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Dear friends,

Carole G. Basile, Dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers CollegeAs I begin my second year as dean of Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, I want to share our aspirations. They are not modest. I invite you to read an introduction to Reimagining the college of education for the 21st century, and I hope you will engage with us as we share more about our strategic initiatives in the coming weeks.

Carole G. Basile

Awards & Recognition

AERA’s Brown lecture and other invitations and recognition for MLFTC faculty

Each year, in commemoration of Brown v. Board of Education, AERA hosts the Brown Lecture, which is delivered by a scholar notable for significant research related to equality in education. Alfredo Artiles, dean of the Graduate College at ASU and the Ryan C. Harris Professor of Special Education, will present Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. We thought we’d take the opportunity to crow about some of the other people at MLFTC who have been recognized over the past year for outstanding research and impact.

Global Impact

Opinion: Idiocy for all

Some researchers and policymakers recommend international large scale educational assessments (ILSEAs) as benchmarks for education reforms. Overcoming education idiocy would mean a return to more important educational questions than how we perform on ILSEAs.

Tackling the global education gap

Strengthening Institutional Linkages, a project of the Center for Advanced Studies in Global Education, is expanding higher education and leadership development in Ghana by nurturing global university partnerships in fields including mechanical and biomedical engineering, global logistics and supply chain management.

More Global Impact

  • How do we measure educational quality globally? We convened a number of provocative scholars to argue about this question. Explore conclusions from the conference.
  • Finnish educator, author and scholar Pasi Sahlberg: “What Are Alternative Facts and Urban Legends in Education and Why Should We Care About Them?” J. Douglas Willms, president of the International Academy of Education: “Equality, Equity and Educational Prosperity.” Watch their presentations.
Innovation & Technology

  From the swampy lowlands of practice to the unbearable lightness of theory

In this video, Punya Mishra, associate dean of scholarship and innovation and professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation, breaks down how to navigate creativity, technology and education. His presentation encompasses educational technology, Howard Gardner, John Cleese, Salvador Dali and The Simpsons.

What is the role of technology in educator preparation?

Associate Professor Teresa Foulger is spearheading an international effort to use research and crowdsourcing to establish a list of technology competencies for teacher educators. Those competencies would be used to support preservice teachers in developing their ability to incorporate technology into their practice.

Learning how to look as well as listen

Many scholars have been slow and possibly reluctant to fully explore how technology might inform and strengthen their research. The “Learning How to Look and Listen Conference” addressed the knowledge gap surrounding video-based research.

More Innovation & Technology

Equity & Inclusion

Opinion: Culturally inclusive tools for teachers

Assistant Professor Daniel Liou, the MLFTC 2017 Outstanding Promising Research Scholar, says, “As policymakers and the public debate how to crack the economic code of teacher supply and demand, it’s vital that we also maintain our focus on how to help the teachers we have do their jobs more effectively.”

More Equity & Inclusion

Teaching & Learning

What literacy means in an omni-technological world

“Remixing Multiliteracies” by MLFTC professors Frank Serafini and Elisabeth Gee has been released by Columbia University’s Teachers College Press. Serafini says the objective of the book is “to help teachers and students navigate the challenges associated with what it means to be literate in the 21st century.”

Empowering teachers through action research

Associate Professor Craig Mertler chairs AERA’s Action Research group, encouraging teachers to improve education beginning with their own classrooms. “Action research is more of a mindset than an actual research methodology,” Mertler explains. “It’s about practitioners using traditional educational research methods and techniques to conduct research on their own practice in their own settings.”

Calendar icon Graduate Programs Showcase
Clock icon Date: Wednesday, Oct. 11
Time: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: ASU Skysong
Building 1, room Global 201
1475 N Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Calendar icon Online information session — Master's in Education with Arizona Teacher Certification
Clock icon Date: Wednesday, Oct. 4
Time: 5 – 6 p.m. (Arizona time)
Location: Online

Calendar icon 2017 TECBD Conference: Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth
Clock icon Date: Oct. 26–28
Time: All day
Location: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
60 E 5th St
Tempe, AZ 85281

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