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Student and Alumni Highlights

2016 Distinguished Dissertation Award - Natalie Toomey

natalie toomey award distinguished dissertation awardNatalie Toomey is the 2016 Distinguised Dissertation Award winner for her dissertation, Online Multimedia Learning: Predicting Learner Media Selections in the Visua and Verbal Domains

Natalie is a graduate of the Doctoral Program in Instructional Leadership and Education

Congratulations, Natalie!

Alumni Awarded "Champion of Change" during ConnectED Month!

Five School of Education alumni were awarded the Champion of Change Award during October's ConnectED Month. To be recognized as a Champion of Change during ConnectED Educator Month, educators are nominated by a colleague, usually someone from the district's administration. Those selected as winners "embrace technology and seek new and effective ways to engage children in the learning process," according to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.

The full article was reported in the Post-Gazette, and you can learn more about how technology has influenced our alumni members Nick Weaver, Dana Oliver, Matt Heckmann, Laura Senneway, and Tony Gentile here!

Congratulations to Jade Leung - 2016 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist!

Jade Leung, B.S.Ed. '05 and M.S.Ed. '06, who's a Shaler Area High School science teacher, has been named one of 12 finalists for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year award.  Congratulations and good luck, Jade! 

Congratulations to Janice Kazalas - 2016 PA Teacher of the Year Semifinalist!

Janice Kazalas, M.S.Ed. '94, who is an Autism Support Teacher in the Pine Richland School District, was named a 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the year semifinalist. Congratulations on your success!

Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education Graduates First Cohort!

Six students graduated as inaugural members of The Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education on May 9, 2014, and have successfully completed all requirements of the four-year program. The Leading Teacher Program in Urban Education was designed to prepare highly effective teachers to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students for 21st century classrooms. Through the specialized training of this program, these future teachers have demonstrated a commitment to improving student achievement through the use of powerful teaching strategies in urban schools. These six individuals were presented with white and red sashes symbolizing their commitment to serve as educational leaders that are prepared to address the challenges of providing high quality instruction for children to achieve social justice and equity.

Dr. Arnetha Ball, inaugural Sizemore Urban Education Distinguished Professor, hooded the graduates and Dr. Launce Brown, current Sizemore Urban Education Distinguished Professor, congratulated the graduates as they walked across the stage.

Hear our students talk about their own experiences and what they love about DU's School of Education.

Rachel Brown
Hometown: Wexford, PA
Class of 2014
Early Childhood Education Major
"I really like my professors. They care if I'm learning how to make a difference in the classroom, and they want to help me get to the point where I can."
Rachel's Experience