Indiana University School of Education

  1. A panel discussion on March 3, 2012, at the IU School of Education in Indianapolis featured School of Education faculty and an Indiana education activist speaking about recent education reform measures in Indiana and the state. The discussion focused on the effects on schools, teachers, and those heading into the education field. The panel included Rob Helfenbein, associate professor in Curriculum Studies, Linda Houser, assistant dean for Program Evaluation and Assessment, Monica Medina, Clinical Lecturer, and Vic Smith, head of the Indiana Coalition for Public Education (ICPE).

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  2. This presentation by Loren D. Lybarger, assistant professor in Ohio University's Department of Classics and World Religions was at the Indiana University School of Education on Monday, Feb. 20., an event co-sponsored by the Literacy, Culture & Language Education Department and the IU Islamic Studies Program. Lybarger teaches a variety of courses on classical and contemporary Islam and administers the Certificate Program in Islamic Studies at Ohio University.

    For a decade now Islam has loomed ominously in public debates about democracy, civil rights, immigration, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of the discussion has centered on the threat that Islam poses to Western democracies. Is Islam compatible with democracy? Can Muslims be assimilated within secularized Western societies? Can a global Islamic reformation be encouraged to neutralize radical Islamist ideologies? The questions themselves cast Islam as a problem requiring urgent attention. Islam is a threat. It must be managed if not extirpated.

    The debate about Islam has not been entirely negative. Arguably, the heightened attention to Islam has resulted in an expanded recognition and understanding of Muslims and their beliefs and practices. Still, regardless of its positive or negative consequences, the emphasis on Islam as such has tended to obscure or cancel out the social, political, and historical complexities of groups in which Islam is but one aspect of collective life.

    In this talk Dr. Lybarger explores the turn to Islam among Palestinians living in Chicago, IL. This turn has produced multiple social fissures and has evolved in diverse, often contradictory directions as individuals negotiate the tensions between religious and secularist milieus.

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  3. By Julia Meek, IU Communications

    The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall filled with chatting, smiles and nerves as Stephanie Power-Carter took the stage at Indiana University's 10th annual African American Read-In.

    Bloomington High School North and South students joined more than a million readers across the country Feb. 6 in observance of the 23rd National African American Read-In. Sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, the event aims to make the celebration of African-American literacy a traditional part of Black History Month.

    "African American Read-In is a highlight of my year because it gives me an opportunity to hear you," said Power-Carter, director of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center. "And it gives you an opportunity to shine and to show off your multiple abilities and talents. It brings us all to a place of reverence -- honoring writers of our past, who came before us in struggle. Acknowledging the present and looking to the future."

    The Read-In event is one of many IU will host to celebrate Black History Month 2012.

    "It will be up to you to continue this legacy of educating each other about the literature," Power-Carter said to the students.

    Emcees and IU graduate students Ignoisco Miles and Melody Barham laid down a few ground rules before student readings began.

    "We are all here today, together, to recognize African-American authors. We want everyone to be respectful. We want everyone to have fun," Barham said.

    Students cheered as their classmates took the stage to present a variety of pieces by African-American writers and originals by the students.

    Bloomington High School North student Kwadwo Assennoh read the poem "I Dream a World" by Langston Hughes.

    I dream a world where man
    No other man will scorn,
    Where love will bless the earth
    And peace its paths adorn.

    I dream a world where all
    Will know sweet freedom's way,
    Where greed no longer saps the soul
    Nor avarice blights our day.

    A world I dream where black or white,
    Whatever race you be,
    Will share the bounties of the earth
    And every man is free,
    Where wretchedness will hang its head
    And joy, like a pearl,
    Attends the needs of all mankind--

    Of such I dream, my world!

    Sera Radovich, senior at Bloomington High School North has attended IU's African American Read-In for several years. She said her favorite part of the event is listening and sharing with her classmates.

    "They have to sign up to read and then be approved. They kind of have to try out, I guess," Radovich said.

    IU student Michael Clark changed things up at the reading with a dance presentation in a blue, floor-length robe and white face paint.

    Following the Read-In, Clark joined other IU students in a panel discussing issues regarding this year's Black History Month theme, Black Women in American Culture and History.

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  4. The IU School of Education hosted its 9th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Activity Day on January 16, 2012. Organized by School of Education faculty member Leana McClain, the event is a day full of fun activities for students invited to the School. The activities are educational about both the life and ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. and school subjects, all designed to be entertaining and engaging.

    IU School of Education students volunteer to help set up and guide the event. You'll hear from the some of the organizers, members of the Dean's Advisory Council in the School of Education, in this short video.

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  5. Sarah McVey, a 2011 IU School of Education graduate, is working in her first full-time teaching job as a special education teacher at the Christel House in Bangalore, India. Founded by Christel DeHaan, a 2000 recipient of IU's Herman B Wells Visionary Award, Christel House has built and operates seven learning centers reaching 3,000 impoverished students around the world.

    McVey got her start at Christel House India last summer through the School of Education's Cultural Immersion Projects. She leaped at the opportunity to return full-time in August for the school year.

    Hear from McVey in this short video. You can read more about McVey's experiences teaching in India on her blog,

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