‘unknowns’
             of a new classroom, and classroom management looms
             large as a concern. It is natural for new teachers to wonder
             whether everything will go well as they walk into their first

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             New literacy ed doc program launches
             P     roviding the next generation of literacy educators an
                  environment in which they can explore the field fully
                                                                              faculty, it is designed to draw upon a wider university-wide
                                                                              pool of resources to accommodate each individual’s specific
             and broadly, and immerse themselves in the academic              interests in a broad field.
             setting where they will one-day practice, is the framework            To support that broader vision, the program will rely
             from which one of the UW College of Education’s newest           upon collaboration with affiliate faculty working across
             doctoral programs was built.                                     campus in a variety of literacy fields. Affiliated faculty bring
                  The Ph.D. program in literacy education began               expertise in fields as diverse as English as a second language,
             admitting students during the fall 2009 semester. A rolling      emergent literacy, communication disorders, family literacy,
             application process allows prospective students to apply         early childhood education, diversity, communication,
             throughout the academic year.                                    counselor education and American Indian studies.
                  Funding provided by the Wyoming Legislature supports             “That kind of cross-pollination is really important,” Rush
             several literacy education graduate assistantships, which        says. In addition to fulfilling core curriculum requirements,
             will allow several students to study full-time, immersing        students will be able to customize their program of study
             themselves in the full scholarly experience.                     and draw upon faculty cutting across disciplinary areas
                  “The requirements that we’ve set up are designed            when setting up their committees. While the college’s
             to help you finish your program here and go on to be a            faculty already had strong literacy expertise, the addition
             successful tenure-track professor,” literacy education faculty   of two Wyoming Excellence Chairs of Literacy Education
             member Leslie Rush says. “You can get a lot of experience        introduced leadership and depth that opened the doors to
             in teaching, research and publication.”                          a doctoral program.
                  The residential program prepares graduates for careers           For more information on the Ph.D. literacy education,
             as tenure-track literacy faculty. Built from a curriculum        contact George Kamberelis (, 307-766-
             provided by the college’s eight full-time literacy education     3275) or visit

             Zorko named Top Prof

             R    etired educational studies faculty member Leslie
                  Zorko was among 21 UW professors and instructors
             recognized by Mortar Board members during the chapter’s
             annual Top Prof Night, held at the home of President Tom
             and Jacque Buchanan. Member Megan Fitzhugh, secondary
             mathematics education major, nominated Zorko for the
              All members of the senior honor society selected professors
             who have made a positive impact on their lives at UW.
             These professors go beyond normal classroom expectations
             to help their students succeed, both in college and later in
             their careers.                                                   Top Prof Leslie Zorko
                “Being selected as a ‘Top Prof’ is a great honor for
             professors because they are chosen by the students,” says        classroom, based on scholarship, leadership and service.
             College of Engineering and Applied Science Professor             Mortar Board members participate in many projects and
             David Whitman, Mortar Board advisor.                             activities throughout the year, both on campus and in the
                Selection as a member of Mortar Board is one of the           Laramie community. The Top Prof Award has a history filled
             highest honors that a UW senior can achieve. Mortar Board        with College of Education awardees, and Emerita Professor
             recognizes students who have excelled in and out of the          Zorko is our most recent honoree.

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             Secondary ed maj ors explore Project Citizen
             Slearned more three secondary education programs
               tudents from
                            about the Project Citizen program
             during a recent campus visit by the director.
                 Michael Fischer conducted the one-day workshop,
             which provided a program overview for students in
             science, foreign language and social studies. Also
             attending were inservice teachers and graduate
             students interested in Project Citizen.
                 The workshop had two objectives, according to
             science education faculty member William Medina-
                ❖ To provide participating inservice and
                     preservice teachers enrolled in the
                     “Environmental Education for Teachers”
                     course, “Social Studies Methods”,
                     and “Modern Languages Methods”
                     courses with an opportunity to earn about
                     implementing this curricular model; and
                ❖ To provide an opportunity for graduate students
                     and members of the Secondary Education                          education,”
                     Department to deepen their understanding                        Medina-Jerez says.
                     of the program and initiate a dialogue around                   “Project Citizen offers
                     research opportunities that may revolve around                  another opportunity for us to
                     literacy, social studies, modern languages, and                 address our college-wide mission of
                     science education issues in relation to Project                 preparing competent, democratic professionals.”
                     Citizen.                                                            Medina-Jerez, social studies education faculty
                 “The workshop helped us to reflect and improve                       member Carol Bryant, and modern languages education
             on our ongoing work in regard to the Wyoming-Bolivia                    faculty member Carolyn Taylor are co-coordinators of
             Partnership, the environmental education class,                         the Wyoming-Bolivia Partnership.
             secondary education methods courses, and graduate

                                                                                     Anna Farrell shares an environmental problem that
                                                                                     her small group proposed as a potential Project Citizen
                                                                                     study topic.
                                                                                                                     Erica Neville makes a point during a day-long
                                                                                                                     workshop introducing pre-service teachers to the

                                                                                                                     Project Citizen curriculum.

             Michael Fischer helped workshop participants articulate actionable
             research questions from general problems that the students posed as
             potential projects. Fischer is director of Project Citizen, a program                                                         Spring 2010— 7
                                                                                                                                           Spring 2010— 7
             of the Center for Civic Education in Calabasas, Calif.

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             Literacy ed faces changes, additions
             By James F. Baumann, Ph.D.
             Wyoming Excellence Professor of Literacy Education

             I t has been a busy academic year for
               me and my colleagues in the Literacy Education
                  Following are some of our recent efforts, projects and     Literacy Education
             achievements:                                                   Conference, at which Dr. P.
                  First, we were most excited and pleased to have Dr.        David Pearson, our field’s most prominent literacy researcher
             George Kamberelis join us in January 2010 as a second           and theorist, will make several keynote addresses.
             Endowed Chair in Literacy Education. George brings                   Fourth, we were delighted to learn that our proposal for
             wonderful experiences, achievements, and talents that           a University of Wyoming Center for Literacy was endorsed
             further expand and support our research, teaching,              by central administrators and included in the most recent
             and service work. In addition, Dr. Jenna Shim, a new            UW academic strategic plan. The Center when fully
             assistant professor in educational studies, brings additional   functional will provide evaluation and tutoring services for
             experiences and talents in the area of literacy education.      children and adolescents who struggle in reading, and there
                  Second, we have made considerable progress in              will be significant service and instructional efforts tied to the
             developing our graduate program in literacy education.          Center.
             We now have a Ph.D. option in literacy education, so that            Finally, there have been a number of personal
             students can focus their doctoral studies in our area. We       professional achievements within our faculty. To mention
             have developed and taught several new doctoral seminars         a few, Dr. Leslie Rush was named co-editor of a major
             in literacy education and others are planned. We have           English/literacy professional journal; Dr. Patrick Manyak
             recruited nationally for doctoral students, with several        had a book published recently; several literacy faculty have
             new bright and capable students joining us next fall. We        made presentations at national professional meetings and
             are in the process of planning master’s degree and doctor       have had articles published in scholarly journals; and Dr.
             of education degree options in literacy education, and we       Patrick Manyak and I began work last fall on our three-year,
             launched a new graduate program in literacy education web       $1.78 million U.S. Department of Education research grant
             page (                   examining vocabulary instruction of upper-elementary grade
                  Third, we have several important professional events       students.
             planned. In March, the literacy education program area            So, as you can see, we’ve been busy in the area of literacy
             will be hosting internationally renowned educational            education at the University of Wyoming, and we remain
             ethnographer Dr. Shirley Brice Heath for series of lectures     excited and motivated to move our program forward to
             and meetings for faculty and students across the UW             provide research, teaching, and service benefits for citizens
             campus. In September 2010, we will hold our second annual       of Wyoming and at the national and internationals levels.

                                                                                     Mingling art, science
                                                                                     I n a joint project, students in the UW science
                                                                                       education methods class and the art education
                                                                                     methods class created batik representations of
                                                                                     science concepts. From left are Lauren Lucas,
                                                                                     Laramie; Meta Dittmer, Kelly, Wyo.; and Kelly
                                                                                     Carlson, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

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             Making math meaningful: Reform to improve
             mathematical education for everyone
             By Larry L. Hatfield, Ph.D.
             Wyoming Excellence Professor of Mathematics Education

                  When given the
             chance, why do so many ordinary citizens
             express negative feelings about their experiences in school
             mathematics? Why are the “math” scores from annual testing a
             front-page news story in so many communities across America? Why do about
             50 percent of all students, nationally, fail their first high school algebra course?
                  Why do so many students avoid taking “math” classes, beyond those required for high school or college graduation? Why
             do the results of international comparisons of mathematical achievement consistently show the U.S. ranked near the bottom
             of the group? Why do too many college-entering students need to complete “academic preparation for math” courses? Why
             aren’t the major and significant curriculum reforms, as represented in the “standards movement” of the past two decades,
             producing notable improvements in all of this?

             I  n this short essay, I want to express a few thoughts and
                opinions related to these questions, and to offer some
             modest, but perhaps radical, suggestions for particular
                                                                              developmental, in two ways. “Deficits in understanding
                                                                              accumulate and compound;” inadequate background is
                                                                              a major factor leading to failure. Students who are not
             reforms that could lead to improvements in Wyoming               “ready” are significantly more likely to fail.
             mathematical education for all.                                  But, being “ready” means also that the student’s mind has
                  (1) The standards-based curriculum frameworks,              the necessary cognitive operations to reason as needed
             initiated by visions advocated by the National Council of        (developmental stage). There appear to be many critical
             Teachers of Mathematics and exhibited in the Wyoming             points in today’s schooling where too many students are not
             Department of Education (WDE) “math framework,”                  ready for what is being taught.
             can be important “starting points” for improvement. But               We must seriously consider readiness for learning
             the downward content compression at all levels pushes            as a major determinant of success. This could lead to a
             “premature formalism” of too many ideas at each level.           restructuring of grade placement of topics (e.g., perhaps
             Thick textbooks force a rushed, superficial treatment that        fractions are taught much too early). Or, more radically,
             is “a mile wide and an inch thick.” The highest achieving        perhaps we should do away with age-based grouping in
             nations have thin textbooks, fewer key ideas, each               “math” (“You are a fifth grader, therefore you must do
             developed more carefully and thoroughly to higher levels         fractions—ready or not!”). Better learning and higher
             of understanding and proficiency.                                 achievement can occur if the child is truly ready for the
                  We must now make choices. What math ideas and               conceptual demands of the topic.
             processes are important to be known by all students? By               (4) Students have different goals, purposes and
             technical or college bound students? “Less can be more.”         intentions related to studying “math.” Many of our problems
                  (2) These visions for change emphasize that students        mirrored in the opening questions might be eased if we
             must actively construct conceptual understandings of             offered alternatives to just “college-bound math” (and I
             the content, “make sense.” This represents a “cultural”          don’t mean “dumbed down” or remedial). In doing so, we
             shift from the past traditions of low expectations for           must seek greater relevance and applicability for applied
             understanding: “no need to explain, just imitate and             problem solving across disciplines and socially significant
             practice so you can pass the test.” There is evidence that too   contexts.
             many teachers don’t expect, or teach for, deep conceptual             We need to explore “contextualized, situated, and
             understanding, but continue what was expected of them:           interdisciplinary math” treatments that offer relevant
             only skillful performances.                                      problem-solving experiences. Learning to “use math” in
                  Mindless memorization for brittle knowledge is no           applications, such as modeling energy development or
             longer acceptable for a solid education of basic mathematics.    designing graphical games or exploring environmental
             “To achieve is to understand,” and real understanding            problems, can motivate and retain more students.
             will lead to higher achievement. Everyone—students,                   In the past century we’ve had many curricular reforms
             teachers, parents, and officials—must expect and test            with varying degrees of success. Perhaps we must think past
             for understanding, but in turn students must have real           “higher standards” or mandates demanded in high-stakes
             opportunities to build up and experience deep meanings.          testing, and begin to consider more fundamental changes
                  (3) By its very nature, mathematics requires thinking,      that might foster greater success, for all.
             reasoning, abstracting, justifying, solving. It is also highly                                                 Spring 2010— 9

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             College awards 2009-10
             academic scholarships

                                         Honor a Teacher Scholarship recipients
                                        Tara Henning and Daniel Colburn, with
                                                          Dean Kay Persichitte

             Mildred Petrie Scholarship recipients Jill Curry, Rachel
             Brasington and Marcellina Sanchez

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             T   he College awarded 186 scholarships totaling more
                 than $246,000 to undergraduate and graduate students
             for the 2009-10 academic year, recognizing their academic
                                                                         Crum Scholarship
                                                                           Heather Anglund
                                                                           Cody Marvel
                                                                                                      Frank R. and Dorothy M.
                                                                                                      Gruden Scholarship in
                                                                                                      Education for Sophomores
             accomplishments at a fall banquet in their honor.           Virginia Davis Scholarship     Ashley Cometto
                                                                           Kathryn Gutierrez            Kelly Gary
                                                                           Scott Service              Frank R. and Dorothy M.
             Undergraduate Scholarships
                                                                           Casey Sorenson             Gruden Scholarship in
             Ag Education/FFA Alumni      Mark Carson Trust                Jamie Summers              Education for Juniors
             and Friends Scholarship      Scholarship                      Sondra Wahl                  Tina Alvarez
              Tyler Lay                    Andrew Borcher                Delta Kappa Gamma              Ryan Mayo
             Glennie Bacon Scholarship     Laura Flies                   Upsilon Chapter              Frank R. and Dorothy M.
              Tamarah Johnson              Brandon Gifford               Recruitment Grant            Gruden Scholarship in
             Grace Thorson Brown           Charles Jamieson                Amber Barrett              Education for Seniors
             Scholarship                   Elizabeth Turnbo                Jennifer Heater              Brian Connolly
              J essica Adams              Edna Pendleton Cash              Travis Hounshell             Tara Kofakis
              Kristi Butler               Scholarship                    James Durkee Scholarship     Jessie Mae Halsted
              Jordan McConnell             William Kotter                  Amy Fox                    Scholarship
              Carissa Zabel                Anna Thomas                   Leah and Ken Griffin             Kayla Buss
                                           Shaina Wilson                 Scholarship                  Ola A. Hammond
                                          Charlotte Cossairt               Joel Alworth               Scholarship
                                          Scholarship                      Josie Paisley                Linda Miller
                                           Lauren Reynders
                                          Mary M. and David H.

             Superior Student in Education Scholarship recipients Jami
             Jackson and Julianne Blaha, with Dean Kay Persichitte

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             College                      Keiji G. and Shirley
                                          S. Okano Memorial
                                                                       Linda and Ron Vosika
                                                                                                     Cindy Dunham
                                                                                                     Darcy Eickhoff
             awards            cont.      Scholarship
                                            Sarah Hurt
                                                                        Alison Steele
                                                                       Laurence and Mathilda
                                                                                                     Dana Gale
                                                                                                     Brandi Jensen
             Ernest and Helen Hilton        Darcy Sherman              Walker Scholarship            Michael Mahoney
             Scholarship                  Harriet Knight Orr            Bridget Brinkerhoff          Shawn McDougald
               Tina Alvarez               Scholarship                                                Lana Mecca
               Riccardo Castle              Caolon McNamee             Lura O. Wirick Scholarship    Kelli Pederson
               Sarah Cole                 Mildred Petrie Scholarship     Troy Kavangh                Brenda Peterman
               Sarah Davidson               Chelsey Barkley              Yenicet Wilcox              Cindy Reynders
               Brent Jurgensen              Rachel Brasington          James Zancanella              Paula Richards
               William Kotter               Jill Curry                 Scholarship                   Elizabeth Smith
               Aaron Locker                 Angela Hernandez             Eric Ensor                  Jefferson Stacy
               Garret Lym                   Jennifer Pillivant                                       Charles Woolwine
               Paul Martinez                Marcellina Sanchez                                      Sigrid See Endowment
               Jaime McTee                Reeves Family Scholarship    Graduate                     Scholarship
               Ronald Morgan                Amy Dumbroski              Scholarships and              Michael Aagard
               Isaiah Perez                 Shannan Hitch              Awards                        Christina Bekken
               Randi Perry                Margaret Smith Powell                                      Maggie Bell
               Lydia Rush                 Scholarship                  Clarence Jayne Scholarship    Shauna Bruckner
               Jennifer Smith               Nicholas Bauman              Tenzin Yeshi                Clarrisa Cole
               Anna Thomas                Mary Mead Steinhour          Patricia B. Ferris-Hawley     Rebecca Favinger
             Suzanne P. Hoffman            Scholarship                  Scholarship                   Todd Hickman
             Memorial Scholarship           Sherri Loran                 Karen Harms                 Kory Hokanson
               Manford Hurley             Paul Stock Foundation          Chelsey McManus             David Goff
             Honor a Teacher              Scholarship in Education       Debra Starks                Matthew Gordon
             Scholarship                    Kenneth Coiteux            Evelyn Milam Scholarship      Judy Kinney
               Gabriel Alsina               Kathryne McBride             Michael Bishop              Patricia Kuberra
               Erica Anderson               William Royer                Cynthia Chavez Kelly        Lee McCoy
               Daniel Colburn               McCashin Vercimak            Eirin Grimes                Kerri Peil
               Tara Hennig                  Stephanie Yenger             Sara Iselin                 Joe Price
               Shelley Limegrover         Jane and Michael J.            Konja Klepper               Sarah Ramsey-Walters
             James and Dorothy Hook       Sullivan Wyoming Teachers      Kiphany Roberts             Robert Reece
             Scholarship                  Scholarship                    Cynthia Zimmerman           Joyce Shimogaki
               Jasmin Bond                  Elizabeth Anderson         Hilton Family Scholarship     Wendy Smith
               Amy Irish                    Kaleb Brinkerhoff            Cynthia Chavez Kelly        Victoria Winters
               Sonalva McIntosh             Ashley Cornella            Lyle Miller Scholarship      Elnora Brooks Memorial
             Wendy C. Jacobson              Michelle Culver              Michael Bishop             Scholarship
             Scholarship                    Stephanie Los                Cynthia Chavez Kelly        Sarah Hughes
               Amber Barrett                Sean McGrath               Arden White Scholarship      John K. Corbett Memorial
             Orla V. Lamb Scholarship       Wren Morgan                  Michael Bishop             Scholarship
               Sarah Davidson               Christopher Mullane          Cynthia Chavez Kelly        Emily Rowley
               Darcy Sherman                Anna Thomas                  Samantha Kessler           Donald S. and Dorothy
               Michael Wilson             Superior Student in          Russell I. Hammond           L. Bird Special Education
             Everett Lantz Scholarship    Education Scholarship        Scholarship                  Scholarship
               Erin Estes                   Julianne Blaha               Christina Hunter            Orvin Jenks
             Emma Jean Mader                Jami Jackson               Maurice Wear Scholarship     Eleanor R. “Rusty”
             Scholarship                  Gordon and Reta Mae Tate       Barbara Austin             Rowland Scholarship
               Heather Emmons             Scholarship                    Ivan Willey Scholarship     Andrea Driskill
               Isaac Kalinowski             Jessica Sparks               Christina Hunter           Leona and Jeanette Heptner
               Rolfe Schartzkopf          Janice Thiel Scholarship     Margaret “Peggy” Cooney      Scholarship
               Loni Sorensen                Lee Helbig                 Scholarship                   Barbara Austin
             Robert and Jacqueline          Albert Strickert             Nikki Baldwin               Hoi Yuen Chan
             Malonek Scholarship in       George and Grace Shively     Rex R. Anderson &             Courtney Crane
             Education                    Tupper Scholarship           Florence Vedder Anderson      Kathleen Fleming
               Virginia Gard                Brett Ellis                Memorial Scholarship          Mark Fleming
               Emily Pulley-Hamilton        Samantha Kirk              in the Science and            Lacy Grott
               Paula Vincelette           Altamae Wynecoop Van         Mathematics Teaching          Amanda Schreurs
             Josephine J. McCue           Sant Merit Scholarship       Center                        Teesa Yacco
             Scholarship                    Matt Gregory                 Michelle Collins            Tenzin Yeshi
               Cody Barry                   Raini Wolfley                 Jodi Crago                  Grete Zimmerman
               Annie Fenczik                                             Jody DeHaven

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             In Memorium: Agnes Milstead
             A     gnes McDow Milstead, 2006 College of Education
                   Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipient, died
             Friday, Feb. 19, in Covington, Tenn.
                                                                             countries. Along the way, she helped to develop libraries in
                                                                             the Philippines, Guyana, Nigeria, and Chile.
                                                                                 Milstead served on the boards of Wyoming State
                  Milstead was born in Covington but moved to Wyoming        Library, the Wyoming State Association of American School
             in 1936, to attend UW. Agnes obtained a bachelor of arts        Librarians, the Louisiana State Association of American
             degree (1959) in elementary education from the UW               School Librarians, the American Library Association and
             College of Education with a minor and certification in library   the Mountain Plains Library Association.
             science.                                                            Also active in her community, Agnes served on the
                  Milstead launched a teaching career in Cheyenne, but       boards of the Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, the
             libraries were where she would ultimately make her mark.        Albany County Library, the Eppson Center for Seniors, the
             Agnes joined the UW faculty in 1966, where she built a          Wyoming Territorial Prison and Old West Park, and the
             library science program. She created the first curriculum        Laramie Soup Kitchen.
             leading to a library science major and played a pivotal role        Among many ways in which her legacy will live on are
             in establishing a graduate program in the same field.            the Agnes Milstead Distinguished Librarianship Award,
                  Agnes retired from UW in 1981 and spent a significant       recognizing outstanding library faculty, and the Milstead
             portion of the years that followed traveling to more than 80    Endowment, which funds library purchases and educational
                                                                             programs for the University Libraries.

             The College of Education honored Agnes Milstead in 2006,
             bestowing upon her the Distinguished Former Faculty Award.
             Escorting Milstead onto the field during halftime of a Cowboy
             football game were Amber Vossler, education ambassador,
                                                                                                                         Spring 2010— 13
             and Melanie Friesen, Athletic Department intern.                                                            Spring 2010— 13

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             Life sciences site swap: Teachers are learners

             By Brenna Wanous, Wyoming School-University

             S    tarting college can be, for many students, like moving
                  to a new country.
                  Everything they were accustomed to in high school              preparedness in high school and student expectations in
             is now drastically different. Classes can be much larger            college do and do not align. “There is a gap between what
             and involve new technology. Homework assignments ask                we get them ready for [in high school], and what they need
             more complex questions requiring higher levels of writing           to do [in college]. We need to close that gap – that’s my
             and comprehension. Teachers’ expectations of students’              goal,” Carbon 2 superintendent Bob Gates said during the
             initiative and quality of work are greater.                         site swap event. “What could have been different for a high
                  And most significantly, students must learn to do              school student that would have made them more successful
             it almost entirely on their own. This transition poses              in college?”
             significant challenges to students, their college professors,             Carbon 2 participants and UW faculty from botany,
             as well as their high school teachers seeking to prepare them       zoology, chemistry, and English delved into discussions
             well for the future.                                                ranging from student engagement, incorporation of
                  The Wyoming School-University Partnership, a                   technology in lectures and homework, challenges of state
             consortium of 21 school districts, two UW colleges, the seven       testing requirements, common skill deficiencies, and
             Wyoming community colleges, the Wyoming Department                  more.
             of Education, and the Wyoming Education Association,                     Carbon 2 participants observed a LIFE 1010
             is working to rectify this issue. On Feb. 18 and 19, the            (introductory biology) weekly lab preparation meeting with
             Partnership piloted its first district-university site swap          lab coordinator Diane Gorski and eight graduate assistants,
             involving UW’s Life Sciences Program and Carbon County              in which they discussed the course’s learning objectives
             School District 2 (Encampment, Hanna, and Saratoga). Ten            and in what ways students must meet them. The group
             junior high and high school teachers and administrators,            participated in a Thursday evening LIFE 1010 lab with
             including district superintendent Bob Gates, came to UW             the graduate teaching assistants and students, and a large
             to attend classes and talk with a wide range of faculty and         lecture class with Associate Professor Patricia Colberg the
             students. Later this spring, UW faculty and students will           following morning.
             complete the swap by visiting Carbon 2 schools.                          Later this spring, the site swap will be reciprocated by
                  “This first site swap represents a next step to ‘dig a little   UW faculty and graduate students who will spend time in
             deeper’ on understanding the challenges students face when          the Carbon 2 schools. The group will interact with students,
             transitioning from high school to college,” explains Mark           experience the constraints school districts work under, and
             Lyford, director of UW’s Life Sciences Program. “While              brainstorm ways of better aligning student preparedness
             we’ve been having statewide K-16 discussions about this in          and college-level expectations.
             the life sciences for five years, experiencing high school and            “This visit was an eye-opener for all of us,” Saratoga
             college from the students’ perspective is critical and a real       Middle/High School science instructor Bob Thrasher said.
             eye-opener for faculty and administrators on both sides.”           “I think this was the best use of time I have spent during
                  The site swap came out of statewide summits,                   my tenure in this district.”
             workshops, and colloquia that the Partnership has supported              While this event was focused on the life sciences, high
             since 2005. Carbon 2 appealed to the Partnership to                 school to higher education transition issues span disciplines,
             coordinate a district-level event to determine where student                                                  continued on p.15
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             WyoCARE treasure no longer hidden

             T    he new coordinator
                  of a University of Wyoming
             clearinghouse is spending her early months working
             to ensure that a “silent, hidden treasure of free resources”
             is silent no more – and taking a more holistic approach to
             addressing substance abuse and violence prevention.
                   Johnna Nuñez assumed leadership of WyoCARE
             (Wyoming Chemical Abuse Research Education project),
             housed in the UW College of Education, in late May 2009.
             From her first day on the job, her focus has been on raising
             the 18-year-old unit’s visibility, reaching out to mental
             health practitioners and other stakeholders who would find
             value in the center’s services. She also has begun laying the     Coordinator Johnna Nuñez and four students ensure that
             groundwork for an expanded definition of WyoCARE’s core            mental health practitioners and other stakeholders have
             services.                                                         access to the substance abuse resources available through
                   “Helping communities in Wyoming to be healthy is our        WyoCARE. Shown reviewing several offerings from the facility
             goal,” Nuñez says of WyoCARE’s mission. “It’s always been         are AmeriCorps members Brooke Snyder and Jamie Garcia,
             about substance abuse and violence. But if we talk about          Nuñez, and doctoral students Lay-Nah Morris and Kiphany
             preventative factors, we go back to coping skills, such as
             handling stress, eating healthy, and taking a holistic approach
             to being well.”                                                   kids about making good decisions.” They have also done
                   This translates into not only an expanded library of        numerous presentations on diversity awareness, eating
             materials but also broader range of services that emphasize       disorders, and many more. “They’re using their skills to
             outreach activities, including presentations to practitioner      support people across the state, too.”
             and lay groups, consultations, referrals, and most recently            Funded primarily by a grant from the Wyoming
             a free opportunity to earn continuing education units via         Department of Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse
             WyoCARE’s new e-course that was designed by Nuñez.                Services Division, WyoCARE continues to serve as the
                   Graduate assistants Lay-Nah Morris and Kiphany              distribution point for educational materials on substance
             Roberts play critical roles in broadening both visibility and     abuse, violence prevention and related wellness topics.
             services.                                                         WyoCARE’s inventory includes more than 2,000 titles
                   “Their main duty is to get out there and let people         ready for distribution to practitioners, parents, and others
             know that WyoCARE exists,” Nuñez says. “For example,              interested in covered topics. The center also has a lending
             the graduate assistants held a group session at a preschool       library of videos on a range of wellness issues.
             in town, working with the teachers and talking with the                                                    continued on p.17

             WSUP cont.
             school districts and educational institutions. In addition to     site swap is the epitome of Partnership work and benefits
             site swap events, the Partnership facilitates communication       to students.”
             and collaboration among educators on all levels through                The life sciences site swap event was made possible
             statewide conferences, subject-area summits, book-study           by a $15,000 gift from the Qwest Foundation. The funding
             groups, guest speaker events, and more.                           supported a statewide mathematics meeting that featured
                  “Across all levels, academic performance is about            work around the ACT district profiles and a “Designing
             skilled and caring teachers who balance high expectations         Mathematical Experiences that Matter” workshop. Later
             and strong support,” explains Audrey Kleinsasser, director        this winter and spring, secondary and postsecondary faculty
             of the Wyoming School-University Partnership. “In a               in the life sciences, writing, and world languages will
             time of aggressive federal and state compliance, it’s more        meet.
             important than ever for faculty across levels to talk with             To get involved and to receive email updates from the
             one another about learning expectations. Since access to          Partnership about these and other events, visit www.uwyo.
             academic opportunity is a core Partnership principle, the         edu/wsup.

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             New WyoCARE coordinator wins MacNeel Award

             A      year
                    full of transitions and
             changes ended on a positive note for lifelong
             Wyoming citizen Johnna Nuñez: word that she was the
             Wyoming Counseling Association’s 2009 J.R. MacNeel
             Award winner.
                  The J.R. MacNeel Award is given in remembrance
             of the first Counselor Education Department head at
             UW. It recognizes a Wyoming Department of Education
             employee, UW employee or a graduate student.
                “It was really affirming to receive an award from people
             outside of the university who could see and appreciate being
             ‘out there,’ being available and willing to help,” Nuñez
             says of the recognition. “It’s way more than a plaque on
             my wall.”
                  The award caps off a year when Nuñez received her
             Ph.D. in counselor education (May 2009) and began the next
             phase of her career coordinating the Wyoming Chemical
             Abuse Research Education project (WyoCARE). While                                  2009 MacNeel Award recipient Johnna Nuñez
             post-graduation career choices abounded, Johnna hoped to
             find an opportunity that would allow her family to remain              counseling field was her work in the Laramie Downtown
             in Laramie, a community she had grown to love during                  Clinic,” Bruce explained. “Self-initiated, Johnna
             each of her three degree seeking educational opportunities            volunteered to consistently devote Wednesday late
             there. When the time came to make a decision, the choice              afternoons and evenings several times each month to offer
             was clear.                                                            counseling services to those in need at the Clinic. Johnna
                  “This is a great place to give back,” she says of the            continued this work throughout her doctoral practicum.”
             decision to accept the WyoCARE position and join the                       Nuñez also developed and launched an online course
             College of Education community in a new role. “It feels               in 2008, CNSL 5020, “Holistic Health: Finding a Mind-
             like it is a place of service, and it really felt like that is what   Body-Spirit Connection,” in response to needs expressed by
             I was supposed to do.”                                                Wyoming’s practicing counselors. It continues to be offered
                  Colleagues in the UW Counselor Education Program                 every summer to an increasing audience.
             nominated Nuñez for the award.                                             “The world is so often defined and lead by those
                  “Johnna distinguished herself as a doctoral student              who present themselves and frankly, I am not willing
             who demonstrated academic excellence, professional                    to miss an opportunity to help make our state and
             success, accomplishment and potential,” counselor                     our world an even better place to be,” Nuñez says.
             education faculty member Mary Alice Bruce wrote when                       The UW College of Education tradition remains
             nominating Nuñez. “Recognized for her outstanding                     strong in Johnna’s family. Her mother, Carla Laron Nuñez,
             teaching and inspiration to others, Johnna also                       graduated in 1966 with a degree in secondary English
             received the Ellbogen Graduate Assistantship Award,                   education.
             the highest UW honor given to a graduate assistant.”
                  “An example of Johnna’s devoted service to the

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             Kamberelis, cont.
             “The Center was looking for someone to teach                     while, at the same time, serving its local community
             theory, research, and pedagogy around writing issues,            and the state better and better.”
             as well as qualitative research methods. The fit was                   George also finds the state to be an institution that
             perfect,” Kamberelis remembers. Among other things,              supports K-16 education wholeheartedly.
             the faculty at the UIUC Center for Writing Studies                    “The state seems to have a real commitment—
             involved multiple departments on campus, creating                ideologically, pragmatically, and financially—to
             “quite a brain trust” and an environment where the               education at all levels,” Kamberelis says.
             collaboration experiences that will serve him well at                 Some of his initial work at Wyoming has been
             Wyoming grew.                                                    devoted to the recently launched doctoral program
                  Other career stops on the way to Laramie included           in literacy education. Kamberelis, along with fellow
             three years at Purdue University and 10 years at                 literacy education chair Jim Baumann and the entire
             the University at Albany-SUNY. At each of these                  literacy faculty, are charged with leading literacy
             institutions, his teaching assignments drew upon his             education initiatives, including the new Ph.D.
             literacy education and qualitative inquiry expertise.            program.
                  Kamberelis was not seeking a career move when                    Building support in multiple ways will be critical,
             word of the Wyoming excellence chair arrived; but                he says.
             informal research into the state, the university, the                 “We need to work with the university to make sure
             college, and the literacy education faculty led him to           that, as we build these programs, our doctoral students
             consider the possibility.                                        are well funded, and we need simultaneously to work
                  “It seemed to have all of the components for doing          to secure external funding so that our programs can
             really interesting, interdisciplinary, collective work that      grow and become self-sustaining.”
             would make a difference in the state, the region, and                 Mentoring junior faculty and supporting students
             the nation,” George says of UW’s literacy education              enrolled in the program also are high priorities.
             program.                                                              “I expect to work fairly hard with the doctoral
                  “I see the University of Wyoming and the College            students that we have now, and also to engage in
             of Education as perfectly poised to be what the                  recruitment efforts that will allow us to buld the
             Carnegie foundation calls the engaged university,”               doctoral program,” Kamberelis says. “I also expect to
             Kamberelis adds. “The University of Wyoming is                   work with the other endowed chairs to help build an
             becoming better and better as a research institution             infrastructure of support for junior faculty.”

             WyoCARE, cont.
                  Interest exploded during the summertime, translating        expense stipends in exchange for work in the office. In
             immediately into more orders for WyoCARE materials.              addition to routine clerical and shipping support, each
                  “Our orders were up about 1,000 percent in one month        AmeriCorps member is responsible for one major project.
             in the last quarter,” Nuñez says.                                Snyder, a junior from Redvale, Colo., is preparing an
                  Even more important are the relationships being built,      online database of resources across the state for launch
             not only with individuals already employed in mental             at WyoCARE. This database is being constructed in
             health and substance abuse professions but also with             collaboration with the Department of Corrections. Garcia,
             individuals training to enter the field. WyoCARE staff            a freshman from Rawlins, is adding descriptions of every
             members are making special efforts to acquaint graduate          resource to the online inventory and performing many other
             counselor education students with the program, “so that they     helpful tasks. “She is so willing to help out wherever she is
             remember that when they’re out there and they don’t have         needed,” says Nuñez.
             anybody to consult, or they have an ethical dilemma that              While WyoCARE’s mission will remain constant, how
             they don’t feel comfortable talking about to their supervisor,   staff members fulfill it will likely shift as citizen needs
             or they need to check out a movie, they can come to us.”         expand and evolve.
                  WyoCARE’s staff expanded by two this year, when                  For more information on WyoCARE’s services, call
             it successfully recruited two AmeriCorps members to the          1-800-895-1121 or visit this website: http://www.wyocare.
             program. Brooke Snyder and Jamie Garcia receive living           org/.

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             Alumni Bulletin Board
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                                                                               member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She met the love of her life,
             Debra Beck, Ed.D., editor                                         Air Force Academy graduate Jon Friedman, while attending
             UW College of Education                                           the wedding of mutual friends. The couple married in June
             1000 E. University Ave.                                           2004. In addition to her B.A. from UW, Friedman earned a
             Dept. 3374                                                        master of education degree while her family was stationed in
             Laramie, WY 82071                                                 Korea. Katie is survived by husband Jon, Quinn and Quinn’s
                                                                               older brother, Clark. Donations can be made to the Katie
              Katie Wise Friedman, B.A., 2001, Elementary Education/           Wise Friedman Memorial Fund (for Clark and Quinn), c/o
             Creative Arts, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, one day after giving   Integrity Bank and Trust, 13475 Voyager Parkway, Colorado
             birth to her second son, Quinn. While at UW, Katie was a          Springs, CO 80921.

             Slater joins National Science Teachers
             Association Board
             P    rofessor Tim Slater, the first recipient of the Wyoming
                  Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair
             in Science Education, has been elected to the Board of
                                                                                  The NSTA position is the latest in a list of national
                                                                               organizations on which Slater has served. He has been the
                                                                               education officer for the American Astronomical Society,
             Directors of the National Science Teachers Association.           an elected member of the Board of Directors for the
               NSTA has a membership of 55,000 teachers and represents         Astronomical Society of the Pacific, an elected councilor-
             interests of K-12 and higher education science educators          at-large for the Society of College Science Teachers, served
             from across the country.                                          on the Editorial Board of the Astronomy Education Review,
               At UW, Slater is working with other faculty to implement        and has served multiple terms as chairman of the Astronomy
             a Ph.D. program in which graduate students conduct                Education Committee of the American Association of
             education research on teaching science. His research focuses      Physics Teachers.
             on student conceptual understanding, with emphasis on
             non-science majors and pre-service teachers.

             Contributing                                                      Education students
             to education                                                      serve as AmeriCorps
             scholarship                                                       members
                                                                               C   ongratulations to the following College of Education

                                                                                   students who are serving as AmeriCorps members
                  ix College of Education faculty serve as editors of
                                                                               during the spring 2010 semester:
                  academic journals. Faculty members and their journal
             assignments are:
                                                                               Emmy Coxbill                    Joshua King
                                                                               Molly Humphrey                  Kristy Palmer
             Multicultural Perspectives — Francisco Rios, Ed.
                                                                               Jake Jensen                     Spencer Reid
             Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
                                                                               Troy Kavanagh                   Ashley Rousseau
                 — Marty Agran, Ed.
             English Education — Leslie Rush, Co-Ed.                           In support of their service, members receive civic training
             Linguistics and Education — George Kamberelis, Ed.                and an education award.
             Rural Educator — Mark Stock and Heather Duncan,

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             ‘sea change,’ cont.
                  Clearly, all Colleges of Education are situated in         interact during their careers. Our responsibility is to
             a federal policy climate of increased, evidence-based           assure that the impact is a positive one. We will need
             accountability. Along with state certification agencies,         the support, cooperation, and collaboration of every
             we are transitioning from “highly qualified” to “highly          internal and external constituency as we attempt to
             effective” with measuring tools not yet fully defined. It        ride this wave.
             is a certainty that one measure of effectiveness will be            We need your support to recruit, prepare, induct,
             student achievement. Colleges of Education MUST                 support continuous improvement, retain, and reward
             adjust our data collection and assessment systems to            effective teachers and administrators as a critical
             link teacher education program data to student learning         partner in the Wyoming P-20 educational system. In
             outcomes!                                                       2010 there are 98,000 public schools in the U.S. serving
                  The sea change that is appearing on the horizon for        50 million students who are taught by 3.2 million
             UW teacher preparation programs will impact current             teachers. Of these, 15,000 are considered to be high-
             and future preservice students, current and future              poverty. We have much work to do.
             inservice teachers and school administrators, and the
             hundreds of thousands of learners with whom they will                                                           Sincerely,

                                   University of Wyoming
                College of Education annual lfund o f E d u c a t i o n
                                      Col ege
                          1000 E. University Ave. • Dept. 3374 • Laramie, WY 82071 • Phone (307) 766.3145 • Fax (307) 766.6668

             Please accept my/our gift to UW Annual Giving in the amount of:
               $125    $250     $500       $1,000   $2,500      Other $_______________________________

             This gift is designated for:
                  Dean’s Discretionary Fund                                           Special Education Department
                  Adult Learning & Technology Programs                                WY School-University Partnership
                  Counselor Education Programs                                        Science & Mathematics Teaching Center
                  Educational Leadership Programs                                     Education Undergraduate Student Support
                  Educational Studies Department                                      Education Graduate Student Support
                  Elementary & Early Childhood Education Programs                     UW Lab School (PREP)
                  Secondary Education Programs                                        Curriculum & Instruction
                Other          Check enclosed $ ______________      Charge my credit card — Card type ________________________
             Card number _____________________________________________________________________ Exp._______________
             Signature ___________________________________________________________________________________________
             My name ____________________________________Phone ________________ E-mail___________________________
             Address ________________________________City _______________________ State _________ Zip ______________

             For more information please call the University of Wyoming Foundation during normal business hours:
             (307) 766-6300 or (888) 831-7795 • Online:
             Please send me information about planned giving (wills, trusts, etc.).
                 Yes, UW is named in my will.
                 Yes, my company matches my gifts. I have included a form from my company.

                                              Thank you. Your gift is tax deductible as provided by law.
                                             Make check payable to the University of Wyoming Foundation
                               Mail to University of Wyoming Foundation • 1200 E. Ivinson Street. • Laramie, WY 82070
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                    College of Education      University of Wyoming
                    Dept. 3374
                    1000 E. University Ave.
                    Laramie, WY 82071

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