The College of Education's commitment to excellence through research, leadership and diversity
University of South Carolina's College of Education is actively engaged in assessing and transforming new education models through its collaborations with National Network of Educational Renewal (NNER), the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the South Carolina State Board of Education, and the South Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (SCACTE). As such, productive dialogue ensues that produces the innovative approaches to expand the College's commitment to excellence through research, leadership and diversity because of these opportunities. Read more
A Positive Approach to Education!
As an all-around student-athlete in high school, Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Physical Education Teaching (K-12 certified). However, while student teaching she decided to switch paths. Fortunately, her neighbors invited her to work as a graduate advisor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Transition Program at the University of Illinois while pursuing her master's degree in Athletic Administration. "It was my first exposure to the field of academic advising and I was immediately hooked for life," says Bloom. Read more
South Carolina Gateways: From Cradle to Careers
Associate Professor Dr. Kathleen J. Marshall in the Special Education Department of Educational Studies at the College of Education has been awarded a one-year, $65,000 USDOE grant to implement the "South Carolina Gateways: From Cradle to Careers" project. This grant is facilitated by the Office of Exceptional Children within the SC Dept. of Education and will incorporate the use of teacher-coaches, state-level assistance and model schools to improve the outcomes of students with disabilities.
Dr. Bell receives the 2013 AERA Early Career Award for Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory
Her classes are packed. Students hang on her every word. The rapid interaction of inquiry and response is electric. One can almost feel the synapses firing as these brilliant minds discuss and torque the equations and theories being discussed. Read more
Beaufort County School District receives 56 new Math & Science MEd graduates from the college's Educational Outreach program
What do you say when a powerful alliance from SC Beaufort County School District, US Department of Education Math-Science Partnership (MSP), SC Department of Education, and Common Core State Standards ask you for your help? You say yes of course! That is exactly what the College of Education did. By working together with the college, members from these entities produced a graduating cohort of 56 new MEd K-12 teachers in Beaufort who were honored by the district on May 10th. Some 20 of those teachers came to Columbia on May 11th and participated in the official College of Education commencement ceremony. Read more
College Donates Books and Food
Cocky, volunteer students and student athletes at the Gamecock Donation Station cheered this morning as Teri DeBruhl and Ryan Brooks drove up in a car full of children’s books and food donations for them from the College of Education! “My RAV 4 was filled to the brim,” said Teri. “The group was very excited to see us.” Both Ryan and Teri work for the Office of Instructional Support at the college – Ryan is a graduate assistant who coordinates room and equipment scheduling and Teri is a program coordinator for OIS. This mission of charity is yet one way the college is participating in OneColumbia CityServe - a week of service involving thousands of volunteers working together to improve Columbia and help its citizenry. The books will go to Cocky’s Reading Express, a reading program that travels the state to underserved public schools for 4K through second grade students where all the children are given books to take home. Harvest Hope feeds the hungry across 20 counties of South Carolina and feeds approximately 38,000 people a week.
College of Education Student Awards and Honor Cords Presentation Ceremony
On April 16th, students, parents and faculty gathered at the Courtyard Marriott to celebrate each other's achievements at The College of Education's annual awards ceremony. Student scholarships, fellowships, awards and S.C. Teaching Fellows were recognized preceding the Honor Cords Ceremony for the Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude graduates. Dean Lemuel Watson, Educational Studies Associate Professor Dr. Kara Brown and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies Rob Dedmon proudly bestowed the myriad of well-deserved awards and honors. Read more
Longtime Literacy Leader
"I teach language and literacy courses in the M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Language and Literacy. I am primarily interested in readers who do not find reading easy, reading assessment, reading intervention, and helping teachers better understand and to be able to support each and every student as a reader." – Dr. Diane Stephens.
This basic avowal has been Dr. Stephens' life mission for more than 40 years. Stephens shuns personal recognition for her contributions yet many have benefited from her literacy efforts. She has worked with readers of all ages as a GED instructor, reading resource teacher, reading clinic administrator and, for the last 26 years, as a professor in NC, IL, HI and SC. Read more
Outstanding College Faculty & Staff Earn Awards
The Education Museum was crowded with college faculty and staff on April 16th as everyone waited for the much anticipated 2013 College of Education Faculty and Staff Awards to be announced and the recipients to be recognized. Read more
SC-SIC Celebrating 35 Years of Insight, Impact and Innovation
The College of Education faculty and staff are vested in educational outreach and innovative instructional methods as evidenced by the presentations given at the South Carolina School Improvement Council's (SC-SIC) 2013 Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 23rd at the St. Andrews Middle School in Columbia, SC. As it was the 35th anniversary of SC-SIC, there was much to discuss, many to recognize, and even more to thank for their contributions. So significant was this event that Governor Nikki Haley issued a proclamation that March 2013 was School Improvement Council month! Read more
Congratulations to our Fall 2012 Honor Roll scholars!
These students have demonstrated their dedication to academic achievement. The President's Honor Roll: maintaining a 4.0 grade point / Dean's List: maintaining a 3.5 (3.25 for freshmen) grade point while taking at least 12 credit hours.
Dr. Boutte teaching at a Cape Community School in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
College Faculty Embraces Diversity
COE Faculty Member Dr. DiStefano Recognized.
DiStefano is one of fifteen junior professors selected for the 2013 class of Breakthrough Rising Stars by USC Office of Research. The program recognizes junior faculty whose research and scholarship demonstrate the best in academe. Read the full article Read more
A graduate is distinguished…
Helen Mulhern Halasz, a Ph.D. student in the College of Education's Department of Educational Leadership & Policies, is recognized as a 2013 Distinguished Graduate Scholar! Dr. Mulhern Halasz was nominated by her advisor Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom and ultimately selected to receive this award by a USC panel of senior faculty, the Graduate School, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Distinguished Graduate Scholars are students who have demonstrated research and scholarly excellence by successfully obtaining research fellowships or awards, presenting at national conferences, or publishing papers or book chapters. Mulhern Halasz easily met all of these requirements. Read more
College of Education Dean Lemuel W. Watson has been elected to three national boards
College of Education Dean Lemuel W. Watson has been elected to three national boards. Dr. Watson will serve on the executive board for the National Network of Educational Renewal, the executive committee for the Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions and the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. "Through these national board appointments," says Watson, " I will be engaged in assessing and transforming new education models as a Research I dean. It is through these collaborations that productive dialogue, innovative strategies, and novel approaches to teaching and learning are achieved. I look forward to expanding the College's commitment to excellence in research, leadership and diversity through these opportunities." Read more