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Elementary Education Senior Pursues Passions for Teaching, Service

University of Kentucky College of Education senior Madison Conroy knows the teaching profession fits her passion for serving others. And she is certain about her passion because she has spent the past four years at UK in service and leadership roles. Conroy recently received UK’s highest honor for humanitarian efforts, … Read More

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Save the Dates: Special Education 50th Anniversary Celebration
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Fifty years ago, the University of Kentucky established the Department of Special Education, and today, the department includes programs and projects focused on improving the lives of individuals with disabilities of all ages. The public is invited to join the anniversary celebration in Lexington on October 13 and 14, 2018. … Read More

Faculty Perform EdTalks at the Burl
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  When everyone has a place at the table in education, what are the possibilities? When our educational systems are NOT inclusive, how do we change them? UK College of Education faculty members recently dove deeper into these questions, and more, when they provided free community talks during a casual evening … Read More

Educational Leadership Doctoral Scholar Creates Tools To Help Every School Succeed
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Jesse Bacon is a school leader with a passion for helping students find relevancy in what they learn. He often challenges the status quo and helps others push the boundaries of the teaching and learning process. Bacon was raised in eastern Kentucky, graduating from Fleming County High School in 1999. … Read More

Elementary Education Senior Pursues Passions for Teaching, Service
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University of Kentucky College of Education senior Madison Conroy knows the teaching profession fits her passion for serving others. And she is certain about her passion because she has spent the past four years at UK in service and leadership roles. Conroy recently received UK’s highest honor for humanitarian efforts, … Read More

Program Honors Teachers Who Have Made a Difference
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For the 20th year, the University of Kentucky College of Education hosted an event for members of the public to honor a teacher, professor, principal or other education professional who has made a difference. The nominated teachers do not have to be graduates of the University of Kentucky or even … Read More

UK Hosts National History Day Competition
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Students from schools across Kentucky recently came to the University of Kentucky campus to compete in a National History Day contest. It was hosted by the Kentucky Historical Society and the UK College of Education. Students competed via exhibits, documentaries, websites, performances, and papers featuring topics related to this year’s … Read More

Goldstein Partners on Jewish History Project, Symposium
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Dr. Beth Goldstein and Dr. Janice W. Fernheimer are leading a collaborative effort to preserve the oral histories of people who have a place in the diversity and complexity of Jewish history in Kentucky. Goldstein is a professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of … Read More

Mark Publishes Desire Study in Journal of Sex Research
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It’s a well-known fact that sexual desire ebbs and flows throughout the life of a long-term relationship for a number of reasons. Questions like “What factors increase and decrease desire?” and “How can couples work through those factors?” have long been topics of interest for researchers and clinicians, but dozens … Read More

Elementary Principals Prep Students for Job Interviews
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Several school principals recently played a role in helping UK College of Education elementary education majors prepare to interview for teaching positions. A seminar was held at Picadome Elementary where students learned about certification and applying to Kentucky districts from Cindy Godsey, associate director of certified personnel for Fayette County … Read More

Prichard Student Voice Team to Discuss Navigating Life After High School – April 18
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The Prichard Committee Student Voice Team will discuss their new book, Ready or Not: Stories From the Students Behind the Statistics, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18 in the Taylor Education Building Auditorium. The event, which is free and open to the public, is in partnership with the University of … Read More

March 28 Guest Lecturer: Relationships on American Evangelical Campuses
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Dr. Dana Malone, author of From Single to Serious, and an alumna of the University of Kentucky College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, recently spoke at the college. In her talk, “Legislating Love: Breaking Down the Regulatory Matrix on American Evangelical Campuses,” Malone discussed college relationships, … Read More

College of Education Student Nationally Honored as Kinesiology and Health Promotion “Major of Year”
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The Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) honored University of Kentucky College of Education student Barry Phillips as a “Major of the Year” during the organization’s 133rd National Convention & Expo in March in Nashville, Tenn.  The award celebrates outstanding undergraduate students in the health, physical education, recreation … Read More

Grad Student’s Research Focuses on Firefighter Fitness
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Doctoral student Anssi Saari wasn’t sure how he, as a researcher, would be received, but he could not pass up the chance that came his way last semester. His faculty advisor at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Mark Abel, had connections that enabled Saari to conduct behind-the-scenes research during the … Read More

National Counseling Psychology Magazine Features Hargons
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Dr. Candice Hargons, assistant professor in Counseling Psychology, was featured in this month’s American Psychological Association’s magazine, APA Monitor on Psychology, for her leadership as an early career psychologist. She serves on the Council of Representatives for the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. Hargons’ research focuses … Read More

March 31 Deadline to Nominate a Teacher Who Has Made a Difference
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For the 20th year, the University of Kentucky College of Education is hosting an event for members of the public to honor a teacher, professor, principal or other education professional who has made a difference. The nominated teachers do not have to be graduates of the University of Kentucky or … Read More

Sport Psychology Student Wins National Thesis Award
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Rena Goodwin, masters student in Counseling Psychology, has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology (Division 47) Thesis Award. Her thesis, “Self-Stigma, Attitudes, and Preferences When Seeking Mental Health and Sport Psychology Services: A Student-Athlete Point of View,” was co-chaired by Drs. … Read More

STEM Education Hosts Learning Event for Community
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  In March, the University of Kentucky College of Education’s Department of STEM Education and The Academies of Lexington at Frederick Douglass High School hosted a fun morning filled with hands-on STEM activities for kids and adults of all ages. The College of Education’s STEM Education Department plans and hosts … Read More

Reel to Real Film Series Focuses on Disability, Sport, and Inclusion
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The University of Kentucky campus community and members of the public are invited to the Reel to Real film and discussion series devoted to disability, sport, and inclusion. Organizers hope to facilitate discussion, inspire new insights, and raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges faced by people with disabilities in … Read More

Elementary Education Students Serve at Science Night
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Students who graduate from UK College of Education teacher preparation programs spend many hours in schools. Those in the Elementary Education Student Association spent one recent Friday evening at Coventry Oak Elementary, helping parents and families learn more about the importance of science education through hands-on science activities. It was yet another … Read More

Warm February Days Move Fitness Courses Outdoors
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    Several of the university’s Life Fitness Program courses had the opportunity to move class outdoors during some of February’s warmer-than-typical days this year. Pictured are students in the Spring 2018 Ultimate Frisbee course, playing outdoors for the first time when highs reached the upper 70s on Feb. 20. … Read More

Program Equips Graduate Students With Advanced Research Skills
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Students interested in education research can hone their skills while expanding their career options through one of the College of Education’s newest programs, the Master of Science in Research Methods in Education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. The master’s degree program, which is available fully online, … Read More

Kinesiology and Health Promotion Students Present at American College of Sports Medicine Meeting
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Taylor Dinyer, a Kinesiology and Health Promotion scholar, received the second place research award in the master’s level student division at the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. Dinyer’s presentation was titled, “Low Intensity Resistance Training to Failure on 1RM Strength in Untrained Females.” Her … Read More

Thelin Delivers Congressional Briefing on Higher Education Act
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Dr. John Thelin delivered a Congressional briefing on the history of the Higher Education Act of 1965 on Friday, Feb. 16 in Washington D.C. C-SPAN has made it available to watch online. Thelin is a University Research Professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. … Read More

Thelin Weighs In: Should Student Athletes Be Paid?
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An editorial by Dr. John Thelin published by insidehighered.com presents the case for why paying student athletes could have unintended consequences. Thelin is a University Research Professor in the UK College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. Read his editorial here.    

High School Teaching and Learning Academy Students Visit College
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(Click here for additional photos) High school students who have the teaching profession at the top of their list of future career options visited the University of Kentucky College of Education in February. The students are part of the teaching and learning pathway in The Academies of Lexington, a set … Read More

Education Week Blog: Reforming Grading Practices
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A recent Education Week blog written by Dr. Thomas Guskey features his work with schools in reforming grading practices. To see a related video, visit the college’s EdTalks page and click on the video titled “What’s in a Grade?”

Graduate Students in STEM Education Receive Funding
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Three University of Kentucky graduate students have been awarded a new STEM Education Research Award created by the UK College of Education’s Department of STEM Education. STEM Education scholars in the final stages of master’s or doctoral level research are eligible for the award, which comes with a $1,000 stipend … Read More

Students Can Practice Research Presentations at Spring Research Conference
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College of Education students – including undergraduates – will present at the annual Spring Research Conference in March. The conference allows graduate and undergraduate students to present their research, whether it is completed, in progress or at the proposal stage. This free event provides a welcoming context in which to … Read More

UK College of Education $2.7 Million Grant Gives Teachers Tools to Support English Learners in the Classroom
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As Kentucky’s immigrant population continues to grow, a new $2.7 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky College of Education will assist teachers with educating children who are learning English in the classroom. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition the grant will provide … Read More

Communication Needs of Students with Disabilities Focus of New Grant
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It’s often thought students with severe disabilities cannot participate in all aspects of the school day, given their difficulty communicating. With the combined help of a classroom teacher and speech language-pathologist, a system can be created to help students with the most severe disabilities to have a voice, University of … Read More

UK College of Education Grant Targets High-Intensity Learning and Behavior Needs
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A new $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will allow the University of Kentucky College of Education to uniquely prepare school personnel who are in high demand – those prepared to work with students with high-intensity learning and behavior needs. The grant, awarded through the Office of … Read More

College of Education Representative at Education Abroad Fair
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The University of Kentucky College of Education will have a representative at UK’s Education Abroad Spring Fair and Funding HQ. The event takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23 in William T. Young Library. In the Hub, students will have the chance to get info on program … Read More

Mark Comments on Proposed State Sexual Education Bill
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Dr. Kristen Mark was quoted in a Herald-Leader story about a Kentucky bill that would create regulations for age-appropriate sex education for 4th- through 12th-graders. Read the coverage here.

Fisher’s Expertise Featured in WalletHub Article on Best Markets for STEM Professionals
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Dr. Molly Fisher is featured in the “Ask the Experts” Q and A portion of an article posted on wallethub.com. It details 2018’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals. Read the article here.

Thelin: Tax Changes for Higher Education
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The State Journal, based in Frankfort, Ky., published an opinion/editorial column by Dr. John Thelin on the implications of tax changes on higher education, particularly in Kentucky. Read the column here.

UK College of Education Celebrates December 2017 Grads
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The University of Kentucky College of Education held a celebratory reception for the undergraduate, graduate and professional students who will have completed their degrees by the end of the fall 2017 semester. Their accomplishments were recognized the following day during the UK December 2017 Commencement Ceremonies. More than 1,000 students were … Read More

UK College of Education Students Collecting Books for Children
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The UK College of Education Council of Student Leaders is collecting books to put into the hands of local children. The book drive continues through Dec. 22. News reporter Amber Philpott, of WKYT, recently stopped by to see students Jordan Traen and Rachel Immerman at work collecting and sorting books. … Read More

Researchers Partner to Explore Impact of Social and Cultural Pressures on Women’s Sexual Desire
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Women’s sexual desire is influenced by a host of factors. In a study published in Sexuality & Culture, University of Kentucky College of Education researchers homed in on a piece of the puzzle — the influence of social and cultural issues on desire. It’s a factor not often studied, particularly … Read More

Education Abroad Program Immerses Students in Sexual Health Education Culture in the Netherlands
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The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources — in partnership with Dr. Kristen Mark, LGBTQ* Resources faculty fellow and faculty member in the UK College of Education’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion — is offering a unique education abroad experience focused on gender and sexuality in Kentucky and … Read More

Study: Where do the nation’s big charter boosters send their cash?
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Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, particularly ones where charter schools are better at raising test scores, according to a new study by Dr. Joseph Ferrare, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation and graduate Renee … Read More

Thelin weighs in on student debt in national publication
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In the news: Dr. John Thelin, a professor in the UK College of Education Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, is quoted in this moneywatch.com article about the rising cost of college tuition.

No More Zeros in K12 Education?
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Dr. Thomas Guskey’s standards-based grading work, and the efforts he has been supporting at Bryan Station High School, are featured a national publication. Read it here. Guskey is a professor in the UK College of Education’s Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.        

UK Researcher Promoting Comprehensive Sex Education
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The Nov. 17 edition of the Herald-Leader features Dr. Kristen Mark’s comprehensive sex education work through Lex Ed, which she described during an EdTalk hosted last May by the UK College of Education.  

College rallies to support Big Blue Pantry
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UK College of Education students, faculty and staff recently donated more than 212 pounds of food and toiletries as part of the Big Blue Pantry Drive. The donations were organized by the College’s staff council charity committee. The Big Blue Pantry supports UK students experiencing food insecurity or hunger.

Bottge Delivers Presentation on Teaching and Learning Math
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Dr. Brian Bottge recently delivered an invited presentation (Relevance Counts: Teaching and Learning Math in Engaging Contexts) via Skype to faculty and doctoral students at the University of Missouri who are involved in Project PRISM: Preparing Interdisciplinary Leaders in Science and Mathematics Special Education. The purpose of the project is … Read More

Xin Ma Explains Model for Analyzing Longitudinal Data
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Dr. Xin Ma helped explain a new model to analyze longitudinal data during a Nov. 14 talk geared toward faculty and doctoral students. During the presentation, “A Multilevel Multiset Time Series Model for Describing Complex Developmental Processes,” Ma helped participants learn to use a model to analyze longitudinal data involving … Read More

Nash and Rous Lead International Conversation on Innovative, Human-Centered Approaches for Services for Children with Disabilities
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Drs. John Nash and Beth Rous, faculty members in the University of Kentucky College of Education, will keynote the Inclusion Symposium 2017 in Australia on Nov. 30. The symposium is about collaboration and exploring innovative ways to improve inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) … Read More

Thelin Pens Commentary on California Higher Education
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The Conversation (an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts) published Dr. John Thelin’s article on California higher education from 1960 to the present. It was picked up by the Associated Press and reprinted by other publications, such as the LA Times and Chicago Tribune. … Read More

Nov. 15 Presentation: 50 Years in Education
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The Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation presents: Fifty Years in Education William H. McCann Wednesday, Nov. 15 • 12 to 1 p.m. 131 Taylor Education Building Join us for an engaging talk by William H. McCann, a 1953 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and … Read More

UK College of Education Becomes Halloween Treat Stop
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Faculty, staff and students turned offices in the UK College of Education into stops for Trick or Treaters on Halloween eve. UK students in the EdLife Living Learning community and members of the Elementary Education Student Association helped kids from a local after-school program make their way through Dickey Hall … Read More