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Zucker Family School of Education earns perfect, preliminary marks from leading accreditation agency

A perfect score from the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) is not common, according to the Dean of The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE). But a perfect score is exactly what the ZFSOE received as its preliminary results after a multi-day reaccreditation visit. CAEP revisits and renews accreditation every seven years – but this is the first time the ZFSOE has received a perfect score. The accreditation process is important because it provides an assessment of the success of the ZFSOE, as it does for other higher education institutions. In fact, according to CAEP’s website, its mission is to provide quality assurance. “Being a graduate of an accredited program that went through external peer review demonstrates that those who complete our programs have met the highest standards for professional development, said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean for the ZFSOE. “This accreditation helps get our students to the front of the line when pursuing jobs and advanced degrees — they are ready to get to work making a positive impact on K-12 learners in the community.” Ortlieb credits the success of the accreditation visit heavily to the hard work of the faculty and staff, especially the leadership of Renee Jefferson, Ph.D., CAEP coordinator, and Fei Zhao, Ph.D., director of assessment. Not only does a CAEP accreditation confirm the knowledge base and skillsets the graduates bring to potential employers, it also helps the ZFSOE grow and improve P-12 education in the state, a primary part of its mission. Ortlieb says ZFSOE had a 10% increase in student enrollment during the 2020-21 academic year. He believes the team’s focus on partnerships with local school districts is behind much of the growth. “Our team reaches out to urban, rural and suburban areas alike in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties — listening to their needs and providing professional development to their teachers, counselors and administrators in the ways they want and need. We go to the school districts with an open ear and a timely response so we can capture those ideas and enact them through our programs and policies.” One example of how the ZSFOE works to meet the needs of P-12 schools is the integration of an English as a second language (ESOL) program into the Master’s in Literacy Education degree to better prepare teachers in places like Beaufort County, which has a large ESOL population. “The Citadel could not be more proud of this achievement by the Zucker Family School of Education faculty and staff,” said The Citadel Provost, Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR. “Earning a perfect accreditation score is a reflection of their commitment to excellence in supporting not only our undergraduate and graduate students, but the P-12 schools across South Carolina. This is a great example of principled leadership at work.” The preliminary results are expected to be officially ratified in October 2021. The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel, renamed in 2014 after a donation from the Zucker Family, has been teaching educators since the 1960s. The Master of Education is one of the college’s most popular graduate programs; it was the second most popular degree for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2020. In addition to a variety of graduate programs, the school also offers bachelor degree programs in face-to-face, hybrid and fully online modes of education, designed for students hoping to begin their teaching careers.

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Zucker Family School of Education News Letter

Spring 2021

ZFSOE Spring 2021 Newsletter Page 1


Citadel creates Center for Mathematical Inquiry to help SC public school students

South Carolina high school math teachers in rural school districts encouraged to apply for professional development opportunity, with $2,000 stipend, by Jan. 31 deadline As a whole, South Carolina public schools are often ranked among the lowest in the country by organizations including U.S. News & World Report, and the National Education Association, for example. Math is identified as one of the key subject areas needing improvement. Part of the mission of The Citadel’s Zucker Family School of Education (ZFSOE) is to help improve the quality of education in the state. ZFSOE continuously strives to provide professional development opportunities to K-12 teachers to help them improve their skills. One new way the ZFSOE will help math teachers in South Carolina is the Center for Mathematical Inquiry. Funded by a $100,000 grant from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SC-CHE), the Center will provide professional development opportunities to Algebra 2 teachers, paying each $2,000 for their participation. It’s a joint effort involving the ZFSOE’s STEM Center of Excellence, led by Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., and Swain School of Mathematics and Science professor, Richard Robinson, Ph.D. “One of the key areas of need in the state is assistance with fully engaging high school students who are studying Algebra 2. Right now only about 70% of them in South Carolina pass the course,” said Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., dean of the ZFSOE and project director for the Center. “Through a professional development workshop and webinar series, Algebra 2 teachers will come together across multiple rural school districts to collaborate and share best practices, as well as learning new concepts in teaching the course.” The Center will provide this training virtually to 24 South Carolina high school teachers. “Teachers from anywhere in the state can apply through January 31,” Ortlieb said. Ortlieb explained that 10 of those slots are reserved for teachers in Georgetown County School District (GCSD). Compared to the state’s pass rate of 70%, only about half of GCSD students pass Algebra 2, a particularly important area to focus on.

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The Zucker Family School of Education Graduate Programs Information Session

Monday, November 23, 2020

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The Citadel plus Clemson equals more doctors of education in South Carolina

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Citadel selects new dean for Zucker Family School of Education

Evan Ortlieb, Ph.D., will become Dean of the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel. The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College announced recently that Ortlieb will begin engaging with the campus community in the spring to work on strategic planning. He will officially move into the role of dean July 1. “Dr. Ortlieb is currently serving in two leadership roles at St. John’s University, head of the Ph.D. Program and director of the Manhattan Campus for the School of Education,” said Sally Selden, Ph.D., provost and dean of The Citadel. “His responsibilities include a blend of administration, fundraising, research, scholarship, teaching, and grant activities, experience making him perfectly suited for his new role leading the Zucker Family School of Education.” Ortlieb earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University. He is an internationally renowned scholar in literacy education and digital literacy with previous work experience in Singapore and Australia. Ortlieb’s expertise centers on literacy teacher preparation, leveraging diversity as an asset in classrooms, and differentiated literacy instruction. He currently serves as past-president of the Specialized Literacy Professionals SIG of the International Literacy Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the International Innovative Community Group of the Literacy Research Association, and section editor of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

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Lowcountry media goes medieval in support of STEM education


Local news personalities will build, and compete with, their own mini trebuchets The Lowcountry’s TV stations — and especially their weather teams — have a long history of supporting STEM education in our communities. On Friday, Jan. 31, news personalities from the local ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates will continue this tradition at an event called “Media goes medieval and Storms The Citadel.” The competitors will bring their hand-made trebuchets, or medieval-style catapults, to see who built the best one. The meteorologists who will be competing for the first place spots are, alphabetically: David Dickson (WCBD, Count on 2), Stephanie Sine (WCSC, Live 5 News) and Sonya Stevens (WCIV, ABC News 4). They will have three chances to take first place. An accuracy competition will test how well the meteorologists can control their trebuchet, and the distance competition will determine whose trebuchet can launch projectiles the furthest. There will also be a spirit award, given to the team with any combination of the best-decorated trebuchet, best team costumes, or overall spirit. The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence provided the meteorologists with the same mini trebuchet kits for the competitors as are provided for K-5 students.


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Storm The Citadel catapults into its 10th year


Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the 2020 Storm The Citadel competition will challenge young competitors with science, math and engineering challenges as they design, build and test their trebuchets, or medieval-style catapults, as well as robots and water bottle rockets. Storm The Citadel 2020 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. across The Citadel campus. The STEM event, for K-12 grade students, will once again bring up to 3,000 visitors to campus for what is now a tradition for many of the teams that compete. The team coming from the farthest distance: The St. Augustine Sea Cadets, from Florida. Co-hosted by Google and The Citadel’s STEM Center of Excellence along with the School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education and the Swain Family School of Science and Mathematics, Storm The Citadel promotes STEM education and allows students to use the skills they learn in the classroom in tangible, exciting ways.


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Annual Mini-Conference for Helping Professionals:  08/30/2019


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The Citadel and Colleton County schools collaborate to enrich literacy education

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel is making it easier for teachers in rural counties to earn their master of education degrees. The most recent example is a partnership between The Citadel Graduate College and the Colleton County School District (CCSD). The two institutions are providing up to 20 CCSD teachers the opportunity to earn Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Literacy Education degrees at a lower cost and closer to where they work and live. This is will be the second time The Citadel and CCSD have cooperated to advance literacy education. Eight Colleton teachers graduated from The Citadel Graduate College with M.Ed.’s in Literacy Education in May of 2019. It worked so well, the program is being renewed with the hope of enrolling even more teachers.

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Lowcountry Weekend: Storm The Citadel gives students a hands-on learning experience

As seen on WCSC – Live 5 News The Citadel’s STEM Center for Excellence and Google give students from elementary school to college a hands-on learning experience at the annual Storm The Citadel event. In an interview with Live 5 News, Ron Welch, Dean of Engineering at The Citadel, says in part, “It makes my heart warm and it also gives me hope, because I’m seeing the future.”

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UTPB announces new Dean of the College of Education

Thursday, Dr. Larry G. Daniel was selected as the new dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas Permian Basin effective July 1. Dr. Daniel comes to UTPB after serving as dean and professor in the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Daniel is an educational leader focused on building excellence in faculty and academic programs. “The College of Education is blessed with excellent academic programs and a thoroughly engaged faculty and staff. I look forward to working with the faculty to address the needs of current and future educators and to serve the educational community of the Permian Basin and beyond,” Dr. Daniel said. In his 39 years as an educator, Dr. Daniel has worked with students ranging from middle school through advanced graduate levels. He has served as a higher education administrator for the past 21 years, including 15 years as an academic dean.

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Eighth year as top public college in South by U.S. News & World Report

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks The Citadel as the #1 public college in the South offering up to a master’s degree. The Citadel ranks #3 Best College in the South, when private and public schools are combined, up from #4 last year. The Citadel is ranked #8 for the "Best Undergraduate Teaching in the South."

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The Citadel earns national grant to encourage community dialogue about race

The Citadel has received a $30,000 grant to be used for encouraging community dialogue about race.
Published in: The Citadel September 5, 2018 - Online

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Professional development helps teachers incorporate computing in the classroom

This summer, South Carolina teachers entered The Citadel campus as students and left as better-prepared science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators.

Published in: The Citadel August 9, 2018 - Online

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Dr. Larry Daniel on the Zucker Family School of Education

Larry Daniel, Dean of the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel, talks about the School and how they serve students and the community. He also talks about their relationship with the county.
Published in: Charleston CEO - Online
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De-Stigmazing Mental Illness 

Galen University and The Citadel have found such an important way to work together to support counseling and mental health professionals but most importantly, the children and youth in Belize.
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One-on-one tutoring continues to evolve in its 42nd year

Students and teachers alike are learning how to improve their skills this summer through one Citadel program.
The Citadel Summer Reading Program offers tutoring services to K-9 students who are reading below grade level. The program’s tutors are Citadel graduate students who are classroom teachers working toward their Master of Education in Literacy Education. The Citadel has provided the program to the community for 42 years and updates it annually.
“Our program is a win-win situation,” said Robin Jocius, Ph.D., coordinator of the Summer Reading Program and professor of the Zucker School of Education Master of Education in literacy education.
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100 Professionals trained in Suicide Prevention 

The YouthRise Project in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with Galen University have trained some 100 social workers, educators, counselors, administrators and youth workers in suicide prevention. The training was facilitated by Dr. Guy Ilagan, Assistant Professor of Counsellor Education at The Citadel College in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Jill Ilagan, Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor at The Citadel’s Psychology – Clinical Counselling Program, and Kendra Hoyt, Lecturer and Life Coach at Galen University.
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Larry Daniel on Preparing Literacy Specialists to Adapt to the Read to Succeed Bill

Larry Daniel, Dean of the Zucker Family School of Education at the Citadel, talks about how the Read to Succeed Bill has changed the landscape of education in South Carolina. He explains how the Citadel is preparing their professors to adapt to this bill.
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6 ways The Citadel helps lead the education of K-12 students

The Citadel and The Citadel Graduate College work year-round to positively impact classrooms and shape effective educators for the state of South Carolina and the nation. This Teacher Appreciation Week, we're looking back at some of the ways The Citadel leads in the education of K-12 students. Read more here.
Published in: Citadel Campus Newsroom

The top five finalists for 2019 South Carolina Teacher of the Year were named last week.

    Robert Harris - Hand Middle School - Richland 1
    Zachariah Lowe - Mayewood Middle School - Sumter
    Jeffrey Maxey - Starr Elementary School - Anderson 3
    Nick Snyder - Cane Bay High School - Berkeley
    Susan Snyder - Northwestern High School - York 3 (Rock Hill)

The 2019 SC Teacher of the Year will be named at the SC Teacher of the Year Celebration on May 2 in Columbia. The SC Teacher of the Year serves a one-year residency at CERRA. Read more about the SC Teacher of the Year Program.
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Maurice Cannon named new CCHS principal

The Colleton County School Board of Trustees voted on Thursday April 26 at a special called meeting to name Maurice Cannon as principal at Colleton County High School. Cannon is currently serving as director of accreditation and career technology education in Charleston County School District.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree from South Carolina State University, a master of education degree and education specialist degree from The Citadel and is currently a doctoral student at Capella University.
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Citadel Cadets, Faculty and Partners Honored for Civic Engagement

Citadel cadets, faculty and partners are being recognized for their commitment to service learning and civic engagement by South Carolina Campus Compact. SCCC is a coalition of 17 South Carolina colleges and universities that collaborate to promote and develop the civic purposes of higher education.
As a SCCC member, The Citadel annually nominates candidates for the South Carolina Civic Engagement Leadership Awards. All nominees were honored, and some won statewide awards, during the 2018 Civic Engagement Leadership Summit on Friday, April 13. The nominees were recognized on campus during an awards ceremony on Friday, April 20.

Faculty inspiring campus engagement
Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., director of The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence, was recognized as honoree of the South Carolina Faculty Award for Service Learning for her commitment to establish a culture of engagement on the college’s campus. Albert’s work as co-leader of The Citadel’s annual Storm The Citadel competition and summer STEAM Camp brings thousands of K-12 students to the college’s campus for hands-on activities. Through the STEM Center of Excellence, Albert also helped initiate The Citadel Sustainability Project, which provides cadets the opportunity to learn about growing sustainable food sources in controlled, indoor spaces.
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Four universities establish program for S.C. educators to earn doctorates

Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Winthrop University and The Citadel have joined forces to provide a seamless transition from each institution’s Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs to Clemson’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program in Education Systems Improvement Studies.
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Hundreds participate in Storm The Citadel competitions

Students from around the state are celebrating the results of their hard work after taking top spots in the eighth annual Storm The Citadel event. google_sc_storm_the_citadelMore than 120 K-12 and college teams visited The Citadel campus Saturday to compete in trebuchet, bridge building, Lego robotics and water bottle rocket competitions. Storm The Citadel is co-hosted by Google and The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence along with the School of Engineering, Zucker Family School of Education and the School of Science and Mathematics, The event promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and allows students to use the skills they learn in the classroom in a new and exciting way.
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List of Top Schools Offering Online Education and Teaching Degrees Released by

The Citadel was placed on the list of the 50 Best Online Education and Teaching Degrees in 2018. To make the Top 50 list, schools must not only meet basic requirements but excel in critical areas. All schools must be accredited public or private not-for-profit institutions with reasonable annual tuitions. Additional factors such as the breadth of online programs offered, availability of job placement and career counseling services are compared to determine which institutions make the final cut.
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Nationally recognized children’s book author-illustrator visits schools

8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 6, Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School
Wednesday, Feb. 7, Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School
Thursday, Feb. 8, Goodwin Elementary School
Free and open to the public (visitors must sign in at school’s front desk to obtain visitor’s pass)

Don Tate, nationally acclaimed children’s author and illustrator, will visit Mitchell Math and Science Elementary School Tuesday, Feb. 6; Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School Wednesday, Feb. 7; and Goodwin Elementary School Thursday, Feb. 8. Tate is the illustrator of many children’s books, including Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch, The Cart That Carried Martin and Hope’s Gift. He is also the author of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton and It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw.

Tate’s school visits are part of the Zucker Family School of Education’s Authors in Schools literacy initiative. The initiative was created to enrich the lives of students by placing the authors and illustrators of children’s books into area schools.
Published in: Citadel Campus Newsroom

Eighth annual Storm The Citadel

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 10
Summerall Field and Mark Clark Hall
Free and open to the public

The eighth annual Storm The Citadel will begin Saturday, Feb. 10, when K-12, college and corporate teams gather to compete in trebuchet, bridge building, Lego robotics and water bottle rocket competitions.

The largest event of the day is the trebuchet competition where teams in two divisions – Hoplite and Centurion – build medieval-style launching devices that are rated by judges on accuracy, distance, spirit and design.

More than 800 participants and 3,000 spectators will line The Citadel’s Summerall Field and Mark Clark Hall to mentor and cheer on the teams.

In addition to the competitions, exhibitors will be on campus to provide students with an opportunity to meet members of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field. There will also be hands-on engineering activities in Mark Clark Hall before and after competition times.

Storm The Citadel is co-hosted by Google and The Citadel’s School of Engineering along with the STEM Center of Excellence, the Zucker Family School of Education and the School of Science and Mathematics.
Published in: Citadel Campus Newsroom

Zucker Family School of Education to hold annual Wall of Fame Celebration

6 – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Francis Marion Hotel
Ticket required, open to the public

The Zucker Family School of Education will hold its seventh annual Wall of Fame Celebration Wednesday, Feb. 21. The celebration of education recognizes individuals, alumni and community partners for their contributions to quality education in the Lowcountry. Among those honored will be Octavia Mitchell of WCBD-TV News 2, and Tiger Corner Farms.

Tickets for this event are limited. To purchase a ticket, please visit here.
Published in: Citadel Campus Newsroom

WATCH: Space Station Commander Talks to South Carolina Students

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA discussed life and work aboard the orbital laboratory during an in-flight educational event Oct. 2 with students at The Citadel STEM Center at the Laing Middle School near Charleston, South Carolina. Bresnik holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and an honorary doctorate in aeronautics from The Citadel. He launched to the station in July and will remain on board through mid-December.
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SC Education Deans Collaborate to Remedy Acute Teacher Shortage

The deans of six of South Carolina’s larger Schools and Colleges of Education have formed a consortium to address collaboratively some of the state’s most pressing education issues. Monday, they released a statement urging action to address the teacher shortage being experienced across South Carolina...On August 18, 2017, the Deans of Education from Clemson University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, The Citadel, University of South Carolina and Winthrop University, as well as representatives from the Center for Education Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA) and the S.C. Education Oversight Committee (EOC), met to establish the facts and potential countermeasures. The meeting was convened and facilitated by the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC).
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The Citadel lands its largest-ever research grant to study computer science education

The Citadel has landed the largest research grant in its history to study new ways of teaching computer science in the Carolinas. The Charleston military college says it will partner with N.C. State University to teach 360 educators over the next few years. The goal is to see if teachers have an easier time learning programming concepts when they study as a group.
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South Carolina’s teacher shortage crisis up for discussion during forum in Charleston

An event will be held Thursday morning in downtown Charleston that will focus on South Carolina’s teacher shortage crisis. The forum is being hosted by The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel, the discussion will include lawmakers, national leaders, several college deans and local school officials.
Published in: News 2 (WCBD-TV) Charleston
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National authors, artists to inspire young readers at local school visits

A new school year means a new opportunity to get local students in schools excited about reading and appreciating literature. This year’s Authors in Schools initiative, hosted by the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel, is bringing in three new, nationally recognized authors to visit and read to three local schools in Charleston.
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Citadel, N.C. State University earn $2.4M in grants for STEM teacher development

Representatives from The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence, the Zucker Family School of Education, and the School of Science and Mathematics will work to improve the professional development of more than 350 middle and high school teachers in North and South Carolina. The collaborative research project, to be conducted in conjunction with North Carolina State University, is being made possible by two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $2.4 million. The award is the largest research grant that The Citadel has secured to date.

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Zucker Family School of Education takes on K-12 teacher shortage crisis

The Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel is inviting collaboration aimed at tackling South Carolina’s teacher shortage crisis at a public educational leadership and innovation forum this month. The Education Workforce: Crisis of Shortages, Promises of Excellence, will address the educator shortage issue apparent in the high numbers of unfilled teaching positions in the state.
Published in: The Charleston Chronicle
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Citadel Graduate College professor, instructor assist in bridging counseling gaps in Belize

A group of youth service professionals in Belize is more aware of how to assist in preventing suicide because of workshops led by two Citadel Graduate College professors. A husband and wife team of professors, Guy Ilagan, Ph.D., who teaches counselor education, and Jill Ilagan, PsyD., an adjunct instructor of psychology, recently returned from leading suicide prevention workshops in San Ignacio and Dangriga, Belize.
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Citadel program tackles summer reading loss for Lowcountry students

When books across Lowcountry schools close for the summer, the literacy education department at The Citadel opens them. For 40 years, The Citadel Summer Reading Program has been helping boost the reading skills of local school children. The annual program, founded by Zucker Family School of Education Professor Dan Ouzts, Ph.D., pairs students in the literacy education program with local school children for one-on-one sessions for two weeks during the month of June. Literacy Education Professor Robin Jocius, Ph.D., currently directs the program.
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The Importance of Teachers to Economic and Business Growth

By Larry Daniel, Ph.D. - Education is essential to a growing economy. Families choose neighborhoods where the best schools are located, and property values are frequently determined by the quality of nearby schools. Business leaders share this concern about school quality, as they rely on a steady stream of qualified graduates to assume jobs within their industries.
Published in: Charleston Business Magazine
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Larry Daniel of The Citadel on Preparing Educators to Face New Challenges in the Classroom

Larry talks about some of the trends in the preparation of educators. The old model of stand and deliver does not work. Today it's more about being beside the student for better engagement.
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The Citadel's Container Farm is First of its Kind for Military College

The Citadel's first harvest was ready from its container farm on Friday. It's the college's Sustainability Project, part of The Zucker Family School of Education’s STEM Center of Excellence. Tiger Corner Farms Manufacturing a company based in Summerville provided the container farm.
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STEM Teacher Professional Development Opportunities at The Citadel

The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel will host various opportunities for teachers to enhance their instruction of subjects this summer.
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Citadel President, Faculty and Cadets earn Recognition for Civic Engagement

The 2017 South Carolina Campus Compact (SCCC) Civic Engagement Award recipients and honorees include the president of The Citadel, a cadet, a cadet company, a faculty member and one of the college’s community partner.

The South Carolina Faculty Award for Service Learning went to Tammy Graham, Ph.D., Zucker Family School of Education professor and advisor to the Student Learning Disabilities Association at The Citadel – Honoree; South Carolina Faculty Award for Service Learning.
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Improving STEM Education in Charleston County Schools with a Focus on Math

The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence is working side by side with the Charleston County School District (CCSD) to improve the quality of STEM education in the Lowcountry, and now particularly with regard to mathematics. A grant-funded program will prepare high school mathematics teachers with a new focus on mathematics literacy - how students read and understand math - rather than just teaching calculations and formulas. Up to 30 educators will be selected to participate in the program, entitled "Promoting problem solving and sense making: engaging teachers in the mathematical process." Applications are being accepted now through April 14. "As teachers, we often focus on the specific content of mathematics - the calculations, and assume that by doing so students will gain knowledge about the wider discipline of mathematics as a sort of by-product," said Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence director. "However, studies underscore the importance of explicitly teaching the fundamentals of how mathematicians communicate in order to solve novel problems and present mathematical arguments. Our program will do just that."
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Winners Announced for Storm The Citadel

The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel hosted the 7th annual competition and more than 100 teams, comprised of more than 1,000 participants, took part on Saturday, Feb. 11... Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition is held as part of National Engineers Week, which celebrates science, technology, engineering and math. The trebuchets, a type of medieval catapult, were judged on accuracy, distance, spirit and design. To help competitors prepare, The Citadel's Physics Department provided free workshops for team leaders. "It is inspiring to see another record-setting year for Storm The Citadel, as well as the continued growth and excitement around science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the Lowcountry," said Dr. Jennifer Albert, director of The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence. "The Citadel considers it an honor to partner with Google and to host these events for the students, and their teachers and parents. We have enjoyed providing a platform to encourage both participants and spectators to continue exploring STEM applications. We look forward to continuing to expand Storm The Citadel! in 2018."
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The Citadel to Induct Two CCSD Educators into Wall of Fame

The Citadel's Zucker Family School of Education will induct two Charleston County School District educators into their Wall of Fame this evening, Wednesday, February 15, 2017, for their outstanding contributions to education in the Lowcountry. The Citadel Wall of Fame recognizes individuals, alumni, and community partners for their contributions to quality education in the Lowcountry, as well as showcases the recent accomplishments of the Zucker Family School of Education. Darwin Shorters, CCSD Mathematics and Computer Science teacher at St. John’s High School, is being inducted and recognized in the category of Outstanding STEM Educator for his work in teaching computer science at St. John’s. Shorters was also selected as the 2016 Project Lead the Way Computer Science Teacher of the Year and the 2016 South Carolina Career Technology Education Teacher of the Year, as well as received the Presidential Volunteer Leadership Award by the White House. Shorters was instrumental in contributing to Charleston’s recent CodeON project sponsored by Women in Code and Family Hour of Code that offers computer science classes to underprivileged children, as well as the reemergence of the Computer Science Teacher Association for the Lowcountry.
Published in: Charleston CEO
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STEM events unite creating one big day of activities expected to draw thousands.
Storm The Citadel and Charleston STEM Festival, Feb. 11 on campus and at Brittlebank Park

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U.S. Military Members Among Those Now Learning Online From The Citadel

Members of the U.S. military living around the country or on installations overseas are among those registering for The Citadel Graduate College's newly online masters' degrees and certificates, and undergraduate degrees. The non-cadet programs are ideal for busy professionals and military service members and their spouses wanting to continue their education. "As a naval officer, I am faced with increasingly complex operational, ethical and leadership challenges, said Lt. Cmdr. Eric Chitwood, U.S. Navy Reserves Defense Logistics Agency. It was imperative that I obtain the best possible leadership education to successfully meet those challenges. When I began my research to find the right academic institution, I wanted flexibility, due to my military lifestyle, and I wanted an institution with a reputation for excellence that was instantly recognizable among leaders from all organizations.” In addition to serving as a Naval commander, Chitwood works as a finance consultant for Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company. He, his wife Stephanie, and their four children live in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are similar online programs available at other well-known universities, but after considering The Citadel's strong support of veterans, high academic standards, the famous alumni network and their 175-year history of producing world-class leaders, I realized that there was only one choice,” Chitwood said.

People in 38 states and almost anywhere in the world are now able to learn from The Citadel because of changes in policies governing online learning that were recently approved by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The online degree programs include:

Master’s Degrees

•    Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies
•    Master of Arts in International Politics and Military Affairs
•    Master of Arts in Social Science
•    Master of Business Administration
•    Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education
•    Master of Science in Leadership

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Literacy Initiative September 2016

As part of its Literacy Initiative, The Zucker Family School of Education will sponsor the following event for its Authors in Schools Initiative to kick off the 2016-2017 school year:

The Zucker Family School of Education’s Literacy Initiative will host James Ransome, nationally recognized illustrator and author.

September 26, 2016 at Mitchell Elementary School 9am - 3 pm
September 27, 2016 at Sanders-Clyde Elementary School 9 am - 3pm
September 28, 2016 at Goodwin Elementary School 9 am - 3 pm
All three schools are partner schools with The Zucker Family School of Education.

Credits below for Mr. Ransome, taken from his website:
The Children’s Book Council named James E. Ransome as one of seventy-five authors and illustrators everyone should know. Currently a member of the Society of Illustrators, Ransome has received both the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration and the IBBY Honor Award for his book, The Creation. He has also received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award for Illustration for Uncle Jed’s Barbershop which was selected as an ALA Notable Book and is currently being shown as a feature on Reading Rainbow. How Many Stars in the Sky? and Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt were also Reading Rainbow selections. PBS’s Storytime featured his book, The Old Dog. Ransome has exhibited works in group and solo shows throughout the country and received The Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance award for his book, The Wagon. In 1999 Let My People Go received the NAACP Image Award for Illustration and Satchel Paige was reviewed in Bank Street College of Education’s “The Best Children’s Books of the Year.” In 2001, James received the Rip Van Winkle Award from the School Library Media Specialists of Southeast New York for the body of his work. How Animals Saved the People received the SEBA (Southeastern Book Association) Best Book of the Year Award in 2002 and the Vermont Center for the Book chose Visiting Day as one of the top ten diversity books of 2002. In 2004 James was recognized by the local art association when he received the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award for an Individual Artist. He has completed several commissioned murals for the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Hemphill Branch Library in Greensboro, NC. He created a historical painting commissioned by a jury for the Paterson, NJ Library and a poster for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Brown vs the Board of Education. His traveling Exhibit, Visual Stories has been touring the United States since 2003. His work is part of both private and public children’s book art collections.

The Citadel is seeking applicants for teaching scholarship

The Citadel is seeking applicants for a prestigious, fully funded teaching scholarship open to college graduates or professionals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program has 10 available slots, according to Citadel spokeswoman Kim Keelor. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the available scholarships are open to anyone with an undergraduate degree in a "STEM" major with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship pays for up to 36 credit hours in The Citadel's Master of Arts in Teaching program, or about two years' worth of in-state tuition. Selected recipients must commit to teaching science or math for two years in local high-need school districts, including Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester 4 or Hampton 1, after completing their master's degree. Applications for the coming fall are due July 25. Visit for more information on how to apply.

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Zucker Family School of Education Represented at AACTE Day on the Hill

Our very own Dr. Larry Daniel, along with Dr. Stephenie Hewett, Education Alumni Jennifer Clark and James McManus recently represented The Citadel Zucker Family School of Education at the AACTE Day on the Hill. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Day on the Hill was the signature component of Washington Week which provides AACTE members an opportunity to meet with their representatives and updates on the latest information on education policy from Capitol Hill. Click here to read more.

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Moving Forward in Education: using social media to teach social responsibility

Borrowed from The Citadel Graduate College Standout Stories by Megan Campbell

When I began my undergraduate career in 2006, Facebook was a website that could only be joined by students with college email addresses. Twitter had just launched a few months prior, and Instagram was not yet born. Fast forward ten years: I am eight months away from graduating with a master’s degree in teaching, and high school students are using social media platforms that I don’t yet know about. At The Citadel, one thing that I have been impressed with is how forward-thinking the Zucker Family School of Education is in its curriculum. Read More Here


The Citadel Graduate College Honors Outstanding Students and Professors

The Citadel Graduate College (CGC) recently recognized 21 top students and professors for excellence in the areas of academics, leadership and service for the 2015-16 academic year. The awards were presented during an evening reception on campus Thurs., May 5.

Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Graduate College

Dr. Dan T. Ouzts, Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education The faculty award was created to recognize a distinguished faculty member that has made outstanding contributions to graduate education on campus. To read the rest of the article view here.


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ONLINE Master of Education in Interdisciplinary STEM Education now offered globally!

Learn online from The Citadel from almost anywhere in the U.S. or beyond

People living in most U.S. states and overseas can now learn from the proven producer of principled leaders. Starting in the fall of 2016, The Citadel's nationally-recognized programs will be available to prospective students who live in 38 states and almost anywhere in the world because of changes in policies governing online learning that were recently approved by the Governor of South Carolina. The Citadel's fully online programs include six master's degrees, two graduate certificates, and two undergraduate degree completion programs.

Published in: The Citadel Newsroom

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Dr. Dan Ouzts has been named The Citadel's Nominee for the 2015-2016 Council of Higher Education Service Learning Award.

Congratulations Dr. Ouzts and Good Luck

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STEM Teacher of the Year taking state’s robotics champs to world competition
CCSD teacher who is also Citadel graduate student leads robotics teams to Kentucky

Their robots rumbled at the local, regional, and national competitions, and they returned to West Ashley High School as champions. Now, the school’s robotics teams are following their leader to the world competitions which will be held April 20 - 23 in Louisville, Kentucky. Their teacher, Nicholas Holmes is the high school’s mechatronics and trebuchet teacher, and was recently named the Air Force Association’s STEM Teacher of the Year for the Charleston County School District.

Holmes likes to keep his classes on the forefront of mechatronics technology. He is currently pursuing a Master of Education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), which is a new program offered through The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence. Read More Here

Cybersecurity Competition Boosts Student Interest in STEM Careers

To emphasize the importance of growing our cyber workforce, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made an appearance Saturday to talk to the competing high school students and connect the competition activities to the real-life cyber attacks on state agencies. "We need you to care about cyber security because it is real," the governor said. Read More Here

The 2016 Citadel Palmettto Medal Awards
Cadet Lt. Col. James McManus, Regimental Academic Officer

McManus is an education major and an Honors Program student. He is a high-achiever whose footprint on The Citadel campus is vast, but he is most known for his passion for education, his social consciousness and his untiring spirit. His goal to become a high school principal is one of which he never loses sight—a goal that is reflected in much of how he spends his time, volunteering for non-profit organizations, serving as the student governor of the state of South Carolina, being a founding member of an initiative called Global Outreach to improve education around the world, and publishing an online educational resource for students and teachers called The Oxford Observer. A portion of his research overseas for the Observer was funded by The Star of the West Scholarship, which he received in 2015. McManus is a presence who stands for ethical reasoning, self-sacrifice and a high standard of integrity. He is a model cadet and a respected leader. (Pictured in center with Col. Mark Bebensee, assistant provost, on left, and Lt. Gen. John Rosa, Citadel president.) - See more at:

The Citadel's Summer Reading Program

More than 38 years ago, Dr. Dan Ouzts founded The Citadel’s Summer Reading Program to reach Lowcountry students in kindergarten through 8th grade who are reading below grade level. Each summer, Literacy M.Ed candidates, all of whom are certified teachers, work one-on-one with enrolled students. After using a variety of assessment tools to identify each student’s strengths and needs, candidates develop and implement an individualized literacy intervention program. The goals of the program are two-fold: (1) to build foundational literacy skills, such as comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, and vocabulary; and (2) to develop life-long readers and learners. Click Here for all the information!

The Citadel and Google's 2016 Storm The Citadel results

Distance, accuracy, design and spirit awards were presented to students for their achievements during the 2016 Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition on Saturday. Co-hosted by Google and The Citadel's School of Engineering, along with the STEM Center of Excellence, the Zucker Family School of Education and School of Science and Mathematics, sixth annual Storm The Citadel brought teams from across the southeast to the campus' Summerall Field to test their medieval launching devices, known as trebuchets. Competitors spent weeks designing, building and testing their trebuchets. View the article to see the results of this year's competition.
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Storm the Citadel: Teams build modern trebuchets for annual event

Trebuchet teams from local high schools, Boy Scout troops and several other organizations competed Saturday in The Centurion division at the Storm the Citadel event Saturday in Charleston. Teams competed for accuracy and distance with most teams throwing a standard lacrosse ball about 100 feet at a target. DuBose Middle School took first place in the Centurian Middle School Accuracy division. Boy Scout troop 759, based in Summerville, took second place in both the Centurian Middle School Accuracy division and the Centurian High School Accuracy division and second place in the Centurian Spirit division.
Published in: The Summerville Journal Scene
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STEM Center's Sixth Annual Storm The Citadel Makes News

The sixth annual Storm The Citadel trebuchet competition kicked off this morning. A record 100 teams and 700 competitors competed. People of all ages gathered on Summerall Field launching their trebuchets; testing their science, technology, engineering and math skills. "It's a challenge to make math, science and engineering engaging and fun in the effort to breed more interest in those fields and to make sure kids know that there's more to engineering than to just doing boring equations and trying to figure out which way a train went and how fast. This is actually where engineering is fun and engaging, and we're just having a blast out here today," said Jeff Stevenson. The event was co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel School of Engineering. It reinforces the importance of STEM education.
Broadcast on: WCIV-TV Charleston, SC
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Free, Family-Friendly Event Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

The 2016 Charleston STEM festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the Lowcountry. The festival will be held February 6, 10am to 3pm, at Brittlebank Park on Lockwood Boulevard in Charleston.
Broadcast on: WCBD-Tv Charleston, SC
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The Zucker Family School of Education celebrates Black History Month with Authors In Schools Initiative:

Monday, February 8 - Mitchell Elementary School
Tuesday, February 9 - Sanders-Clyde Elementary School
Wednesday, February 10 - Goodwin Elementary School
Tuesday, February 16 - Burke High School
Wednesday, February 17 - Simmon-Pinckney Middle School
Thursday, February 18 - Sanders-Clyde Elementary School

Lowcountry Graduate Center Offering Additional Degrees

Two more graduate degree programs will be offered at the Lowcountry Graduate Center in 2016, according to a news release. The Citadel's Zucker Family School of Education will offer a master's degree in education and graduate certificate in literacy education beginning in the summer, while the College of Charleston's School of Education, Health and Human Performance will offer a Master of Arts in teaching in special education in the fall in North Charleston, the news release said. The Read to Succeed Act, passed by the S.C. Legislature in 2014, requires all K-12 teachers to take courses in reading instruction within 10 years of their next certification renewal. Both programs at the Lowcountry Graduate Center will meet the state requirement. The Citadel's M.Ed. in literacy education also will certify teachers as literacy coaches, the news release said. "We know that the most important variable in the education of a child is the teacher, so if we produce highly effective teachers then we are helping to improve the quality of education here in the Lowcountry," said Fran Welch, dean of the College of Charleston's School of Education, Health and Human Performance, in the news release. The Lowcountry Graduate Center, located at 3800 Paramount Drive in North Charleston, will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 14 for interested students.

Published in: Charleston Regional Business Journal

Good News for Education's Own Elizabeth Jablonski:

One of The Citadel's graduate students, Elizabeth Jablonski, has been selected as one of the recipients of the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho Grant-in-Aid for women
educators. She will be presented with a check at a reception in February.

Per Virginia Bartels, Scholarship Chairperson, Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho

Graduating Zucker Family SOE Cadets Help Lead S.C. Organization to National Recognition

Fall 2014 School Counseling Intern named Employee of the Month at Berkeley Middle School

Anita Zucker pledges $4 million to name The Citadel's School of Education

Cadet named governor of SC Student Legislature

From one cadet to another: What it's like to lead the South Carolina Corps of Cadets

By Cadet Logan Hester, Regimental Public Affairs Officer

Read the story recognizing, John Brosch, an Education (Social Studies) major, who is Regimental Commander in charge of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, here.

Dexter grad a leader at The Citadel

Dexter Leader (newspaper) By Cadet Logan Hester, Regimental Public Affairs Officer, The Citadel

Read the story recognizing, John Brosch, an Education (Social Studies) major, who is Regimental Commander in charge of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, here.

Jasper County School District partners with The Citadel for teacher training

Savannah Morning News

Read the article featuring Dean Larry Daniel and Literacy Professor Dan Ouzts here.


“The difficulty is that many of those wonderful people who are put into these new literacy coach positions do not have adequate preparation for those positions,” Daniel said. “They have desire, they have certainly a record of success, and excellence in teaching in many cases, but they’ve not really had the professional education that they need to be effective.”

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