Indiana University School of Education

  1. On April 24, 2013, a group of current and past Armstrong Teacher Educators at the Indiana University School of Education gathered to discuss handling a school crisis. Watch the complete panel discussion in this video.

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  2. Administrators in the Libertyville, IL Elementary School district have said it more than once—they just like to stick their heads in Danya Greenberg's classroom to watch how she teaches.

    Greenberg, BS '09 with highest distinction from the IU School of Education, teaches in a 1st through 3rd grade special education classroom at Rockland Elementary School, part of the Libertyville (IL) Elementary School district in suburban Chicago. After completing just her third year there, she was a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, given to outstanding teachers in the Chicago area. Greenberg teaches in the Elementary Instructional Program, a special education program she helped implement in the district. She's known for creative ideas, including use of Promethean Boards, iPods, and iPads, to engage her students, and as you'll see in this feature video using computer and video technology to bring reading alive.

    Greenberg earned her early-career honor as a Golden Apple finalist out of a pool of 560 nominations. The well-known Chicago-area award has honored teachers for 28 years. Greenberg was one of the youngest finalists named in 2012.

    To get an idea of just what kind of impression she has made, you only have to hear from others who work with her. "Miss Greenberg creates an environment that nurtures student growth and allows children to take pride in their accomplishments," said Marilynn Menuey, director of special education for Libertyville Elementary District 70 in an article published by the Chicago Tribune. "It is inspiring to watch her engage her students in the excitement of learning."

    "She creates a positive and nurturing environment for her students," said Libertyville Elementary District 70 Superintendent Dr. Guy Schumacher. "It is evident that the children love coming to school and genuinely love their teacher. It is an honor to have Danya on the staff. She brings much to the classroom, Rockland School, and District 70 as a whole."

    The honor adds to a long list of accolades Greenberg has already received. The former vice-president and president of the Dean's Advisory Council at the IU School of Education, she earned the Indiana Association of Colleges for Teacher Education "Outstanding Future Educator Award" in April 2009. She also received the Indiana Reading Professors Council of the Indiana State Reading Association "Outstanding Future Reading Teacher" award in March 2008. Greenberg spoke at both the commencement ceremonies for her graduating class and the IU School of Education's 100th anniversary ceremonies in 2008.

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  3. IU School of Education Executive Associate Dean Pat Rogan moderated a panel discussion on the future of education in Marion County on February 12, 2013. "An Open Discussion on Education: 2012 Community Conversations and the Future of Education in Marion County" was presented by the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and co-sponsored by the IU School of Education. Rogan was joined by panelists Jason Kloth, Deputy Mayor, City of Indianapolis, David Harris, Founder and CEO, The Mind Trust, and Sam Odle, Indianapolis Public Schools Board of Commissioners.

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  4. George Kuh, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the Indiana University School of Education, received the 2013 Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education in a ceremony Thursday night in Philadelphia.

    Alumni of the Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education award the medal annually to honor individuals whose leadership in higher education has resulted in transformational change in colleges and universities.

    Kuh is best known as the founding director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) based at IU. Through his scholarship, he has contributed volumes to the research of how college students learn. The NSSE survey began as way to uncover more about university practices than is revealed in typical college rankings by gathering data regarding use of effective educational practices on campus. The survey has grown from 70 institutions in 1999 to more than 1,400 institutions and 2 million students in the U.S. and Canada participating. Adaptations of NSSE are being used in Australia, Asia, South Africa and elsewhere. Kuh now directs the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) with Stan Ikenberry at the University of Illinois, a project designed to discover and disseminate ways that academic programs and institutions can productively use assessment data.

    “The Zemsky award was developed by Exec Doc alumni to recognize the value of Dr. Zemsky’s contributions and to celebrate work that exemplifies the Exec Doc program culture of being passionate supporters and change agents in higher education,” said Karen Sibley, Dean of Continuing Education at Brown University and chair of the Alumni Advisory Board of the Penn Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management. “Dr. George Kuh is absolutely the kind of person who has made a real difference and truly deserves this award.”

    ”Professor Kuh is a true pioneer in the field of higher education,” said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. “His work has transformed how we think about educationally purposeful practices on colleges and universities and what the institutions can do to design campus environments that promote student learning. We are very proud to continue that work at Indiana University through NSSE and the Center for Postsecondary Education George founded. The Zemsky Medal is a fitting tribute to the impact he has had on the field and we join our colleagues at Penn in recognizing and congratulating George on his achievements.”

    In accepting the honor, Kuh said it reflected one thing he had in common with the longtime Indiana University President and Chancellor Herman B Wells, whose biography was titled Being Lucky. “If there’s an explanation for everything I’ve been able to accomplish it’s because I’ve been in the company of really smart people over the course of my entire career,” Kuh said.

    Penn honored Kuh with the second Zemsky award ever granted. The first Zemsky Medal went to its namesake, Robert Zemsky, a longtime Penn faculty member considered a pioneer in the use of market analyses for higher education and chair of the Learning Alliance for Higher Education, a broad coalition of experts who assist institutions of higher learning to strike a balance between market success and public mission.

    There is little doubt that NSSE has had great impact on the way colleges and universities assess and respond to student performance. Kuh said that the survey came along at exactly the right time. “We’ve overused the ‘perfect storm’ analogy, but that’s exactly what was happening at the turn of the 21st century when we had accreditors, policy makers, the media, all almost on the same page saying that we need more evidence that what’s going on inside colleges and universities is making a difference,” he said. From the modest start, NSSE has grown to influence how institutions and higher education researchers think about learning outcomes. “Now, it’s very unusual if you would read anything about undergraduate education and not see the phrase ‘student engagement’ and that just wasn’t so in the 1990s,” Kuh said.

    Kuh has published more than 300 items, including 30 books, monographs, and national reports, 70 book chapters, and about 200 scholarly articles. In 2011, the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) renamed a prestigious annual award in Kuh’s honor. It handed out the first “George D. Kuh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Literature and/or Research” during the 2012 annual conference.

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  5. Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik talks to reporters about 10 stories he wants to see in 2013 (added bonus: three "don'ts" to observe while covering the higher ed beat).

    This address was a part of "Degrees vs. Debt: Making College More Affordable," EWA's Nov. 2-3 2012 seminar for higher ed reporters at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

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