UT Tyler School of Education

School of Education Highlights

 

The 2015-2016 academic year was a busy and productive time in the School of Education. It is important that as we work to improve the educational experiences of students and educators, that we address challenges and concerns from a variety of fronts. We do this by always carefully examining our academic programs here at UT Tyler as well as working with our colleagues in the public schools, local communities, and by positively working with professional educational organizations. Here are some of the highlights from the past year.

Academic Programs

  • We added additional specialization areas in our M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction degree. Students may now select to focus their academic program in the areas of: Educational Technology, Engineering Education, and Instructional Coaching.
  • Two of our graduate programs had external reviews to determine the strength of these programs and where we could improve our efforts. The out-of-state external reviews are conducted by experts in the fields. Both of these external reviews were extremely positive and noted the high quality of these graduate programs. The M.Ed. in Reading program was reviewed by Dr. Robert Cooter, Dean and Ursuline Endowed Professor of Teacher Education at Bellarmine University. The M.Ed in Special Education/Educational Diagnostician program was reviewed by Dr. Katie Good, Chair of the Educational Studies Department and Professor of Special Education at Eastern New Mexico University.

K-12 Engagement

The School of Education faculty interweaves our work with that of the public school systems. Our faculty were involved with K-12 school committees, providing professional development, and conducting research with our colleagues in schools. Here is a partial list of the districts where we work:

  • Tyler ISD
  • Chapel Hill ISD
  • Keller ISD
  • Palestine ISD
  • Whitehouse ISD
  • Lufkin ISD
  • Region 7

Community Engagement

School of Education faculty recognize that in order to address pressing educational issues, we must also work together with the community. This past year, here is a partial list of where you could find SOE faculty and students working with the following community organizations:

  • Academic Rodeo
  • Salvation Army
  • Catholic Charities
  • American Red Cross
  • Tyler Day Nursery
  • Tyler Area Partnerships for Literacy
  • Special Olympics

Professional Education Community

School of Education faculty are actively engaged in being stewards of the discipline and advancing the knowledge in our fields through various professional activities. We’ve selected just a few to highlight our work.

  • School of Education had over 30 publications in professional journals this past year.
  • Dr. Anna Consalvo was selected to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. This is a journal published by the American Educational Research Association.
  • Ms. Cindy Sherman and Dr. Nathan Smith received new rounds of grant funding for their Texas Regional Collaborative and Teacher Quality grants.
  • Dr. Karlyn Adams-Wiggins was selected to elected to serve as the Historian for the Southwest Consortium for Innovative Psychology in Education.
  • Dr. Frank Dykes was elected to Chair the Special Education Programs Caucus for the Council for Exceptional Children. This is a national organization.

As you can see, the School of Education is working to make a difference! We enact our motto of: We Dream! We Think! We Do!