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A Spring Publication of the Widener University Center for Eduction
A Message from the Associate Dean and Director
New Faces At The Center
Kathleen A. Bowes, Assistant Professor of Technology Education and Coordinator of the Technology Center, previously served as the Technology Staff Consultant for Logan Township School District. Since joining the Widener faculty in September 2001, Dr. Bowes has redesigned the Instructional Technology curriculum, developed a variety of new courses, and coauthored the Link-to-Learn grant proposal. B.S., West Chester University; M.Ed, Rosemont College; Ed. D., Wilmington College. Arlene DeCosmo, Associate Professor (half-time), recently retired after serving as Dean of University College since 1988. She will teach in the Higher Education Leadership program, serve on dissertation committees, and serve as a member of the Center for Education Advisory Board. B.A., Clumet College; M. Ed., Chicago State University; Ed. D., Northern Illinois University. Ellen Fennick, Assistant Professor of Special Education/Elementary Education, will be teaching courses and coordinating undergraduate programs in special education and elementary education. Prior to coming to Widener, Dr. Fennick was on the faculty at Southwest Missouri State University and at Saginaw Valley State University, and taught special education at both the elementary and secondary levels for 11 years. B.S., Boston University; M.A., University of Tulsa, Ph. D., University of Nebraska.
his past summer, upon returning to the United States from Scotland, I saw at the Newark International Airport a large photograph of the World Trade Center with the message, "We shall not forget." Almost reduced to tears, I remember thinking how much we have lost and gained since 9/11, and how our thoughts about our lives are forever changed because of that day. Not Shelley B. Wepner surprisingly, the faculty and staff at the Center for Education used these past two Associate Dean and Director years as a challenging opportunity to bring honor to themselves and to the Center. While their feelings of loss were great, their dedication to achieving in substantive ways was unprecedented. In addition to recognition from students for their teaching, faculty were acknowledged for their extensive scholarly work through publications, presentations, exhibits, and grants. These accomplishments are described in the following pages. Program development also flourished. New courses were developed for a number of programs. The faculty approved joint five-year programs for both elementary education and special education; coursework for an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology; and joint programs for an M.Ed. in Human Sexuality/Psy.D. Clinical Psychology and an M. Ed./MSW. Revisions were also made to the educational leadership program and the doctoral programs in reading/language arts, higher education, and school administration. The student teaching program was revised to include a separate seminar; and a student teaching portfolio for school nurses in the Health Education certification program was approved. Community outreach grew in leaps and bounds. Our Professional Development School (PDS) at Lakeview Elementary School in Ridley School District brought many opportunities for both the faculty and the students, with 20 faculty from both education and the arts and sciences involved in mutually agreed upon professional development activities. Highlights of new events included Widener Arts Day for all third-grade students and the creation of the Widener-Ridley web page by Dr. Antonia D'Onofrio. Using funds from the Link-to-Learn grant, two wireless computer labs with Internet access were placed in Lakeview, and special computer workshops have been held to train faculty, students, university supervisors, and cooperating teachers how best to integrate technology into the elementary curriculum. Thanks to the efforts of Barbara Hanes, our PDS liaison, the Center for Education inaugurated its second PDS with Ridley Middle School in Ridley School District on September 18, 2002. In addition to our formal PDS relationships, Center for Education faculty and students enjoyed sharing their talents and resources with the community. We held three special events on campus: The Second Biannual Reading Conference, organized by Dr. Nancy Ziomek; an enchanting Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) evening with children's author Jerry Spinelli, planned by the KDP executive committee and advisor Dr. Bernard Brogan; and a presentation on emerging technologies by WHYY's CompuDude Peter Cook that was chaired by Dr. D'Onofrio. Child Development Center Director Noreen Nicholas collaborated with Crozer Chester Pediatric Residency Program for a grant entitled Pediatric Education to Deliver Community Integrated Care to Children. Dr. Richard Thurlow sponsored a Saturday program for the children of Chester, with particular emphasis on Reader's Theatre. He also hosted a radio program each Sunday, 4:00-6:00 p.m. on WDNR 89.5 FM, to promote children's literature. Thanks to the leadership of our graduate assistants, Elizabeth White and Gerardina Martin, we continued with Widener Reads, a federal work-study program, in Saint Katharine Drexel Elementary School to provide tutoring for children. Our Center for Education Advisory Board, consisting of Center for Education faculty as well as teachers, administrators, businesspeople, and policy makers from the region, helped us to understand ways to improve and promote our programs. The pages that follow talk about the many types of initiatives begun by faculty and students to support the University. Broad in scope and serious in purpose, these accomplishments are intended to enrich the lives of our current students, positively impact the thinking of our alumni, and remind us of our precious opportunities as United States citizens.
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New and Revised Programs Approved
The Joint M.Ed. in Human Sexuality/Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology will enable students to realize three goals at the same time and become therapists, educators, and sexuality professionals through one combined, clinically-based program. The new five-year, full-time program allows students to enroll simultaneously in Human Sexuality Education and Clinical Psychology courses beginning with the first year and to have clinical experience in both fields of practice. The Human Sexuality Education program is now also affiliated with the Council for Relationships. A joint MSW/MEd in Human Sexuality Education has also been added this year. The Five Year Joint B.A. in Special Education/M.Ed. in Elementary Education and the Five-Year Joint B.A. in Elementary Education/M.Ed. in Special Education offer students seeking certification in both elementary and special education the opportunity to complete the necessary requirements and graduate with two degrees and two certifications after five continuous years at Widener. The new programs replace the previous offering of a dual major B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education, which also required five years, but did not provide a graduate degree. The Instructional Technology M.Ed. program has been completely redesigned so that the Center can apply for the Instructional Technology Specialist (ITS) Certification through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New courses introduced as part of this curriculum overhaul include TED530 Instructional Design and Integration, TED532 Media Design and Integration, TED505 Hardware/Software Systems, TED533 Assistive Technology in Education, and TED540 Internship in Instructional Technology. The curriculum for the Ed.D. in Reading/Language Arts has been redesigned and now includes a choice of two tracks--Reading Diagnostician or Reading Leadership. Students who pursue the Reading Leadership track will be able to earn Pennsylvania certification as a Supervisor of Reading within the program. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership/Principalship and the Principal Certification program have been redesigned to coincide with changes in Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)'s certification requirements. Revisions to the programs also incorporate the "Standards for School Leaders," developed by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC). Coinciding with this change, new tracks are being added to the Ed. D. programs in school administration.
Grants and Grant Applications
During the past year, the Center for Education sought outside funding to enhance its programs and assist with new program development. The following grants have already been received and others have been submitted, but not yet decided: Assistive technology. The Grant Wiggins Foundation (Sylvia Charp and Donna Weitzel), $2,667 funded. The purpose of this grant is to bring assistive technology to the teacher education program. The grant has already sponsored Dr. Robin Dole (Physical Therapy) and Mrs. Trish Wolf (special education adjunct faculty) for online courses in assistive technology. It also funded research on assistive programs at colleges and universities, both national and regional. An article about this initiative appeared in T.H.E. Journal. A new web-based course on assistive technology for graduate students has been developed and is being offered during the summer of 2003. This effort, led by Sylvia Charp and Donna Weitzel, has involved faculty members Dr. Margaret Inman Linn, Dr. Shelley B. Wepner, Dr. Kathleen Bowes, and recent graduate Elizabeth White. Technology3: A project to promote training, modeling, and mentoring the effective use of technology. Link-to-Learn Improving Technology at Colleges and Universities Grant, Pennsylvania Department of Education, $251,000 Funded. The Link-to-Learn Grant proposal, developed and submitted by Dr. Kathleen A. Bowes, Rita Serotkin, and Dr. Shelley B. Wepner, is one of only 23 awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The funding is being used to develop a technology instruction program to teach, model and mentor the integration of technology into the teacher-education process and K-12 curricula. As part of this effort, teacher candidates are creating electronic portfolios containing their lesson plans, research, and photographs and digital videos of their teaching experiences. University and grant funds have been used to purchase the latest software and educational technology, to create a state-of-the-art computer lab in Kapelski Learning Center and to purchase three iBook wireless mobile computer labs. Two of the portable labs have been placed in our Professional Development School at Lakeview Elementary School for use by student teachers, their supervisors and cooperating teachers, and first- and second-grade students. The third lab is being kept on campus for use by instructional methods courses and education students. Grant funds have also enabled the Center to hire a Technology Learning Specialist (Kenneth Kay) and a graduate assistant (Caryn O'Connell) to ensure that everyone involved in the teacher education process is trained in and able to implement best practices in infusing technology into the curriculum. To learn more about the Technology 3 project, log onto http:muse.widener.edu/~ceducate/L2LGrantFinal/index.htm Technology and Literacy Initiative. The Raymond Foundation, $30,560 Funded. This grant, submitted by Richard Thurlow, is providing support for the Widener Student Education Association's innovative volunteer service programs in literacy and technology for children in Chester. Funds were used to purchase an iBook Wireless Mobile Lab and recording equipment to enhance a technique called Reader's Theatre for Saturday workshops. As part of this project, which is directed by Dr. Thurlow and doctoral student Michele Burns, children attending the Saturday classes will read and record Reader's Theater versions of stories. Those recordings will then be played on "The Story Garden," a radio program developed for children that is broadcast on Sundays over Widener's local radio station WDNR, 89.5 FM.
Beginning in September 2003, Citizenship create books for a women's shelter, which they shared with Dr. Wepner Education certification will replace Social Studies on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. This change was made as a result of changes in certification programs effected by PDE. This new certification is similar to the former Social Studies program and will enable graduates to teach history, political science and economics in grades 7-12.
K. Wasserman's students helped Chester children
Center for Education Seeking NCATE Accreditation!
The Center for Education will be seeking National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation. The faculty has already completed the preliminary steps in the application process. NCATE accreditation is a national mark of excellence for any college or university offering education programs. The application process will involve an in-depth self-study and review of all of the Center for Education's degree and certification programs, culminating with a final visit and assessment by an NCATE Board of Examiners.
Center Featured in Alumni Magazine
The Spring 2002 edition of the Widener University Alumni magazine featured an entire section on The Center for Education, with numerous articles reviewing its many programs, highlighting faculty activities, and interviewing some outstanding alumni and faculty.
News from the Professional Development Schools:
There are now two!
The past year has been an exciting one for the Center's Professional Development School (PDS) program, marked by expansion and a growth in partnership activities at all levels. This fall, the project, which began in 1999, doubled in scope when the Ridley Middle School officially became The Center for Education's second PDS. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 18, 2002, Widener President James T. Harris III and Ridley School District Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Ignatuk spoke of their hopes for the new school partnership with the Middle School, which now joins its neighbor, Lakeview Elementary School, in the program. These partnerships between the schools and the university allow faculty and administrators to work together to enhance learning at all levels, to improve the preparation of new teachers, foster professional development, conduct active research, and serve as resources for each other. As President Harris said at the opening Revolutionary war reenactment during the ceremonies, "This is an equal Social Studies Day for Ridley Middle School. partnership that will benefit both parties." PDS activities over the past year, under the guidance of liaison Barbara Hanes, reinforce the mutuality of this program, its goals, and its many beneficiaries and participants. Recently, more than 100 middle school students came to campus to explore Revolutionary War era events, including the chance to meet George Washington (B Brogan) and John Adams (G. Henderson). Students. Each year Lakeview Elementary School students visit Widener for three days of special educational activities that are connected to their regular classroom studies. On October 30, 2002, approximately 75 fourthgraders attended Widener Social Studies Day under the guidance of Dr. Gordon Henderson, Having President Harris greets new citizens at Lakeview Social Studies Day. passed through a simulation of the immigrant experience, the students were sworn in as citizens of the new Widener Society by President Harris. Widener Science Day also brings over 80 fifth-graders to campus each January for hands-on science experiments in physics, chemistry, and environmental science by Widener faculty coordinated by Dr. Stephen Madigosky. On April 23, 2002, nearly 80 third-graders attended the first annual Widener Arts Day, coordinated by Dr. J. Joseph Edgette, and learned about the Titanic, music, poetry, French literature, and photography. Lakeview students were also able to attend a half-day Saturday enrichment program offered by a graduate-level social studies methods class, coordinated by Dr. Bernard Brogan and Barbara Hanes; and nationally known entomologist Randy Morgan (and many of his favorite bugs) spoke to fifth-grade science classes at Lakeview. Widener Teacher Candidates. Students in the Center's elementary education methods courses benefit from the PDS in many ways. ED 101 Introduction to Education classes had Professor Mara Parker explains classical music early field experiences with elementary at Widener Arts Day. and middle-level students in Lakeview and Ridley Middle School. Students in the social studies methods course observed and presented lessons to fourth graders, and students in the reading/language art methods course did the same with first- and fifth-grade students. Secondary students in the Reading in the Content Area course and elementary education students in Dr. Nancy Ziomek's reading/language arts methods course have observed and presented lessons to students at the Middle School. Eleven Widener teacher candidates were also placed at Lakeview for their student teaching experience this past year. Lakeview Teachers & Widener Faculty have many opportunities to partner with each other on research projects and to visit and teach in each other's classes. For example, during the past year, Lakeview teachers were guest speakers in Dr. Margaret Inman Linn's special education class and Dr. Bernard Brogan's social studies methods classes. Three Lakeview teachers, principal Barbara White of Lakeview, and principal Gail Heinemeyer of Ridley Middle School were guest speakers for Dr. Sara Lamb's student teaching seminar; and Lakeview teacher Guy MacCloskey completed his third year as an adjunct faculty member in the Center for Education. Other PDS activities included joint research on the shifting responsibilities of university faculty and university supervisors in infusing technology into teaching and the creation of a Widener-Ridley web page. The new web portal, developed by Dr. Antonia D'Onofrio, contains links to Ridley School District web sites and educational sites for teachers, students, and parents; showcases work by students and teachers from Lakeview and Ridley Middle School; and offers interactive opportunities between Ridley School District and Widener. The Widener-Ridley web page can be accessed at http://muse.widener.edu/~aad0002/RidleyPortalPage.html.
One of the common features of Professional Development Schools is to provide teachers opportunities for high quality professional development. The WidenerRidley PDS partnership is no exception. Widener faculty members have presented various workshops for teachers at Lakeview, including Differentiated Instruction (Antonia D'Onofrio) and Desktop Management for Macintosh Computers (Kathy Bowes). In addition, courses are now being offered within the Ridley School District leading to a master's degree and/or certification in Counselor Education.
News from the Child Development Center
By: Noreen Yoder The Child Development Center was painted during the summer of 2002. Forty children began at the Center this fall, twenty of them three and four-year olds and twenty of then five-year-olds, transitioning into kindergarten. Widener student, Kelly Leahan, has left the CDC after five years to do her student teaching in the fall, and student Kelly Riepen has replaced her beginning Fall 2002 (another Miss Kelly!). We are continuing our partnership with the Crozer Chester Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program under a grant entitled, Pediatric Education to Deliver Community Integrated Care to Children, in which the residents play an active role at the Child Development Center through field observation and presentations to staff, children, and parents.
Each fall, representatives of the Center for Education travel to Atlantic City to talk to convention participants about Widener University's graduate and undergraduate programs in Education. Always a high point of the year, NJEA gives us a chance to see our New Jersey alumni, some of whom even volunteer to help staff our booth.
Three Faculty Members on Sabbatical in 2002-2003
Dr. Patricia Lawler was on sabbatical for the Fall 2002 semester. Along with colleagues Dr. Kathleen King and Dr. Rosemary Deem, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of Bristol, UK. she undertook an international research study of professional development theory and practice in higher education. Dr. King, a graduate of the Higher Education doctoral program at Widener, is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. They focused on interviews and surveys in North America and the UK with colleagues who are responsible for faculty development in colleges and universities. While there is ample research on effective principles and practices of adult education and their effectiveness, there is very little research on the theoretical foundations of faculty development initiatives and a paucity of data from an adult education perspective. This fall Dr. Lawler traveled to the UK and several universities throughout the US to collect data. The data will support the development of a model of best practices for use in North America and the UK. By using an international perspective the researchers are taking into consideration similarities and differences among faculty developers, as well as broadening our interpretation of adult education practice. See http://www.fordham.edu/gse/kpking/profdevstudy.htm for further information. Dr. Richard Thurlow is on sabbatical for the Spring 2003 semester, researching the effectiveness of technology in enhancing the Reader's Theatre experience. Utilizing the computer equipment purchased with grant funds obtained from the Raymond Foundation, Dr. Thurlow plans to record children reading stories accompanied by music and sound effects and then to broadcast the enhanced recordings on `The Story Garden," a radio program for children on Widener's local radio station. Although he has used the Reader's Theatre strategy in Widener's Saturday enrichment program in the past, Dr. Thurlow will now expand the program to area schools and research the effectiveness of the enhanced program both on campus and off. Dr. Robert Wright is also on sabbatical for the Spring 2003 semester, engaged in research related to the Florida higher education testing program. The state of Florida has long been a leader in high-stakes testing and accountability at both basic K-12 and higher education levels. It was the first state to require all high school students to pass an achievement test in order to receive their diplomas; and in 1981, it initiated the College Level Academic Skills Project (CLASP) to ensure that all college students could demonstrate competency in reading, communication skills and mathematics. For a variety of reasons, the state adopted provisions to exempt some students from testing based on coursework and grades, but these exemptions were not allowed for college students in teacher preparation programs. Dr. Wright's research will attempt to determine the validity of the exemptions granted for the mathematics section of the CLASP between 1998 and 2001. He will also be looking at the difference in the validity of the state exemption policy when students are divided into groups by such variables as gender, SAT scores, GPA, and high school class rank. Dr. Wright will be conducting his research in cooperation with the School of Education of the University of South Florida at Tampa, where one of Widener's doctoral students, Christine Cotter-Schwartz, is currently employed.
Kathleen Wasserman, Robert Wright, Rita Serotkin, Noreen Yoder greet guests at NJEA
Widener University Literacy Conference
By: Nancy Ziomek The second Widener University Biannual Reading Conference was held on April 6, 2002. The day-long conference, entitled "The Many Faces of Assessment," looked at the issues surrounding literacy assessment across the grade levels and curriculum. Dr. Nancy Ziomek of the Center for Education directed the conference and was assisted by visiting Widener professor, Dr. Elaine Marker. Shelley Wepner, Associate Dean of the School for Human Service Professions and Director of the Center for Education, joined Dr. Ziomek in welcoming the attendees. Over 100 people attended the Literacy Conference and represented elementary, middle and secondary school educators as well as college and university administrators and faculty. Keynote speakers included such notables as Roger Farr of Indiana University, prolific author and past president of the International Reading Association (IRA); Susan Glasser of Rider University, internationally known author and also past president of IRA; and children's author and illustrator Judith Schachner. Numerous Widener faculty, including Jules C. Abrams, Lanetia Noble and Kathleen Bowes, conducted workshops and were joined by presenters from surrounding school districts and universities.
Center for Education Faculty 2002-2003
Faculty Publications, Presentations, Honors, and Grants
A partial list of peer-reviewed publications and presentations:
Kathleen A. Bowes (2002, June). Match multiple intelligences with technology. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Education Computing Conference, San Antonio, TX. Bernard Brogan was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and elected President of Eastern Educational Research Association, which had its 25th annual meeting in March 2002. Recently, Dr. Brogan was invited to serve on a blue ribbon panel for the Chester Upland School District. He also made the following presentations: Brogan, B. (2002, November). Developing your teacher persona. Paper presented at the Biennial Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Orlando, FL. Alonzo Cavin had the lead role in Master Harold and the Boys at theatre Widener and was honored by The Rotary Club of Chester, which created the Dr. Alonzo Cavin Scholarship. Antonia D'Onofrio was honored by the Office of Information Technology Services for her leadership in bringing to the faculty issues on technology to formulate workable policies to enhance learning and teaching. She also published and presented: D'Onofrio, A., Wepner, S. B., & Wilhite, S. C. (2001, February). Four dimensions of leadership: Evidence of accountability in the problem-solving of education deans. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, New York, NY. Arlene Dowshen is part of a state-wide initiative IMAGES (Improving Measurement and Geometry in Elementary Mathematics) through the MidAtlantic Eisenhower Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education to develop professional development for elementary school teachers in the areas of geometry and measurement. She also received the following grants: Dowshen, A. (2001). Mathematics activities for active learning. Widener University Faculty Development Award. Dowshen, A., (2001). The impact of the math forum's problems of the week on preservice elementary school teacher's mathematical thinking, A preliminary investigation. Widener University Provost Grant. J. Joseph Edgette gave the President's Lecture on the Titanic on April 22, 2002, and was the curator of The Widener Family and the Titanic, an exhibition at the Widener University Art Gallery, April 23-May 18, 2002, both of which were well attended and highly praised. He also made the following presentations: Edgette, J. J. (2002, March). Back to Titanic: Death sites of her rich and famous. Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Culture Association, Toronto, Canada. Edgette, J. J. (2002, June). Ninety years later: The untold story of Titanic's victims. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gravestone Studies, Savannah, GA. Ellen Fennick. Fennick, E. (2001). Inclusive checklist for lesson-planning. Transescent, 26(1), 11-15. Fennick, E. (2001). Coteaching an inclusive curriculum for transition. Teaching Exceptional Children, 33(3), 60-66. Fennick, E. (2002). Activity coaches help children participate in after-school programs. C. Warger & M. Montague (Eds.). Including students with disabilities in after-school programs (pp. 63-64). Reston, VA: Exceptional Innovations. Vasa, S., Fennick, E., Asselin, S., & Arthaud, T. (2002, April). Implementation of web-based training for paraeducator supervision II. Panel discussion presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for Exceptional Children, New York, NY. Sara Lamb. Lamb, S., & Perini, R. (2002, February). Like it or not, living with the new Pennsylvania state mandate for teacher certification at a private independent university. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators, Denver, CO. Patricia A. Lawler received a research grant from the Association for Continuing Higher Education to study ACHE Code of Ethics: Implications and Future Challenges. She was also invited to be a candidate for Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars, invited to serve as a member of the Editorial Review Board for Perspectives: The New York Journal of Adult Learning, and awarded a Faculty Development Grant for 2002-2003. Healey, N. K., & Lawler, P. A., (2002). Old assumptions, new paradigms: Technology, group process, and continuing professional education. The Journal of Continuing Higher Education, 50(1), 32-36. Lawler, P. A. (2001). Ethical issues in continuing professional education. In V. W. Mott & B. J. Daley (Eds.), New directions in adult and continuing education (pp. 63-70). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Lawler, P. A. (2002, Spring). Ethics and continuing professional education: Today's challenges, tomorrow's solutions. Adult Learning, 12(2), 19-20. Lawler, P., Fielder J., & Wilhite, S. C. (2002, April). Ethical dilemmas in professional education and practice: Application of decision-making strategies. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. Margaret I. Linn received a Widener University Provost Grant (2001) Translation of I Bambini Disabili and a Faculty Development Grant (2002). She was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and published the following articles:. Linn, M. I. (2001, December). Romanticizing Reggio Emilia: An American educator reflects on the meaning of the Reggio experience. Phi Delta Kappan, 83, 332-334. Linn, M. I. (2001). Lessons from Kevin: A case-based approach to introducing mental retardation to pre-service professionals. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, 29 (1), 39-48. Stephen Madigosky received a Widener University Provost Grant for his research, Characterization and classification of cuticular hydrocarbons on the tropical euglossine orchid bees: A novel approach to identify species. (2001). Lanetia Noble. Noble, L. (2001, October). International tutor certification. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic College Reading Association, Ocean City, MD. Edward Rozycki. Rozycki, E. (2001). What can a teacher do? Two myths of responsibility. Educational Horizons, 79 (4), 158-161. Rozycki, E. (2002). The evils of public schools. Educational Horizons, 80 (2), 57-60. Rozycki, E. (2002). The search for truth and the contexts of racial discourse. Metaphysics of race: Expanding the conversation in the philosophy of education: The 2000 Yearbook of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society, pp. 113-122. William R. Stayton was featured as the "Minister of Sex" in the August 2001 issue of Philadelphia magazine and presented and published the following: Stayton, W.R. (2001). Faith-based sexuality programs that work. CSR Connections: Center for Sexuality and Religion, 2 (4), 1-8. Stayton, W.R. (2001). Intimate relationships: A vital component of health. The Pfizer Journal. New York: Impact Communications. Stayton, W. R. et al. (2001). The Surgeon General's call to action to promote sexual health and responsible sexual behavior 2001. Office of the Surgeon General: David Satcher, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington D.C. (Continued next page)
Stayton, W. R. (2002). A theology of sexual pleasure. SIECUS Report, 30 (4), 27-29. Stayton, W. R. (2002, May). Clergy sexual misconduct. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Miami, FL. Stayton, W. R. (2002, June). The relationship between spirituality and sexuality. Paper presented at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, San Francisco, CA. Mary Strong. Gustafson, J., & Strong, M. (2001, July). Flexible grouping practices: How are teachers really using them? Paper presented at the European Conference on Reading, Dublin, Ireland. Strong, M., Farnsworth, J., & Geddis, E. (2002, May). A picture is worth a thousand words: Using digital media to develop language skills in an at-risk kindergarten. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. Strong, M., Tao, L., & Smith, C. (2002, April). The infusion of technology for dialogue journaling in a middle school holocaust unit. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. Strong, M., & Traynelis-Yurek, E. (2002, May). Using predictable books as a stimulus for LEA. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Francisco, CA. Richard Thurlow. Thurlow, R. (2002, April). Learning to read/reading to learn: Effectively linking literacy and technology for accountability. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Francisco, CA. Thurlow, R., & Antifaiff, G. (2002, April). Integrating technology for content area literacy: Working smarter or working harder? Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Francisco, CA. Kathleen Belliss Wasserman. Wasserman, K. B. (2001, November). Using writing assessment as a vehicle for professional development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Reading Association, Ontario, CA. Wasserman, K. B., & Haralson, E. (2001, November). Increasing elementary students' literacy skills using read-write-science. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Reading Association, Ontario, CA. Shelley B. Wepner was invited to serve as Chair of the Technology and Teacher Education Committee and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Grant through the Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She also presented and published:
Wepner, S. B. (2001, October). Delivering in the age of technology. Technology: Applications to teacher preparation. Monograph of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, pp. 68-76. Wepner, S. B., & Cotter, M. (2002, February). When do computer graphics contribute to early literacy learning? Reading Online, 5 (6). Retrieved from http://www.readingonline.org/newliteracies/lit_index.asp?HREF=/newliteracies/w epner/index.html Wepner, S. B., D'Onofrio, A., & Wilhite, S. C. (2002). The social and moral accountability of education deans. Action in Teacher Education, 24 (1), 40-57. Wepner, S. B., Strickland D.C., & Feeley J. T. (Eds.) (2002). The administration and supervision of reading programs (3rd ed). New York: Teachers College Press. Wepner, S. B., & Tao, L. (2002). From master teacher to master novice: Shifting responsibilities in technology-infused classrooms. The Reading Teacher, 55, 642-651. Wepner, S. B., & Ray, L. (2002, April). Helping teachers shift responsibilities in technology-infused classrooms. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association, San Francisco, CA. Wepner, S. B., Scott, S., & Haysbert, J. (2002, February). Survey on faculty rewards and workload for technology initiatives. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, New York, NY. Robert Wright. Harst, W., & Wright, R. (2002, March). Hiring new teachers for elementary schools: Principal's expectations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Orlando, FL. Hermann, M., & Wright, (2002, R. April). The current nature of the integration of the humanities within baccalaureate nursing education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. Purvis, B., & Wright, R. (2002, April). The impact of formal character education programs on reported school violence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. Wright, R., & Naylor, R. (2002, March). Principal's perspectives on site based management. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Orlando, FL. Nancy Ziomek. Ziomek, N. (2002, April) Critic Discussant, "No School Left Behind: Administering and Supervising Reading Programs, K-12", International Reading Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.
Konnie McCaffree published the following article: McCaffree, K. (2001). Toward a more effective pedagogy for sexuality education: the establishment of democratic classrooms. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 25, 2-3. Jean Thorpe had three articles published in Interface, a publication of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit: Vol. 17, No. 7 (April 2001) Spreading the word; Vol. 18, No. 2 (October 2001) The palm handheld computer It's not your father's palm pilot! (authored with Milena Trosini), and Vol. 18, No. 4 (January 2002) The palm handheld computer into the palms of their hands! (authored with Milena Trosini). Ms. Thorpe, who was the primary editor and committee chair of Caley School's successful application for the National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition, was also inducted into the Upper Merion Area School District's Wall of Fame in October 2001.
Publications/Presentations by Students
Publications and Presentations
DeAngelis, T., Johnson, C.R., & Lorch, A. (2001). The Occupational Therapy Examination Review Guide, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company. Lkhagvasuren, Oyun. (2002, May). Panelist, "Adolescents at the crossroads: Learning about health and rights," International Women's Health Coalition. Rogers, A.M., Gordon, P.R., Comfort, M., Gavula, N. & McGee, B.P. (2001, Summer). A taste of problem-based learning increases achievement of urban minority middle-school students. Educational Horizons, 171-175.
RECENT DOCTORAL GRADUATES
Dana R. Baker, Pleasant Hall, PA. Teacher perceptions of the educational outcomes for direct instruction compressed video classroom environment within remote classrooms at the secondary school level. Walter W. Barrett, Trenton, NJ. A study of selected variables which may predict the academic success on the NJ High School Proficiency Test of the incarcerated male delinquent. Dr. Barrett is Vice Principal of Asbury Park High School in Asbury Park, NJ. Mary Way Bolt, Colora, MD. Career paths of mid-level female administrators in Maryland community colleges. Mark Diltz, Philadelphia, PA. Variables that influence the length of time to complete a part-time doctoral program in education. Darlene Groves Davis, Ambler, PA. The modern red school house reform model and its relationship to school climate and student achievement. Demaris Foote, Yardley, PA. Influence of gender on the decision-making process of educational administrators. Donald R. Godwin. Wayne, PA. Functional motivations: Recruiting college students to perform community service. Earl Goldberg, Mt. Laurel, NJ. An evaluation of the Health Care Fraud Education Project. Dr. Goldberg is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at LaSalle University Denise K. Hay, Paulsboro, NJ. The decision to enter a traditional undergraduate degree program by students in middle adulthood. Dr. Hay also holds an M.S. in Human Resources. David R. Hemberger, Reading, PA. Factors correlating with Pennsylvania school districts' differing rate of learning disability identification and placement. Dr. Hemberger received one of The Center for Education's Pi Lambda Theta Outstanding Dissertation Awards in May 2002. Lorraine C. Igo, Boothwyn, PA. Health professions' students reactions to a model interdisciplinary experience in collaborative team practice. She is coauthor with A. Stowe (Sept/Oct 1996) of "Learning from literature," Nurse Educator 21 (5), 16-19. Suzanne L. Laverick, Doylestown, PA. The perceived staff development needs of elementary teachers (grades 1-5) in Pennsylvania in relation to the Pennsylvania academic standards and the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). Charlotte Harrison Mackey, Kennett Square, PA. A study of the utilization of adult learning principles among nursing faculty teaching registered nurses in their baccalaureate nursing education program. Arlen C. Marks, Honey Brook, PA. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivators that engage classroom teachers in continuing professional education. Dr. Marks presented his dissertation research at the annual conference of the Eastern Educational Research Association in Sarasota, FL in February 2002 and received the Pi Lambda Theta Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Center for Education on May 18, 2002. Amelia A. Maurizio, Clifton Heights, PA. A study of the overall importance of the integration of enterprise systems software instructional technology into the undergraduate business curriculum. Eileen M. McAllister, Sewell, NJ. A case study of looping at the elementary level in three schools in three mid-Atlantic states. Dr. McAllister is the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction at Burlington Township School District in New Jersey. W. K. Miller, Glenn Riddle, PA. An examination of the perceived correlates of a technology plan on the integration of technology into the classroom. Dr. Miller received an Impact on Education Award, wrote a grant for $10,000 for science equipment, and integrated technology into his building's classrooms. Raymond B. Naylor, Yardley, PA. Principals' observation of site based management: A shared decision-making structure for school improvement. Steven Portman, Narberth, PA. A comparative analysis among the themes and story grammars from sampled short stories of supernatural literature and Houghton Mifflin's Quest Anthology. Barry L. Purvis, Chambersburg, PA. The relationship of formal character education programs on the Act 26 reports for public middle schools in Pennsylvania. Antoinette Rath. Cherry Hill, NJ. The relationship between selected high school characteristics and student scores on the New Jersey school report card. Wendy A. Reisinger, Manheim, PA. School counselors as consultants: School counselors' sense of preparedness. Patricia A. Schwab, Havertown, PA. Factors that influence teachers' selection of instruction materials: information, sources, and benefits. Marcia Mary Shaffer, Bethlehem, PA. Survey on the relationship between elementary assessment procedures, curriculum and student performance on the 5th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. Mark J. Silverstein, Wenonah, NJ. A comparison of learning attitudes among secondary urban students in schools of choice: A case study. Dr. Silverstein was the first alternate-route-certified school administrator in New Jersey. He presented his dissertation at the EERA Conference in Florida (March 2002). Patricia Alexy Stoll, Voorhees, NJ. The principles and standards of purchasing practice: Purchasing Management Association of Philadelphia member awareness and perceptions. Dr. Stoll is Associate Director of the Management Institute at Rowan. Sandra M. Weiss, Chadds Ford, PA. Faculty's use of the Internet for undergraduate instruction at small liberal arts colleges: A case study. Dr. Weiss was promoted to Associate Professor and did a poster presentation at Syllabus Boston Convention in Danvers, MA, November 2001. Johanna Velez-Yelin, Glassboro, NJ. Ethnic identity and academic performance in Puerto Rican college students. Richard P. Weinstein, Harrisburg, PA. Communities that care: The perceived impact on school domain risk factors.
Accomplishments, Honors and Awards
Theresa Coughlin: Undergraduate Teacher Education Award Jana Sackman Eaton, was named to the Second Team in USA TODAY's 2001 All-USA Teacher Team, one of only 60 teachers nationwide to be named out of hundreds of nominees. Dr. Rose Follmer was a finalist for the 2002 Outstanding Dissertation of the Year, International Reading Association. Topic: "Reading, Mathematics, and Problem-Solving: The Effects of Direct Instruction in the Development of Fourth Grade Students' Strategic Reading and Problem-Solving Approaches to Text-Based, Non-Routing Mathematics Problems." Advisor: Arlene Wartenberg Mauri Fava: Linda Lehnert Award David Hemberger and Arlen Marks: Outstanding Dissertation Award Douglas Williamson: Anna Sokol Award Jessica Whitaker and Kelly Jenkins: Scotland Study Abroad Program
Vera C. Brancato is Director of the Center for Teaching Enhancement and Associate Professor of Nursing at Kutztown University. A member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Delta Kappa International, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Theta Tau International, she received the District 2 Pennsylvania State Nurses Association's 2001 Nursing Research Award, and was recently elected president of that association as well as of the Area 2 Pennsylvania League for Nursing. She presented the results of her dissertation at the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference in Brisbane Australia in July 2002, and published "International education: An American-United Kingdom nursing student partnership," Nurse Educator (vol 23, no. 5, Sept/Oct 1998). [photo] Elizabeth A. Mays Coleman is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the evaluator/coordinator of Senior Graduation Project, a comprehensive project required of seniors before graduation, and the advisor for Maximi, Pottsgrove's literary magazine. James M. Cox is director of Special Services for the Eastern Lancaster County School District, an adjunct professor at Eastern Mennonite University, a professional program peer reviewer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and a nationally certified school psychologist. William J. Doyle was appointed Assistant Principal and Director of Students at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, MD in January 2001. Darla T. Hammond is Principal of the Vision Learning Center in Wilmington, Delaware. Kenneth P. Koczur has been a guest speaker for the Rowan University Physical Education and Health Department, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Convention, the America Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Regional Conference, and NJAHPERD conferences. Dr. Koczur was also named Pine Hill Teacher of the year and received the NJAHPERD's Outstanding Teacher Award. Gary L. Otto was recently appointed Director of Student Services in the North Penn School District in Montgomery County, where his responsibilities include special education, school health, guidance, psychological services, registration, child accounting, and gifted education. He is also an adjunct faculty member for The Center for Education. Robert J. Tabachini, Jr. was recently appointed Assistant Superintendent of Northeastern School District in York County, Pennsylvania, effective January 2, 2003. Denise M. Torma is Director of Research and Evaluation for the East Penn School District in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Robert S. Tridico assumed the position of Administrator of Psychological and Pupil Personnel Services at the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, where he served as a school psychologist for eighteen years. In his new position, he is responsible for the supervision of ten psychologists and five social workers, and is the coordinator of all psychological, psychiatric, and social work services.
Denise K. Hay presented a refereed paper at the Pennsylvania Research Conference on the value of higher education to adults within the Philadelphia Latino Community. Lorraine C. Igo, in her position as founding administrator and program director of the Interdisciplinary Training Institute-NJAHEC, has presented the model curriculum for educating health professionals in the principles of team collaborative practice at national conferences. She has conducted training workshops for university faculty development and for community health care delivery systems in the state of New Jersey and is currently an Assistant Professor at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Eileen M. McAllister was a member of the Board of Education of the Clearview Regional High School District from 1996-2000, a recipient of Rowan University's Excellence in Educational Administration Medallion Award in 1993, and published "Linking Staff Development to Student Achievement," Educational Viewpoints, NJ ASCD, 1 (5) 55, 59. Barry L. Purvis presented his dissertation at the National AERA Conference on April 2, 2002, in New Orleans. Dr. Purvis also published an article, "Implementing a Flexible Schedule in the Middle School," in the October 2001 edition of the Pennsylvania Administrator.
Godfrey Barlatt presented "A Clear Conscience- Classroom Problems with Ethical Dimension," at the Chair Academy Annual International Conference, Kansas City, MI (2002, March). Mary Way Bolt was recently appointed to the Maryland Board of Nursing. MaryAnn DelCollo's doctoral dissertation was the focus of an article in the July 2002 issue of the Pennsylvania School Board Association. The article, written by Donald B. Owen, Esq. and entitled "Do `baby boomer' board members rush to judgment seeking instant gratification as decision makers?" uses DelCollo's findings to conclude otherwise. Dona Marie Fabrizio is currently the Dean of Students at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and supervises Capstone projects in areas of literacy and postsecondary education issues such as academic advising and diversity on college campuses. She wrote curriculum for faculty and staff development in the areas of retention, grant writing, and academic advising, and hopes to present her dissertation research on "Who are college reading instructors?" next year at EERA. She wrote and designed a freshman course entitled, "Orientation to College Life," which is a mandatory first term course for incoming freshman, and has served as an adjunct instructor at the Center for Education. Earl Goldberg co-authored the Hartford Foundation Grant to Support Geriatric Nursing Graduate Education and presented "Coping with Chronic Pain" at the July 2002 conference in Philadelphia for the American Society on Aging, and "Expert Practices for Older Adult Learning" with D. Menio at the Geriatric Society of America in Chicago (vol. 16, 2001). He also had two publications this year: "A Healthy Retirement," found in Jaborn, and "Behavioral Interventions for Dementia," in the Padona Journal. Gina M. Mateka is the principal of Career Academies at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, which serves high school students in grades 9-12 for the Southern New Jersey Academy of the Performing Arts, the Academy of Finance & Information Technology, and the Academy of Allied Health & Medical Science. Steven Portman teaches in the Graduate Department of Education for Rosemont College and as an elementary teacher in the Abington School District.
Gene A. Camoni is the Superintendent of Old Forge School District. Karen S. Dewalt is Assistant Superintendent of Oley Valley School District. Anna M. Donnelly is Assistant Professor and Director of Elementary Education at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Her current publications and presentations include her article, "Challenges Met," in Successes in teacher education, and three conference presentations: "Cooperative learning groups and portfolio evaluation in teacher education," "Portfolios, preservice teachers and reading: An alternative assessment approach," and "Collaborative Efforts in PDS Action Research." Helen Hoffner is an Assistant Professor at Holy Family College. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in Reading and Language Arts and directs the graduate reading clinic. In the past year, she has written instructor's manuals for
Susan Mowrer Benda is currently K-6 Principal of West Rockhill Elementary School in the Pennridge School District. She published an article entitled, "The Culture of the Elementary School as a Function of Leadership Style and Disciplinary Climate."
Prentice Hall Publishing and also designed websites for Prentice Hall Publishing. Her articles have been published in Teaching Pre-K-8 and New Teacher Advocate. She has chaired Middle States Evaluation teams and served as a consultant to several charter schools. Jeffrey F. Zackon is an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and has a fiveyear superintendent's contract.
Master's Graduates 2002
Brett Barclay (Adult Ed) is the Assistant Director at the Center for Academic Advising at the College of Charleston and has recently been chosen to be the Coordinator of the Champs Life Skills Program (NCAA) for his campus. Michelle Cotter (English/Reading) is working at Stanton Middle School as the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade reading specialist. She loves her job and reports that Emma Thrift, another former Widener graduate student and graduate assistant, is working there as well. Lesley S. Eicher (Human Sexuality) served as a curriculum writer and consultant for an exciting collaborative effort between the CDC, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Emory University. The project, known as Kids Health, Inc., links schools, parents, and communities to provide educational programming that addresses critical health issues among youth. The initiative focuses on students in grades K-8, utilizing an innovative approach that couples specifically designed lessons with technology-equipped mobile units (traveling classrooms). In its first year, Kids Health plans to serve at least 32,500 students in the Atlanta area, and it will serve as a model for use across the country. Erik Hein (English) started a project at his school that integrates science and English using crime scene investigations and forensics, which was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He received training at the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, where he worked with top-notch professionals, including Dr. Henry Lee. Mr. Hein is currently preparing to publish a manual for teachers on how to integrate English and science using forensics. Kelly Jenkins (English/Reading/Special Ed) reports that she has a great job at Council Rock and will become Kelly Merritt on March 28, 2003. Regina Nangle (Special Ed) is currently working as the Community Coordinator for Elwyn, Inc. in their early intervention program.
Kathleen P. King's article, "Professors' transforming perspectives of teaching and learning while learning technology," was published in The Journal of Faculty Development (2001), (8) 1. She was also mentioned in a New York Times article, "A cure for math phobia," written by Derry B. Crosley, who outlined her experiences in Dr. King's statistics course. Judith Rowlands is Assistant Dean for the Arts at Camden County College in Blackwood, NJ, and developed a new mentoring program there. Lee Zaslow is an adjunct associate professor at Drexel University in the Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences. His area of interest is working with PhD students and preparing them for their academic roles.
Nancy G. Allmon is the Executive Director of Berks County Intermediate Unit. Kimberly A. Johnston has been chairperson of the Department of Nursing at Kutztown University since 1999, chairperson of the Curriculum Committee since1998, and achieved continued certification as an inpatient obstetric nurse through the Association of Women's Health and Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing in 2002. Dr. Johnston has made various presentations in transcultural nursing care and women's health, and she received a grant for the development and implementation of educational intervention for "education on drug and alcohol abuse" and a grant from the March of Dimes for "Folic Acid Use in College Aged Women." She also received a study grant to attend the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission at the Accreditation Conference 2002. Kathleen Kinslow is Vice President of Clinical Services at Pennsylvania Hospital. Susan E. Leeman is Assistant Professor of English at Salem Community College in NJ. Barbara S. Pirie is a special education teacher in the Long Beach Island (NJ) School District and an adjunct instructor of graduate education at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, NJ. David M. Rentschler retired from the School District of Lancaster in January 2001, after serving as teacher, supervisor, and principal for more than 37 years. He has been an adjunct professor at The Center for Education since 1997.
Melissa Caruth (Special Ed) is an Instructional Support Teacher for Garnet Valley School District. Lisa DeAngelo (English/Elementary Ed) started her fifth year with the School District of Philadelphia as an ESL teacher at Edwin H. Vare Middle School in South Philadelphia and is also the ESL coordinator for the school this year. Lora Lee Krick (Ed. Psychology) is pursuing an Ed. S. in School Psychology at Rider University and was initiated into the international honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. She was also the recipient of the Golden Apple Award, an in-district teacher award. Marie A. McMahon (Special Ed) is currently a resource room teacher in the Upper Darby School District. Kimberly Eileen Phillips (Ed. Psychology) is an autism consultant for three public school districts in Atlantic County, NJ, and has supervised in-home behavior programs for children with autism and coordinated transition from home to school for inclusion purposes. She has also trained teachers, aides, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and administrators on autism and using positive behavior supports in the classroom. Mary Jane Quinn (Ed. Leadership) is co-coordinator of a mathematics program, now on maternity leave following the birth of her daughter, Julia. Jennifer Ann Ruscitelli (Science Ed) piloted a science program at SwarthmoreRutledge School. Kristen (Huggins) Tabun (French/Secondary Ed) is a French teacher at the Woodlynde School in Strafford, PA.
Linda Antonowich is serving as Assistant Superintendent of the West Chester Area School District. Her responsibilities include all curriculum and staff development for fifteen schools and nine hundred teachers. Joseph A. Bucci is Director of Human Resources at Bryn Mawr College. Joseph D. Hamel is currently retired, but was Vice President for Administration and Finance at West Chester University for seventeen years. He serves on Middle States accrediting teams and has taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Widener.
Lynne Leach is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Seattle University. Kitty Ann Lugar is past President of the Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators and a member of the Delaware County Children's Cabinet.
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Eva Bandura (Special Ed) is a learning support teacher at Lakeview Elementary School. As a teacher in Widener's Professional Development School, she works closely with Center faculty and students, hosting them for their field experiences. She is also working on a master's in counseling and became Eva Bandura Signor on December 27, 2002. Amy Crawford Bauer (Elementary Ed) is in her fourth year of teaching eighth grade at Drexel Hill Middle School in the Upper Darby School District. She is currently enrolled in the School Psychology program at Eastern University. Scott Bregman (Mathematics Ed) is a seventh grade math teacher in the Centennial School District. Anne D. Callahan (Ed. Leadership) is Human Resource Administrator of the RoseTree Media School District. Pat Carroll (Ed. Leadership) is Assistant Superintendent at Clearview Regional High School, Mullica Hill, NJ. Carole J. Cavanaugh (Reading) is a Reading Specialist in the UnionvilleChadds Ford School District. Lisa Harrison-Cobb (Science Ed) is a high school chemistry and physics teacher at Hill Top preparatory school in Rosemont, PA, where she teaches a hands-on class with creative, energetic demonstrations to children with learning disabilities from grades six to twelve. She has also completed her ninth year of operating a science summer camp in the City of Chester. The six-week camp is designed for low income, inner city youth, ages six to twelve, and is funded by the Philadelphia and William Penn foundations. Calvin E. Laws (Elementary Ed) is Lead Teacher of the "Ted Cottrell House" at William Penn Elementary School in Chester-Upland School District.. He is also Site Coordinator of Dare to Soar, an after school enrichment program at William Penn. Michael J. Marsh (Instructional Technology) was promoted to Director of Teaching and Learning and SR Manager, K-12, at the College Board. Linda H. Tirpak (Social Studies) has taught seventh grade social studies for 20 years in the Penn-Delco and Ridley school districts, and she worked with Dr. Bernard Brogan on a symposium to promote the historic value of the Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park. This year, as a teacher in the Ridley Middle School, she will be actively involved in the Widener Professional Development School program, hosting student teachers, current students, and Widener faculty in her classroom. Margaret Anne Valora (Reading) is a member of the West Jersey Reading Council and the International Reading Association. She is currently employed as a reading teacher in the Moorestown Township School District.
Ann Olivia Hlabangana-Clay (Elementary Ed) is in her ninth year of teaching. She spent three years as Assistant Teacher at Friends Select School and six years as a teacher in the Chester-Upland School District. Robert C. Keller (Social Studies) took early retirement from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after thirty-two years and worked as a School-to-Career Project Director for the Camden County School-to-Career Partnership. He is currently a substitute teacher for Camden County (NJ) Technical Schools. Rhonda Yvonne Miles (Elementary Ed) is Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of Human Resources in the Philadelphia School District.
Sandra Casimir (Elementary Ed) is working on a master's in School Psychology. She is employed by the School District of Philadelphia and has held the position of small learning community coordinator and other leadership appointments. Her greatest accomplishment is bringing her PSSA scores significantly higher than her grade partners for two years in a row. Vernon Croft (Education) is Head Women's Soccer Coach at Indiana State University, Director of Coaching and Player Development for Vigo County Youth Soccer Association, and Head Coach in the Indiana Youth Soccer Association's Olympic Development Program. He is also a board member of Leadership Terre Haute and Chairman of Youth Leadership Terre Haute. Judaea "Judy" Hodge (Education) teaches at Marshall University in the master's program, has presented at national conferences, and expects to complete an Ed.D. in 2004. Carol Cooper Longenecker (Elementary Ed) received her School Nurse Certification in 1989, her Elementary Education Certification in 2001, and her Special Education Certification in 2002. Katharine Malone (Early Childhood Ed) is Vice President of the Grace Church Preschool Board of Directors in Wilmington, DE. Daniel G. Nerelli (Ed Leadership), Assistant Principal at Upper Darby High School, is currently working on his doctoral dissertation. Mark Schellenger (Ed Leadership) is an Assistant Principal in the Pottsgrove School District. He has been a teacher, coach, and administrator for twenty years and is working on alternative methods of delivery and how they can improve learning. John L. Sperduto (Health Ed/Supervision) is co-founder of the Child Care Provider Network, a resource network and advocacy group for early care providers. He is a trainer for Pennsylvania Pathways, an instructor for Keystone College, a DVAEYC Worthy Wage Field Representative, and a Child Development Associate Instructor/Mentor.
Kimberly Celentino (Early Childhood/Elementary Ed) is currently working as a second grade teacher at Linwood Elementary School in the Chichester School District. Kristi Foley (Reading) is a reading specialist in the Chichester School District. Carlo A. Iacono (English Ed) just transferred to Cinnaminson (NJ) High School after teaching English for five years at Chichester Senior High School. Majella A. Macolino (Health Ed) is currently employed as a school nurse in North East Philadelphia and was recently certified as a CPR instructor. Leslie A. Maier (Elementary Ed) works in the Chester-Upland School District. Barbara G. Mistichelli (Elementary Ed) is Head Teacher of Language Arts and Science at Benchmark School, Media, PA.
Silvia Cancila (Elementary Ed) was named 200l-2002 teacher of the year for Woodbury (NJ) Public Schools. Melissa Smyth (Reading) is co-chairperson of a schoolwide project committee and a member of the International Reading Association.
Elizabeth Jones (Ed Psych) is Director of Administrative Services and one of the founders of Collegium Charter School in West Chester, now in its fourth year. Karen Ellen Laskaris (Secondary Ed) is a math teacher at Haverford Senior High School and a member of numerous national and state math associations. Francis J. Patton III (Education) teaches in Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, DE. He teaches sixth grade Reading at Cab Calloway School for the Arts and is also an adjunct at Delaware Technical and Community College in Wilmington.
Pamela C. Bierce (Elementary Education) had the unique opportunity in March 2002 to teach English in an elementary school in Rota, Spain, with Global Volunteers. She taught children in grades 1-4 during the day and tutored adults in conversational English in the late afternoon. Geraldine Terry Yancey (Nursing Education) is a diabetes case manager for Independence Blue Cross.
Yvonne A. Samuels (Elementary Education) is a second grade teacher at Rhawnhurst Elementary School and a community anchor person (sister/mentor) with Bridges to the Community--Recovering Female Addicts and their Children. She is also a volunteer with the District Attorney's Office--Youth Aid Panel-- 14B Police District, monitoring first time youth offenders in lieu of court. Michele Ann Ziccardi (Education) teaches English, Speech Communication, and Cross-cultural Communication at Colorado Mountain College, and has taught at Glenwood Springs High School.
New Faces At The Center...
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Janet Driver (Elementary Education) has received numerous awards for her teaching and volunteer efforts, including: Principal's School Support Award (1994, 1997), Principal's Spotlight Award (1995), Outstanding Teacher of the Year (1997), Ratcliffe Elementary Volunteer of the Year (1999), and PTA Honorary Life Membership (1999).
Ronnie K. Cohen (Gifted & Talented) is to be the first Executive Director of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute. An economics and entrepreneurship teacher at Claymont (DE) Elementary School, Cohen is retiring after 33 years to help people acquire the financial skills to obtain their goals.
James T. Harris III, President of Widener University, has joined the Center for Education faculty as Professor of Education. Prior to coming to Widener this past summer, Dr. Harris was president of Defiance College for eight years, served as vice president for advancement at Wright State University and Mount Saint Joseph, held administrative posts at Pennsylvania State University, and taught social science in Ohio high schools. B.S., University of Toledo; M. Ed., Edinboro University in Pennsylvania; D. Ed., Pennsylvania State University; post-doctoral studies, Harvard University. Kenneth Kay, Technology Learning Specialist, recently retired after many years as an Instructional Technology Specialist and teacher with the Philadelphia School District. He is working on the Link-to-Learn grant, helping faculty, students, university supervisors and cooperating teachers infuse technology into the curriculum. Since he arrived in July, he has helped Dr. Kathleen Bowes set up the Center's new state-of-the-art computer lab and developed and conducted a broad array of workshops ranging from the creation of web pages and web-based lessons to electronic presentations and software curriculum integration. D. Beverly Livingston, Assistant Professor of Science Education/Elementary Education and Director of the Science Teaching Center, previously served as a program coordinator for a National Science Foundation grant at Temple University and taught at Temple and Penn State-Delaware County. B.S., North Carolina A&T State University; M.A.T., Cornell University; Ph.D., Temple University. H. Nadine McHenry, Assistant Professor of Elementary Education and coordinator of the undergraduate education program, was previously an associate professor of education at Neumann College. B.S., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Beaver College (now Arcadia University); Ed.D., Temple University. B. Kathleen Wasserman, Assistant Professor of Reading/Language Arts, previously worked on several grant programs at the University of California at Riverside, including Reading and Writing About Science, an NSF grant, and Design Experiments, a Spencer grant. B.A., University of California, Riverside; M.A., University of Southern Mississippi; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside.
Amy Camerote (Elementary Ed) is a seventh grade teacher at St. Gabriel in Norwood, PA. Jessica Whitaker (Early Childhood/Elementary Ed) completed her master's in Special Education at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers, FL, in December 2003. Lauri Warfield (Elementary Ed) is a fourth grade teacher in Village Charter School in Chester Upland, PA.
Joan Gormley (Elementary Ed) is a K-4 ESL teacher in the Oxford Area School District and is working on her ESL certificate.
Roni Carbino (Elementary Ed) is a second grade teacher at Stonehurst Hills Elementary School.
Kappa Delta Pi
An International Honor Society in Education Widener University's Chi Gamma chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) is committed to providing programs and events to benefit chapter members and children in the greater Widener community. Highlights of the past year's Kappa Delta Pi activities include the Saturday morning education program for children from Chester-Upland School Barbara White receives the KDP award, Spring 2003 District, the Sunday afternoon children's radio program on WDNR, and a special presentation by famous children's author Jerry Spinelli. The annual induction ceremony for new members was held in conjunction with a brunch buffet on March 16, 2003. For further information about KDP membership and activities, please contact Dr. Bernard R. Brogan, Chapter Co-Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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