Congratulations to these members of the NIU College of Education family!
Dean Laurie Elish-Piper, Professor Emeritus Jerry Johns and NIU College of Education alumna Susan Lenski are recipients of the 2020 Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award from the International Literacy Association.
The award recognizes an ongoing professional collaboration between two or more people who regularly contribute to the professional knowledge base of literacy educators.
Elish-Piper, Johns and co-author Lenski (M.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education, ’78, and Ed.D. Reading ’92) were chosen for their 2020 book, “Teaching Reading and Writing PreK-3: A Practical Approach.”
Published by Kendall Hunt, the book provides preservice teachers with a multi-layered approach for creating strategies to guide student literacy from kindergarten through grade three. Written directly to the reader with inclusive language, it incorporates recurring themes vital for the nurturing of literacy, such as connecting theory to clinical placements; student diversity; equity; differentiating instruction for various abilities; and the instruction-assessment cycle.
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Laura Hedin, chair of the Department of Special and Early Education, was recognized by the Mid-American Conference the week of Oct. 19 as NIU’s institutional winner of the inaugural Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success.
Created to recognize the outstanding efforts of MAC faculty to support and develop students both inside and outside of the classroom, this student-focused award is distinguishable from academic or research-based awards as it celebrates the commitment of the Mid-American Conference to a holistic student experience and the creation of an environment that supports success in school and in life.
“Hedin strives to make research findings in education accessible to pre-service and practicing teachers,” the MAC wrote, “and to engage in new research that informs the professional practice of teachers and enhances outcomes for learners.”
Hedin, who joined NIU in 2007, became department chair July 1.
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Carolyn Pluim, chair of the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, served as a co-editor of “Critical Health Education in Critical Times: Pedagogy, Praxis, & Possibilities,” a special issue of the journal, Thresholds in Education.
Volume 43, Issue 1 explores various international facets of critical health education, a field located at the intersections of critical sociology, sport and physical education, media studies, body studies and critical obesity research.
The contributing authors are international collaborators who think about health in schools from a critical lens.
“In diverse ways the articles in this issue explore the operation of power in health education and physical education, reveal the marginalization of bodies, and identify strategies to promote social justice,” Pluim and co-editor Shannon Leigh Jette write in their introduction. “It is our aim that these contributions to the field of critical health education will advance important narratives on how social and contextual forces influence the ways health is constructed, rationalized, problematized and/or experienced by individuals in society.”
Thresholds in Education is an online, open-access, guest edited journal published annually by the Academy for Educational Studies in partnership with the Thresholds in Education Foundation. LEPF launched the journal in 1975 and remained attached until 2015.