Introduction Letter from Dr. Johnson
Wall of Fame Invitation and Brochure
Inaugural "Wall of Fame" Celebration Sept. 19, 2008
LiveText Update - http://www.LiveText.com/
News from the Divisions
Division of Educational Leadership (DoEL)
Giving to The Citadel's School of Education
A summary of the contents of this e-newsletter.
Dear Alumni and Friends of The Citadel's School of Education:
On Friday evening September 19th, the School of Education sponsored the inaugural "Wall of Fame" celebration honoring Citadel graduates who have distinguished themselves as educators and corporate leaders for their ongoing support of education in the Lowcountry and beyond. In addition to recognizing graduates and corporate leaders for their achievements and contributions, this very special event highlighted recent accomplishments of The Citadel's School of Education and invited our guests (130 strong) to join us in the ongoing transformation of a good school of education into a great one. (For a more detailed summary of this event, see pages 1 and 2 of SOE fall 2008 newsletter).
Also included in the fall 2008 newsletter are:
As described in these newsletter articles, the transformation of a good School of Education into a great one is well underway. With your help, our goal of becoming the regional and national leader in the preparation of principled educational leaders is becoming a reality. To receive future editions of the newsletter electronically, please update your email address with The Citadel's Alumni Office at http://citadelalumni.org/update/. In addition to enjoying the newsletter, please visit the School of Education website, www.citadel.edu/education, to follow our progress. Please contact me at (843) 953-5097 or at email@example.com with your suggestions and/or concerns.
Tony W. Johnson
Professor and Dean
“Wall of Fame”: School of Education Honors Citadel Graduates.
Dear Friends of the School of Education:
Col. Tony W. Johnson
Dean of Education
The School of Education presented four awards this evening: three that recognized significant accomplishments and/or contributions to education representing our four divisions: Counselor Education; Educational Leadership; Literacy Education, and Teacher Education. The final award is best described as the Dean's award and is presented to a corporation for their significant contributions enhancing the quality of education in the region and beyond.
Plaques honoring each of the evening's honorees were displayed at the event and will soon be permanently displayed on a wall in Capers Hall for all to see. Hopefully, as future educators-both cadets and graduate students-are exposed to this "Wall of Fame," they will be inspired to aim high in their pursuit of educational excellence. Our goal is to make this an annual event adding four or five new recipients to the "Wall of Fame" each year. In addition to having their pictures and names forever enshrined on the "wall," each recipient received an engraved crystal paperweight.
Dean Johnson and Wall of Fame
Honoree, Creighton Eddings
Joining Creighton as an inaugural "Wall of Fame" recipient is the Wachovia Foundation for its overall commitment to improving literacy and specifically for its support of the School of Education's summer reading program and our Masters in Literacy Education. During the first three years of this partnership, funding from the Wachovia Foundation has enabled the School of Education to train approximately 140 graduate students and area teachers to diagnose a child's reading deficiency and to correct it using the most appropriate remedy. As graduate students and teachers tutored children one-on-one as part of a graduate course, these 140 area children and their classmates benefitted from their teachers enhanced ability to teach reading effectively. These efforts continue to grow and now include a special cohort-based literacy program for 24 teachers of the Charleston County School District.
Wall of Fame Honoree, Thomas
Melvin, and General Grinalds
The final member of these inaugural inductees into the School of Education "Wall of Fame" is the SCANA Corporation. It is clear that SCANA lives up to its core value of serving our community. By initiating, sustaining, and expanding the Homework Center Program in South Carolina and neighboring states, SCANA continues to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to public education. Expanding from 13 to 32 centers, SCANA supports after school tutoring in mathematics, reading, and study skills for at-risk children in safe and structured learning environments. In addition, SCANA matches dollar-for-dollar employee contributions to South Carolina schools and supports numerous initiatives designed to improve the quality of education in state and region. For their continuous and generous support of public education for almost two decades, the Dean's inaugural "Wall of Fame" award is presented to the SCANA Corporation.
Before concluding this very special event, guests were asked to reexamine the great books motif of the invitation, agenda, and related materials. The quotation by Horace Mann on the cover of the invitation---"the common school is the greatest discovery ever made by man"-was purposely chosen for it reflects our belief that a strong and vibrant democracy and a robust economy are dependent upon excellence in our public schools.
Guests were reminded that the back cover of the invitation are a row or shelf of classic or great books. Printed on the spines of two of these books is our mission of "preparing principled educational leaders" who--as quiet leaders-in "small and obscure" ways make a difference in the lives of their students. For a fuller explanation what it means to be a principled educational leader, please see the article in the fall 2008 issue of The Citadel. Also in keeping with the great books motif, guests received a brochure identifying five major initiatives in The Citadel School of Education's march toward excellence. As noted in the brochure, we respectively ask for your support of our vision of becoming the national model for the development of "principled educational leaders."
The celebration concluded by recognizing the Hirshey Award winners (both cadet and graduate students) selected each year since 1987 as the outstanding education major of that academic year. This grand evening came to an end with a very special thank- you to Mr. Edward Pendarvis and his friends for their generous support of the first annual "Wall of Fame" celebration.
Tony W. Johnson
Professor and Dean
A School of Education "Wall of Fame" Invitation and Brochure employing a great books motif.
Click the image above for a large PDF version.
What a first-class event! Everyone was delighted to spend time meeting new friends and reconnecting with alums. The meal was wonderful and many thanks should go to the committee lead by Dean Johnson who made the night a success. This event will be one that everyone will look forward to attending each year. Thanks to everyone who made this a night to remember. - Mary Lou Yeatts, Associate Professor, School of Education
Cadet Matt Holt, Honoree Thomas Melvin, Cadet Caroline Rudd and Cadet Elliott Sakoda
William Zimmerman addressing the audience on behalf of the SCANA Corporation
Cadets enjoying the Wall of Fame Celebration
Ed and Elaine Pendarvis enjoying themselves at the Wall of Fame Celebration
By: Alice B. Hambright, Technology Specialist
Fall 2008 brings the new "C1" version of LiveText! New course management features! New document management features! New reporting features! New navigation features!
LiveText unveiled its powerful new "C1" software for the Fall 2008 semester. This version of the LiveText software offers a more stable environment than the "New Generation" version we used in the spring.
Some of the new C1 features include:
There are also new Discussion features, and a collaboration Library that contains literally tens of thousands of LiveText example documents.
Next year promises new "Form" enhancements as well as a lot of new surprises. LiveText is growing and evolving into much more than just an electronic portfolio system. With its new standard alignment capabilities, reporting functions, and course management features, LiveText promises to continue to provide inventive solutions to our academic, assessment, and accreditation documentation needs.
Division of Educational Leadership (DoEL)
by: Dr. Jennifer L. Altieri, Coordinator
The Division of Literacy Education currently has 24 Charleston County School District (CCSD) teachers participating in a special cohort-based Master of Literacy Education program. Members of this cohort will have completed four courses by the end of December. Successful program completers will graduate in May 2010.
This year the Summer Reading Clinic will again be held in July. Its primary target will be elementary grade children enrolled in high need schools on the Peninsula (City of Charleston). Applications and more information will be available beginning February 1, 2009. Please call 953-5097 beginning on that date to get a copy of the application.
The division is also proud to announce that Ashley Pfeffer has been named teacher of the year at Pinckney Elementary School. Ashley graduated from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan and taught two years in Michigan before moving to the Charleston area. This is her fourth year at Pinckney. She is on schedule to graduate with her M. Ed. in Literacy Education in the Summer of 2010.
Jennifer L. Altieri published an article, "Fictional Characters with Dyslexia: What are We Seeing in Books?" in the October 2008 issue of Teaching Exceptional Children.
by: Dr. Kathy Brown, Coordinator
Division of Educational Leadership candidates obtained administrative promotions during Fall 2008.
Congratulations to the following graduates of The Citadel programs in educational leadership for achieving positions as educational leaders in the Lowcountry:
Charleston County School District
Mr. Anthony Dixon, Principal
Memminger Elementary School
Charleston, South Carolina
Ms. Jennifer Swearingen, Principal
Oakland Elementary School
Charleston, South Carolina
Berkeley County School District
Mr. Rodney Thompson, Director of Middle and Secondary Education
Berkeley County School District
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Mr. Dixon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from The College of Charleston and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from The Citadel. He is currently enrolled as a candidate for the Educational Specialists Degree at The Citadel. Mr. Dixon's professional experience includes classroom teaching at St. Stephen Elementary School where he was honored as The Disney Teacher of the Year. His administrative experience includes positions as Assistant Principal at Boulder Bluff Elementary School and The Daniel Island School prior to his appointment as Principal, Memminger Elementary School. His vision is to transform Memminger into a global school with an inquiry-based emphasis.
Ms. Jennifer Swearingen, grew up in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Irmo High School, the College of Charleston, and The Citadel. She is currently a candidate for the Ed. S. in Educational Leadership at The Citadel. Her professional experience includes teaching fifth and sixth grade mathematics at Ladson Elementary School and as Assistant Principal at Jennie Moore Elementary School. Appointed Principal in August, 2008; Ms. Swearingen is fortunate and proud to be a part of Oakland Elementary School.
Mr. Rodney Thompson has recently been appointed Director of Middle and Secondary Education for the Berkeley County School District. Mr. Thompson previously served as Principal of Hanahan High School and as a classroom teacher. He earned a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from The Citadel.
Kudos to faculty and students.
Congratulations to Dr. Kay Woelfel and members of the ASPIRE group (a cohort of CCSD teachers participating in a cohort-based master of education in educational leadership program): R. Carl Burch; Barbara Falkenstein; Barbara B. Hairfield; Cindy Leal; and Christine Ryan for their recent publication, "Sports Metaphors as a Motivational Leadership Strategy" in the November 10th 2008 issue of Academic Leadership.
Congratulations also to Dr. Woelfel for her publication of "Attraction: the Secret of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership" in the May 12, 2008 issue of Academic Leadership.
by: Dr. George T. Williams, Coordinator
The proposed "Student Affairs and College Counseling" specialization is an exciting addition to the School of Education.
The Division of Counselor Education continues to be energized! The updated Division of School Counseling Handbook (August 2008) is now available online and includes information for all currently enrolled Counselor Education candidates, prospective students, field site supervisors, faculty, administrators, and the professional community. Additional information is also available on the Counselor Education website at:
The School Counseling Community Advisory Board convened on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at the Lowcountry Graduate Center to review and discuss such program changes as adding a Specialization in "Student Affairs and College Counseling" to our master of education in counselor education degree. The proposed Specialization has been approved by the appropriate governance committees at The Citadel and is currently awaiting approval by the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education (CHE). A companion four course certificate program in student affairs counseling-began as a pilot program this semester-has also been approved by The Citadel governance process. Dr. Barbara Griffin is leading the effort to develop this specialization and related certificate program in student affairs. Our goal is to initiate this specialization in the fall of 2009. Other changes approved this semester include changing the course title for EDUC 624 to "Basic Counseling Skills" (effective Spring 2009) to more accurately reflect the content of the course. In addition two special topics courses: DSM-IV-TR3 and Assessment of Abnormal Behavior-taken by candidates in preparation for a South Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) -- were approved as regular course offerings.
The South Carolina School Counselor Association's (SCSCA) 25th Silver Anniversary Fall Conference took place on Sunday, November 9th through Tuesday, November 11th at the Marriott Hotel, Charleston, SC. The Citadel sponsored and Dr. George Williams hosted the SCSCA Executive Board dinner on Sunday evening at the Riverview Room on campus. The agenda for this event included Dr. Mark Bebensee's summary of The Citadel's educational philosophy followed by five brief presentations from each of the school deans highlighting the graduate and undergraduate offerings at The Citadel.
During the SCSCA Conference, Drs. Aaron Oberman and Cynthia Crawford presented the "1, 2, and 3's of School Counselor Accountability" and Dr. George Williams and Counselor Education candidates: Meghan M. Gilsenan, Denise Shaw, and Kathryn H. Warfuel presented "Creative Group Leadership Strategies for Professional School Counselors. Drs. Williams, Oberman and Crawford also served as panelists on the topic "Changes, Challenges, and Choices for South Carolina School Counselor Educators" with colleagues from Winthrop University, South Carolina State University, and the University of South Carolina.
Also, during the SCSCA Conference, The Alpha Tau Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International sponsored The Citadel Color Guard on Veteran's Day (Tuesday, November 11th) as part of the SCSCA Presidential Breakfast Meeting.
Other recent Division of Counselor Education activities include: administering of the Oral Comprehensive Exams to internship students beginning on Tuesday, October 30th and concluding on Friday, November 3, 2008; and conducting personal group interviews of applicants to the Counselor Education programs on Thursday, November 13th from 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. Assessments included: (a) a 30-minute writing sample done on the computer; (b) brief (4 to 5 minute) videotaped presentations by each applicant to assess public speaking ability; and (c) an assessment of interpersonal communication skills in a group context.
by: Dr. Kathy Richardson-Jones, Coordinator
Congratulations to recent alumni, activities of the Education Leaders Club, and memoriams for two professors.
Congratulations Recent MAT & MEd Alumni!
Jan Smoak Rogers was named Rookie Teacher of the Year for Colleton County High School this past spring.
Jacqueline House Scarafile was honored by the South Carolina ASCD as Outstanding Student Teacher this past Spring. Jackie worked with Ms. Janet Woodhall at Wando High School.
Julie Marie Sessions (MEd, 2004, The Citadel) successfully completed all of the requirements for a Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University this semester. Her dissertation, Bridging Aesthetics and Community: A Story of a Successful School, is about Porter-Gaud school. Her dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Delores Liston and included Dr. Ming Fang He, Dr. Dan Rea, and Dr. Kathryn Richardson Jones.
The Education Leaders Club
The club's organizational meeting took place in September and members participated in The Citadel's Education Day festivities that occurred in conjunction with The Citadel vs. Princeton Game. In October, they met and discussed plans for the coming year including service projects. Last year's experience working with a Habitat for Humanity home building project in New Orleans ignited a strong commitment among members to making a difference. They plan to work on at least one local project this year and have committed to work on the National ASCD Habitat project in Orlando, Florida. To help support these projects, Education majors held a Pizza and Movie night on November 19th.
As many of you know, Mr. Ron Graham, Adjunct Professor for the School of Education and Citadel class of 1969, passed away this summer after many years of making a difference in the Lowcountry. Ron was a quiet leader whose insight and experience helped strengthen our programs. He touched many lives through his work in preparing Teachers and Administrators in The Citadel's School of Education. As noted in the obituary, "Ronnie never met a stranger, always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell."
This fall, we also lost Dr. Chris King, Adjunct Professor for the School of Education and Citadel class of 1975. Dr. King passed away suddenly in October. As many of you know, Chris held a B.S. and two Masters degrees from The Citadel and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Chris loved The Citadel and children. His happy nature has been missed in the School of Education over the past few weeks. He truly made a difference in the lives he touched.
Faculty featured this semester include Kenneth T. Henson, Mary Lou Yeatts, Cynthia Crawford, and Tammy J. Graham.
Kenneth T. Henson Receives the Franklin Silverman Lifetime Achievement Award
Kenneth T. Henson
A former Fulbright and National Science Foundation Scholar, Professor Henson is a nationally known grant writer whose efforts have earned more than $100 million for initiatives ranging for physics to the fine arts. His 1999 grant from AT & T was the largest funded that year, in excess of $ 1 million. During his seven year tenure at The Citadel, Professor Henson planned and edited three prominent journals focused on teaching and critical thinking, providing Citadel faculty and students with opportunities to be published.
In 2000, the Association of Teacher Educators recognized Professor Henson as the nation's Distinguished Teacher Educator of the year. While on sabbatical this fall, Professor Henson completed his 41st and 42nd books and has published dozens of national and international articles and books during his seven years at The Citadel.
NEW FACULTY JOIN THE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
|Mary Lou Yeatts, Ed.D.|
Educational Leadership Division
Mary Lou Yeatts joined us in August. She comes to us from Virginia, via Kentucky and already loves the students, staff and faculty at the Citadel. She earned her doctorate from VA Tech in 1997. She was a former PK-12 public school teacher and elementary principal. She is starting her 30th year in education. She and her husband Dewey have one daughter Sarah.
|Cynthia Crawford, Ph.D.|
Counselor Education Division
Cynthia Crawford, a new faculty member in the School of Education, Counselor Education Division, came to The Citadel in August from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Recently defending her dissertation, she earned an MS in school psychology at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and an Ed.S in guidance and counseling at the University of West Georgia. She is certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and holds state licensure as a professional counselor in Tennessee.
|Tammy J. Graham, Ed.D.|
Teacher Education Division
Tammy Graham is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Division. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College in Massachusetts in August 2007. She has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education Administration, a Master's in Mild Learning Handicaps, and a Bachelor's in Learning Disabilities. Tammy worked for 17 years in the special education field of public education, mostly recently as a special education coordinator. She also worked as an adjunct professor for Shenandoah University in Virginia.
Donors often ask how they might designate a gift to the School or to one of its divisions. It is the college's policy that any solicitation be conducted only by an authorized Citadel fund-raising organization. Gifts restricted to the School of Education or to one of its divisions should be made through The Citadel Foundation.
Director of Development,
The Citadel Foundation