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1532074_10152043748059279_2082134850_n.jpgCoached by new head coach Amanda Gaines, the University of Minnesota Dance Team won its fifth College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship this past weekend. Senior and kinesiology student Grace Gerring spoke highly of teammates and coaches commenting, "It has been such an enjoyable experience, and I couldn't have done it without amazing coaches and teammates standing by me every step of the way." Gerring, a member of the team for four years, said the coaches have spent the year perfecting the basics and remembering why they began dancing.

Douglas KennedyDouglas Kennedy is a recipient of the Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. Mr. Kennedy is a Ph.D. student in the comparative and international development education (CIDE) track in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD).

Joan DejaeghereJoan DeJaeghere (associate professor) and Alex Liuzzi (CIDE Ph.D. student) from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), presented on global institutions, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, to 8th graders at the Twin Cities German Immersion School, as part of their interdisciplinary study of globalization. Students engaged in discussions around the effects that these institutions have on people's daily lives, including an example of a project to improve education through information and communication technologies.

nmlavoi-2013.jpgstair-2013.jpgDr. Nicole M. LaVoi, teaching faculty in the School of Kinesiology and associate director of the Tucker Center, and Austin Stair Calhoun, Director of eLearning + Digital Strategies in the School of Kinesiology and Ph.D. candidate in sport sociology, have published a chapter, "Digital media and women's sport: An old view on 'new' media," in the new Handbook of Sport and New Media (Andrew Billings and Marie Hardin, Eds.).

2013Thailand.jpgOn December 26, Family Social Science professor Catherine Solheim, boarded a plane bound for Thailand along with her UM-Duluth colleague Jill Klingner, and 16 undergraduate students. They're partaking in a 3-week learning adventure titled Families, Culture and Health in Thailand.

The students are documenting their experiences in Chiang Mai, Chiangrai, and Bangkok by posting stories and photos on the Family, Culture, and Health in Thailand blog.

Read more about their day-to-day experiences, as well as their reflections on the trip after returning to Minnesota on January 15.

C&I at LRA Annual Conference

December 10, 2013

Last week, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction faculty and graduate students visited Dallas, TX to attend and participate in the Literacy Research Association's (LRA) 2013 Annual Conference. The theme of the 2013 Conference, "Transformative Literacy: Theory Research, and Reform" considered how researchers are examining and critiquing the ways in which culture, knowledge, language, and power intersect literacy access, equity, and social justice in an age of reform.

Richard Beach, C&I professor emeritus, serves as the current president of the LRA, and Professor Cynthia Lewis is on the LRA Board of Directors. Associate Professor Mark Vagle and Professor Lori Helman are Area Chairs for the research conference paper selection process.

C&I faculty and graduate students gave a combined 23 presentations and served as proposal reviewers and discussants for many other presentations and round table sessions.

Presentations covered a range of topics including:

• Are Two Heads Better Than One? A Case Study of First Grade Team's Collaborative Planning for English Learners in Literacy Instruction
• Preparing Preservice Teachers in the Use of Technology to Support the Teaching of Literacy
• Transformation in the Literacy Transaction: Relationships between "Trauma Texts and Traumatic Histories"
• Animating Critical Literacy with the Body: Creating Countertexts through Scene-Making and Dramatic Play
• Reading the World through Story: An Argument for the Inclusion of Culturally Diverse Literature in Critical Literacy Curricula

For a full list of presentations, please see the Literacy Program page on the C&I website.

Joan DejaeghereSeveral students, staff and faculty from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) recently conducted project evaluation and learning workshops in Tanzania with NGO partners for The Mastercard Foundation grant. The project is evaluating the long-term impact of entrepreneurship training programs on youth livelihoods and well being in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Damir Utrzan"If you haven't experienced it, you can't fully understand it," said Department of Family Social Science graduate student Damir Utržan, on seeking asylum. While pursuing his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University, Utržan became involved in the University's Mental Health Human Rights Clinic, helping families to gain asylum in the United States.

Read more about Utržan's connection with those he assisted, as well as more about the program in The Family Institute's newsletter, page 3.

DSCN4938.JPGDoctoral student Joshua Lupinek recently gave two guest lectures at the University of Northern Colorado. The titles of his talks were "Intentional torts: Assault & battery" and "Marketing to the community: Does outreach really matter," which he delivered to Sport & Exercise Science students in Administration & Law (SES461) and Fitness Management (SES300) courses, respectively.

Lupinek is working towards his Ph.D., with an emphasis in sport management. He is advised by Dr. Stephen Ross, assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology.

AllenK2013.jpgCurriculum and Instruction Ph.D. student Kathryn Allen received a grant for research presented at The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL) conference in October. ISSOTL serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching. ISSOTL is unique in its efforts to form a global community in the interest of post-secondary teaching and learning.

In the poster presentation on Cultural-Historical Activity Theory, Allen explored professional development from a perspective that supports educators beyond traditional modes. During her master's program at UT, Allen, along with 2 other students and a faculty member were each involved in independent projects beyond the scope of the program and decided to support each other through bi-weekly meetings. This model of professional development is the subject of the study. She hopes to continue using this theory to explore professional development for teachers in the specific area of technology integration. Effective use of technology for teaching and learning is a common professional development theme crossing national borders and demands an international forum.

Of the conference, Allen said, "This year's conference title, 'Critical Transitions in Teaching and Learning' particularly resonated with me during my work with pre-service teachers. In what ways does teacher preparation need to transform in order to fit them for the classrooms they will enter? What transitions can I make in my teaching that will serve my students? How does my research support the preparation of teachers in a world that is transforming with mind-boggling speed? This year's ISSOTL conference explored all of these questions through scholarly work and conversation."

To learn more about the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's Literacy Education track, please visit the Literacy Education Ph.D. page on our website.

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